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Step 3: Define Inputs

Each connector declares the inputs it needs to read data from the underlying data source. This is the Airbyte Protocol's spec operation.

The simplest way to implement this is by creating a spec.yaml file in source_<name>/spec.yaml which describes your connector's inputs according to the ConnectorSpecification schema. This is a good place to start when developing your source. Using JsonSchema, define what the inputs are (e.g. username and password). Here's an example of what the spec.yaml looks like for the Stripe API source.

For more details on what the spec is, you can read about the Airbyte Protocol here.

The generated code that Airbyte provides, handles implementing the spec method for you. It assumes that there will be a file called spec.yaml in the same directory as source.py. If you have declared the necessary JsonSchema in spec.yaml you should be done with this step.

Given that we'll pulling currency data for our example source, we'll define the following spec.yaml:

documentationUrl: https://docs.airbyte.io/integrations/sources/exchangeratesapi
connectionSpecification:
$schema: http://json-schema.org/draft-07/schema#
title: Python Http Tutorial Spec
type: object
required:
- access_key
- start_date
- base
properties:
access_key:
type: string
description: API access key used to retrieve data from the Exchange Rates API.
airbyte_secret: true
start_date:
type: string
description: Start getting data from that date.
pattern: ^[0-9]{4}-[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{2}$
examples:
- "%Y-%m-%d"
base:
type: string
examples:
- USD
- EUR
description: "ISO reference currency. See <a href=\"https://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/policy_and_exchange_rates/euro_reference_exchange_rates/html/index.en.html\">here</a>."

In addition to metadata, we define two inputs:

  • access_key: The API access key used to authenticate requests to the API
  • start_date: The beginning date to start tracking currency exchange rates from
  • base: The currency whose rates we're interested in tracking