Tap Google Analytics

Configuring what to replicate

PipelineWise configures every tap with a common structured YAML file format. A sample YAML for Google Analytics replication can be generated into a project directory by following the steps in the Generating Sample Pipelines section.

Authorization Methods

tap-google-analytics supports two different ways of authorization:

  • Service account based authorization, where an administrator manually creates a service account with the appropriate permissions to view the account, property, and view you wish to fetch data from

  • OAuth access_token based authorization, where this tap gets called with a valid access_token and refresh_token produced by an OAuth flow conducted in a different system.

If you’re setting up tap-google-analytics for your own organization and only plan to extract from a handful of different views in the same limited set of properties, Service Account based authorization is the simplest. When you create a service account Google gives you a json file with that service account’s credentials called the client_secrets.json, and that’s all you need to pass to this tap, and you only have to do it once, so this is the recommended way of configuring tap-google-analytics.

If you’re building something where a wide variety of users need to be able to give access to their Google Analytics, tap-google-analytics can use an access_token granted by those users to authorize it’s requests to Google. This access_token is produced by a normal Google OAuth flow, but this flow is outside the scope of tap-google-analytics. This is useful if you’re integrating tap-google-analytics with another system, like Stitch Data might do to allow users to configure their extracts themselves without manual config setup. This tap expects an access_token, refresh_token, client_id and client_secret to be passed to it in order to authenticate as the user who granted the token and then access their data.


This tap does not currently use any STATE information for incrementally extracting data. This is currently mitigated by allowing for chunked runs using [start_date, end_date], but we should definitely add support for using STATE messages.

The difficulty on that front is on dynamically deciding which attributes to use for capturing state for ad-hoc reports that do not include the ga:date dimension or other combinations of Time Dimensions.

Example YAML for tap-google-analytics:


# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# General Properties
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
id: "google_analytics_sample"          # Unique identifier of the tap
name: "Google Analytics"               # Name of the tap
type: "tap-google-analytics"           # !! THIS SHOULD NOT CHANGE !!
owner: "somebody@foo.com"              # Data owner to contact
#send_alert: False                     # Optional: Disable all configured alerts on this tap

# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Source (Tap) - Google Analytics connection details
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  view_id: "<view-id>"
  start_date: "2010-01-01"  # specifies the date at which the tap will begin pulling data

  # OAuth authentication
    client_id: "<client-id>"
    client_secret: "<oauth-client-id>"               # Plain string or vault encrypted
    access_token: "<access-token>"                   # Plain string or vault encrypted
    refresh_token: "<refresh-token>"                 # Plain string or vault encrypted

  # Service account based authorization
  # key_file_location: "full-path-to-client_secrets.json"

# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Destination (Target) - Target properties
# Connection details should be in the relevant target YAML file
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
target: "snowflake"                        # ID of the target connector where the data will be loaded
batch_size_rows: 20000                     # Batch size for the stream to optimise load performance
stream_buffer_size: 0                      # In-memory buffer size (MB) between taps and targets for asynchronous data pipes
default_target_schema: "google-analytic"   # Target schema where the data will be loaded
#default_target_schema_select_permission:  # Optional: Grant SELECT on schema and tables that created
#  - grp_power

# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Source to target Schema mapping
# ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  - source_schema: "google-analytics"               # This is mandatory, but can be anything in this tap type
    target_schema: "google-analytics"               # Target schema in the destination Data Warehouse
    #target_schema_select_permissions:   # Optional: Grant SELECT on schema and tables that created
    #  - grp_stats

    # List of Google Analytics tables to replicate into destination Data Warehouse
    # List of available tables available at https://github.com/transferwise/pipelinewise-tap-google-analytics/blob/master/tap_google_analytics/defaults/default_report_definition.json

      # Tables replicated incrementally
      - table_name: "website_overview"
      - table_name: "traffic_sources"
      - table_name: "monthly_active_users"

        # OPTIONAL: Load time transformations - you can add it to any table
        #  - column: "some_column_to_transform" # Column to transform
        #    type: "SET-NULL"                   # Transformation type