Load Instagram Data to a Database Using Embulk

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Instagram JDBC Driver

A straightforward interface to connect any Java application with Instagram integration capabilities including Users, Relationships, Media, Tags, and more!



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

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

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

Configure a JDBC Connection to Instagram 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 Instagram\lib).

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

Instagram uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Instagram. See the help documentation for a guide.

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.instagram.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Instagram:

jdbc:instagram:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:portNumber;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Load Instagram 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 Instagram data into MySQL using Embulk.

Create a Job to Load Instagram Data

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

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

Sample Config File (instagram-mysql.yml)

in: type: jdbc driver_path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Instagram 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.instagram.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.instagram.InstagramDriver url: jdbc:instagram:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:portNumber;InitiateOAuth=REFRESH table: "Media" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Media" mode: insert

After creating the file, run the Embulk job.

embulk run instagram-mysql.yml

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

Load Filtered Instagram 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 Instagram 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.instagram.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.instagram.InstagramDriver url: jdbc:instagram:OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:portNumber;InitiateOAuth=REFRESH query: "SELECT Link, LikesCount FROM Media WHERE [RecordId] = 1" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Media" mode: insert

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