Query MailChimp Data through ODBC in Node.js

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MailChimp ODBC Driver

The MailChimp ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from MailChimp, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access MailChimp data like you would a database - read, write, and update MailChimp Lists, Campaigns, Reports, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against MailChimp 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 MailChimp, you can access live MailChimp 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 MailChimp data.

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

Connecting to MailChimp 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.

You can set the APIKey to the key you generate in your account settings, or, instead of providing your APIKey, you can use the OAuth standard to authenticate the application. OAuth can be used to enable other users to access their own data. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with MailChimp.

See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to MailChimp 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 MailChimp from Node.js

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

myscript.js

const odbc = require('odbc');

async function queryMailChimp() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData MailChimp Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT Name, Stats_AvgSubRate FROM Lists');
    console.log(data);
}

queryMailChimp();

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 MailChimp and start working with your live MailChimp data in Node.js. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.