Load Facebook Data to a Database Using Embulk

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Facebook JDBC Driver

Connect any Web, Desktop, or Mobile Java/J2EE application with Facebook data including Events, Groups, Pages, Places, Posts and more!



Use CData JDBC Driver for Facebook with the open source ETL/ELT tool Embulk to load Facebook data to a database.

Embulk is an open source bulk data loader. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook, Embulk easily loads data from Facebook to any supported destination. In this article, we explain how to use the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook in Embulk to load Facebook data to a MySQL dtabase.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Facebook data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Facebook, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Facebook and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Configure a JDBC Connection to Facebook Data

Before creating a bulk load job in Embulk, note the installation location for the JAR file for the JDBC Driver (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Facebook\lib).

Embulk supports JDBC connectivity, so you can easily connect to Facebook and execute SQL queries. Before creating a bulk load job, create a JDBC URL for authenticating with Facebook.

Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

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

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.facebook.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Facebook:

jdbc:facebook:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Load Facebook Data in Embulk

After installing the CData JDBC Driver and creating a JDBC connection string, install the required Embulk plugins.

Install Embulk Input & Output Plugins

  1. Install the JDBC Input Plugin in Embulk.
    https://github.com/embulk/embulk-input-jdbc/tree/master/embulk-input-jdbc
  2. embulk gem install embulk-input-jdbc
  3. In this article, we use MySQL as the destination database. You can also choose SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or Google BigQuery as the destination using the output Plugins.
    https://github.com/embulk/embulk-output-jdbc/tree/master/embulk-output-mysql embulk gem install embulk-output-mysql

With the input and output plugins installed, we are ready to load Facebook data into MySQL using Embulk.

Create a Job to Load Facebook Data

Start by creating a config file in Embulk, using a name like facebook-mysql.yml.

  1. For the input plugin options, use the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook, including the path to the driver JAR file, the driver class (e.g. cdata.jdbc.facebook.FacebookDriver), and the JDBC URL from above
  2. For the output plugin options, use the values and credentials for the MySQL database

Sample Config File (facebook-mysql.yml)

in: type: jdbc driver_path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Facebook 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.facebook.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.facebook.FacebookDriver url: jdbc:facebook:InitiateOAuth=REFRESH table: "Posts" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Posts" mode: insert

After creating the file, run the Embulk job.

embulk run facebook-mysql.yml

After running the the Embulk job, find the Salesforce data in the MySQL table.

Load Filtered Facebook Data

In addition to loading data directly from a table, you can use a custom SQL query to have more granular control of the data loaded. You can also perform increment loads by setting a last updated column in a SQL WHERE clause in the query field.

in: type: jdbc driver_path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Facebook 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.facebook.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.facebook.FacebookDriver url: jdbc:facebook:InitiateOAuth=REFRESH query: "SELECT FromName, LikesCount FROM Posts WHERE [RecordId] = 1" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Posts" mode: insert

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