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Pipe Facebook Ads Data to CSV in PowerShell

Use standard PowerShell cmdlets to access Facebook Ads tables.

The CData Cmdlets Module for Facebook Ads is a standard PowerShell module offering straightforward integration with Facebook Ads. Below, you will find examples of using our FacebookAds Cmdlets with native PowerShell cmdlets.

Creating a Connection to Your Facebook Ads Data

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.

$conn = Connect-FacebookAds 

Selecting Data

Follow the steps below to retrieve data from the AdAccounts table and pipe the result into to a CSV file:

Select-FacebookAds -Connection $conn -Table AdAccounts | Select -Property * -ExcludeProperty Connection,Table,Columns | Export-Csv -Path c:\myAdAccountsData.csv -NoTypeInformation

You will notice that we piped the results from Select-FacebookAds into a Select-Object cmdlet and excluded some properties before piping them into an Export-Csv cmdlet. We do this because the CData Cmdlets append Connection, Table, and Columns information onto each "row" in the result set, and we do not necessarily want that information in our CSV file.

The Connection, Table, and Columns are appended to the results in order to facilitate piping results from one of the CData Cmdlets directly into another one.

Deleting Data

The following line deletes any records that match the criteria:

Select-FacebookAds -Connection $conn -Table AdAccounts -Where "Name = Acct Name" | Remove-FacebookAds

Inserting and Updating Data

The cmdlets make data transformation easy as well as data cleansing. The following example loads data from a CSV file into Facebook Ads, checking first whether a record already exists and needs to be updated instead of inserted.

Import-Csv -Path C:\MyAdAccountsUpdates.csv | %{
  $record = Select-FacebookAds -Connection $FacebookAds -Table AdAccounts -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  if($record){
    Update-FacebookAds -Connection $facebookads -Table AdAccounts -Columns ("AccountId","Name") -Values ($_.AccountId, $_.Name) -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  }else{
    Add-FacebookAds -Connection $facebookads -Table AdAccounts -Columns ("AccountId","Name") -Values ($_.AccountId, $_.Name)
  }
}

As always, our goal is to simplify the way you connect to data. With cmdlets users can install a data module, set the connection properties, and start building. Download Cmdlets and start working with your data in PowerShell today!