Connect to LinkedIn Ads Data in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL)

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LinkedIn Ads JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with LinkedIn Ads.



Transfer LinkedIn Ads data using the visual workflow in the CloverDX data integration tool.

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

Connect to LinkedIn Ads as a JDBC Data Source

  1. Create the connection to LinkedIn Ads 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.linkedinads.jar file.
  3. Enter the JDBC URL.

    LinkedIn Ads uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with LinkedIn using the browser. See the OAuth section in 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 LinkedIn Ads JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.linkedinads.jar

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

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

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

Query LinkedIn Ads 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 LinkedIn Ads JDBC data source from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the SQL query. For example: SELECT VisibilityCode, Comment FROM Analytics WHERE EntityId = '238'

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 Analytics table. (You can also open this menu by right-clicking the input port for the UniversalDataWriter.)
  6. Click Run to write to the file.