Copy data from PayPal using Azure Data Factory

This article outlines how to use the Copy Activity in Azure Data Factory to copy data from PayPal. It builds on the copy activity overview article that presents a general overview of copy activity.

Important

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Supported capabilities

You can copy data from PayPal to any supported sink data store. For a list of data stores that are supported as sources/sinks by the copy activity, see the Supported data stores table.

Azure Data Factory provides a built-in driver to enable connectivity, therefore you don't need to manually install any driver using this connector.

Getting started

You can create a pipeline with the copy activity by using one of the following tools or SDKs. Select a link to go to a tutorial with step-by-step instructions to create a pipeline with a copy activity.

The following sections provide details about properties that are used to define Data Factory entities specific to PayPal connector.

Linked service properties

The following properties are supported for PayPal linked service:

Property Description Required
type The type property must be set to: PayPal Yes
host The URL of the PayPal instance. (that is, api.sandbox.paypal.com) Yes
clientId The client ID associated with your PayPal application. Yes
clientSecret The client secret associated with your PayPal application. Mark this field as a SecureString to store it securely in Data Factory, or reference a secret stored in Azure Key Vault. Yes
useEncryptedEndpoints Specifies whether the data source endpoints are encrypted using HTTPS. The default value is true. No
useHostVerification Specifies whether to require the host name in the server's certificate to match the host name of the server when connecting over SSL. The default value is true. No
usePeerVerification Specifies whether to verify the identity of the server when connecting over SSL. The default value is true. No

Example:

{
    "name": "PayPalLinkedService",
    "properties": {
        "type": "PayPal",
        "typeProperties": {
            "host" : "api.sandbox.paypal.com",
            "clientId" : "<clientId>",
            "clientSecret": {
                 "type": "SecureString",
                 "value": "<clientSecret>"
            }
        }
    }
}

Dataset properties

For a full list of sections and properties available for defining datasets, see the datasets article. This section provides a list of properties supported by PayPal dataset.

To copy data from PayPal, set the type property of the dataset to PayPalObject. There is no additional type-specific property in this type of dataset.

Example

{
    "name": "PayPalDataset",
    "properties": {
        "type": "PayPalObject",
        "linkedServiceName": {
            "referenceName": "<PayPal linked service name>",
            "type": "LinkedServiceReference"
        }
    }
}

Copy activity properties

For a full list of sections and properties available for defining activities, see the Pipelines article. This section provides a list of properties supported by PayPal source.

PayPalSource as source

To copy data from PayPal, set the source type in the copy activity to PayPalSource. The following properties are supported in the copy activity source section:

Property Description Required
type The type property of the copy activity source must be set to: PayPalSource Yes
query Use the custom SQL query to read data. For example: "SELECT * FROM Payment_Experience". Yes

Example:

"activities":[
    {
        "name": "CopyFromPayPal",
        "type": "Copy",
        "inputs": [
            {
                "referenceName": "<PayPal input dataset name>",
                "type": "DatasetReference"
            }
        ],
        "outputs": [
            {
                "referenceName": "<output dataset name>",
                "type": "DatasetReference"
            }
        ],
        "typeProperties": {
            "source": {
                "type": "PayPalSource",
                "query": "SELECT * FROM Payment_Experience"
            },
            "sink": {
                "type": "<sink type>"
            }
        }
    }
]

Next steps

For a list of data stores supported as sources and sinks by the copy activity in Azure Data Factory, see supported data stores.