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Google Sheets + Steampipe

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and work with other people.

Steampipe is an open source CLI to instantly query cloud APIs using SQL.

Query all the sheets in your spreadsheet:

| title |
| Marks |
| Students |
| Dashboard |
| Books |
| Employees |

Query cell values for a given sheet:

sheet_name = 'Students';
| cell | value |
| A1 | Student Name |
| A2 | Alexandra |
| A3 | Andrew |
| A4 | Anna |
| A5 | Becky |
| B1 | ID |
| B2 | 1 |
| B3 | 2 |
| B4 | 3 |
| B5 | 4 |


Get started


Download and install the latest Google Sheets plugin:

steampipe plugin install googlesheets


Credentials1. To use OAuth client, configure your credentials.
2. To use domain-wide delegation, generate your service account and credentials and delegate domain-wide authority to your service account. Use https://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive.readonly OAuth 2.0 scope, so that the service account can access Google Sheet service.
RadiusEach connection represents a single Google spreadsheet.
Resolution1. Credentials from the JSON file specified by the token_path parameter in your Steampipe config.
2. Credentials from the default json file location (~/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json).
3. Credentials from the JSON file specified by the credentials parameter in your Steampipe config.


Installing the latest googlesheets plugin will create a config file (~/.steampipe/config/googlesheets.spc) with a single connection named googlesheets:

connection "googlesheets" {
plugin = "googlesheets"
# The spreadsheet ID can be found in the spreadsheet's URL, e.g., https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11iXfj-RHpFsil7_hNK-oQjCqmBLlDfCvju2AOF-ieb4
# spreadsheet_id = "11iXfj-RHpFsil7_hNK-oQjCqmBLlDfCvju2AOF-ieb4"
# If no sheets are specified, then all sheets will be retrieved
# sheets = ["Dashboard", "Students", "Books", "Marks", "Employees"]
# You may connect to Google Sheet using more than one option:
# 1. To authenticate using OAuth 2.0, specify a client secret file
# `token_path` - The path to a JSON credential file that contains Google application credentials.
# If `token_path` is not specified in a connection, credentials will be loaded from:
# - The path specified in the `GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS` environment variable, if set; otherwise
# - The standard location (`~/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json`)
# token_path = "/Users/myuser/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json"
# 2. To authenticate using domain-wide delegation, specify a service account credential file and the user email for impersonation
# `credentials` - Either the path to a JSON credential file that contains Google application credentials, or the contents of a service account key file in JSON format.
# credentials = "/path/to/my/creds.json"
# `impersonated_user_email` - The email (string) of the user which should be impersonated. Needs permissions to access the Admin APIs.
# impersonated_user_email = "username@domain.com"

The default values for the spreadsheet_id and sheets arguments are configured to be used with our Google Sheets Plugin - Sample School Data spreadsheet, which is a public spreadsheet maintained by the Steampipe team. All of our examples in this document, and in our table documents, are based on this sample spreadsheet.

Get involved

Advanced configuration options

Authenticate using OAuth client

You can use client secret credentials to protect the user's data by only granting tokens to authorized requestors. Use following steps to configure credentials:

  • Configure the OAuth consent screen.

  • Create an OAuth client ID credential with the application type Desktop app, and download the client secret JSON file.

  • Wherever you have the Google Cloud SDK installed, run the following command with the correct client secret JSON file parameters:

    gcloud auth application-default login \
    --client-id-file=client_secret.json \
  • In the browser window that just opened, authenticate as the user you would like to make the API calls through.

  • Review the output for the location of the Application Default Credentials file, which usually appears following the text Credentials saved to file:.

  • Set the Application Default Credentials filepath in the Steampipe config token_path or in the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable.