Using the Google Drive Source Component

The Google Drive Source component is an SSIS data flow pipeline component that can be used to read / retrieve data from Google Drive.

The component includes the following two pages to configure how you want to read data from Google Drive.

  • General
  • Columns

General

The General page of the Google Drive Source Component allows you to specify the general settings of the component.

Google Drive Source - General

Source Item Settings

Connection Manager

The Google Drive Source Component requires a Google Drive connection in order to connect to Google Drive. The Connection Manager drop-down will show a list of all Google Drive Connection Managers that are available for your current SSIS package.

Source Item Path

The Source Item Path specifies the base item to select. Click the ellipsis button ('...') to open up a Google Drive browser dialog to select an item.

Item Selection Mode

The Item Selection Mode specifies what Google Drive item(s) will get selected. The Files Only modifier will still go through folders to retrieve items but will not return any records for the folders.

  • Selected Item: Retrieves only the item specified by Source Item Path.
  • Recursive: Retrieves the selected item (specified by the Source Item Path option) and all sub items recursively.
  • Selected Level: Retrieves the selected item and all immediate sub items under the folder as specified by the Source Item Path option.
  • Recursive (Files only): Retrieves items the same as the Recursive mode but only returns files.
  • Selected Level (Files only): Retrieves items the same as the Selected Level mode but only returns files.
Page Size

The Page Size lets you specify how many records to retrieve per service call to Google Drive. The default is set to 1000.

Refresh Component Button

Clicking the Refresh Component button causes the component to retrieve the latest metadata and update each field to its most recent metadata.

Expression fx Button

Clicking the fx button to launch SSIS Expression Editor to enable dynamic update of the property at run time.

Generate Documentation Button

Clicking the Generate Documentation button to generate a Word document which describes the component's metadata including relevant mapping, and so on.

Columns

The Columns page of the Google Drive Source Component shows you all available attributes from the object that you specified on the General page.

Google Drive Source - Columns

On the top left of the grid, you can see a checkbox, which can be used to toggle the selection of all available fields. This is a productive way to check or uncheck all available fields.

The Columns Page grid consists of:

  • Google Drive Field: Column that will be retrieved from the current item (file or folder).
  • Data Type: The data type of this field.

Note: As a general best practice, you should only select the fields that are needed for the downstream pipeline components.