C# Amazon Ads Connector

In this article you will learn how to integrate Amazon Ads data to C# (live / bi-directional connection to Amazon Ads). Amazon Ads Connector can be used to get Amazon advertisements using Amazon Advertisements API, download various advertisement-related reports..

Using Amazon Ads Connector you will be able to connect, read, and write data from within C#. Follow the steps below to see how we would accomplish that.

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Create ODBC Data Source (DSN) based on ZappySys API Driver

To get data from AmazonAds using C# we first need to create a DSN (Data Source) which will access data from AmazonAds. We will later be able to read data using C#. Perform these steps:

  1. Install ZappySys ODBC PowerPack.

  2. Open ODBC Data Sources (x64):
    Open ODBC Data Source

  3. Create a User Data Source (User DSN) based on ZappySys API Driver

    Create new API Connection for Amazon Ads

    You should create System DSN if client application is launched under Windows System Account, e.g. as a Windows Service.
    Launch ODBC Data Sources 32-bit version in case your client application is a 32-bit (x86) application (required only for System DSN).
  4. When the Configuration window appears give your data source a name if you haven't done that already, then select "Amazon Ads" from the list of Popular Connectors. If "Amazon Ads" is not present in the list, then click "Search Online" and download it. Then set the path to the location where you downloaded it. Finally, click Continue >> to proceed with configuring the DSN:

    AmazonAdsDSN
    Amazon Ads
    ODBC DSN Template Selection

  5. Now it's time to configure the Connection Manager. Select Authentication Type, e.g. Token Authentication. Then select API Base URL (in most cases, the default one is the right one). More info is available in the Authentication section.

    Steps to get Amazon Ads Credentials : OAuth Authentication [OAuth]

    Firstly, login into Amazon Developer portal:

    1. Visit https://developer.amazon.com.
    2. Then click Sign in.
    3. If you don't have an account, press the button Create your Amazon Developer account.
    4. Once logged in, click on your profile icon on the right-top of the window.
    5. A menu appears, and then click 'Settings'.
    6. Then click Security Profiles.
    7. Proceed with creating a new Security Profile.
    8. Once you named it, click 'Save'.
    9. After that, click 'Web Settings' subtab.
    10. A window refreshes, click 'Show Secret' button and write down Client ID and Client Secret, you will need them later.
    11. Then press 'Edit' and add Allowed Return URLs. It can be your domain or you can use https://zappysys.com/oauth. Note it, you will need it in configuration.
    12. Close web browser.
    13. Now it's time to configure Amazon Ads API data source.
    14. Fill in all blank Required Parameters:
      1. ClientId
      2. ClientSecret
      3. ReturnUrl
    15. Click Generate Token to generate tokens.
    16. Now you can select the 'Profile' to work with.
    17. That's it!

    Fill in all required parameters and set optional parameters if needed:

    AmazonAdsDSN
    Amazon Ads
    OAuth Authentication [OAuth]
    https://advertising-api.amazon.com/v2
    Required Parameters
    ClientId Fill in the parameter...
    ClientSecret Fill in the parameter...
    AuthorizationUrl Fill in the parameter...
    ReturnUrl Fill in the parameter...
    Scope Fill in the parameter...
    Profile (click 'Generate Token' before this) Fill in the parameter...
    Optional Parameters
    RetryMode Fill in the parameter...
    RetryStatusCodeList Fill in the parameter...
    RetryCountMax Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMultiplyWaitTime Fill in the parameter...
    ODBC DSN Oauth Connection Configuration

  6. Once the data source has been configured, you can preview data. Select the Preview tab and use settings similar to the following to preview data:
    ODBC ZappySys Data Source Preview

