Periscope Data Documentation

Connecting to Periscope

First Time Connecting

Connection Definitions

Common Connection Errors

Private Network SSH Tunnels



Getting Started

Keyboard Shortcuts

Charts & Dashboards

Chart Overview

Chart Options

Dashboard Overview

Refresh Mechanics

Organizing Charts

Organizing Dashboards

Table-like Charts

Table Overview

Cohort Grids

Pivot Tables

Graph-like Charts

Overview & General Settings

Chart Types and Settings

Mixing Chart Types

Map Charts

Map Chart Overview


Clusters and Bubbles

Satellite Maps


Other Charts & Customizations

Pie Charts

Image Charts

Chart Annotations

Site Administration

Adding Users

Removing Users

User Types

User Groups

Two-Factor Authentication

Managing User Permissions

Dashboard Permissions

Site Preferences

Query Management

Color Themes

Dashboard Refresh Management

Usage Data

Periscope Cache

Caching Strategies

Querying the Periscope Cache

Cross-Database Joins

CSV Upload

Materializing Views

SQL Formatters

Using SQL Formatters

Composing SQL Formatters

Dollars and Percentages

Time Zone Formatters

Date Aggregation

Date Parts

Basic Filters

Custom Filters

Date Range Filters

Aggregation Filter

Adding, Moving, and Hiding Filters

Advanced Filters

Default Filters


Parent-Child Filters

Matching Filter Values

Time Zone Conversions

Direct Replacement

User Friendly Names


SQL Views

Joining to Views

More SQL Tools

SQL Snippets

Parameterized SQL Snippets

SQL Alerts

Automatic Joins

Version History

Sharing and Embedding

Sharing Dashboards Externally

Email Reports

Easy Embedding

Embed API

Embed API Options

CSV Download

Public CSV URL

Slack API

Slack Linking Reports

Data Management

Adding and Deleting Datasource

Spaces: Data-Level Permissions

Improving Query Throughput

Revoking Table Permissions

Salesforce Datasource

Schema Browser

SSO Integrations




Google Apps

Connecting BigQuery

To connect Periscope Data to a BigQuery database, please make sure to have to the following prior to attempting a connection:

  • Service Account (really long email ending in
  • P12 Auth File made for service account
  • Project ID

Here are instructions for getting each:

1: Add New Credential

Add a new credential for Periscope Data by creating a Service account from the Google Developers Console:

2: Create a P12 Key

Important: This must be a .p12 file, not a .json file.

Save the .p12 file that is generated that will be uploaded when filling out the Connect form. Next go back to the credentials tab and click the new service account.

From the Service account page, also note the copy of the Client ID and Email address.

3: Project ID

Note the project ID from the home tab (in this example, strong-planet-103422).

4: Read Only

Finally, set the service account for Periscope Data to be read-only. Click Permissions in the top-left corner of the Google Developers Console:

And set the service account's setting to "Can View"

Querying BigQuery Tables

BigQuery databases support two distinct SQL dialects: Legacy SQL and Standard SQL. The default dialect that Periscope will use on the database can be specified in the database connection menu.

All queries running against the BigQuery database will use the selected dialect by default. At the query level, the default selection can be overridden by including the tag #standardSQL or #legacySQL on the first line.