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Create an FTP or SFTP source connector in the UI

The FTP and SFTP connectors are in beta. See the Sources overview for more information on using beta-labelled connectors.
Source connectors in Adobe Experience Platform provide the ability to ingest externally sourced data on a scheduled basis. This tutorial provides steps for creating a FTP or SFTP source connector using the Platform user interface.

Getting started

This tutorial requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:
If you already have a valid FTP or SFTP connection, you may skip the remainder of this document and proceed to the tutorial on configuring a dataflow .

Supported file formats

Experience Platform supports the following file formats to be ingested from external sources:
  • Delimiter-separated values (DSV): Support for DSV formatted data files are currently limited to Comma-separated values (CSV). The value of field headers within DSV formatted files must only consist of alphanumeric characters and underscores. Support for general DSV is to be provided in the future.
  • JavaScript Object Notation (JSON): JSON formatted data files must be XDM compliant.
  • Apache Parquet: Parquet formatted data files must be XDM compliant.

Gather required credentials

In order to access your FTP or SFTP server on Platform, you must provide the server's host name, a username, and a password.

Connect to your FTP or SFTP server

Once you have gathered your required credentials, you can follow the steps below to create a new FTP or SFTP account to connect to Platform.
Log in to Adobe Experience Platform and then select Sources from the left navigation bar to access the Sources workspace. The Catalog screen displays a variety of sources for which you can create an inbound account with.
You can select the appropriate category from the catalog on the left-hand side of your screen. Alternatively, you can find the specific source you wish to work with using the search option.
Under the Databases category, select SFTP . If this is your first time using this connector, select Configure . Otherwise, select Add data to create a new FTP or SFTP connector.
The Connect to SFTP page appears. On this page, you can either use new credentials or existing credentials.

New account

If you are using new credentials, select New account . On the input form that appears, provide a name, an optional description, and your credentials. When finished, select Connect and then allow some time for the new connection to establish.
The SFTP connector provides you different authentication types for access. Under Account authentication select Password to use a password-based credential.
Alternatively, you can select # and connect your SFTP account using a combination of Private key content and Passphrase .
The SFTP connector supports an RSA/DSA OpenSSH key. Ensure that your key file content starts with "-----BEGIN [RSA/DSA] PRIVATE KEY-----" . If the private key file is a PPK-format file, use the PuTTY tool to convert from PPK to OpenSSH format.
Private key content
A Base64 encoded SSH private key content. The SSH private key should should be OpenSSH format.
Specifies the pass phrase or password to decrypt the private key if the key file or the key content is protected by a pass phrase. If PrivateKeyContent is password protected, this parameter needs to be used with the PrivateKeyContent's passphrase as value.

Existing account

To connect an existing account, select the FTP or SFTP account you want to connect with, then select Next to proceed.

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have established a connection to your FTP or SFTP account. You can now continue on to the next tutorial and configure a dataflow to bring data from your cloud storage into Platform .