Get Started with the API

This document explains how to get started writing apps that use the Google DoubleClick Bid Manager API. The API lets you manage Queries and retrieve Report metadata.

DoubleClick Bid Manager API v1.1 is the latest available and recommended version.

1. Before you start

If you're unfamiliar with Google Display & Video 360 concepts, read the Display & Video 360 Help Center and experiment with the UI.

2. Prepare for authentication

To get started using DoubleClick Bid Manager API, you need to first use the setup tool, which guides you through creating a project in the Google API Console, enabling the API, and creating credentials.

If you haven't done so already, create your OAuth 2.0 credentials by clicking Create credentials > OAuth client ID. After you've created the credentials, you can see your client ID on the Credentials page. Click the client ID for details, such as client secret, redirect URIs, JavaScript origins address, and email address.

For more information, see Authorize Requests.

3. Call the DoubleClick Bid Manager API

The tabs below provide quickstarts for coding in various languages. Sample code can also be found in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API Examples repo.

Java

  1. Import the necessary libraries.

    import static java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets.UTF_8;
    import com.google.api.client.auth.oauth2.Credential;
    import com.google.api.client.extensions.java6.auth.oauth2.AuthorizationCodeInstalledApp;
    import com.google.api.client.extensions.jetty.auth.oauth2.LocalServerReceiver;
    import com.google.api.client.googleapis.auth.oauth2.GoogleAuthorizationCodeFlow;
    import com.google.api.client.googleapis.auth.oauth2.GoogleClientSecrets;
    import com.google.api.services.doubleclickbidmanager.DoubleClickBidManager;
    import com.google.api.services.doubleclickbidmanager.model.ListQueriesResponse;
    import com.google.api.services.doubleclickbidmanager.model.Query;
    import java.io.Reader;
    import java.nio.file.Files;
    import java.nio.file.Paths;
    
  2. Load the client secrets file and generate authorization credentials.

    The first time you perform this step, you are asked to accept an authorization prompt in your browser. Before accepting, make sure you're signed in with a Google Account that has access to Display & Video 360. Your app will be authorized to access data on behalf of whichever account is currently signed in.

    // Read client secrets file.
    GoogleClientSecrets clientSecrets;
    try (Reader reader = Files.newBufferedReader(Paths.get(path-to-client-secrets-file), UTF_8)) {
      clientSecrets = GoogleClientSecrets.load(Utils.getDefaultJsonFactory(), reader);
    }
    
    // Generate authorization credentials.
    // Set up the authorization code flow.
    GoogleAuthorizationCodeFlow flow =
        new GoogleAuthorizationCodeFlow.Builder(
            Utils.getDefaultTransport(),
            Utils.getDefaultJsonFactory(),
            clientSecrets,
            oauth-scopes)
        .build();
    
    Credential credential =
        new AuthorizationCodeInstalledApp(flow, new LocalServerReceiver()).authorize("user");
    
  3. Create an authorized API client.

    // Create authorized API client.
    DoubleClickBidManager service =
        new DoubleClickBidManager.Builder(credential.getTransport(), credential.getJsonFactory(), credential)
            .setApplicationName("bidmanager-java-installed-app-sample")
            .build();
    
  4. Perform an operation.

    // Perform an operation.
    // Call the API, getting a list of 10 queries.
    ListQueriesResponse queriesResponse = service.queries().listqueries().setPageSize(10).execute();
    
    // Print them out.
    System.out.println("Id\t\tName");
    if (queriesResponse.getQueries().size() > 0) {
      for (int i = 0; i < queriesResponse.getQueries().size(); i++) {
        Query currentQuery = queriesResponse.getQueries().get(i);
        System.out.printf(
            "%s\t%s%n",
            currentQuery.getQueryId(),
            currentQuery.getMetadata().getTitle());
      }
    } else {
      System.out.println("No queries exist.");
    }
    

For more detailed information about using the DoubleClick Bid Manager API with Java, refer to the README file in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API examples.

