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Fusion Tables Console Eclipse Plugin

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For an easier start with Google fusion tables sql. Comes with the usual Eclipse code editor features including warning markers for non-existing tables and fields. You can refer to tables by name or ID, delete, rename and copy tables by sql and export csv. Available also as stand alone application with graphical UI and command line mode.



Table ID substitution

For tables owned by yourself you can use table names instead of table IDs. A fusion tables query actually looks like "SELECT * FROM 1echZ_63RosRjW43qItffBErXayC9VXFiB6quHXA6". Instead you can use the table name for tables you own like in "SELECT * FROM Customer". View the actual query issued with menu item Fu -> View preprocessed query at cursor. Make sure, that table names are unique and there is no naming c

Extended Sql statments

The client accepts some usual Sql terms not covered by Fusion Tables Sql and translates them to api calls. Fusion tables sql limits DELETE and UPDATE statements to single ROWIDs like in "DELETE FROM Emp WHERE ROWID = 11038", alternatively in case of DELETE one may omit the WHERE clause altogether. For them the client accepts the same <filter_condition> in the WHERE clause as SELECT ({ WHERE <filter_condition> | <spatial_condition> { AND <filter_condition> }* }).

So you can use e.g. "DELETE FROM Emp WHERE Salary > 11038". Such statements get broken down to as sequence of single DELETEs, each one issued separately. Note that such statements are not atomic in their execution and there is no transaction mechanism for them. Cancellation or failure leaves the data partially changed.

Find below the definition for the extended sql syntax.

Get started

Google Setup

You need some fusion tables you own or some external table IDs, a google developers project with activated fusion tables api and an OAuth2 client ID (with application type "other") for the project. OAuth2Client ID and client secret need to be set as preferences for the plug-in as described below.


Drag to your running Eclipse workspace to install Fusion Tables Console

Either drag & drop the Eclipse marketplace link above to your running Eclipse instance.
Alternatively within Eclipse go to: Help -> Install New Software... and enter the following update site url: http://curiosag.github.io/ftc/ftcUpdateSite

  • Select the Fusion Tables Console Plug-in feature to install
  • Read the license terms and continue with OK, if you find them acceptable. Never mind, it is the unavoidable EPL.
  • You'll be asked about installing unsigned content. Press OK, if it is for you.
  • After installation you will be prompted for a restart of Eclipse, which is recommended


After Eclipse restarted go to Window -> Open perspective -> Other and choose the Fusion Tables perspective to enable the Fu menu entry and the Export Fu Data entry in the File menu.

Choose Window -> Preferences -> Fusion Tables Console, enter client id and client secret , then press Authenticate. The authentication workflow will try to open your default browser and take you through further steps. If it doesen't show up, you can find the required URL in the log pane, proceed manually in this case. If anything goes wrong with the authentication, the client waits for the defined timeout period and then cancels. In case of success the client stores the credentials and authenticates automatically in future sessions. Please note a known issue described below where multiple GTK versions used by Eclipse may cause a problem.

Once authenticated create a new .sql or .fts file and open it with the Fusion Tables editor. Press ctrl+space in the empty editor window for a list of top level Sql statements.

It is somewhat tested on Ubuntu 15, Oracle Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_60-b27), Eclipse Luna and Mars 1+2. Requires Java 7.

Extended command syntax

Rename tableALTER TABLE [table name or ID] RENAME TO [new name]Atomic
Delete tableDROP TABLE [table name or ID]Atomic
Copy tableCREATE TABLE [table name] AS SELECT * FROM [source table name or ID] Composite: copy, rename. If rename fails, the name of the new table defaults to "Copy of [original name]"
UPDATEUPDATE TABLE [table name or ID] <filter_condition> Composite: select ROWIDs for <filter_condition>, 1 update per ROWID.
DELETEDELETE FROM [table name or ID] { <filter_condition> }Composite: select ROWIDs for <filter_condition>, 1 delete per ROWID.


Ctrl+Alt+RExecute query under cursor
Ctrl+Alt+AExecute all queries sequentially
Ctrl+Alt+CCancel query execution
Ctrl+Alt+VView preprocessed query
Ctrl+TShow tables


Details about certain limitations of the client and the fusion tables service itself you can find with the description of the standalone client.

Known issues

Under certain circumstances with GTK under Linux there's a segmentation fault when Eclipse tries to access the desktop, which is precisely what the authentication workflow does. If that happens to you, please refer to the straight forward workaround in the bug description. It cleared the problem for me with Mars 2, with Luna it didn't happen in the first place.


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