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An easy-to-use set of PowerShell Cmdlets offering real-time access to YouTube Analytics data. The Cmdlets allow users to easily read, write, update, and delete live data - just like working with SQL server.

PowerShell Scripting to Replicate YouTube Analytics Data to MySQL

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate YouTube Analytics data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for YouTube Analytics offer live access to YouTube Analytics 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 YouTube Analytics and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate YouTube Analytics data to a MySQL database.

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

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.

Collecting YouTube Analytics Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module YouTubeAnalyticsCmdlets
  2. Connect to YouTube Analytics:

    $youtubeanalytics = Connect-YouTubeAnalytics -ContentOwnerId $ContentOwnerId -ChannelId $ChannelId
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-YouTubeAnalytics -Connection $youtubeanalytics -Table "Groups"

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

    $data = Invoke-YouTubeAnalytics -Connection $youtubeanalytics -Query 'SELECT * FROM Groups WHERE Mine = @Mine' -Params @{'@Mine'='True'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

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

Inserting YouTube Analytics 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 YouTube Analytics 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 YouTube Analytics resource (Groups) and to exist in the database.

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

You have now replicated your YouTube Analytics data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with YouTube Analytics 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 YouTube Analytics and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-YouTubeAnalytics -Connection $youtubeanalytics -Table "Groups" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Groups" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the YouTube Analytics 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-YouTubeAnalytics 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')}