Connect to Facebook Ads Data in Aqua Data Studio

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Facebook Ads JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Facebook Ads.



Access Facebook Ads data from tools in Aqua Data Studio such as the Visual Query Builder and the Table Data Editor.

The CData JDBC Driver for Facebook Ads integrates Facebook Ads data with wizards and analytics in IDEs like Aqua Data Studio. This article shows how to connect to Facebook Ads data through the connection manager and execute queries.

Create a JDBC Data Source

You can use the connection manager to define connection properties and save them in a new JDBC data source. The Facebook Ads data source can then be accessed from Aqua Data Studio tools.

  1. In Aqua Data Studio, select Register Server from the Servers menu.
  2. In the Register Server form, select the 'Generic - JDBC' connection.
  3. Enter the following JDBC connection properties:
    • Name: Enter a name for the data source; for example, Facebook Ads.
    • Driver Location: Click the Browse button and select the cdata.jdbc.facebookads.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
    • Driver: Enter the Driver's class name, cdata.jdbc.facebookads.FacebookAdsDriver.
    • URL: Enter the JDBC URL, which starts with jdbc:facebookads: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      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 Ads JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.facebookads.jar

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

      A typical JDBC URL is below:

      jdbc:facebookads:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Query Facebook Ads Data

You can now query the tables exposed.