How do I connect Klipfolio and Google Calendar?

You can set up a connection between Klipfolio® and your Google Calendar data to display your calendar metrics on a dashboard.

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What options do I have for visualizing my Google Calendar data?

Create data visualizations based on pre-built options or build your own. The choice is yours!

Pre-built by Klipfolio

In collaboration with industry experts and adhering to current best practices and trends, Klipfolio focuses on getting the most out of your data and presenting it in meaningful, actionable visualizations. Our pre-built content, including pre-built data sources and pre-built Klips can act as a complete solution or as a starting point toward custom building.

  • Google Calendar pre-built data sources: Data sources provide the foundation for Klip® building, so we suggest you create a data source as a first step (before building Klips and adding them to your dashboard). Our pre-built data sources focus on the most sought-after Google Calendar data and are found on the Service Connectors page, available from this link or from your list of data sources. When you select a service connector from this page, the data source for that service is automatically added.
  • Google Calendar pre-built Klips: Pre-built Klips enable you to quickly set up a dashboard using predefined visualizations that display common key metrics. Pre-built Klips are found in the Klip Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery.

Custom-built by you

Taking the time to learn how to create your own data sources and Klips unlocks your data and enables you to control, manipulate, and transform it, leading you to unprecedented insights into your business.

  • Custom data sources: When you create a custom data source, you can either use the pre-built data source as a starting point from which to write your own query or you can write your own queries from the ground up and build a data source from scratch. You create custom-built data sources from the Service Connectors page, accessible from this link or from your list of data sources.
  • Custom Klips: Using our Klip Editor, you can construct and manipulate your data, including integrating multiple data sources, to produce unique, custom-built data visualizations. You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard.

 

Regardless of whether you choose pre-built, custom-built, or a combination of both, before you can start building Klips and dashboards you need to connect to Google Calendar data in Klipfolio.

How do I connect to Google Calendar data in Klipfolio?

When you connect your Google Calendar data to Klipfolio, you will be prompted to connect your Google Calendar account by entering your username and password.

Doing so will create a token that enables Klipfolio to securely access your Google Calendar account. Your token looks like George@Google. You can use and reuse the same token every time you connect to Google Calendar.

Note: You manage your connections (tokens) to Google Calendar in Klipfolio under Connected Accounts in the Account section.

To connect your Google Calendar data to Klipfolio, you will need to your Calendar ID.

How do I find my Calendar ID?

If you choose to create a pre-built or custom-built data source, you will need to enter your Calendar ID into a specific spot in the query.

To find your Calendar ID:

  1. Log in to your Google Calendar account.
  2. From your calendar list, click the 3-dot menu for the calendar you want to query.
  3. Click Settings and sharing.
  4. In the left navigation, click Integrate calendar.
  5. Copy your Calendar ID.

How do I add a Google Calendar pre-built data source?

To add a Google Calendar pre-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Google Calendar from the list.
  2. Select a pre-built data source from the left section of the Pick a Data Request page.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to Google Calendar:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Google Calendar login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your Google Calendar data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with Google Calendar before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. Adjust the Query URL information, as noted on the Configure Data Source page, to replace any generic placeholder data with your own.
    For example, replace <yourCalendarID> with your own Calendar ID.
  6. Click Submit.

Note: In addition to your unmodelled data source, you can create a modelled version of your data source at this stage. To create a modelled data source, ensure that the checkbox next to Model this data source is selected before clicking Continue.

To learn more about creating a modelled data source, click here.

How do I add Google Calendar pre-built Klips?

In the Klip Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery you can browse individual Google Calendar pre-built Klips and add them to your dashboard. You replace the sample data that is included in pre-built Klips with your own Google Calendar data by clicking the menu in the Klip and selecting Connect your data.

How do I create a Google Calendar custom-built data source?

To create a Google Calendar custom-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose Google Calendar from the list.
  2. On the Pick a Data Request page, click Create a custom Google Calendar data source.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to Google Calendar:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Google Calendar login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your Google Calendar data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with Google Calendar before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. Adjust the Query URL information, as noted on the Configure Data Source page, to replace any generic placeholder query information with your own.
    For example, replace <yourCalendarID> with your own Calendar ID.
  6. Edit the Query URL to return the data you need. Refer to the Google Calendar API documentation for details.
  7. Click Submit.

Note: In addition to your unmodelled data source, you can create a modelled version of your data source at this stage. To create a modelled data source, ensure that the checkbox next to Model this data source is selected before clicking Continue.

To learn more about creating a modelled data source, click here.

If you want to edit a data source that you already created, check out How to edit or reconfigure a data source, and get step-by-step instructions.

How do I create a Google Calendar data source from scratch?

You can choose to build a data source from scratch. Klipfolio connects to hundreds of services in the cloud that have a REST API. If you take the time to learn your service’s API to create queries for the data you want, your possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick overview video on APIs and Klipfolio:

 Klipfolio API's 101

If you need assistance using APIs, enlist a data analyst or developer.

Use the Google Calendar API Explorer to build and test your queries before you use them to bring data into Klipfolio.

Refer to the Google Calendar API documentation to discover more data requests.

When you are happy with your query, click Submit, and then save and name your new data source. You're now ready to use it to build a Google Calendar Klip.

See the reference table below for API related information and sample queries.

API Documentation Google Calendar API documentation
API Explorer Google Calendar API Explorer

Authentication Method

OAuth Token Authentication
Response Format JSON
Sample Queries

To get all the events in a calendar:

https://www.googleapis.com/calendar/v3/calendars/<calendarID>/events/

To get all the events in a calendar for a specific time period:

https://www.googleapis.com/calendar/v3/calendars/<calendarID>/events?timeMin={date.startOfWeek.format("yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss")}&timeMax={date.endOfWeek.format("yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss")}

How do I create a Google Calendar custom Klip?

You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard. You choose a data visualization format, for example, a pie chart, gauge, or table, and decide whether you want to use an existing data source or create a new one. In the Klip Editor, there are limitless opportunities to modify, relate, and display your data. See the following related articles for more information and get building!

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