Connect (Just About) Any Platform To Databox With Custom Integrations

No matter where your data is stored, Databox can help you visualize it. Go beyond what’s natively available and create metrics from your SQL database, or through Custom API Integrations and the REST API.

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After reading this guide, you’ll understand…

  • How to connect Custom API Integrations to build more metrics 
  • How to access data from a SQL database to visualize performance 
  • Ways to push pre-processed data to Databox using the Rest API
Why use Custom Integrations?

Get Access To More Integrations And Metrics…

As a business, you’re using various tools and platforms to manage your operations. Each of these tools generates valuable data that can help you understand how a section of your business is performing. But, to really unlock insights, you need to be able to see the bigger picture. Without a way to create custom integrations, you’ll likely run into issues with…

  • Incomplete insights: Your team has unique needs when it comes to data. Without the ability to create custom metrics, you may be missing out on critical insights. 
  • Scaling your team’s data – As your business grows and adopts new tools and platforms, you’ll need more flexibility with the types of data and tools you can integrate with. 
  • Reporting visibility– If you can’t visualize all of your data in one platform, you may end up missing or overlooking valuable insights.

Using Custom Integrations in Databox, you’ll be able to…

  • Create more robust metrics – With 30+ Custom API Integrations, you’ll be able to build the exact metrics you need for your business. 
  • Create a single source of truth – By connecting to your SQL database, you can transform complex language structures and large data sets into beautiful and easily understood visualizations. 
  • Scale reporting in one place  – If a tool you need is not natively available, you can use the REST API to connect almost any of your tools and platforms to Databox.

How To Connect Custom API Integrations To Build Robust Metrics

When it comes to pulling data from non-native integrations, tools like Zapier and Make can definitely come in handy. But, they don’t always provide the level of flexibility and control that you need when building unique metrics for your business.

By using Custom API Integrations, you can create more advanced metrics that take your reporting to the next level. With more control over how your data is set up, you’ll create metrics that third-party tools just can’t match.

To browse the available Custom API Integrations, navigate to the Data Manager. Then: 

  • Select + New Connection 
  • Select Custom API Integrations under the dropdown menu Show 

Once you’ve found the Custom API Integration you would like to connect with, click Connect. 

The connection flow will be no different than the one for native integrations. This means you’ll either be prompted to use your login details, API key, or URL.


How To Connect Your SQL Database To Visualize Performance 

From tracking customer orders to storing employee information, SQL is a go-to for businesses that need to store and organize large amounts of data. But, having access to all this raw data is not enough. You need to be able to visualize it. 

By connecting your SQL database to Databox, you can transform your data into stunning easy-to-understand visualizations. 

From the Data Manager, you’ll be able to filter results to only show SQL database integrations. 

But, before connecting your SQL database, you’ll first want to prepare the database and host. To learn how to do this for your specific database, you’ll want to: 

  • Find the database from the list of Data Source connections
  • Click Connect 
  • Select the tab Help Article 

Once you’ve read the relevant help article and are ready to take the next step, click Connect Now.


How To Connect The REST API To Scale Your Data Source Connections

APIs are the backbone of many of our favorite apps and websites. It’s what allows different platforms to communicate with each other and share data. 

So, what do you do when the data source you need is not natively available in Databox? By using the Databox REST API and connecting it directly to data source’s API, you’ll be able to sync data from almost any platform. This means you won’t need to jump between different tools to get the insights you need—it’s all in Databox. 

To create your own REST API Data Source connection, type Custom Rest API in the search bar and press the green Connect button. You’ll then be prompted to enter your Custom Data Source Connection details and authorize the Databox app. Learn more about what we support and how to activate a Custom REST API here.


3 Quick Tips & Tricks

  1. Use The Right Menu Bar To Quickly Find Custom Integration Options ⬇️

    You can use the right menu bar to quickly scan the available Custom Integration options in Databox. Let’s say you’re looking to connect your MySQL database. By clicking MySQL from the menu you’ll automatically open the connection pop-up.

  2. Use The Roadmap To Request New Integrations Or Upvote Existing Ones ⬇️

    Databox offers a wide range of native integrations with popular Data Sources like GA4, HubSpot, Facebook Ads, and more. With new Data Sources being added to the platform, you’ll be able to request new integrations or upvote existing requests right inside the Databox app! Even better, when you upvote or add new suggestions, we’ll always make sure you’re the first to know the moment something you asked for becomes available.

  3. Let a Databox Expert Built Custom Integrations For You ⬇️

    Do you need some help syncing custom data to Databox? Let the Databox experts work with your team to get your data into an SQL database or build a native integration just for you! 

    You can request assistance right from inside the app. Just fill out the questionnaire and our team will be in touch.

Need more guidance? Check out…

Master Overview: Custom API Integrations

Guide: Using Rest API Integrations with Databox

How To Submit A Request To The Roadmap