Connecting to QuickBooks Online

The Sisense QuickBooks Online connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the QuickBooks Online API into Sisense via theSisense generic JDBC connector. The QuickBooks Online connector enables developers to search (Customers, Transactions, Invoices, Sales Receipts, etc.), update items, edit customers, and more, from any Java/J2EE application, and more.

Sisense QuickBooks Online is a certified connector. The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, please contact your Sisense representative or open a request through our Help Center. For advanced inquiries specific to driver functionality, you can also contact our certification partner’s support directly via [email protected].

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string in Sisense. The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the QuickBooks Online APIs. To obtain a connection string, you will need to create a QuickBooks Online app. Once you have connected to QuickBooks Online, you can import a variety of tables from the QuickBooks Online API.

This page describes how to download the QuickBooks Online driver and deploy it, how to connect to QuickBooks Online with a connection string, provides information about the QuickBooks Online data model, and more.

Downloading the QuickBooks Online JDBC Driver

You can download the QuickBooks Online JDBC driver here.


Deploying the QuickBooks Online JDBC Driver

To run the setup, execute the following command: java -jar setup.jar (OR, if your system is set up to run Java applications, double-click on setup.jar).
During the installation, pay attention to the path of the installation (you will need it later on, to direct Sisense to the Jar file. The default path is C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for QuickBooks Online 2019\lib).
Note: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run. If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

Connecting to QuickBooks Online

To access QuickBooks Online’s REST API from Sisense, you must provide valid Oauth QuickBooks Online credentials. These credentials are provided by QuickBooks Online when you create an application.

Creating an App

You can follow the steps below to create an app and obtain the OAuth client credentials, the consumer key and consumer secret. You will need to create an Intuit developer account if you do not already have one.

  1. Log in to
  2. Click My Apps > Create New App > Select APIs. Select the Accounting API.
  3. On the Settings tab, define the Launch URL. If you are making a desktop application, set Launch URL to http://localhost/. For a Web application, set Launch URL to a page you would like the user to be returned to after they have granted your application permissions.

Once you have created the app, you will be redirected to a page with information about your app. The Development tab contains your Sandbox credentials and the Production tab contains credentials for use with a production account. The consumer key and consumer secret are displayed on the Keys tab.

Creating the QuickBooks Online Connection String

Sisense uses connection strings to connect to QuickBooks Online and import data into Sisense. Each connection string contains authentication parameters that the data source uses to verify your identity and what information you can export to Sisense.

The following is an example of a QuickBooks Online connection string:



The following parameters are mandatory for QuickBooks Online: 

Note: To switch between accounts, you need to delete the file OAuthsettings.txt file located at …\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\CData\QuickbooksOnline\DataProvider.

To help you create a connection string and test the connection, see Connection String Builder for Certified Connectors.

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Switching between Accounts

When you connect to the Quickbooks Online data source, Sisense saves your OAuth values in the file OAuthsettings.txt file located at …\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\CData\Quickbooks Online Data Provider on your Sisense server. To connect to the Quickbooks Online data source with another user on the same machine, you must delete the OAuthsettings.txt file. Sisense will then generate a new file for that user.

Another option to support multiple users is to define the location and file name of an OAuthsettings file for each unique user in your connection string through the OAuthSettingsLocation parameter. When each user connects to the data source, Sisense generates the OAuth file with the file name you specify in the location you define. In the examples below, two users are allowed to access the Quickbooks Online data source, and for each user, Sisense generates a file that contains that user’s OAuth values in the location defined in the string.





In the example above, two OAuth files are created, one for John and one for Sally, in the location C:\QuickbooksOnline\auth\.

This is useful when you support many users who each need to access the Quickbooks Online data source.

Adding QuickBooks Online Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. In the Data page, open an ElastiCube or create a new ElastiCube.
  2. In the Model Editor, click . The Add Data dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.
  4. In Connection String, enter the QuickBooks Online URL. See Creating a Connection String for more information.
  5. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the QuickBooks Online JAR file is located (see Deploying the QuickBooks Online JDBC Driver).
  6. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name: cdata.jdbc.quickbooksonline.QuickBooksOnlineDriver.
  7. In User Name and Password, enter your QuickBooks Online credentials. These fields are not required if the user name and password were provided in the connection string. 
  8. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database will appear in a new window.
  9. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it. 
  10. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  11. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

Creating Schema Files for QuickBooks Online Reports

In addition to tables and views, you can also import QuickBooks Online reports into Sisense. To be able to do this, you need to generate .rsd (report template schema definition) files in DbVizualizer (or in any equivalent tool). For detailed instructions on connecting to DbVizualizer and importing Quickbooks Online reports, click here.

DbVizualizer uses stored procedures to execute the reports. You will then need to write a custom SQL to pull the report data.

To generate the .rsd files:

  1. Once you are connected to DbViz, access the stored procedures under the QuickBooks Online connector. In the left-hand menu, expand the QuickBooks connector until you see tables, views and procedures, then expand the procedures.

  2. Run the procedure that responds to the table you want. Open the SQL tab (SQL Commander > New SQL Commander) and type the syntax exec <ProcedureName>. Once you run it, it creates an .rsd file. This file is added to the folder that you specified in the Location parameter in the connection string.
    Run each of the stored procedures you need.

  3. Move all the resulting .rsd files to the lib folder of the connector: C:\Program Files\Sisense\DataConnectors\JVMContainer\Connectors\QuickBooksOnline\lib.

  4. Restart the JVM service.

  5. In Sisense, when the connector appears for QuickBooks, change the connection string to include the final location of the .rsd files:

    jdbc:quickbooksonline:CompanyId=xxxxxxxxxxxxxx;CallbackURL=http://localhost/;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH;Timeout=0; Location= C:\Program Files\Sisense\DataConnectors\JVMContainer\Connectors\QuickBooksOnline\lib

Now when you connect, you will see the reports along with the original tables when adding data:

For example:

Assume that we have a QuickBooks Online report called GL Detail.

This is an example of a stored procedure for the generation of the .rsd file for gldetail table (sample .rsd file):

EXEC CreateGeneralLedgerDetailReport @ReportName='Gldetail', @Columns='tx_date,txn_type,doc_num,name,memo,account_num,debt_amt,credit_amt'

And this is an example of a custom SQL for GLDetail table:

SELECT * FROM GLDetail WHERE StartDate='2018-01-01' AND EndDate='2018-12-31'

QuickBooks Online Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the QuickBooks Online connector, click here.

For connection string options, click here.

For information on the QuickBooks Online data model, click here.