Zendesk Support

Zendesk Support Data Integration with Snowflake

With Portable, integrate Zendesk Support data with your Snowflake warehouse in minutes. Access your cloud-based help desk management solution data from Snowflake without having to manage cumbersome ETL scripts.

The Two Paths to Connect Zendesk Support to Snowflake

There are two ways to sync data from Zendesk Support into your data warehouse for analytics.

Method 1: Manually Developing a Custom Data Pipeline Yourself

Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between Zendesk Support and Snowflake.

Method 2: Automating the ETL Process with a No-Code Solution

Leverage a pre-built connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.

How to Create Value with Zendesk Support Data

Teams connect Zendesk Support to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities Zendesk Support exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments that teams are using to process their Zendesk Support data.

Extract: What Data Can You Extract from the Zendesk Support API?

Zendesk Support is a cloud-based help desk management solution used for building customer service portals, knowledge bases, and online communities.

To help clients power downstream analytics, Zendesk Support offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API:

Tickets Endpoints

  • Ticketing
  • Help Center
  • Live Chat
  • Voice
  • Sales CRM
  • Custom Data
  • Conversations


  • Users
  • User Identities
  • User Fields
  • User Passwords


  • Organizations
  • Organization Memberships
  • Organization Fields
  • Organization Subscriptions

Lookup Relationships

  • Lookup Relationships


  • Groups
  • Group Memberships

Business Rules

  • Views
  • Triggers
  • Trigger Categories
  • Macros
  • Automations
  • SLA Policies

Account Configuration Custom Agent Roles Account Settings Support Addresses Sessions Brands


  • Audit Logs
  • Push Notification Devices
  • Channel Framework
  • Twitter Channel
  • Sharing Agreements
  • Zendesk Public IPs

Ticket Management

  • Search
  • Incremental Exports
  • Tags
  • Satisfaction Ratings
  • Satisfaction Reasons
  • Job Statuses
  • Dynamic Content Items
  • Dynamic Content Item Variants
  • Schedules
  • Skill-based Routing
  • Incremental Skill-based Routing
  • Resource Collections
  • Workspaces


  • Apps
  • App Location Installations
  • App Locations


  • Targets
  • Target Failures

Side Conversations

  • Side Conversations
  • Side Conversation Events
  • Side Conversation Attachment

You can visit the Zendesk Support API Documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each.

As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications.

Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a cloud-based help desk management solution with robust data available for analytics.

Load: Which Destinations Are Best for Your Zendesk Support ETL Pipeline?

To turn raw data from Zendesk Support into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:

  1. Zendesk Support to Snowflake Integration
  2. Zendesk Support to Google BigQuery Integration
  3. Zendesk Support to Amazon Redshift Integration
  4. Zendesk Support to PostgreSQL Integration
Common Data Warehouses
Common Data Warehouses

Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine Zendesk Support data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, and Klaviyo.

From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.

Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build with Zendesk Support Data?

Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.

As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.

Replicating Zendesk Support data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.

Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom Zendesk Support integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.

Method 1: Building a Custom Zendesk Support ETL Pipeline

To build your own Zendesk Support integration, there are three steps:

  1. Navigate the Zendesk Support API documentation
  2. Make your first API request
  3. Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline

Let’s walk through the process in more detail.

How to Interpret Zendesk Support’s API Documentation

When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.


There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For Zendesk Support, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.

You must be a verified user to make API requests. You can authorize against the API using either basic authentication with your email address and password, with your email address and an API token, or with an OAuth access token.

Client-side CORS requests are supported if the request is authenticated with an OAuth access token. The requests are not supported if the request uses basic authentication or a Zendesk API token.


It’s important to identify the Zendesk Support API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer a combination of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE request methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.

For Zendesk Support, the tickets endpoint is a great place to get started.

Request Parameters

For each API endpoint you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.

Zendesk support uses cursor pagination and offset pagination.

See the API documentation for an endpoint to determine which pagination methods it supports. If no pagination method is specified, the endpoint only supports offset pagination.

Zendesk recommends using cursor pagination instead of offset pagination where possible. Cursor pagination provides greatly improved performance when retrieving extremely large record sets. See Comparing Cursor Pagination and Offset Pagination for further details on the differences between the pagination methods.

Some API endpoints require unique identifiers from a previous API response to be included in the URL path. For instance, to list audits for a ticket, you need a ticket_id that is returned from another endpoint.

How Do You Call the Zendesk Support API? (Tutorial)

  1. Follow the instructions above to read the Zendesk Support API documentation
  2. Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
  3. Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
  4. Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (e.g. with curl or Postman)
  5. Add your credentials and make your first API call . Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/tickets/count.json     -v -u {email_address}:{password}

How Do You Maintain a Custom Zendesk Support to Snowflake ETL Pipeline?

Making a call to the Zendesk Support API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.

Here is a getting-started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for Zendesk Support:

  • For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
  • Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
  • Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
  • Identify which Zendesk Support fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
  • Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
  • Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
  • Monitor the health of the upstream API, and —when things go wrong— troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
  • Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
  • Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server

We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.

Requests to the Zendesk Support API may be subject to the following limits:

  • Zendesk Suite plan limits
  • Zendesk Support plan limits
  • Endpoint rate limits
  • External Content API limits
  • Endpoint volume limits
  • Job limit
  • Apps rate limit
  • Account limit
  • CPU-time limit

Notwithstanding the limits specified in this document, the system might still limit requests if it detects an unusual spike in requests from all sources for the account, including internal product requests. For example, this can happen in a denial-of-service attack.

Account limit: Zendesk might limit requests if it detects an unusual spike in requests from all sources for the account, including internal product requests. For example, this can happen in a denial-of-service attack. The account-wide limit is 100,000 requests per minute.

If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.

What Are the Drawbacks of Building the Zendesk Support ETL Pipeline Yourself?

You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from Zendesk Support to your data warehouse.

If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.

Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.

Method 2: Using a No-Code Zendesk Support ETL Solution

No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors specialize in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.

Step-By-Step Tutorial for Configuring Your Zendesk Support ETL Pipeline

Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect Zendesk Support to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.

  1. Create an account (no credit card required)
  2. Add a source —search for and select Zendesk Support
  3. Authenticate with Zendesk Support using the instructions in the Portable console
  4. Select Snowflake and authenticate
  5. Set up a flow connecting Zendesk Support to your analytics environment
  6. Run your flow to replicate data from Zendesk Support to your warehouse
  7. Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence

What Are the Benefits of Using Portable for Zendesk Support ETL?

No-Code Simplicity

Start moving Zendesk Support data in minutes. Save yourself the headaches of reading API documentation, writing code, and worrying about maintenance. Leave the hassle to us.

Easy to Understand Pricing

With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your Zendesk Support integration will cost every month.

Fast Development Speeds

Access lightning-fast connector development. Portable can build new integrations on-demand in hours or days.

Hands-On Support

APIs change. Schemas evolve. Zendesk Support will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.

Unlimited Data Volumes

You can move as much data from Zendesk Support to Snowflake as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.

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