Query Facebook Data in MySQL Workbench

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Facebook ODBC Driver

The Facebook ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Facebook account data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Facebook data like you would a database - read, write, and update Facebook Posts, Groups, Events, Places, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Execute MySQL queries against live Facebook data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for Facebook to query Facebook data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live Facebook data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to Facebook Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

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.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Facebook data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query Facebook from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Facebook database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Facebook data.

Connect to Facebook through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Facebook).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Facebook Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Facebook).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Facebook data, like SELECT * FROM `CData Facebook Sys`.Posts;

With access to live Facebook data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Facebook, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Facebook and the CData SQL Gateway.