Adobe Analytics API 2.0 : Connecting to Analytics

On this article I will go through the first steps that you would need to take in order to use the python wrapper for the Adobe Analytics API 2.0.

As I was explaining in the Introduction article, you would need to have an Adobe IO account registered in order to use the python wrapper. Other articles on my blog exist in order to realize that, I let you read them if you didn’t have.

Also be sure to connect the adobe IO account to the correct product profile. You need all access to use all methods.

Installing the python module

At the moment I didn’t create a pypi module that you can easily install from pip so you would need to install that module manually.

What I mean by that, is that you can download the .py module and place it in your python repository.
You can find the module here : https://github.com/pitchmuc/adobe_analytics_api_2.0

What I do, in order to ensure that the package is accessible by python, is to place to the python3X/Lib folder.
By doing that, you can import it from anywhere as you normally have added the python folder in the window environment path.

Setting the config file

Once you have imported the module into your work, the first thing to do is to create / generate a config file.

The config file is a JSON file that encapsulate all the information that are needed for your API connection to work. It looks like this :

blank config file

The good news is that you don’t need to setup the config file every time, you modify it, you save it, and then you will be able to use it directly next time.
There is a specific method that you should always run when you start with the module, it is the importConfigFile method, and it sets up everything, according to your config file.

Note : You can see that there is a pathToKey element, you would need to have the path to the key set here, it can be quite complicated and can create error quite easily because the pathing system is not the same on Linux, Mac and Windows.
There are way to go around this but I didn’t implement them, so I would recommend you to put the privatekey unencoded in the same folder than the one used for Analytics API connections.

At the end of that section, you file should looks like :

Looking for company ID

Adobe Analytics API 2.0 does a very particular thing with the API connection, it is that you would need to pick the company ID that you want and then use it within the header of your requests.

This doesn’t seem a big deal but it is quite annoying that you should change the header of your request based on your company ID. It is unusual and cumbersome. In our case, it involves an extra step.

Company ID

First you would need to set your company ID.
You can do that by using the getCompanyId method and it will return you a list of dictionary.
officially it was a bit more complicated than that, but I assumed that everyone can select the correct company ID with the information I provide. The response usually looks like this :

You would need to select then the correct “globalCompanyId” and save it in a variable. You would need to use it later on.

Updating the Header

The next step is the extra step that I told you about, you would need to update the header with the “globalCompanyId” you have selected.
There is a method for that : updateHeader

So you would need to run this method before going on the next step.
At the end of that step, your file/notebook should look like this :

Note for single company user

Most of you may have only one company and therefore don’t need to select anything. Therefore this process is quite cumbersome. Also if you already know which company to take, it is quite annoying.
For that reason, I created a shortcut to that process.
When you use the method getCompanyId, you can pass a parameter and this parameter lets you specify if you want to select a specific globalCompanyId and directly update the header for it.
You pass a number as string but you can also pass “first” to take the first globalCompanyId.

In that case, your process would look like :

Once you have done all of that, you are ready to use the API with all of its functionalities.

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