How to show Google BigQuery data in Zendesk

In this guide, we'll walk through the process of querying a Google BigQuery database and displaying the results in a Zendesk support ticket using FactBranch. This method also works exactly the same with Zendesk Sell and Zendesk Chat.

Creating a FactBranch Account

To get started, create a FactBranch account. Every account starts with a 14-day free trial. Once you've created your account, navigate to the data pipeline dashboard and select the option to show data in the FactBranch Zendesk app.

Create a data pipeline in FactBranch

Understanding Data Pipelines

The most basic data pipeline consists of a trigger and a display node. The trigger initiates the pipeline (in our case, the Zendesk app), and the display node shows the data we retrieve from the BigQuery database. What's missing at this point is the node that actually queries the BigQuery database. So let's create that next.

Connecting Google BigQuery to FactBranch

First, connect your Google BigQuery account to FactBranch. Navigate to 'Data Sources' click 'Add data source' and select 'Google BigQuery'. You'll be redirected to an OAuth flow to grant read access.

Connect to your BigQuery account

Creating a REST API Node

Once your BigQuery account is connected, go back to the flow you've just created and add a REST API node. Head to the Authentication tab and make sure the Google BigQuery account we've just connected, is selected as the authentication method.

Node authentication

Return to the Request body tab and enter the following details:

  • HTTP Method: POST
  • URL:

Replace YOUR_PROJECT with your actual project ID in Google BigQuery.

Next, you'll need to enter the request payload, which contains the SQL query to fetch data from BigQuery. Use the following as a starting point.

  "query": "SELECT * FROM <YOUR_TABLE> WHERE email=@email",
  "defaultDataset": {
    "datasetId": "<YOUR_DATASET>",
    "projectId": "<YOUR_PROJECT>"
  "useLegacySql": false,
  "queryParameters": [
      "name": "email",
      "parameterType": {
        "type": "STRING"
      "parameterValue": {
        "value": $

Replace YOUR_PROJECT, YOUR_DATASET and YOUR_TABLE with your actual project, dataset and table names in Google BigQuery.

REST API node to load data from BigQuery

Using placeholders

The payload above contains two levels of placeholders: In queryParameters we define a placeholder called email that we can use in the SQL query as @email. In parameterValue.value we use FactBranch's placeholder to supply the actual value, that we want to look up, to the request.

Understanding BigQuery's Output Format

BigQuery returns data in a specific format, consisting of an array of rows with values and additional meta-information about the query.

Create UI to Display Data in Zendesk

In the Show data in Zendesk flow, click Edit in the Zendesk App Display node to create a visual output that will be displayed in the Zendesk sidebar.

Display node to generate a visual output for Zendesk

An example template displaying the data in a label-value style and a table style simultaneously, that you can use as a starting point, is shown below:

<h3>Customer data</h3>
{% for row in data.rows %}
  <div class="c_fbzd_item">
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__label">Name</div>
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__value">{{ row.f[0].v }}</div>

  <div class="c_fbzd_item">
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__label">Email</div>
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__value">{{ row.f[1].v }}</div>

  <div class="c_fbzd_item">
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__label">Revenue</div>
    <div class="c_fbzd_item__value">{{ row.f[2].v }}</div>
{% endfor %}

<h3>As a table</h3>

<table class="c_fbzd_table">
  {% for row in data.rows %}
      <td>{{ row.f[0].v }}</td>
      <td>{{ row.f[1].v }}</td>
      <td>{{ row.f[2].v }}</td>
  {% endfor %}

Also check out our detailed documentation on the Zendesk App Display node

If everything is set up correctly, you should see the query result from Google BigQuery rendered in the custom card preview.

Installing the Zendesk App

Finally, install the FactBranch app in Zendesk by following the links provided in your trigger config in your data pipeline. During installation, you'll need your API key from FactBranch which links your data pipeline with Zendesk.

FactBranch Zendesk app

And that's it! You've successfully set up a system that queries data from Google BigQuery and displays it in your Zendesk support tickets. Remember that this setup works just as well for Zendesk Sell and Zendesk Chat too!

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