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Connect to Google Analytics Data in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL)

Transfer Google Analytics data using the visual workflow in the CloverDX data integration tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Google Analytics as sources. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Google Analytics to set up a simple transfer into a flat file. The CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Google Analytics as sources. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Google Analytics to set up a simple transfer into a flat file.

Connect to Google Analytics as a JDBC Data Source

  1. Create the connection to Google Analytics data. In a new CloverDX graph, right-click the Connections node in the Outline pane and click Connections -> Create Connection. The Database Connection wizard is displayed.
  2. Click the plus icon to load a driver from a JAR. Browse to the lib subfolder of the installation directory and select the cdata.jdbc.googleanalytics.jar file.
  3. Enter the JDBC URL.

    Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

    OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

    In addition to the OAuth values, set Profile to the profile you want to connect to. This can be set to either the Id or website URL for the Profile. If not specified, the first Profile returned will be used.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Google Analytics JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.googleanalytics.jar

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

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:googleanalytics:Profile=MyProfile;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Query Google Analytics Data with the DBInputTable Component

  1. Drag a DBInputTable from the Readers selection of the Palette onto the job flow and double-click it to open the configuration editor.
  2. In the DB connection property, select the Google Analytics JDBC data source from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the SQL query. For example: SELECT Browser, Sessions FROM Traffic

Write the Output of the Query to a UniversalDataWriter

  1. Drag a UniversalDataWriter from the Writers selection onto the jobflow.
  2. Double-click the UniversalDataWriter to open the configuration editor and add a file URL.
  3. Right-click the DBInputTable and then click Extract Metadata.
  4. Connect the output port of the DBInputTable to the UniversalDataWriter.
  5. In the resulting Select Metadata menu for the UniversalDataWriter, choose the Traffic table. (You can also open this menu by right-clicking the input port for the UniversalDataWriter.)
  6. Click Run to write to the file.