  7. Click OK to finish creating the data source.

Read data in C# from the DSN

  1. Create a new Console project and use this code to read the data:

    "AmazonAdsDSN";
    Make ZappySys Driver call in c#

  2. Press F5 to run the code and read the data:
    ZappySys Driver Output in c#

  3. Here is the code in text format:

    
    using System;
    using System.Data.Odbc;
    
    namespace ConsoleApp {
        class Program {
            static void Main() {
                var dsn = "AmazonAdsDSN";
                using (var conn = new OdbcConnection(String.Format("DSN={0}", dsn)))
                {
                    conn.Open();
                    var cmd = new OdbcCommand("SELECT * FROM Products", conn);
                    var rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader();
                    while (rdr.Read())
                    {
                        for (int i = 0; i < rdr.FieldCount; i++)
                        {
                                Console.Write("{0}\t", rdr[i]);
                        }
                        Console.WriteLine();
                    }
                }
                Console.ReadKey();
            }
        }
    }
    

  4. If you want to avoid being dependent on a DSN and creating multiple DSNs for each platform (x86, x64), then you can use a fully qualified connection string. Simply go to your DSN and copy the Connection String . Then in your C# code, pass the connection string as an argument when calling the OdbcConnection object's constructor, for example:

        
    var connectionString = "DRIVER={ZappySys API Driver};ServiceUrl=https://services.odata.org/V3/Northwind/Northwind.svc;Provider=OData;AuthName=Http;";
    
    using (var conn = new OdbcConnection(connectionString))
    {
        // ...
    }
    

    How to Overcome the Long Connection String Issue

    This issue is typically caused when the connection string includes a long RefreshToken attribute (i.e. RefreshToken=xxxxxxxxxxxx...xxx, especially if it's more than 1,000 characters).

    A good solution is to supply the RefreshToken by a file. Simply copy and paste the RefreshToken into a text file and save it, and then pass that file path in the connection string instead of directly supplying the RefreshToken.

    Here is an example of a connection string that can cause the issue:

    
    var connectionString = "Driver={ZappySys API Driver};RefreshToken=xxxxxxxxxxxx...xxxxxxx;ServiceUrl=...;";
    
    using (var conn = new OdbcConnection(connectionString))
    {
        // ...
    }
    

    Here is an example of a connection string that has resolved the issue by moving the RefreshToken attribute to the file c:\my_refresh_token.txt:

    
    var connectionString = "Driver={ZappySys API Driver};RefreshTokenFile=c:\my_refresh_token.txt;ServiceUrl=...;";
    
    using (connectionString)
    {
        // ...
    }
    

Create Custom Store Procedure in ZappySys Driver

You can create procedures to encapsulate custom logic and then only pass handful parameters rather than long SQL to execute your API call.

Steps to create Custom Store Procedure in ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders anywhere inside Procedure Body. Read more about placeholders here

  1. Go to Custom Objects Tab and Click on Add button and Select Add Procedure:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Store Procedure

  2. Enter the desired Procedure name and click on OK:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Store Procedure Name

  3. Select the created Store Procedure and write the your desired store procedure and Save it and it will create the custom store procedure in the ZappySys Driver:
    Here is an example stored procedure for ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders anywhere inside Procedure Body. Read more about placeholders here

    CREATE PROCEDURE [usp_get_orders]
        @fromdate = '<<yyyy-MM-dd,FUN_TODAY>>'
     AS
        SELECT * FROM Orders where OrderDate >= '<@fromdate>';
    

    ZappySys Driver - Create Custom Store Procedure

  4. That's it now go to Preview Tab and Execute your Store Procedure using Exec Command. In this example it will extract the orders from the date 1996-01-01:

    Exec usp_get_orders '1996-01-01';

    ZappySys Driver - Execute Custom Store Procedure

Create Custom Virtual Table in ZappySys Driver

ZappySys API Drivers support flexible Query language so you can override Default Properties you configured on Data Source such as URL, Body. This way you don't have to create multiple Data Sources if you like to read data from multiple EndPoints. However not every application support supplying custom SQL to driver so you can only select Table from list returned from driver.

