Emma Butler
Jul 16 · 3 min read
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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 Google Sheets. Understanding the data in your database should be easy!

The first solution is a bit technical and the following three require no coding whatsoever.

Script:

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:

Zapier allows for you to update MySQL when Google Sheets is updated. You first need to download MySQL to .csv and then upload it to Google Sheets, though (there is no way to import whole database tables into Google Sheets). Once that is done, 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.

Actiondesk

Actiondesk can push whichever data you choose from MySQL into Google Sheets. You can even schedule it to update regularly if you want, so your data is always live and matches what is in your MySQL. You could also just do a one-time “dump” into Google Sheets. Once you’ve edited your data in Google Sheets, Actiondesk allows you to push your updated/edited data back into MySQL whenever you choose.

One optional feature is creating a 2-way sync from MySQL to Google Sheets. Whatever you change in Google Sheets is reflected in MySQL and vice-versa.

If you have someone on your team who can’t figure out querying with SQL, has a hard time navigating MySQL, or you don’t want to train a new employee in SQL, then this is a great option for you because your team can edit Google Sheets and it is reflected back in MySQL, without your team ever having to go into your SQL database.

(Just as an FYI, I work for Actiondesk so I’m definitely biased, but I would say Actiondesk is the way to go :) ! )

Blockspring

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 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 for MySQL to Google Sheets, click here!

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