Create a Google AdWords base connection using the Flow Service API


The Google AdWords connector is in beta. See the Sources overview for more information on using beta-labelled connectors.

A base connection represents the authenticated connection between a source and Adobe Experience Platform.

This tutorial walks you through the steps to create a base connection for Google AdWords (hereinafter referred to as “AdWords”) using the Flow Service API.

Getting Started

This guide requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:

  • Sources: Experience Platform allows data to be ingested from various sources while providing you with the ability to structure, label, and enhance incoming data using Platform services.
  • Sandboxes: Experience Platform provides virtual sandboxes which partition a single Platform instance into separate virtual environments to help develop and evolve digital experience applications.

The following sections provide additional information that you will need to know in order to successfully connect to AdWords using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

In order for Flow Service to connect with AdWords, you must provide values for the following connection properties:

Credential Description
clientCustomerId The client customer ID of the AdWords account.
developerToken The developer token associated with the manager account.
refreshToken The refresh token obtained from Google for authorizing access to AdWords.
clientId The client ID of the Google application used to acquire the refresh token.
clientSecret The client secret of the Google application used to acquire the refresh token. The connection specification returns a source’s connector properties, including authentication specifications related to creating the base and source connections. The connection specification ID for AdWords is: d771e9c1-4f26-40dc-8617-ce58c4b53702.

For more information about these values, refer to this Google AdWords document.

Using Platform APIs

For information on how to successfully make calls to Platform APIs, see the guide on getting started with Platform APIs.

Create a base connection

A base connection retains information between your source and Platform, including your source’s authentication credentials, the current state of the connection, and your unique base connection ID. The base connection ID allows you to explore and navigate files from within your source and identify the specific items that you want to ingest, including information regarding their data types and formats.

To create a base connection ID, make a POST request to the /connections endpoint while providing your AdWords authentication credentials as part of the request parameters.

API format

POST /connections


The following request creates a base connection for AdWords:

curl -X POST \
    '' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer {ACCESS_TOKEN}' \
    -H 'x-api-key: {API_KEY}' \
    -H 'x-gw-ims-org-id: {ORG_ID}' \
    -H 'x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}' \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json'
    -d '{
        "name": "google-AdWords connection",
        "description": "Connection for google-AdWords",
        "auth": {
            "specName": "Basic Authentication",
            "params": {
                "clientCustomerID": "{CLIENT_CUSTOMER_ID}",
                "developerToken": "{DEVELOPER_TOKEN}",
                "authenticationType": "{AUTHENTICATION_TYPE}"
                "clientId": "{CLIENT_ID}",
                "clientSecret": "{CLIENT_SECRET}",
                "refreshToken": "{REFRESH_TOKEN}"
        "connectionSpec": {
            "id": "d771e9c1-4f26-40dc-8617-ce58c4b53702",
            "version": "1.0"
Property Description
auth.params.clientCustomerID The client customer ID of your AdWords account.
auth.params.developerToken The developer token of your AdWords account.
auth.params.refreshToken The refresh token of your AdWords account.
auth.params.clientID The client ID of your AdWords account.
auth.params.clientSecret The client secret of your AdWords account. The Google AdWords connection specification ID: d771e9c1-4f26-40dc-8617-ce58c4b53702.


A successful response returns details of the newly created base connection, including its unique identifier (id). This ID is required in the next step to create a source connection.

    "id": "2484f2df-c057-4ab5-84f2-dfc0577ab592",
    "etag": "\"10033e77-0000-0200-0000-5e96785b0000\""

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have created a Google AdWords base connection using the Flow Service API. You can use this base connection ID in the following tutorials:

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