Google Sheets

If you want to have your recorded values easily accessible online, Google Sheets may be a good solution. Let's find out how you can do that!

Limits of Google Sheets Google Sheets have limit of up to 5 milions cells, but that will take a while to fill up.

We will use the CO2 Monitor Kit as an example, but you can easily modify the code to any module, from which you want to save data.

Google Sheets setup

Step 1: Create a new Google Sheet (You can use sheets.new) or open an existing one

Step 2: Sheets

Create separe sheet for each value you want to log. Match the name exactly, because we refer to it later in the code. Also, set the A column format from Automatic to Number in each sheet.

Step 3: Open Script editor

Click on Tools and then on Script editor, this will open up a new tab, where you can write Google Apps Script code.

Step 4: Paste script

Paste following code inside the editor and press Ctrl+S to save.

function doPost(e) {
var sheet;
switch(e.parameter.type) {
case 'co2':
sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("CO2");
break;
case 'temperature':
sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("Temperature");
break;
case 'relative-humidity':
sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("Relative humidity");
break;
case 'altitude':
sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("Altitude");
break;
}
sheet.appendRow([e.parameter.val, new Date()]);
}

Step 5: Name the project and confirm

Step 6: Press Publish and then Deploy as web app

Step 7: Set up authorization

Dialog will pop up, change the Who has access to the app parameter to Anyone, even anonymous, to easily access the sheets from Node-RED.

Step 8: Deploy

Press Deploy to confirm and now we need to authorise the script, press Review Permissions, then pick the account connected with the Sheets.

Step 9: Press Advanced

Step 10: Press Go to (Your project name)

Step 11: Grant access to neccessary APIs with Allow

Step 12: Finally, copy the URL

Node-RED setup

Step 1: Open Node-RED in your web browser

Step 2: You can use either existing workspace or create new one

Step 3: Install plugin

node-red-contrib-https package (using Menu >> Manage pallete >> Install >> input node-red-contrib-https >> Install)

Step 4: Create flow

Insert the following snippet in the flow (using Menu >> Import >> Clipboard) and click in Flow tab to paste the code

[{"id":"bef58b5f.27f938","type":"mqtt in","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","topic":"node/co2-monitor:0/co2-meter/-/concentration","qos":"2","broker":"29fba84a.b2af58","x":803,"y":147.00000381469727,"wires":[["5b4422c9.6962ac"]]},{"id":"d6e3e476.d463e8","type":"mqtt in","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","topic":"node/co2-monitor:0/hygrometer/0:4/relative-humidity","qos":"2","broker":"29fba84a.b2af58","x":822,"y":203,"wires":[["33d8d2b1.afbcde"]]},{"id":"d7bd326c.165a1","type":"mqtt in","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","topic":"node/co2-monitor:0/thermometer/0:0/temperature","qos":"2","broker":"29fba84a.b2af58","x":815,"y":90,"wires":[["5427a752.e5c088"]]},{"id":"28017643.d661ca","type":"https-node","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","method":"POST","ret":"txt","url":"","authorized":false,"agent":true,"x":1306.0002403259277,"y":87.00000381469727,"wires":[["448243c5.0ff43c"]]},{"id":"448243c5.0ff43c","type":"debug","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"true","x":1308.0000801086426,"y":144.00000095367432,"wires":[]},{"id":"5427a752.e5c088","type":"function","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"temp","func":"msg.payload = { val: msg.payload,\n type: 'temperature'};\n msg.headers = {'content-type':'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'};\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":1102.000072479248,"y":90,"wires":[["28017643.d661ca"]]},{"id":"5b4422c9.6962ac","type":"function","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"concentration","func":"msg.payload = { val: msg.payload,\n type: 'co2'};\n msg.headers = {'content-type':'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'};\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":1130.0002365112305,"y":147.00000286102295,"wires":[["28017643.d661ca"]]},{"id":"33d8d2b1.afbcde","type":"function","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"humidity","func":"msg.payload = { val: msg.payload,\n type: 'relative-humidity'};\n msg.headers = {'content-type':'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'};\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":1112,"y":203,"wires":[["28017643.d661ca"]]},{"id":"3723fcb7.105f94","type":"mqtt in","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"","topic":"node/co2-monitor:0/barometer/0:0/altitude","qos":"2","broker":"29fba84a.b2af58","x":792,"y":263.00000762939453,"wires":[["224e0d6f.369da2"]]},{"id":"224e0d6f.369da2","type":"function","z":"2c41a2bd.aa36ae","name":"altitude","func":"msg.payload = { val: msg.payload,\n type: 'altitude'};\n msg.headers = {'content-type':'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'};\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":1112.000072479248,"y":262.00000762939453,"wires":[["28017643.d661ca"]]},{"id":"29fba84a.b2af58","type":"mqtt-broker","z":"","broker":"localhost","port":"1883","clientid":"","usetls":false,"compatmode":true,"keepalive":"60","cleansession":true,"willTopic":"","willQos":"0","willPayload":"","birthTopic":"","birthQos":"0","birthPayload":""}]

It will look like this:

This snippet sends data to Google Sheets

Step 5: Create https request

Open the https request node. In the URL field paste your URL, append following snippet and press Done.

?value={{{payload}}}

Your URL now should look like this:

https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbxHZXypk24YVRKZMzJkau46fd6PF7ytmaiYSlTN1DT/exec?value={{{payload}}}

Step 6: Deploy the flow using the Deploy button in the top-right corner.

Step: Finishing

Your data should now start appearing in the Sheets, feel free to style the Sheets to you liking, add graphs and more.

Google Apps Script Google Apps Script allows you to extend Google apps and it is nearly similiar to JavaScript, so it's easy to use.