Python Code Layout to get Facebook Campaign’s Analytics Data using Facebook Marketing API

Code structure:-

Python Code Layout

Hey guys! before diving in, would like to confirm whether you have all the credentials and basic setup. Credentials you going to need ahead are – access token, app Id, app secret, and account Id. If you have it then you are good to go. In case you don’t have those credentials, no worry, you need to go through just 3 simple steps to generate the above credentials.

List of files in this project:-

1. Create a JSON file to store credentials.

JSON file is the best way to store any credential required for your automation code. It enables easy scalability and flexibility for maintenance and updates. 

Create a json file “fb_api_cred.json”

Sample structure, you can customise according to your need.

Note: I used client_id to maintain only once JSON from multiple clients and for easy scalability across clients.

        "client_id" :1,
        "Access_token":"replace with your access token",
        "App_id":"replace with your app id",
        "App_secret":"replace with your app secret",
        "Account_id":"replace with ad account id of client"

2. Create a main file ( controller/initiator ).

This python file will be used for flow control. Consider this file as the heart of this facebook campaign data extraction project. Save this file as “fb_main.py”.

# command to run this code $ python3 ./python/fb_main.py -c clientName -d ./filePath/fb_api_cred.config -s 2020-07-05(startDate) -e 2020-07-11(endDate) -q week/month
import getopt
import sys
import datetime
import os.path
import json
from get_fb_data_query import *
#importing readConfig file function
from readConfig import*
def isFile(fileName):
    if(not os.path.isfile(fileName)):
        raise ValueError("You must provide a valid filename as parameter")
def readfile(argv):
    global cred_file
    global client_name
    global s_date
    global e_date
    global qry_type
        opts, args = getopt.getopt(argv,"c:d:s:e:q:")
    except getopt.GetoptError:
    for opt, arg in opts:
        if opt == '-c':
            client_name = arg
        elif opt == '-d':
            cred_file = arg
        elif opt == '-s':
            s_date = arg
        elif opt == '-e':
            e_date = arg
        elif opt == '-q':
            qry_type = arg
            print("Invalid Option in command line")
if __name__ == '__main__':
        timestamp = datetime.datetime.strftime(datetime.datetime.now(),'%Y-%m-%d : %H:%M')
        print("DATE : ",timestamp,"\n")
        print("Facebook data extraction process Started")
        #reading client_id json file
        cred_file = open(cred_file, 'r')
        cred_json = json.load(cred_file)
        #reading campaign type reference json file
        campaign_type_file = "./campaign_category.json"
        campaign_type_file = open(campaign_type_file, 'r')
        camapign_type_json = json.load(campaign_type_file)
        #Initializing variable with data from cred file
        org_id = cred_json[client_name]["id"]
        access_token = cred_json[client_name]["access_token"]
        app_id = cred_json[client_name]["app_id"]
        app_secret = cred_json[client_name]["app_secret"]
        account_id = cred_json[client_name]["account_id"]
        #call the facebook API query function (i.e get_facebook_campaign_data)
        facebook_data_df = get_facebook_campaign_data(app_id,app_secret,access_token,account_id,org_id,s_date,e_date,qry_type,camapign_type_json)
        print("FaceData :\n",facebook_data_df)
        print("FaceData :\n",facebook_data_df[["conversions","spend","objective","campaignType"]])
        #query_result_column = tuple(facebook_data_df.columns.values)
        #print("column name :",query_result_column)
        print("FB_MAIN : facebook data extraction Process Finished \n")
        print("FB_MAIN : Facebook data extraction processing Failed !!!!:", sys.exc_info())


 3. Create ReadConfig file.

This file will have a function for processing config files so that we can extract all the credentials from it as and when needed. We are going to import this function as a module in needed files (i.e in our case fb_main.py file). This file is like a helping hand of this project.

