Exporting data from MySQL to Google Sheets can be great for visualizing your data, creating reports or dashboards and even mass editing and updating. I’ve put together the top 4 ways to get MySQL data to your spreadsheet. Understanding the data in your database should be easy!
The first solution is a bit technical and the following three require no coding whatsoever, the last one being slightly different.
If you’re technical or willing to learn to try something techy, you can add code to Google Sheet’s script. You can read all about how to do that here.
This edit in the Google Sheets Script enables you to type in an SQL query into a cell in Google Sheets and retrieve your queried data. If you make changes to the queried data in Google Sheets it will not be reflected in MySQL.
If you’re not technical, keep reading. We have easy no-code options ahead.
Zapier allows for you to update MySQL when Google Sheets is updated. Once you've created a new sheet in Google Sheets with all your MySQL data, you can create zaps to keep your data live. You would create one zap for updating cells in Google Sheets when you update MySQL, another zap for when you update MySQL and want it to reflect in Google Sheets, another zap for a new row in Google Sheets to be added in MySQL.
Zapier is a great no-code tool but all the zaps can get a little repetitive to do and make.
As a Google Sheets add-on, Blockspring is very easy to set up. Blockspring allows you to query your database and have it be outputted on your Google Sheets. However, you cannot edit this data and then have it reflected back in MySQL. Blockspring is great for one-off exports to Google Sheets where you might want to create a dashboard or report from your MySQL database.
I'd like to introduce you to a slightly different option, a spreadsheet that is natively integrated with MySQL. Meaning no more CSV copy pasting. This is Actiondesk, a spreadsheet software natively integrated with your business apps and data sources. You can import data from SQL, Stripe, Salesforce, Hubspot and more.
(Just as an FYI, I work for Actiondesk so I’m definitely biased, but I would say you should definitely have a look at Actiondesk spreadsheet!)
I hope one of these solutions helps to simplify your life with MySQL and help make you and your team more efficient and productive. If you have any questions or if there’s a tool I didn’t mention comment below!
If you’re interested in Actiondesk as a solution to work on a spreadsheet that is natively integrated with MySQL, click here!