Bridge Google Ads Connectivity with Apache NiFi

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Google AdWords JDBC Driver

An easy-to-use database-like interface for Java based applications and reporting tools access to live Google AdWords data (Campaigns, AdGroups, Performance, and more).



Access and process Google Ads data in Apache NiFi using the CData JDBC Driver.

Apache NiFi supports powerful and scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Google Ads, NiFi can work with live Google Ads data. This article describes how to connect to and query Google Ads data from an Apache NiFi Flow.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Google Ads data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Google Ads, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Google Ads and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Google Ads data using native data types.

Connecting to Google Ads Data in Apache NiFi

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for Google Ads installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.
  2. Copy the CData JDBC Driver JAR file (and license file if it exists), cdata.jdbc.googleads.jar (and cdata.jdbc.googleads.lic), to the Apache NiFi lib subfolder, for example, C:\nifi-1.3.0-bin\nifi-1.3.0\lib.

    On Windows, the default location for the CData JDBC Driver is C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Google Ads.

  3. Start Apache NiFi. For example:

    cd C:\nifi-1.3.0-bin\nifi-1.3.0\bin
    run-nifi.bat
    
  4. Navigate to the Apache NiFi UI in your web browser: typically http://localhost:8080/nifi
  5. Click the (Configuration) button from the Operate sidebar.
  6. In the NiFi Flow Configuration page, navigate to the Controller Services tab.
  7. Click the button to create a new controller service.
  8. In the Add Controller Service page, select DBCPConnection Pool, and then click Add.
  9. Click the gear button to configure the new DBCPConnection Pool.
  10. In the Configure Controller Service page, navigate to the Properties tab. Fill in the properties:

    PropertyValue
    Database Connection URLjdbc:googleads:DeveloperToken=MyDeveloperToken;ClientCustomerId=MyClientCustomerId;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
    Database Driver Class Namecdata.jdbc.googleads.GoogleAdsDriver

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Google Ads JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.googleads.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

    OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

    In addition to the OAuth values, specify the DeveloperToken and ClientCustomerId.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  11. Click the button to enable the new DBCPConnection Pool.

Your Google Ads data is now available for use in Apache NiFi. For example, you can use the DBCPConnection Pool as the source for a QueryDatabaseTable processor.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Google Ads and start working with your live Google Ads data in Apache NiFi. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.