Save this file as “readConfig.py”.

class ReadConfig:
    def __init__( self, path=''):
        self.filePath = path
    def __del__(self):
        class_name = self.__class__.__name__
        print(class_name, "Completed")
    def getCongDict(self):
        input = open(self.filePath, 'r')
        configs = input.read().split('\n')
        self.configs = {}
        for config in configs:
            if config == '' or config == None:
                config = config.split('\t')
                self.configs[config[0]] = config[1]
                print('readConfig : Error reading config: ', config)
        return self.configs

4. Creating data extraction process file.

This python file will do the most important work. Extracting data from Facebook Campaigns using Facebook Marketing api is the responsibility python code in this file. Save the file with the name “get_fb_campaign_data.py”. Hence this file acts as the brain of all this project.

import sys
import pandas
import json
from datetime import datetime, timedelta
import datetime
from facebook_business.api import FacebookAdsApi
from facebook_business.adobjects.adaccount import AdAccount
#Function for date validation
def date_validation(date_text):
        while date_text != datetime.datetime.strptime(date_text, '%Y-%m-%d').strftime('%Y-%m-%d'):
            date_text = input('Please Enter the date in YYYY-MM-DD format\t')
            return datetime.datetime.strptime(date_text,'%Y-%m-%d')
        raise Exception('get_fb_data_query : year does not match format yyyy-mm-dd')
def get_facebook_campaign_data(app_id,app_secret,access_token,account,org_id,s_date,e_date,qry_type,camapign_type_json):
        FacebookAdsApi.init(app_id, app_secret, access_token)
        account = AdAccount("act_"+account)
        campaigns = account.get_campaigns(fields=['id','name','account_id'])
        print("Total number of Campaigns :",len(campaigns))
        #calling date validation funtion for start date format check
        startDate = date_validation(s_date)
        dt = startDate+timedelta(1)
        week_number = dt.isocalendar()[1]
        #calling date validation funtion for end date format check
        endDate = date_validation(e_date)
        #create a dataframe with needed column name
        campaign_data_df = pandas.DataFrame(columns=['account_name','account_id','campaign_name','campaign_id',
        #define field to be extracted from facebook campaign
        #extract data/insights from each campaigns
        for campaign in campaigns:
            for camp_insight in campaign.get_insights(fields=fields,params={'time_range':{'since':s_date,'until':e_date}}):
                campaign_obj = camp_insight["objective"]
                if campaign_obj in camapign_type_json["off_site"]:
                elif campaign_obj in camapign_type_json["on_site"]:
                    print(" ### campaign ObjectiveType doesent match CampaignType references ###")
                #adding cam_insight data to dataframe by converting result to dictionary
                campaign_data_df = campaign_data_df.append(dict(camp_insight),ignore_index = True)
        campaign_data_df["org_id"] = org_id
        campaign_data_df["impressions"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["impressions"])
        campaign_data_df["conversions"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["conversions"])
        campaign_data_df["spend"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["spend"])
        campaign_data_df["clicks"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["clicks"])
        campaign_data_df["reach"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["reach"])
        campaign_data_df["cpc"] = pandas.to_numeric(campaign_data_df["cpc"])
        campaign_data_df["startDate"] = pandas.to_datetime(campaign_data_df["date_start"])
        campaign_data_df["endDate"] = pandas.to_datetime(campaign_data_df["date_stop"])
        if qry_type in ["week","weekly"]:
            campaign_data_df["week"] = week_number
        elif qry_type in ["month","monthly"]:
            campaign_data_df["month"] = startDate.month
        return campaign_data_df
        print("get_fb_data_query Failed",sys.exc_info())

5. Creating campaign category file

This file has a list of all different types of facebook campaigns and categorised into off-site and on-site campaigns. This is jason file i.e key:value structure. So we have two keys “off-site” and “on-site”.

Save this file as “campaign_category.json”.



  1. Store JSON files in separate folders say “config” and python file in separate folders say “source” for better structuring and easy maintenance.
  2. Don’t forget to update facebook marketing API access token, since it expires after 2 months i.e valid only for 2 months.
  3. For database storing, create a separate file for only the data load process. And since we have used pandas dataframe, data load to database table is easy. In some cases it may need few additional steps, to refine data and its column.

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