Auto linking Shotgun and Google Sheets

Hello everyone! I have long been a fan of using .csv exports from Shotgun to link with GSuite, allowing me to create custom formatted reports within Google sheets and excel. These reports are never live as they require me to export a .csv of the SG page, copy from this document, and then update my Google sheet.

I was wondering if anyone has had success automatically linking these two platforms? I looked into using Javascript tools for GSuite but because Shotgun pages are coded elements, not text tables, I can’t source the information automatically from the Shotgun URL. I also tried using the web link to the .csv file but no luck on that either.

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We have been exporting time logs and uploading them to Google sheets.
However we go the long route of querying Shotgun from Python, and using the gspread library to insert rows into the table.
Generating and inserting the tabular data is actually not that much work, once you get the connection and authentication to google working.

Here is some code for inspiration:

sh = spread.get_worksheet(0)
tl = get_timelog(proj_name)

sh.clear()
sh.append_row(generate_header_row())
rows = map(generate_row_from_record, tl)
num_rows = len(rows)
num_cols = len(rows[0])
# skip first row, which is header
cells = sh.range(2, 1, num_rows + 1, num_cols)

flat_data = sum(rows, [])
for data, cell in zip(flat_data, cells):
    cell.value = data

# batch update
sh.update_cells(cells)
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HI @jessicawynncole,

Welcome to the Community! :wave:

I see that the ever helpful @mmoshev has left an answer to your question, but let us know if you have any further questions.

Have a great Friday :partying_face:

Cheers,
Beth

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Thanks so much! I’ll check this out and respond if I have further questions.

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Hello @mmoshev,

I am just thinking of creating a similar tool. The problem is that I am not even sure how to actually programmatically export the data from Shotgun apart from manually clicking the Export All Tasks To Excel (CSV). Do you have anything in mind?

So I haven’t tested this but now we have a very good REST API in SG you could always just pull the data you need from the gsheets side using Google Appscript (essentially just JS)

Here is a link to the API just in case Shotgun Python API3 — python-api master documentation

I’ve tried using our Shotgrid Event Daemon with a modified logArgs example script from their github to time log status changes to google sheets, but i’m pretty blocked on that.
I basically got all the logs i need going into a file already, but i don’t know where to go from there on to make it write into the google sheet. Checked out some online guides with pygsheets but no luck there. Any more pointers how to set it up with gspread?

Would Appscript be easier to setup? Have never tried it before :open_mouth:

Hi jessica,

I’m looking for the same…Have you got that done?

What blocks you from using gspread? Just the authentication is a bit of a pain to set up (which is for any solution), but the api is pretty straightforward?