Integrate PayPal with External Services using SnapLogic

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PayPal JDBC Driver

Easy-to-use PayPal client enables Java-based applications to easily consume PayPal Transactions, Orders, Sales, Invoices, etc.



Use the CData JDBC Driver for PayPal in SnapLogic to integrate PayPal with External Services.

SnapLogic is an integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that allows users to create data integration flows with no code. When paired with the CData JDBC Drivers, users get access to live data from more than 250+ SaaS, Big Data and NoSQL sources, including PayPal, in their SnapLogic workflows.

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

Connect to PayPal in SnapLogic

To connect to PayPal data in SnapLogic, download and install the CData PayPal JDBC Driver. Follow the installation dialog. When the installation is complete, the JAR file can be found in the installation directory (C:/Program Files/CData/CData JDBC Driver for PayPal/lib by default).

Upload the PayPal JDBC Driver

After installation, upload the JDBC JAR file to a location in SnapLogic (for example, projects/Jerod Johnson) from the Manager tab.

Configure the Connection

Once the JDBC Driver is uploaded, we can create the connection to PayPal.

  1. Navigate to the Designer tab
  2. Expand "JDBC" from Snaps and drag a "Generic JDBC - Select" snap onto the designer
  3. Click Add Account (or select an existing one) and click "Continue"
  4. In the next form, configure the JDBC connection properties:
    • Under JDBC JARs, add the JAR file we previously uploaded
    • Set JDBC Driver Class to cdata.jdbc.paypal.PayPalDriver
    • Set JDBC URL to a JDBC connection string for the PayPal JDBC Driver, for example: jdbc:paypal:Schema=SOAP;Username=sandbox-facilitator_api1.test.com;Password=xyz123;Signature=zx2127;RTK=XXXXXX;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

      NOTE: RTK is a trial or full key. Contact our Support team for more information.

      Built-In Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.paypal.jar

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

      The provider surfaces tables from two PayPal APIs. The APIs use different authentication methods.

      • The REST API uses the OAuth standard. To authenticate to the REST API, you will need to set the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL properties.
      • The Classic API requires Signature API credentials. To authenticate to the Classic API, you will need to obtain an API username, password, and signature.

      See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to obtaining the necessary API credentials.

      To select the API you want to work with, you can set the Schema property to REST or SOAP. By default the SOAP schema will be used.

      For testing purposes you can set UseSandbox to true and use sandbox credentials.

  5. After entering the connection properties, click "Validate" and "Apply"

Read PayPal Data

In the form that opens after validating and applying the connection, configure your query.

  • Set Schema name to "PayPal"
  • Set Table name to a table for PayPal using the schema name, for example: "PayPal"."Transactions" (use the drop-down to see the full list of available tables)
  • Add Output fields for each item you wish to work with from the table

Save the Generic JDBC - Select snap.

With connection and query configured, click the end of the snap to preview the data (highlighted below).

Once you confirm the results are what you expect, you can add additional snaps to funnel your PayPal data to another endpoint.

Piping PayPal Data to External Services

For this article, we will load data in a Google Spreadsheet. You can use any of the supported snaps, or even use a Generic JDBC snap with another CData JDBC Driver, to move data into an external service.

  1. Start by dropping a "Worksheet Writer" snap onto the end of the "Generic JDBC - Select" snap.
  2. Add an account to connect to Google Sheets
  3. Configure the Worksheet Writer snap to write your PayPal data to a Google Spreadsheet

You can now execute the fully configured pipeline to extract data from PayPal and push it into a Google Spreadsheet.

More Information & Free Trial

Using the CData JDBC Driver for PayPal you can create a pipeline in SnapLogic for integrating PayPal data with external services. For more information about connecting to PayPal, check at our PayPal connectivity page. Download a free, 30 day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for PayPal and get started today.