Use SQLAlchemy ORMs to Access Shopify Data in Python

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The CData Python Connector for Shopify enables you to create Python applications and scripts that use SQLAlchemy Object-Relational Mappings of Shopify data.

The rich ecosystem of Python modules lets you get to work quickly and integrate your systems effectively. With the CData Python Connector for Shopify and the SQLAlchemy toolkit, you can build Shopify-connected Python applications and scripts. This article shows how to use SQLAlchemy to connect to Shopify data to query, update, delete, and insert Shopify data.

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

Connecting to Shopify Data

Connecting to Shopify data looks just like connecting to any relational data source. Create a connection string using the required connection properties. For this article, you will pass the connection string as a parameter to the create_engine function.

To make use of all the features of the data provider, provide the AppId, Password, and ShopUrl connection properties.

To obtain these values, see the Getting Started section in the help documentation to register the data provider as an application with Shopify.

Follow the procedure below to install SQLAlchemy and start accessing Shopify through Python objects.

Install Required Modules

Use the pip utility to install the SQLAlchemy toolkit:

pip install sqlalchemy

Be sure to import the module with the following:

import sqlalchemy

Model Shopify Data in Python

You can now connect with a connection string. Use the create_engine function to create an Engine for working with Shopify data.

engine = create_engine("shopify:///?AppId=MyAppId&Password=MyPassword&ShopUrl=https://yourshopname.myshopify.com")

Declare a Mapping Class for Shopify Data

After establishing the connection, declare a mapping class for the table you wish to model in the ORM (in this article, we will model the Customers table). Use the sqlalchemy.ext.declarative.declarative_base function and create a new class with some or all of the fields (columns) defined.

base = declarative_base()
class Customers(base):
	__tablename__ = "Customers"
	FirstName = Column(String,primary_key=True)
	Id = Column(String)
	...

Query Shopify Data

With the mapping class prepared, you can use a session object to query the data source. After binding the Engine to the session, provide the mapping class to the session query method.

Using the query Method

engine = create_engine("shopify:///?AppId=MyAppId&Password=MyPassword&ShopUrl=https://yourshopname.myshopify.com")
factory = sessionmaker(bind=engine)
session = factory()
for instance in session.query(Customers).filter_by(FirstName="jdoe1234"):
	print("FirstName: ", instance.FirstName)
	print("Id: ", instance.Id)
	print("---------")

Alternatively, you can use the execute method with the appropriate table object. The code below works with an active session.

Using the execute Method

Customers_table = Customers.metadata.tables["Customers"]
for instance in session.execute(Customers_table.select().where(Customers_table.c.FirstName == "jdoe1234")):
	print("FirstName: ", instance.FirstName)
	print("Id: ", instance.Id)
	print("---------")

For examples of more complex querying, including JOINs, aggregations, limits, and more, refer to the Help documentation for the extension.

Insert Shopify Data

To insert Shopify data, define an instance of the mapped class and add it to the active session. Call the commit function on the session to push all added instances to Shopify.

new_rec = Customers(FirstName="placeholder", FirstName="jdoe1234")
session.add(new_rec)
session.commit()

Update Shopify Data

To update Shopify data, fetch the desired record(s) with a filter query. Then, modify the values of the fields and call the commit function on the session to push the modified record to Shopify.

updated_rec = session.query(Customers).filter_by(SOME_ID_COLUMN="SOME_ID_VALUE").first()
updated_rec.FirstName = "jdoe1234"
session.commit()

Delete Shopify Data

To delete Shopify data, fetch the desired record(s) with a filter query. Then delete the record with the active session and call the commit function on the session to perform the delete operation on the provided records (rows).

deleted_rec = session.query(Customers).filter_by(SOME_ID_COLUMN="SOME_ID_VALUE").first()
session.delete(deleted_rec)
session.commit()

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