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Ingest all data from a Typeform account and put the data into a SQL database; can be run regularly to sync updates to DB

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Typeform ETL

A python class and main function to extract and continuously sync data from a account.



You should prefer Python 3 packages from your operating system.

So under Fedora Linux:

dnf install python3-requests python3-sqlalchemy python3-pandas python3-configobj python3-mysql

Under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8:

dnf install python3-requests python3-sqlalchemy python3-configobj mariadb-connector-c-devel mariadb-connector-c gcc
pip3 install mysqlclient --user

This MariaDB connector is the one that works with SQLAlchemy (used by the module). Other connectors as PyMySQL failed our tests.

Installing mysqlclient with pip requires compilers and MariaDB development framework pre-installed in the system, as shown in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux section.

Install the module

pip3 install TypeformETL --user

All unsatisfied dependencies (such as Pandas on RHEL) will be installed along.


With plain command line

python3 -m TypeformETL --typeform "6w___API_KEY___nPZ" --database 'mysql://user:password@host/dbname'

Add --restart to get and sync all data from Typeform, not just last updates.

Add --updatedb to do everything but update database.

Add --debug to be more verbose.

Config file

If you want to not pass arguments through command line, you can also use a config file. Use --config to pass a config file name. By default, the main module will look for a file name called syncFromTypeform.conf in the current directory. Arguments from config file and command line will be combined giving priority to the ones passed in command line. So if a database URL is passed both in command line and config file, the command line will be used.


I have these 2 entries at the same time on my crontab:

@hourly python3 -m TypeformETL --typeform "6w___API_KEY___nPZ" --database 'mysql://user:password@host/dbname'
30 3 * * 0 python3 -m TypeformETL --typeform "6w___API_KEY___nPZ" --database 'mysql://user:password@host/dbname' --restart

Which will run a sync every hour. And once a week will reset data tables and bring all data from scratch.

Into a Python program

from TypeformETL import TypeformETL

tf = TypeformETL(

# Read Typeform updates and write to DB


A SQL database must exist. MySQL and MariaDB tested.

Having “tf_” as a table prefix, these are the objects (tables and views) that will be created and updated:

Table/View Name Contents
table tf_forms Contains metadata about forms
table tf_form_items Contains metadata about form items (text fields, checkboxes) related to their parent forms
table tf_answers Contains all answers to all fields of all forms; each complete form response has an entry in the tf_responses table.
table tf_responses Contains all responses and metadata to all forms; each form response has an entry here, each form field answer has an entry in the tf_answers table.
table tf_options Operational table used by the syncer
table tf_synclog Operational table that logs every sync with some simple statistics
view tf_super_answers A convenient view that joins together table tf_answers, tf_responses, tf_form_items, tf_forms
view tf_nps The calculated current NPS (Net Promoter Score) of all numerical fields (only a few fields might have a real NPS semantic)
materialized view tf_nps_daily_mv Since tf_nps_daily takes a long time to be calculated, this table has a pre-calculated copy of its data. Use it instead of tf_nps_daily
view tf_nps_daily The NPS of all numerical fields per day; can be used to see evolution of some NPS along time.
view tf__nps_daily Auxiliary view used to calculate cumulative NPS

The module makes INSERT, UPDATE, CREATE TABLE, DROP TABLE, TRUNCATE operations. Make sure the database connection user has granted permission to all these operations.

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