How to Connect MySQL to Excel in 2024?

Last Modified: March 4, 2024 - 6 min read

Hannah Recker

Looking to connect MySQL to Excel? You’re in the right place.

This guide is designed for Excel users who want to tap into their MySQL databases directly from Excel.

We’ll show you clear, easy steps to get your MySQL data into Excel, making your data analysis and reporting tasks much simpler.

Let’s dive in!

Why Connect MySQL to Excel?

Integrating MySQL with spreadsheet tools simplifies data management and analysis. It automates reports and updates, enhances visualization, and reduces manual efforts and errors. This makes data more accessible to a wider user base.

  • Streamlined Data Access: Direct integration provides immediate access to the latest data from your MySQL database, enabling timely and informed decisions without the hassle of manual data extraction.
  • Enhanced Data Analysis: Utilize Excel’s powerful analysis tools, like pivot tables and advanced formulas, to delve deeper into your MySQL data, uncovering insights that can drive business strategy and performance.
  • Increased Productivity: Automating data transfer from MySQL to Excel saves time and reduces errors associated with manual entry, allowing teams to focus on more strategic tasks.
  • Improved Data Visualization: Excel’s visualization capabilities, including charts and graphs, make it easier to interpret complex data, facilitating clearer communication of insights and trends to stakeholders.
  • Customizable Reporting: Excel’s flexibility in report creation enables business users to tailor outputs to specific requirements, ensuring reports are relevant and actionable for diverse business needs.

How to Connect Excel to MySQL: Best Methods

Method 1 – Coefficient

Coefficient is an easy-to-use, no-code Excel add-in that seamlessly integrates data from multiple sources, like MySQL, directly into your Connected Spreadsheet.

It’s the fastest option to link MySQL data with Excel, especially for Excel for Web users. Coefficient is both available on Web and Desktop. And, provides a 2-way sync between Excel and MySQL.

Benefits of using Coefficient to import MySQL data into Excel:

  1. Customizable Imports: Coefficient enables tailored data imports from MySQL, allowing precise selection of the necessary data for your spreadsheets, eliminating the need for post-import adjustments.
  2. Simplified Connectivity: Connect MySQL to your spreadsheets effortlessly with Coefficient, bypassing complex coding with its user-friendly interface, streamlining your team’s workflow.
  3. Auto-refresh Capabilities: Set up automatic data syncs with Coefficient to keep your spreadsheets live and up-to-date.

How to connect MySQL to Excel with Coefficient

First, you must install Coefficient from the Office Add-in Store.

Open Excel from your desktop or in Office Online.

Click ‘File’ > ‘Get Add-ins’ > ‘More Add-Ins’

Opening 'Get Add-ins' from the File tab in Excel to search for Coefficient

Type “Coefficient” in the search bar and click  ‘Add.’

Entering 'Coefficient' in the Excel Add-in Store's search bar

A pop-up will open up. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Following installation prompts for Coefficient after adding it from the Office Add-in Store

Once finished, you will see a “Coefficient” tab at the top navigation bar.

Click ‘Open Sidebar’ to launch Coefficient.

Coefficient tab displayed on Excel’s top navigation bar after installation

Select ‘Import from’ in the menu. Scroll down and choose ‘MySQL’ as your data source.

Selecting 'Import from' within the Coefficient sidebar to connect to MySQL to Excel

Note: When you begin a MySQL import for the first time, you will need to go through a few steps to connect MySQL as a data source for Coefficient. You will need your MySQL Hostname, Database Name, Username, and Password. (The default MySQL port is “3306”).

Coefficient provides two MySQL import options: SQL-free table imports for simplicity and custom SQL queries for tailored data selection. Coefficient also offers GPT functionality to assist with your SQL queries.

In this example, click ‘From Tables & Columns’ to continue to the Import Preview window.  

importing from tables mysql to excel

Coefficient’s Import Preview shows you all the table schemas available in your MySQL database.

Select a table to proceed.

Previewing MySQL table schemas available for import to Excel in Coefficient's interface

After selecting a table, its fields appear on the left in the Data Preview. Simply check or uncheck boxes to include or exclude fields, which then update in the main preview as new columns.

Customizing data import by selecting specific fields from a MySQL table in Coefficient

You can further customize your import by adding filters, sorting, limits or even grouping the data in a cloud pivot table.

Filter excel import from mysql

When done, just click the ‘Import’ button at the screen’s right corner, and Coefficient will automatically transfer your data from MySQL to Excel.

MySQL to Excel Data Transfer with Coefficient

Note: Any Coefficient import can be scheduled to update automatically. There are 3 options for scheduling updates to your data: Hourly, Daily, or Weekly.

Setting up automated data refresh schedule in Coefficient for Excelmage12

Method 2 – ODBC Driver on Desktop

For desktop users, Excel offers a direct way to connect to MySQL using an ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver.

Cons for using the ODBC Driver include:

1. Complex Setup: Installing and configuring ODBC drivers requires technical knowledge, making it a challenging task for non-technical users.

2. Performance Over Large Data: Performance can lag, especially over large datasets, which may not be ideal for real-time data analysis.

3. Compatibility and Maintenance: Ensuring compatibility across updates and different systems (database, driver, application) can be cumbersome and requires regular maintenance.

How to use ODBC Driver to connect mySQL to Excel.

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First, you must install the MySQL ODBC driver on your computer from the MySQL official website.

After installation is complete, open Excel and navigate to the ‘Data’ tab.

Select ‘Get Data’ > ‘From Other Sources’ > ‘From ODBC’.

Accessing Data from ODBC in Excel

Next, select the MySQL ODBC driver from the list and enter your database connection details.

Once the connection is established, choose the table(s) you want to import or enter a SQL query to specify the data.

Screenshot demonstrating how to choose tables or enter SQL queries for data import after establishing an ODBC connection in Excel

Load the data into Excel, where you can manipulate, analyze, and visualize it as needed.

Method 3 – Zapier

Zapier is another option for connecting MySQL to Excel. Keep in mind, however, that Zapier’s MySQL connector is a premium feature, requiring at least a Professional subscription for use.

Limitations of Zapier –

1. Costly for High Volume: High-volume or complex automation needs can lead to significant costs due to Zapier’s tiered subscription pricing.

2. Limited Advanced Customization: While great for simple tasks, Zapier can be limiting for complex logic and highly customized integrations.

3. Dependency on Third-party Support: Your workflows are at the mercy of third-party apps maintaining their Zapier integration, potentially breaking your automations if support ceases or changes.

How to use Zapier to connect MySQL to Excel

Create a Zapier account and start a new Zap.

Choose MySQL as the trigger app and configure the trigger event, such as a new or updated row in a database table.

Choosing MySQL Trigger App Workflow Automation

Connect and authenticate your MySQL database with Zapier by providing the necessary connection details.

Select Excel as the action app and specify an action, like adding a row.

Configuring Excel Action MySQL App Workflow Automation

Link your OneDrive or SharePoint account where your Excel files are stored, and map MySQL fields to Excel columns.

Test and activate your Zap. Your data should now automate from MySQL to Excel based on the event triggers you’ve set.

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Hannah Recker Growth Marketer
Hannah Recker was a data-driven growth marketer before partying in the data became a thing. In her 12 years experience, she's become fascinated with the way data enablement amongst teams can truly make or break a business. This fascination drove her to taking a deep dive into the data industry over the past 4 years in her work at StreamSets and Coefficient.
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