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Google AdWords Client Library

Welcome to the next generation Google-developed Ruby client library for the AdWords API!

It contains full support for all API services with full stubs, and a simplified programming interface that lets you handle everything in native Ruby collections.

Docs for Users

1 - Installation

google-adwords-api is a ruby gem. See

Install it using the gem install command:

$ gem install --remote google-adwords-api

The following gem libraries are required:

  • google-ads-savon
  • google-ads-common

2 - Using the client library

Before starting to use the client library, you need to set up OAuth2. You can find our guide on how to obtain OAuth2 credentials on the wiki.

By default, the API uses a config file in ENV['HOME']/adwords_api.yml. When generating your OAuth2 refresh token, you will be given the option for the sample to automatically store the refresh token in this file.

You can also pass the API a manually constructed config hash like:

adwords ={
  :authentication => {
      :method => 'OAuth2',
      :oauth2_client_id => 'INSERT_OAUTH2_CLIENT_ID_HERE',
      :oauth2_client_secret => 'INSERT_OAUTH2_CLIENT_SECRET_HERE',
      :developer_token => 'DEVELOPER_TOKEN',
      :client_customer_id => '012-345-6789',
      :user_agent => 'Ruby Sample'
  :service => {
    :environment => 'PRODUCTION'

Once you have all the requisite setup complete, you're ready to make an API call. The easiest way to do this is to look at one of our examples. The adwords_on_rails example will show how to use the web flow, and the other examples will use the installed application OAuth2 flow.

The basics of making a request are:

  1. Include the library with require:

    require 'adwords_api'
  2. Create an API instance:

    adwords =
  3. Specify which service you're looking to use, and which version:

    campaign_srv = adwords.service(:CampaignService, :v201607)
  4. You should now be able to just use the API methods in the returned object:

    # Get 'Id', 'Name' and 'Status' fields of all campaigns.
    campaigns = campaign_srv.get({:fields => ['Id', 'Name', 'Status']})

See the code in the examples directory for more thorough working examples you can build from.

Note: If your setup requires you to send connections through a proxy server, please set the appropriate options in the config file or config hash. For example:

config[:connection] = {
  :proxy => 'http://user:password@proxy_hostname:8080'

2.1 - Ruby names for a Ruby library

In order to make things more Ruby-like for our Ruby developers, we've renamed API objects and methods to more closely match Ruby conventions. This means using snake_case for methods and parameters, and UpperCamelCase for class names.

For example, the startDate field of the Campaign object is named start_date in the client library. The get method, returns a CampaignPage object which has entries and total_num_entries fields. So, to access the return values, you would do this:

response = campaign_srv.get(selector)
num_entries = response[:total_num_entries]

Essentially, all you have to do is follow Ruby conventions, and the library will do the rest. All of the examples are written following this standard.

2.2 - Using the Test Account

For testing purposes, obtain a Test Account in the production environment. Any request against a Test Account inccurs no API units charge. See this guide for more details.

To use the library against a Test Account, set the client_customer_id property in the configuration file to its client customer ID.

2.3 - Logging

It is often useful to see a trace of the raw SOAP XML being sent and received. The quickest way of achieving this when debugging your application is by setting the library.log_level configuration variable to DEBUG.

config[:library] = {
  :log_level => 'DEBUG'

This can alternatively be done via a configuration file.

This will output the SOAP XML to stderr, which will usually show up in your terminal window.

There's also an option of logging requests and XML to a file. In order to enable this, you should create a standard Logger object and pass it to the library:

require 'logger'
logger ='path/to/log_filename')
logger.level = Logger::DEBUG
adwords =
adwords.logger = logger

Request details and units spend are logged at the INFO log level, while raw HTTP headers and XML dumps are logged at the DEBUG log level. For more details on using Logger refer to the Ruby Logger documentation.

2.4 - Calculating operations usage

Each AdWords API operation performed consumes a certain number of operations as described in the rate sheet.

The amount of operations consumed is returned in the header part of the SOAP response. This information can be obtained by passing a user block during the method call:

response = campaign_srv.get(selector) do |header|
  puts "Operations consumed: %d" % header[:operations]

You can also retrieve the response body as the second block parameter:

campaign_srv.get(selector) {|header, body| ... }

2.5 - GZip compression

The library offers a transparent compression option which can be enabled in the configuration file or by the following setting:

config[:connection] = {
  :enable_gzip => true

Enabling this option will set the headers required to request the server to respond in gzipped format. All requests are sent uncompressed regardless.

Docs for Developers

Rake targets

To regenerate all the stubs for all versions if needed:

$ rake generate

To target a specific version:

$ rake generate[version]

For example:

$ rake generate[v201607]

To target a specific service in a specific version:

$ rake generate[version,service]

For example:

$ rake generate[v201607,CampaignService]

To build the gems:

$ gem build google-adwords-api.gemspec

To run unit tests on the library:

$ rake test

Where do I submit bug reports and feature requests?

Bug reports and feature requests can be posted on the library page.

Questions can be asked on the forum.

Make sure to subscribe to our Google Plus page for API change announcements and other news.

Copyright/License Info


Copyright 2010-2016, Google Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at:

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.



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