Facebook Ads

tap-facebook (singer-io variant)

Advertising Platform

The tap-facebook extractor pulls data from Facebook Ads that can then be sent to a destination using a loader.

Available Variants

Getting Started

Prerequisites

If you haven't already, follow the initial steps of the Getting Started guide:

  1. Install Meltano
  2. Create your Meltano project

Installation and configuration

  1. Add the tap-facebook extractor to your project using
    meltano add
    :
  2. meltano add extractor tap-facebook
  3. Configure the tap-facebook settings using
    meltano config
    :
  4. meltano config tap-facebook set --interactive
  5. Test that extractor settings are valid using
    meltano config
    :
  6. meltano config tap-facebook test

Next steps

If you run into any issues, learn how to get help.

Capabilities

The current capabilities for tap-facebook may have been automatically set when originally added to the Hub. Please review the capabilities when using this extractor. If you find they are out of date, please consider updating them by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the capabilities for this extractor.

This plugin has the following capabilities:

  • properties
  • discover
  • state

You can override these capabilities or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the capabilities key.

Settings

The tap-facebook settings that are known to Meltano are documented below. To quickly find the setting you're looking for, click on any setting name from the list:

You can also list these settings using

meltano config
with the list subcommand:

meltano config tap-facebook list

You can override these settings or specify additional ones in your meltano.yml by adding the settings key.

Please consider adding any settings you have defined locally to this definition on MeltanoHub by making a pull request to the YAML file that defines the settings for this plugin.

Account ID (account_id)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_ACCOUNT_ID

Your Facebook Ads Account ID

How to get

To get your Account ID:

  1. Visit the Facebook Ads Manager: https://www.facebook.com/adsmanager/
  2. Log in if you haven't already.
  3. Make sure the correct account is selected in the top left corner.

Screenshot of account selector

  1. You will see the Account ID displayed inside the selector. You can also find it in the URL, after ?act= and ahead of any additional parameters starting with &:

Examples:

  • URL: https://www.facebook.com/adsmanager/manage/campaigns?act=593385444078559

    Account ID: 593385444078559

  • URL: https://business.facebook.com/adsmanager/manage/campaigns?act=791728544625001&business_id=172253903856261

    Account ID: 791728544625001


Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set account_id [value]

Access Token (access_token)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_ACCESS_TOKEN

User Token generated by Facebook OAuth handshake

How to get

Create App

First, you will need to create a Facebook App through the Developer Portal.

  1. Go to https://developers.facebook.com/.
  2. Log into Facebook if you haven't already. Make sure that your account is an Admin of the Ads Account you will be pulling data from.
  3. Convert your Facebook account to a Developer Account if you haven't done so already. This will not affect your personal Facebook profile, but will give you access to Facebook's developer tools.
  4. Click "My Apps" in the top right, and choose "Create App".
  5. In the modal that appears, enter a "Display Name" of your choosing. Since you will only use this app to generate an Access Token for your own use, the actual display name does not matter too much.
  6. Enter your email address under "Contact Email" if it is not yet populated automatically.
  7. Click "Create App ID".

Screenshot of "Create A New App ID" modal

  1. Under "Add a Product", find "Marketing API", and click "Set Up".
Generate Access Token

Now that your app has been created and the Marketing API product has been enabled, we can generate an access token.

  1. In the sidebar on the left, expand "Marketing API" if it isn't expanded already.
  2. Under "Marketing API", click "Tools".
  3. Select ads_management, ads_read, and manage_pages under "Select Token Permissions".
  4. Click "Get Token".
  5. Copy the token that appears in the field.

Screenshot of "Get Access Token" section

This is the Access Token you will provide to Meltano.

Connect the App

After generating the access token, your app will need to be connected to the ad account within Facebook Business Manager. Navigate to Business Manager > Accounts > Apps > Connected Assets > Add Assets to add the access token.

Token Expiration

Tokens generated using this method are only valid for 60 days by default. When the token expires, Meltano will no longer be able to automatically update your Facebook Ads data, and you will need to generate a new token and update the extractor configuration.

To find out exactly when this token will expire, you can use the Access Token Debugger:

  1. Go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/accesstoken/.
  2. Paste the token into the field at the top.
  3. Click "Debug" on the right.
  4. Look for the value under "Expires".

Screenshot of the Access Token Debugger

To prevent any interruption of your data pipeline, we recommend that you generate and configure a new token before the currently configured one expires:

  1. Go to https://developers.facebook.com/
  2. Log into Facebook if you haven't already.
  3. Click "My Apps" in the top right, and select the app you created earlier.
  4. Follow the steps under "Generate Access Token" above.

Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set access_token [value]

Start Date (start_date)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_START_DATE

Determines how much historical data will be extracted. Please be aware that the larger the time period and amount of data, the longer the initial extraction can be expected to take.


Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set start_date [value]

End Date (end_date)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_END_DATE

Date up to when historical data will be extracted.


Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set end_date [value]

Insights Buffer Days (insights_buffer_days)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_INSIGHTS_BUFFER_DAYS
  • Default Value: 0

How many Days before the Start Date to fetch Ads Insights for


Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set insights_buffer_days [value]

Include Deleted Objects (include_deleted)

  • Environment variable: TAP_FACEBOOK_INCLUDE_DELETED

Determines if it should include deleted objects or not.


Configure this setting directly using the following Meltano command:

meltano config tap-facebook set include_deleted [value]

Something missing?

This page is generated from a YAML file that you can contribute changes to.

Edit it on GitHub!

Looking for help?

If you're having trouble getting the tap-facebook extractor to work, look for an existing issue in its repository, file a new issue, or join the Meltano Slack community and ask for help in the
#plugins-general
channel.

Install

meltano add extractor tap-facebook

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