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Airtable Connection

Introduction

An Airtable connection, created using the Airtable connector, establishes access to Airtable. Once a connection is configured, you can create instances of Airtable activities associated with that connection to be used either as sources (to provide data in an operation) or as targets (to consume data in an operation).

Create or Edit an Airtable Connection

A new Airtable connection is created using the Airtable connector from one of these locations:

An existing Airtable connection can be edited from these locations:

Configure an Airtable Connection

Each user interface element of the Airtable connection configuration screen is described below, along with our recommended configuration.

Airtable connection configuration

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Fields with a variable icon Variable icon support using global variables, project variables, and Jitterbit variables. Begin either by typing an open square bracket [ into the field or by clicking the variable icon to display a list of the existing variables to choose from.

  • Connection Name: Enter a name to use to identify the connection. The name must be unique for each Airtable connection and must not contain forward slashes (/) or colons (:). This name is also used to identify the Airtable endpoint, which refers to both a specific connection and its activities.

  • Auth Scheme: Select the authorization scheme, one of:

    • ApiKey: When selected, the API Key field is shown:

      • API Key: Enter your API key. This authentication method will be deprecated by Airtable on January 31, 2024.
    • PersonalAccessToken: When selected, the OAuth Access Token field is shown:

      • OAuth Access Token: Enter your personal access token, which you can obtain from the Tokens page (login necessary) at Airtable. They are recommended if you are building integrations for yourself, your client, or for your company.
    • OAuthPKCE: (Recommended) This is the authentication method recommended by Jitterbit. You need OAuth authentication if you are building an Airtable integration for many different users that needs to access the Airtable API on behalf of those users. When selected, you provide configuration properties in the Advanced Configurations table below to configure OAuth.

  • Use Proxy Settings: Select to use Private Agent proxy settings.

  • Advanced Configurations: When selected, shows the Advanced Configurations Properties table, which is used to add additional configuration properties as key-value pairs. Click the add icon add icon to add a row to the table below and enter a key-value pair for each property.

    Required for all Auth Scheme menu options, add the following rows:

    Name Value
    BaseId Add the ID of the Airtable base you want to access. You can find the ID in the Airtable URL, starting with app.
    TableNames Add a comma-separated list of all the table names in the Airtable base you want to access. You can find the names in your Airtable URLs, starting with tbls.
    BaseName Add the name of the Airtable base you want to access.

    When the selected AuthScheme is OAuthPKCE, add the following rows:

    Name Value
    OAuthClientId Add the client ID obtained from the Airtable OAuth page (login necessary).
    OAuthClientSecret Add the client secret obtained from the Airtable OAuth page (login necessary).
    InitiateOAuth Set this to either REFRESH (recommended) or OFF.
    OAuthAccessToken Add your access token. You will need a third-party tool, such as Postman, to obtain this token.
    OAuthRefreshToken (Required only if InitiateOAuth was set to REFRESH.) Add your refresh token. You will need a third-party tool, such as Postman, to obtain this token.
    Other Set this equal to OAuthSettingsLocation=, plus a path to a file that your agent has write access to.
    PathDelimiter (Optional, but recommended.) Set this to a character not used in any column names in your tables of interest, such as an underscore _.

    To save the row, click the submit icon submit icon in the rightmost column.

    To edit or delete a single row, hover over the rightmost column and use the edit icon edit icon or delete icon delete icon.

    To delete all rows, click Clear All.

    Important

    When configuring OAuth authentication, be aware of these important notes:

    • OAuth configuration works only for Agent Groups that consist of a single agent.

    • Additional IDs, secrets, scopes, and other authentication tokens may be required in order to successfully complete the OAuth authentication. Check the endpoint documentation for additional information on their requirements.

    • Fields in the Advanced Configurations Properties table display the variable icon Variable icon only in edit mode. For these fields' variable values to be populated at runtime, the agent version must be at least 10.75 / 11.13.

  • Test: Click to verify the connection using the specified configuration. When the connection is tested, the latest version of the connector is downloaded by the agent(s) in the agent group associated with the current environment. This connector supports suspending the download of the latest connector version by using the Disable Auto Connector Update organization policy.

  • Save Changes: Click to save and close the connection configuration.

  • Discard Changes: After making changes to a new or existing configuration, click to close the configuration without saving. A message asks you to confirm that you want to discard changes.

  • Delete: After opening an existing connection configuration, click to permanently delete the connection from the project and close the configuration (see Component Dependencies, Deletion, and Removal). A message asks you to confirm that you want to delete the connection.

Next Steps

After an Airtable connector connection has been created, you place an activity type on the design canvas to create activity instances to be used either as sources (to provide data in an operation) or as targets (to consume data in an operation).

Menu actions for a connection and its activity types are accessible from the project pane and design component palette. For details, see Actions Menus in Connector Basics.

These activity types are available:

  • Query: Retrieves records from a table at Airtable and is intended to be used as a source in an operation.

  • Create: Inserts a record into a table at Airtable and is intended to be used as a target in an operation.

  • Update: Updates a record in a table at Airtable and is intended to be used as a target in an operation.

  • Delete: Deletes a record from a table at Airtable and is intended to be used as a target in an operation.

  • Execute: Executes a procedure at Airtable and is intended to be used as a target in an operation.