Process & Analyze Confluence Data in Azure Databricks

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Confluence JDBC Driver

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Host the CData JDBC Driver for Confluence in Azure and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Confluence data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Confluence data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in Azure, as well as connecting to and processing live Confluence data in Databricks.

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

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Azure

To work with live Confluence data in Databricks, install the driver on your Azure cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.confluence.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Confluence\lib).

Connect to Confluence from Databricks

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Confluence data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Confluence, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Confluence

Connect to Confluence by referencing the class for the JDBC Driver and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL. Additionally, you will need to set the RTK property in the JDBC URL (unless you are using a Beta driver). You can view the licensing file included in the installation for information on how to set this property.

driver = "cdata.jdbc.confluence.ConfluenceDriver"
url = "jdbc:confluence:RTK=5246...;User=admin;APIToken=myApiToken;Url=https://yoursitename.atlassian.net;Timezone=America/New_York;"

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.confluence.jar

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

Obtaining an API Token

An API token is necessary for account authentication. To generate one, login to your Atlassian account and navigate to API tokens > Create API token. The generated token will be displayed.

Connect Using a Confluence Cloud Account

To connect to a Cloud account, provide the following (Note: Password has been deprecated for connecting to a Cloud Account and is now used only to connect to a Server Instance.):

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • APIToken: The API Token associated with the currently authenticated user.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

Connect Using a Confluence Server Instance

To connect to a Server instance, provide the following:

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence instance.
  • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

Load Confluence Data

Once the connection is configured, you can load Confluence data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "Pages") \
	.load ()

Display Confluence Data

Check the loaded Confluence data by calling the display function.

display (remote_table.select ("Key"))

Analyze Confluence Data in Azure Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

The SparkSQL below retrieves the Confluence data for analysis.

% sql

SELECT Key, Name FROM Pages WHERE Id = '10000'

The data from Confluence is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

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