Load Facebook Ads Data to a Database Using Embulk

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Facebook Ads JDBC Driver

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

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

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Facebook Ads 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 Ads\lib).

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

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.

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Facebook Ads:

jdbc:facebookads:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Load Facebook Ads 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 Ads data into MySQL using Embulk.

Create a Job to Load Facebook Ads Data

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

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

Sample Config File (facebookads-mysql.yml)

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

After creating the file, run the Embulk job.

embulk run facebookads-mysql.yml

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

Load Filtered Facebook Ads 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 Ads 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.facebookads.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.facebookads.FacebookAdsDriver url: jdbc:facebookads:InitiateOAuth=REFRESH query: "SELECT AccountId, Name FROM AdAccounts WHERE [RecordId] = 1" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "AdAccounts" mode: insert

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