Python

  1. Import the necessary libraries.

    from google_auth_oauthlib.flow import InstalledAppFlow
    from googleapiclient import discovery
    
  2. Load the client secrets file and generate authorization credentials.

    The first time you perform this step, you are asked to accept an authorization prompt in your browser. Before accepting, make sure you're signed in with a Google Account that has access to Display & Video 360. Your app will be authorized to access data on behalf of whichever account is currently signed in.

    # Set up a flow object to create the credentials using the
    # client secrets file and OAuth scopes.
    credentials = InstalledAppFlow.from_client_secrets_file(
        path-to-client-secrets-file, oauth-scopes).run_local_server()
    
  3. Create an authorized API client.

    # Build the discovery document URL.
    discovery_url = f'https://doubleclickbidmanager.googleapis.com/$discovery/rest?version=v1.1'
    
    # Build the API service.
    service = discovery.build(
        'doubleclickbidmanager',
        'v1.1',
        discoveryServiceUrl=discovery_url,
        credentials=credentials)
    
  4. Perform an operation.

    # Build and execute queries.listqueries request.
    response = service.queries().listqueries(pageSize='10').execute()
    
    # Print queries out.
    if 'queries' in response:
      print('Id\t\tName')
      for query in response['queries']:
        print('%s\t%s' % (query['queryId'], query['metadata']['title']))
    else:
      print('No queries exist.')
    

For more detailed information about using the DoubleClick Bid Manager API with Python, refer to the README file in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API examples.

PHP

This sample assumes that you are running the PHP with a built-in web server and have configured your credentials to redirect to the relevant web page. For example, this code, in an index.php file, can be run using the following command and credentials configured to redirect to http://localhost:8000 after authentication:

php -S localhost:8000 -t ./

  1. Download and install the Google API PHP Client.

    The preferred method is via Composer:

    composer require google/apiclient:^2.0
    

    Once installed, be sure to include the autoloader

    require_once '/path/to/your-project/vendor/autoload.php';
    

  2. Create a Google_Client object.

    $client = new Google_Client();
    
  3. Set up the client, redirect to authentication URL if needed, and retrieve an access token.

    The first time you perform this step, you are asked to accept an authorization prompt in your browser. Before accepting, make sure you're signed in with a Google Account that has access to Display & Video 360. Your app will be authorized to access data on behalf of whichever account is currently signed in.

    // Set up the client.
    $client->setApplicationName('DBM API PHP Samples');
    $client->addScope(oauth-scope);
    $client->setAccessType('offline');
    $client->setAuthConfigFile(path-to-client-secrets-file);
    
    // If the code is passed, authenticate. If not, redirect to authentication page.
    if (isset($_GET['code'])) {
      $client->authenticate($_GET['code']);
    } else {
      $authUrl = $client->createAuthUrl();
      header('Location: ' . $authUrl);
    }
    
    // Exchange authorization code for an access token.
    $accessToken = $client->getAccessToken();
    $client->setAccessToken($accessToken);
    
  4. Construct a client for the Display & Video 360 API service.

    $service = new Google_Service_DoubleClickBidManager($client);
    
  5. Perform an operation.

    // Configure params for the Queries.listqueries request.
    $optParams = array('pageSize' => 10);
    
    // Execute the request.
    $result = $service->queries->listqueries($optParams);
    
    // Print the retrieved queries.
    if (!empty($result->getQueries())) {
      print('<pre><p>Id Name</p>');
      foreach ($result->getQueries() as $query) {
        printf('<p>%s %s</p>', $query->queryId, $query->metadata->title);
      }
      print('</pre>');
    } else {
      print '<p>No queries exist.</p>';
    }
    

For more detailed information about using the DoubleClick Bid Manager API with PHP, refer to the README file in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API examples.

4. Next steps

Now that you have a client library up and running, explore the reference documentation and begin building out your implementation.

Additional guides are also available on utilizing scheduled reports and following reporting best practices.