Data sources

Use the Data sources page to create and manage data sources, which can be used to retrieve data from third-party services.

After the data source is created, you can use the Data lookup form control to add a field with a drop-down list to the form. The drop-down list will display data retrieved from a third-party service. The users of the form will be able to select a value to populate the field.

With data source permissions, you can manage access for other users to use, edit, and delete data sources. For more information, see Assign data source permissions.

  • Data sources are not currently supported for embedded forms. For more information on embedded forms, see Find a form URL or snippet.
  • When you configure Data lookup form control in forms, your third-party service data will be accessible to form designers and participants (end-users).

You can create data sources for:

View the Data sources page

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Automate.

  2. On the left menu, click Data sources.

Create a connection for your data source

You need to add a connection in your Nintex Workflow Cloud tenant to configure a data source. You can use an existing connection to create a data source or if you want to use a new connection you must create the connection before you start configuring a data connection.

Caution:  Deleting a connection will impact all data sources and forms (with Data lookup form control) using that connection.

For more information about creating a connection for your data source, see Connectors.

Create a data source

Before you start 

Assign data source permissions

Permissions enable you to manage access for other users to use, edit, and delete data sources.





Connection owners

Data source editors

Data source users

Note: By default, users with administrator role will have the same rights as a Connection owner.

Data sources columns, fields, and selections

Section Field or selection Description
Data sources Name Name specified when the data source is added. Example: Google Directory - Get groups
  Description Description to identify the purpose of the data source.
  Connector Connector specified when the data source is added. Example: Google Directory.
  Connection Connection used to create the data source is added. Example: GoogleDirectoryConnection.
  Date created Date and time when the data source is added.
  Created by Name of the data source creator.
  Date modified Date and time when the data source is edited.
  Modified by Name of the user that last edit the data source.
  Options ()

Lists the following options for the selected data source:

  • Edit: Allows you to edit the data source configuration except for Connector and Operation fields.
  • Permissions: Displays the data source permissions dialog where you can edit data source permissions.
  • Delete: Displays the Delete data source dialog where you can delete a data source.
Add new Data source name Name of the data source to be created.
  Description Description to identify the purpose of the data source.
  Connector Lists the available connectors.
  Operation Displays the operation available for the selected Connector. For more information, see Connectors and Xtensions.
  Save data source Adds the data source in the data sources page.
  Cancel Closes the Add new section.

Manage data sources

Example: Using a data source

In this example we will guide you on how to create a SharePoint Online data source to retrieve data from existing SharePoint Online lists.

Let's say you are creating a job application form that lets the applicants:

  • Choose the following field values from a drop-down:
    • Job Location
    • Job Type
    • Job Title

    The field selections will filter down the list of jobs available in another drop-down to select.

  • Add applicant details
  • Submit the form

In this example, we will also set conditions so that when a job applicant selects the Job Location, the Job Type drop-down displays the type that is only available for the selected location and subsequently the Job Title.

Assuming that we have the following: