Create a Snowflake base connection using the Flow Service API

Last update: 2023-06-20
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The Snowflake source is available in the sources catalog to users who have purchased Real-Time Customer Data Platform Ultimate.

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 Snowflake 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.

Using Platform APIs

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

The following section provides additional information that you will need to know in order to successfully connect to Snowflake using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

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

Credential Description
account The full account name associated with your Snowflake account. A fully qualified Snowflake account name includes your account name, region, and cloud platform. For example, cj12345.east-us-2.azure. For more information on account names, refer to this Snowflake document on account identifiers.
warehouse The Snowflake warehouse manages the query execution process for the application. Each Snowflake warehouse is independent from one another and must be accessed individually when bringing data over to Platform.
database The Snowflake database contains the data you want to bring the Platform.
username The username for the Snowflake account.
password The password for the Snowflake user account.
role The default access control role to use in the Snowflake session. The role should be an existing one that has already been assigned to the specified user. The default role is PUBLIC.
connectionString The connection string used to connect to your Snowflake instance. The connection string pattern for Snowflake is jdbc:snowflake://{ACCOUNT_NAME}.snowflakecomputing.com/?user={USERNAME}&password={PASSWORD}&db={DATABASE}&warehouse={WAREHOUSE}
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 Snowflake is b2e08744-4f1a-40ce-af30-7abac3e23cf3.

For more information about getting started, refer to this Snowflake document.


You must set the PREVENT_UNLOAD_TO_INLINE_URL flag to FALSE to allow data unloading from your Snowflake database to Experience Platform.

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 Snowflake authentication credentials as part of the request body.

API format

POST /connections


The following request creates a base connection for Snowflake:

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: {ORG_ID}' \
  -H 'x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}' \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  -d '{
      "name": "Snowflake base connection",
      "description": "Snowflake base connection",
      "auth": {
          "specName": "ConnectionString",
          "params": {
              "connectionString": "jdbc:snowflake://{ACCOUNT_NAME}.snowflakecomputing.com/?user={USERNAME}&password={PASSWORD}&db={DATABASE}&warehouse={WAREHOUSE}"
      "connectionSpec": {
          "id": "b2e08744-4f1a-40ce-af30-7abac3e23cf3",
          "version": "1.0"
Property Description
auth.params.connectionString The connection string used to connect to your Snowflake instance. The connection string pattern for Snowflake is jdbc:snowflake://{ACCOUNT_NAME}.snowflakecomputing.com/?user={USERNAME}&password={PASSWORD}&db={DATABASE}&warehouse={WAREHOUSE}.
connectionSpec.id The Snowflake connection specification ID: b2e08744-4f1a-40ce-af30-7abac3e23cf3.


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

    "id": "2fce94c1-9a93-4971-8e94-c19a93097129",
    "etag": "\"d403848a-0000-0200-0000-5e978f7b0000\""

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

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