Google Sheets Import

This topic describes how to import data from a Google Sheets file.


Data Import Wizard pages can slightly differ due to the product you have been using.

  1. Decide what table to import the data to:

    For a new table:

    • On the Database menu, click Import Data.

    For an existing table:

    • In Database Explorer, right-click a table and select Import Data on the shortcut menu. The Data Import wizard opens with the predefined parameters: a connection, a database, and a table to import the data to.


    • On the Database menu, click Import Data and select a required table on the Data Import > Destination wizard tab.
  2. On the Data Import > Source file wizard tab that opens, select the Google Sheets import format, specify the Google Spreadsheet ID/URL, and click Next.
  3. On the Data Import > Destination wizard tab, specify the connection, database, and table to import the data to, and click Next.


    If you selected the table in Database Explorer before opening the Data Import wizard, the wizard will open with the predefined connection parameters of the selected table. To create or edit the Oracle connection, use the corresponding options and follow the instructions.

  4. On the Data Import > Destination wizard tab, set additional importing options to customize the import, and click Next.

    • If the source data is located on several sheets, specify which of them to choose for the import.
    • Specify the data range to import. You can see it highlighted with green in the Preview section. If you want to import the data partially, clear the Detect a range automatically check box and specify the Start Cell and End Cell values or click next to these fields and double-click a cell on the Preview grid. The specified range will be highlighted with green; skipped lines will be highlighted with white.
    • Select to import the data either in rows or in columns.
    • Specify the header position if required. It will be highlighted with blue in the Preview section. If you don’t specify the header position, the imported columns will get default names - column1, column2, etc.

  5. On the Data Import > Data formats wizard tab, specify data formats for the source data and click Next.
  6. On the Data Import > Mapping wizard tab, map the Source columns to the Target ones. If you are importing the data into a new table, dbForge Studio will automatically create and map all the columns. If you are importing into an existing table, only columns with the same names will be mapped, the rest should be mapped manually. (If no columns with the same name are found, they are mapped in succession - the 1st column in Source with the 1st column in Target, etc.)

    See the Target columns on the top and the Source columns at the bottom of the wizard page.


    To cancel mapping of all the columns, click Clear Mappings on the toolbar. To restore it, click Fill Mapping.

  7. If you are importing to a new table, you can edit the Target column properties by double-clicking them on the top grid. Select the Key check box for a column with a primary key and click Next.


    You should select at least one column with a primary key, otherwise some of import modes on the Modes wizard page will be disabled.

  8. On the Data Import > Modes wizard tab, select the import mode to define the way data to be imported and click Next.
  9. On the Data Import > Output wizard tab, use of the following output options to manage the data import script and click Next:

    • Open the data import script in the internal editor
    • Save the data import script to a file
    • Import data directly to the database
  10. On the Data Import > Errors handling wizard tab, select how dbForge Studio should handle errors during import, and click Next.
  11. To start importing, click Import and view the import progress. dbForge Studio will notify you whether the import completed successfully or failed.
  12. To open the log file, click Show log file.
  13. To close the wizard, click Finish.


You can save the import settings as a template for future uses. Click Save on any wizard page to save the selected settings. Next time you should only select a template and specify a location of the Source data - all the settings will be already set.