PowerShell Scripting to Replicate Twilio Data to MySQL

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Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate Twilio data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for Twilio offer live access to Twilio data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for Twilio and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate Twilio data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing Twilio data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

Use the AccountSid and AuthToken connection properties to access data from your account. You obtain your live credentials on your Twilio account dashboard. Click Account -> Account Settings to obtain your test credentials.

Collecting Twilio Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module TwilioCmdlets
  2. Connect to Twilio:

    $twilio = Connect-Twilio -AccountSid $AccountSid -AuthToken $AuthToken
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-Twilio -Connection $twilio -Table "Calls"

    You can also use the Invoke-Twilio cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-Twilio -Connection $twilio -Query 'SELECT * FROM Calls WHERE StartTime = @StartTime' -Params @{'@StartTime'='1/1/2016'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting Twilio Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the Twilio data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the Twilio resource (Calls) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Calls" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your Twilio data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with Twilio data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.


  • Once you have connected to Twilio and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-Twilio -Connection $twilio -Table "Calls" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Calls" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the Twilio data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-Twilio cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}