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Bridge Salesforce Chatter Connectivity with Apache NiFi

Access and process Salesforce Chatter 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 Salesforce Chatter, NiFi can work with live Salesforce Chatter data. This article describes how to connect to and query Salesforce Chatter data from an Apache NiFi Flow.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Salesforce Chatter data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Salesforce Chatter, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Salesforce Chatter 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 Salesforce Chatter data using native data types.

Connecting to Salesforce Chatter Data in Apache NiFi

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter 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.salesforcechatter.jar (and cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.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 Salesforce Chatter.

  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:salesforcechatter:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:343343;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
    Database Driver Class Namecdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.SalesforceChatterDriver

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.salesforcechatter.jar

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

    Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

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

Your Salesforce Chatter 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 Salesforce Chatter and start working with your live Salesforce Chatter data in Apache NiFi. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.