Salesforce to MySQL: Steps to Integrate Data Easily

on Data Integration • December 3rd, 2019 • Write for Hevo

Are you trying to integrate Salesforce to MySQL? If yes, then you are in the right place. Salesforce is a cloud-based customer relationship management software that enables organizations to have a full-fledged CRM experience without having the trouble of hosting and managing servers. Salesforce is offered based on a software-as-a-service model. It can handle all aspects of customer relationship management, including product ordering, accounting, invoicing, and customer support. Know about Salesforce pricing here.

Even though Salesforce provides its own set of analytics and reporting suite, many cases, organizations will require Salesforce data to be pulled to a separate database or data warehouse. It is because most organizations will have data coming in from a variety of sources, and they would need to have all the data in one place for meaningful analysis. One of the typical requirements in this space is to have Salesforce data loaded into a relational database for analysis. In this post, we will deal with methods to load data from Salesforce to MySQL, one of the most popular relational databases.

Let’s see how this blog is structured for you:

  1. Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Custom Code
  2. Limitations of Using Custom Code
  3. Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Hevo
  4. Conclusion

Two Approaches to Integrate Data from Salesforce to MySQL

There are two broad approaches one could take while loading data from Salesforce to MySQL:

Method 1: Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Custom Code
You can follow the step by step guide for connecting Salesforce to MySQL using custom codes. Additionally, it will also highlight the limitations and challenges of this approach.

Method 2: Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Hevo
To achieve Salesforce and MySQL integration, you can implement a fully-managed data integration solution Hevo Data.

Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Custom Code

Salesforce provides different types of APIs and utilities to query the data available in the form of Salesforce objects. These APIs help to interact with Salesforce data. An overview of these APIs is as follows:

  • Salesforce Rest APIs: Salesforce REST APIs provide a simple and convenient set of web services to interact with Salesforce objects. These APIs are recommended for implementing mobile and web applications that work with Salesforce objects.
  • Salesforce REST APIs: Salesforce SOAP APIs are to be used when the applications need a stateful API or have strict requirements on transactional reliability. It allows you to establish formal contracts of API behavior through the use of WSDL. 
  • Salesforce BULK APIs: Salesforce BULK APIs are tailor-made for handling a large amount of data and have the ability to download Salesforce data as CSV files. It can handle data ranging from a few thousand records to millions of records. It works asynchronously and is batched. Background operation is also possible with Bulk APIs.
  • Salesforce Data Loader: Salesforce also provides a Data Loader utility with export functionality. Data Loader is capable of selecting required attributes from objects and then export them to CSV file. It comes with some limitations based on the Salesforce subscription plan to which the user belongs to. Internally, Data Loader works based on bulk APIs. 

Steps to Connect Salesforce to MySQL

Use the following steps to achieve Salesforce and MySQL integration:

Step 1: Log in to Salesforce using the SOAP API and get the session id. For logging in first create an XML file named login.txt in the below format.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

<env:Envelope xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"

xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"

xmlns:env="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">

<env:Body>

<n1:login xmlns:n1="urn:partner.soap.sforce.com">

<n1:username>your_username</n1:username>

<n1:password>your_password</n1:password>

</n1:login>

</env:Body>

</env:Envelope>

Step 2: Execute the below command to login

curl https://login.Salesforce.com/services/Soap/u/47.0 -H "Content-Type: text/xml; 
charset=UTF-8" -H "SOAPAction: login" -d @login.txt

From the result XML, note the session id. This session id is to be used for all subsequent requests.

Step 3: Create a BULK API job. For doing this, create a text file in the folder named job.txt with the following content.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<jobInfo xmlns="http://www.force.com/2009/06/asyncapi/dataload">

<operation>insert</operation>

<object>Contact</object>

<contentType>CSV</contentType>

</jobInfo>

Please note that the object attribute in the above XML should correspond to the object for which data is to be loaded. Here we are pulling data from the object called Contact.

