Facebook DB Connector

Set-Up Instructions

Task 1 – Create a Database Collection in SearchBlox

After logging in to the Admin Console, select the Collections tab and click on Create a New Collection or "+" icon.

Next, Choose Database Collection as Collection Type.


Enter a unique name, choose access type, choose the language and click Save to create the collection. This will add a database collection to the SearchBlox server.

Task 2 – Getting a OAuthAccess Token from Facebook

Go to https://developers.facebook.com/ and log in to your account.

Go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/explorer and click Get Token and the dropdown Get User Access Token.

In the resulting pop up, select all checkboxes and click Get Access Token.

Go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/accesstoken/ and click the Debug button against User Token.

Click Extend Access Token button.

Task 3 – Database Collection Settings

Select Facebook as the database type from the dropdown menu.

Enter the database URL string in the format as shown here:

Enter the OAuthAccessToken from the developer page in the string.

Provide SQL Query to fetch the data from Facebook. The Query format is:
SELECT <index field> as uid , <column name2> as title, <column name3> as content FROM <tablename> LIMIT 100


Configure SQL Query

Some of the commonly used tables and common queries in Facebook are:


SELECT * FROM Comments

SELECT Id, Name, Picture FROM Likes

FROM Groups WHERE SearchTerms = ‘facebook’
SELECT * FROM Users WHERE SearchTerms = ‘facebook’
SELECT ID as uid,FromName as title FROM Wall WHERE Target = ‘facebook’

For more data tables that can be indexed from Facebook, use the following links:



If you have more than 100 entries in a table, specify the number of documents to be indexed by providing the LIMIT value in the query. For example:


Otherwise, a minimum of 100 rows will be indexed.

Save the settings. Click on Test Connection, you will be taken to Facebook Login page.

Check the settings by clicking the Test Database Collection. Note that the database connection has to be successful for the indexing to work.

Task 4 – Schedule and Index

Schedule indexing from the Schedule tab from Manage Collection page.

After reaching the maximum number of documents, if continuous indexing is not required, click stop.

Search results in faceted search is shown here:

Task 5 – Viewing Search Results in Kibana

Indexed content from Facebook can be visualized using Kibana.

The following example uses the maximum number of fields available in the data table account. The query to provide is

SELECT * FROM Groups WHERE SearchTerms = ‘facebook’

Steps in Kibana

1.Start Kibana.
How to start Kibana Visualizations
2. Add the collection ID.

3. After adding the index, you can view the fields mapped.

4. Create visualizations by following the steps listed in the reference link, provided in the preceding Step 1.

A sample visualization generated for Facebook data indexed in SearchBlox: