Connecting Bold BI to FreshBooks data source

Bold BI dashboard designer supports connecting FreshBooks web services through REST API.

Choose FreshBooks data source

To configure the FreshBooks data source, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the Data Sources button in the configuration panel to add a new data connection.

    Data source icon

  2. Click CREATE NEW to launch a new connection from the connection panel.
  3. Select the FreshBooks connection in the connection panel.

    Choose data source

NOTE

You can also create a data source from the home page by clicking the Data Sources menu from left menu panel and Create Data Source from the data sources page.

Choose data source

Authentication with FreshBooks

Use the following steps to authenticate with FreshBooks web service.

  1. Click the data source, you will be prompted with a login window. Enter the credentials of your FreshBooks account to authorize.
  2. Click Allow in the authorization window to accept the scopes requested by Bold BI dashboards.

    NOTE

    If the permission is denied, the account will not be accessible from the dashboard.

  3. Set a name to identify the account and click Next.
  4. You have now successfully authorized your connection. Click Connect to continue with the data source connection.
  5. To connect via existing account, refer Connected Accounts.

NOTE

If you need to connect to another account click Connect New Account.

Connect to FreshBooks

Create FreshBooks data source

After successful authentication, the NEW DATA SOURCE configuration panel opens. Follow the below steps to create FreshBooks data source.

  1. Enter a name and description (optional) for the data source.
  2. Enter a valid FreshBooks REST API endpoint in the URL textbox. Refer the FreshBooks API documentation for more details.

    Example: https://api.freshbooks.com/accounting/account/<:account_id>/items/items

  3. Select GET method for the REST API in Method combo box.
  4. In Max Rows, enter the maximum number of rows to be fetched from the FreshBooks data source. This value is used to fetch the data from FreshBooks data source via pagination.
  5. Choose a time interval for Refresh Settings using the combo box, to trigger the Rest API request periodically to keep the data in sync with our dashboard.
  6. Select JSON data type in Data Format combo box.
  7. The authentication type will be set to FreshBooks automatically since OAuth is used for authenticating with FreshBooks account.

You can also edit the connection information set here using the Edit Connection option.

Additional information

Max Rows Most of the REST APIs return only fewer data on a single API request. To pull the amount of data you need, set a value in this field. Pagination is handled internally and will fetch the amount of data you need.
Refresh Settings Period of time before next refresh call is triggered. This will automatically trigger a call for the API configured in the data source to keep the data up to date. If you do not want to sync your new data, choose ‘Never’.

Setting up the URL

Fetch data about specific account - Sample URL

  1. Replace the <:account_id> in the URL to query the items endpoint.
  2. Query the /users/me endpoint.
  3. From the listed information get the account id.

Replace it in the URL to query a particular group:

https://api.freshbooks.com/accounting/account/<:account_id>/items/items

Sample queries

Invoices

https://api.freshbooks.com/accounting/account/JNRnzL/invoices/invoices

Expenses

https://api.freshbooks.com/accounting/account/JNRnzL/expenses/expenses

Preview and data import

  • Click Preview & Connect to connect with the configurations set.
  • The Choose Schema(s) dialog opens. The schema represents the key fields of JSON data retrieved from FreshBooks Rest API request. This dialog displays a list of schemas in treeview and its corresponding values in grid for preview. Select required schema(s) from treeview to use in designer and click Connect.

    Preview

  • Now, the data design view page with selected table schema opens. Drag and drop the table.
    Query Editor

  • Click Save to save the data source with a relevant name.

Connected accounts for OAuth data sources

If you have already logged into the account and authenticated with web data source, the account information will be listed here. You can select one of the accounts or connect to a new account by clicking the Connect New Account button.

OAuth

You can edit, delete and re-authorize this account from the Connected Accounts page.

Manage Accounts

Blog Post - https://www.boldbi.com/blog/key-metrics-for-your-business-growth-with-freshbooks

Data Transformation - https://help.syncfusion.com/bold-bi/visualize-data/joining-table

Editing a Data Connection - https://help.syncfusion.com/bold-bi/editing-a-data-connection

Dashboard Designer Walk Through - https://help.syncfusion.com/bold-bi/dashboard-designer-walk-through

FreshBooks API Limits - https://www.freshbooks.com/api/limits

FreshBooks Integration - https://www.boldbi.com/integrations/freshbooks