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Query Facebook Ads Data through ODBC in Node.js

Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against Facebook Ads data from Node.js.

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript code outside of a browser. With the CData ODBC Driver for Facebook Ads, you can access live Facebook Ads data from Node.js apps and scripts. In this article, we walk through installing node-odbc and the required tools to create a simple Node.js app with access to live Facebook Ads data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Facebook Ads data in Node.js. When you issue complex SQL queries from Node.js 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).

Connecting to Facebook Ads 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.

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to Facebook Ads through the CData ODBC Driver, you need to build node-odbc manually (after installing the required tools).

Installing the Required Tools

The following commands install the tools required to build node-odbc (note the -g parameter, which installs the tools globally).

npm i -g windows-build-tools
npm i -g node-gyp

Building node-odbc

After installing the required tools, create a directory for the Node.js app and install odbc (which builds the binary for us to use in our Node.js script).

mkdir nodeodbc
cd nodeodbc
npm i -g node

Querying Facebook Ads from Node.js

With the ODBC Driver installed, a DSN Configured, and node-odbc built, we are ready to query live Facebook Ads data from a Node.js app. The sample code below connects to a specific DSN and queries the AdAccounts table.

myscript.js

const odbc = require('odbc');

async function queryFacebookAds() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData FacebookAds Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT AccountId, Name FROM AdAccounts');
    console.log(data);
}

queryFacebookAds();

Once you write the app, use node to execute the script:

node myscript.js

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Facebook Ads and start working with your live Facebook Ads data in Node.js. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.