Execute the below command after creating the job.txt

curl https://instance.Salesforce.com/services/async/47.0/job -H "X-SFDC-Session: sessionId" -H "Content-Type: application/xml; 
charset=UTF-8" -d @job.txt

From the result, note the job id. This job-id will be used to form the URL for subsequent requests. Please note the URL will change according to the URL of the user’s Salesforce organization.

Step 4: Use CURL again to execute the SQL query and retrieve results.

curl https://instance_name—api.Salesforce.com/services/async/APIversion/job/jobid/batch

-H "X-SFDC-Session: sessionId" -H "Content-Type: text/csv; 

SELECT name,desc from Contact

Step 5: Close the job. For doing this, create a file called close.txt with the below entry.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<jobInfo xmlns="http://www.force.com/2009/06/asyncapi/dataload">

<state>Closed</state>

</jobInfo>

Execute the below command after creating the file to close the job.

curl https://instance.Salesforce.com/services/async/47.0/job/jobId -H "X-SFDC-Session: sessionId" -H "Content-Type: application/xml; 
charset=UTF-8" -d @close_job.txt

Step 6: Retrieve the results id for accessing the URL for results. Execute the below command.

curl -H "X-SFDC-Session: sessionId" https://instance.Salesforce.com/services/async/47.0/job/jobId/batch/batchId/result

Step 7: Retrieve the actual results using the result ID fetched from the above step.

curl -H "X-SFDC-Session: sessionId" https://instance.Salesforce.com/services/async/47.0/job/jobId/batch/batchId/result/resultId

This will provide a CSV file with rows of data. Save the CSV file as contacts.csv.

Step 8: Load data to MySQL using the LOAD DATA INFILE command. Assuming the table is already created this can be done by executing the below command.

LOAD DATA INFILE'contacts.csv' INTO TABLE contacts

FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' 

ENCLOSED BY '"'

LINES TERMINATED BY 'rn' 

IGNORE 1 LINES;

Alternately, instead of using the bulk API manually, Salesforce Data Loader utility can be used to export CSV files of objects. The caveat here is that usage of certain Data Loader functionalities are restricted based on the user’s subscription plan. There is also a limit to the frequency in which data loader export operations can be performed or scheduled.

Limitations of Using Custom Code

As evident from the above steps, loading data from Salesforce to MySQL through the manual method is both a tedious and fragile process with multiple error-prone steps.

This works well when you have on-time or a batch need to bring data from Salesforce. In case you need data more frequently or in real-time, you would need to build additional processes to successfully achieve this. 

Connect Salesforce to MySQL Using Hevo

A more graceful method to achieve the same outcome would be to use a code-free Data Integration Platform like Hevo Data. Hevo can mask all the ETL complexities and ensure that your data is securely moved to MySQL in just a few minutes. You can sign up for a 14-day free trial to experience the simplicity yourself. Hevo can integrate data from Salesforce to MySQL in just 3 simple steps:

  • Authenticate and configure your Salesforce data source
Salesforce to MySQL: Salesforce as Source
  • Configure your MySQL destination where the data needs to be loaded
Salesforce to MySQL: MySQL as Destination

Hevo’s point and click interface gives you a hassle-free means to easily replicate your Salesforce data to MySQL. Without any coding and maintenance, all your Salesforce data will be ready for analysis within minutes.

Additionally, Hevo can also help you move data from 100s of different data sources, making your data integration infrastructure, future-proof. 

Conclusion

In this blog, you have learned about how to achieve Salesforce and MySQL integration using two different approaches. Additionally, it has also highlighted the limitations and challenges of using custom code. But, if you are looking for a fully-automated data integration solution, then try Hevo. Hevo is a No-code Data Pipeline. It supports pre-built integrations from 100+ data sources. Now, you can weigh both the options and decide on a way forward. 

Let us know your thoughts on the two approaches to move data from Salesforce to MySQL in the comments.

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