Create a Google Cloud Storage base connection using the Flow Service API

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 Cloud Storage 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 a Google Cloud Storage account using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

In order for Flow Service to connect with your Google Cloud Storage account, you must provide values for the following connection properties:

Credential Description
accessKeyId A 61-character, alphanumeric string used to authenticate your Google Cloud Storage account to Platform.
secretAccessKey A 40-character, base-64-encoded string used to authenticate your Google Cloud Storage account to Platform.

For more information about these values, see the Google Cloud Storage HMAC keys guide. For steps on how to generate your own access key ID and secret access key, refer to the Google Cloud Storage overview.

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 Google Cloud Storage authentication credentials as part of the request parameters.

API format

POST /connections


The following request creates a base connection for Google Cloud Storage:

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 Cloud Storage connection",
        "description": "Connector for Google Cloud Storage",
        "auth": {
            "specName": "Basic Authentication for google-cloud",
            "params": {
                "accessKeyId": "accessKeyId",
                "secretAccessKey": "secretAccessKey"
        "connectionSpec": {
            "id": "32e8f412-cdf7-464c-9885-78184cb113fd",
            "version": "1.0"
Property Description
auth.params.accessKeyId The access key ID associated with your Google Cloud Storage account.
auth.params.secretAccessKey The secret access key associated with your Google Cloud Storage account. The Google Cloud Storage connection specification ID: 32e8f412-cdf7-464c-9885-78184cb113fd


A successful response returns details of the newly created connection, including its unique identifier (id). This ID is required to explore your cloud storage data in the next tutorial.

    "id": "4cb0c374-d3bb-4557-b139-5712880adc55",
    "etag": "\"6507cfd8-0000-0200-0000-5e18fc600000\""

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have created a Google Cloud Storage connection using APIs and a unique ID was obtained as part of the response body. You can use this connection ID to explore cloud storages using the Flow Service API.

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