Many applications like MS Access, Informatica Designer wont give you option to specify custom SQL when you import Objects. In such case Virtual Table is very useful. You can create many Virtual Tables on the same Data Source (e.g. If you have 50 URLs with slight variations you can create virtual tables with just URL as Parameter setting.

  1. Go to Custom Objects Tab and Click on Add button and Select Add Table:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Table

  2. Enter the desired Table name and click on OK:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Table Name

  3. And it will open the New Query Window Click on Cancel to close that window and go to Custom Objects Tab.

  4. Select the created table, Select Text Type AS SQL and write the your desired SQL Query and Save it and it will create the custom table in the ZappySys Driver:
    Here is an example SQL query for ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders also. Read more about placeholders here

    SELECT
      "ShipCountry",
      "OrderID",
      "CustomerID",
      "EmployeeID",
      "OrderDate",
      "RequiredDate",
      "ShippedDate",
      "ShipVia",
      "Freight",
      "ShipName",
      "ShipAddress",
      "ShipCity",
      "ShipRegion",
      "ShipPostalCode"
    FROM "Orders"
    Where "ShipCountry"='USA'

    ZappySys Driver - Create Custom Table

  5. That's it now go to Preview Tab and Execute your custom virtual table query. In this example it will extract the orders for the USA Shipping Country only:

    SELECT * FROM "vt__usa_orders_only"

    ZappySys Driver - Execute Custom Virtual Table Query

Conclusion

In this article we discussed how to connect to Amazon Ads in C# and integrate data without any coding. Click here to Download Amazon Ads Connector for C# and try yourself see how easy it is. If you still have any question(s) then ask here or simply click on live chat icon below and ask our expert (see bottom-right corner of this page).

