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How to set YouTube Analytics data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for YouTube Analytics fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide YouTube Analytics data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set YouTube Analytics data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view YouTube Analytics data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of YouTube Analytics Data

Follow the instruction below to set YouTube Analytics data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for YouTube Analytics installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.YouTubeAnalytics Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    YouTube Analytics uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can use the embedded CData OAuth credentials or you can register an application with Google to obtain your own.

    In addition to the OAuth values, to access YouTube Analytics data set ChannelId to the Id of a YouTube channel. You can obtain the channel Id in the advanced account settings for your channel. If not specified, the channel of the currently authenticated user will be used.

    If you want to generate content owner reports, specify the ContentOwnerId property. This is the Id of the copyright holder for content in YouTube's rights management system. The content owner is the person or organization that claims videos and sets their monetization policy.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.youtubeanalytics.jar

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

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:youtubeanalytics:ContentOwnerId=MyContentOwnerId;ChannelId=MyChannelId;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to YouTube Analytics set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select YouTube Analytics Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The YouTube Analytics entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the YouTube Analytics data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, YouTube Analytics can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.