Power BI Connector for Airtable

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Creating the Data Source Name

This section describes how to edit the DSN configuration and then authenticate and connect to Airtable APIs.

Editing the DSN Configuration

You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to edit the DSN configuration. Note that the DSN is created during the installation process, as described in Installing the Connector.

Complete the following steps to edit the DSN configuration:

  1. Select Start > Search, and enter ODBC Data Sources in the Search box.
  2. Choose the version of the ODBC Administrator that corresponds to the bitness of your Power BI Desktop installation (32-bit or 64-bit).
  3. Click the System DSN tab.
  4. Select the system data source and click Configure.
  5. Edit the information on the Connection tab and click OK.

Connecting to Airtable

The Airtable data source only supports the simple token-based authentication method.

To establish a connection begin by locating your ApiKey. You can find this by logging into your Airtable account and navigating to the API section. Then, click Generate API key.

From the same API section, identify your BaseId. Click on Airtable API, or navigate to https://airtable.com/api and select a base.

Supply the following to connect to data:

  • ApiKey: Set this to your API key noted earlier.
  • BaseId: Set this to your Base Id noted earlier. In the introduction section you can find "The ID of this base is appxxN2ftedc0nEG7."
  • TableNames: A comma separated list of table names for the selected base. These are the same names of tables as found in the UI.

You may also optionally specify the following to further refine data access:

  • ViewNames: A comma separated list of views in the format TableA.ViewA,TableA.ViewB,..etc. These are the same names of the views as found in the UI.

Important note : '.' character is not suggested to be used for column names since it is used for bulding column names based on paths and may risk breaking INSERT/UPDATE statements. If you already have column names that contain '.' character, please set PathDelimiter connection property to a character that is not used in column names. PathDelimiter is equal to '.' by default.

  • PathDelimiter: The character which will be used as delimiter for bulding column names based on paths.

Next Step

See Getting Data for the next step, which is connecting to the data that you want to work with.

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