Create a MySQL 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 MySQL 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 MySQL using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

In order for Flow Service to connect with your MySQL storage, you must provide the value for the following connection property:

Credential Description
connectionString The MySQL connection string associated with your account. The MySQL connection string pattern is: Server={SERVER};Port={PORT};Database={DATABASE};UID={USERNAME};PWD={PASSWORD}.
connectionSpec.id 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 MySQL is 26d738e0-8963-47ea-aadf-c60de735468a.

For more information about obtaining a connection string, refer to this MySQL 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 MySQL authentication credentials as part of the request parameters.

API format

POST /connections

Request

The following request creates a base connection for MySQL:

curl -X POST \
    'https://platform.adobe.io/data/foundation/flowservice/connections' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer {ACCESS_TOKEN}' \
    -H 'x-api-key: {API_KEY}' \
    -H 'x-gw-ims-org-id: {IMS_ORG}' \
    -H 'x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}' \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -d '{
        "name": "MySQL Test Connection",
        "description": "MySQL Test Connection",
        "auth": {
            "specName": "Connection String Based Authentication",
            "params": {
                "connectionString": "Server={SERVER};Port={PORT};Database={DATABASE};UID={USERNAME};PWD={PASSWORD}"
            }
        },
        "connectionSpec": {
            "id": "26d738e0-8963-47ea-aadf-c60de735468a",
            "version": "1.0"
        }
    }'
Property Description
auth.params.connectionString The MySQL connection string associated with your account. The MySQL connection string pattern is: Server={SERVER};Port={PORT};Database={DATABASE};UID={USERNAME};PWD={PASSWORD}.
connectionSpec.id The MySQL connection specification ID: 26d738e0-8963-47ea-aadf-c60de735468a.

Response

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

{
    "id": "1a444165-3439-4c16-8441-653439dc166a",
    "etag": "\"5b04c219-0000-0200-0000-5e179c8f0000\""
}

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have created a MySQL connection using the Flow Service API, and have obtained the connection’s unique ID value. You can use this connection ID in the next tutorial as you learn how to explore databases or NoSQL systems using the Flow Service API.

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