Documentation 

Actions supported by Amazon Ads Connector

Amazon Ads Connector support following actions for REST API integration. If some actions are not listed below then you can easily edit Connector file and enhance out of the box functionality.
 test_connection
Endpoint to test connection.
 get_profiles
Gets your Amazon Ads profiles
 Get Report
Downloads an Amazon Ads report.
Parameter Description
Record Type
Option Value
campaigns campaigns
adGroups adGroups
keywords keywords
productAds productAds
asins asins
State Filter
Option Value
enabled enabled
paused paused
archived archived
Campaign Type
Option Value
sponsoredProducts sponsoredProducts
headlineSearch headlineSearch
Segment
Option Value
query query
placement placement
Report Date (yyyyMMdd) The date for which to retrieve the report in YYYYMMDD format. Supported functions now|today|yesterday|weekstart|weekend|monthstart|monthend|yearstart|yearend and supported intervals for add/subtract are ms|s|sec|min|h|hour|y|year|d|day|m|month|y|year. Example monthstart-3d (subtract 3days from month start)
Option Value
today today
yesterday yesterday
monthstart monthstart
monthend monthend
yearstart yearstart
yearend yearend
weekstart weekstart
weekend weekend
yearstart-1y yearstart-1y
yearend-1y yearend-1y
monthstart-1d monthstart-1d
monthend+1d monthend+1d
2022-01-31 2022-01-31
Metrics
Option Value
adGroupId adGroupId
adGroupName adGroupName
attributedConversions14d attributedConversions14d
attributedConversions14dSameSKU attributedConversions14dSameSKU
attributedConversions1d attributedConversions1d
attributedConversions1dSameSKU attributedConversions1dSameSKU
attributedConversions30d attributedConversions30d
attributedConversions30dSameSKU attributedConversions30dSameSKU
attributedConversions7d attributedConversions7d
attributedConversions7dSameSKU attributedConversions7dSameSKU
attributedKindleEditionNormalizedPagesRead14d attributedKindleEditionNormalizedPagesRead14d
attributedKindleEditionNormalizedPagesRoyalties14d attributedKindleEditionNormalizedPagesRoyalties14d
attributedSales14d attributedSales14d
attributedSales14dSameSKU attributedSales14dSameSKU
attributedSales1d attributedSales1d
attributedSales1dSameSKU attributedSales1dSameSKU
attributedSales30d attributedSales30d
attributedSales30dSameSKU attributedSales30dSameSKU
attributedSales7d attributedSales7d
attributedSales7dSameSKU attributedSales7dSameSKU
attributedUnitsOrdered14d attributedUnitsOrdered14d
attributedUnitsOrdered14dSameSKU attributedUnitsOrdered14dSameSKU
attributedUnitsOrdered1d attributedUnitsOrdered1d
attributedUnitsOrdered1dSameSKU attributedUnitsOrdered1dSameSKU
attributedUnitsOrdered30d attributedUnitsOrdered30d
attributedUnitsOrdered30dSameSKU attributedUnitsOrdered30dSameSKU
attributedUnitsOrdered7d attributedUnitsOrdered7d
attributedUnitsOrdered7dSameSKU attributedUnitsOrdered7dSameSKU
campaignBudget campaignBudget
campaignBudgetType campaignBudgetType
campaignId campaignId
campaignName campaignName
campaignStatus campaignStatus
clicks clicks
cost cost
currency currency
impressions impressions
keywordBid keywordBid
keywordId keywordId
keywordStatus keywordStatus
keywordText keywordText
matchType matchType
query query
 Generic Request
This is generic endpoint. Use this endpoint when some actions are not implemented by connector. Just enter partial URL (Required), Body, Method, Header etc. Most parameters are optional except URL.
Parameter Description
Url API URL goes here. You can enter full URL or Partial URL relative to Base URL. If it is full URL then domain name must be part of ServiceURL or part of TrustedDomains
Body Request Body content goes here
IsMultiPart Check this option if you want to upload file(s) (i.e. POST RAW file data) or send data using Multi-Part encoding method (i.e. Content-Type: multipart/form-data). Multi-Part request allows you to mix key/value and upload files in same request. On the other hand raw upload allows only single file upload (without any key/value) ==== Raw Upload (Content-Type: application/octet-stream) ===== To upload single file in raw mode check this option and specify full file path starting with @ sign in the Body (e.g. @c:\data\myfile.zip ) ==== Form-Data / Multipart Upload (Content-Type: multipart/form-data) ===== To treat your Request data as multi part fields you must specify key/value pairs separated by new lines into RequestData field (i.e. Body). Each key value pair is entered on new-line and key/value are separated using equal sign (=). Preceding and trailing spaces are ignored also blank lines are ignored. If field value has some any special character(s) then use escape sequence (e.g. For NewLine: \r\n, For Tab: \t, For at (@): \@). When value of any field starts with at sign (@) its automatically treated as File you want to upload. By default file content type is determined based on extension however you can supply content type manually for any field using this way [ YourFileFieldName.Content-Type=some-content-type ]. By default File Upload Field always includes Content-Type in the request (non file fields do not have content-type by default unless you supply manually). For some reason if you dont want to use Content-Type header in your request then supply blank Content-Type to exclude this header altogather [e.g. SomeFieldName.Content-Type= ]. In below example we have supplied Content-Type for file2 and SomeField1, all other fields are using default content-type. See below Example of uploading multiple files along with additional fields. file1=@c:\data\Myfile1.txt file2=@c:\data\Myfile2.json file2.Content-Type=application/json SomeField1=aaaaaaa SomeField1.Content-Type=text/plain SomeField2=12345 SomeFieldWithNewLineAndTab=This is line1\r\nThis is line2\r\nThis is \ttab \ttab \ttab SomeFieldStartingWithAtSign=\@MyTwitterHandle
Filter Enter filter to extract array from response. Example: $.rows[*] --OR-- $.customers[*].orders[*]. Check your response document and find out hierarchy you like to extract
Headers Headers for Request. To enter multiple headers use double pipe or new line after each {header-name}:{value} pair

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