Google Analytics

The Google Analytics extractor pulls raw data from the Google Analytics Reporting API.

Google Analytics Setup

In order to access your Google Analytics data, you will need:

  • Key File Location
  • View ID
  • Reports
  • Start Date
  • End Date

Key File Location

Configuration Notes

  • Follow the steps below if you don't already have a valid client_secrets.json to upload
  • The process below can take over 10 minutes, but it's a one-time setup that's well worth it

This extractor supports 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.

To access your Google Analytics Account, it needs the Analytics Reporting API and the Analytics API enabled. These need to be enabled for a project inside the same organization as your Google Analytics account.

Creating Service Account Credentials

As a first step, you need to create or use an existing project in the Google Developers Console:

  1. Sign in to the Google Account you are using for managing Google Analytics (you must have Manage Users permission at the account, property, or view level).

  2. Open the Service accounts page. If prompted, select a project or create a new one to use for accessing Google Analytics.

    Screenshot of Google Service Accounts page

  3. Click "Create service account"

    In the Create service account window, type a name for the service account, and click Create.

    We do not need to provide any additional permissions for this account, so click Continue in the Service account permissions configuration page.

    We also do not need to grant access to any users for this service account, as we only need the key.

    Screenshot of Google Service Account Configuration for new Account

    Click Create Key, select JSON as the key type and Furnish a new private key. Then click Save and store it locally as client_secrets.json.

    If you already have a service account, you can generate a key by selecting 'Edit' for the account and then selecting the option to generate a key.

    Screenshot of Google Service Account Configuration for existing Account

Your new public/private key pair is generated and downloaded to your machine; it serves as the only copy of this key. You are responsible for storing it securely.

Linking Credentials to Google Analytics

The newly created service account will have an email address that looks similar to:

Use this email address to add a user to the Google analytics Account, property or View that you want to access via the API.

Only the Read & Analyze permissions are needed as Meltano only extracts data to generate reports.

Screenshot of Google Analytics Add User

Enabling the APIs

  1. Visit the Google Analytics Reporting API dashboard and make sure that the project you used in the previous step is selected.

    From this dashboard, you can enable/disable the API for your account, set Quotas and check usage stats for the service account you are using with the Google Analytics extractor.

    Screenshot of Google Analytics Reporting API

  2. Visit the Google Analytics API dashboard, make sure that the project you used in the previous step is selected, and enable the API for your account.

    Screenshot of Google Analytics API

View ID

Configuration Notes

Screenshot of Google Analytics Account Explorer


Configuration Notes

  • An optional JSON file defining the reports to be generated

Optionally, you can provide an additional JSON file for the definition of the reports to be generated. You can check, as an example, the JSON file used as a default in tap-google-analytics/defaults/default_report_definition.json. Those report definitions could be part of the config.json, but we prefer to keep config.json small and clean and provide the definitions by using an additional file.

Start Date

Configuration Notes

  • Determines how much historical data will be extracted. Please be aware that the larger the time period and amount of data, the longer the initial extraction can be expected to take.

This property allows you to configure where you want your data set to start from. Otherwise, if left blank, it will try to fetch the entire history of the groups or projects specified.

End Date

Configuration Notes

  • Restricts how much historical data will be extracted in relation to the Start Date

This property allows you to configure where you want your data set to end in relation to the Start Date.

Meltano Setup



Open your Meltano instance and click "Pipelines" in the top navigation bar. You should now see the Extractors page, which contains various options for connecting your data source.

Let's install tap-google-analytics by clicking on the Connect button inside its card.

For the Key File Location, you will need to upload your client_secrets.json using the file uploader.

For the View ID, enter the ID you retrieved using Google Analytics Account Explorer

For the Start Date, choose the date when you want to start extracting data for.

For the End Date, it is set to yesterday by default if you do not configure a date. However, you can choose to set a specific end date for your data set if you want.

Click Save to finish configuring the extractor and progress to the next step: "Configure the Loader".

Advanced: Command Line Installation

  1. Navigate to your Meltano project in the terminal
  2. Run the following command:
meltano add extractor tap-google-analytics

If you are successful, you should see Added and installed extractors 'tap-google-analytics' in your terminal.


  1. Open your project's .env file in a text editor
  2. Add the following variables to your file:


export GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_API_CLIENT_SECRETS="client_secrets.json"
export GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_API_START_DATE="2019-02-01T00:00:00Z"


export GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_API_REPORTS="cli_reports.json"
export GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_API_END_DATE="2019-06-01T00:00:00Z"

Check the README for details.

Last Updated: 2/24/2020, 8:21:23 AM