Google Ads Client Library for Ruby

google-ads-googleads uses Google API extensions to provide an easy-to-use client library for the Google Ads API.

Documentation for Users

For thorough documentation of all features and utilities, visit our Developers site Ruby guide.

Getting started

google-ads-googleads will allow you to connect to the Google Ads API and access all its methods.


The recommended way to install is using bundler.

Add a line to your Gemfile:

gem "google-ads-googleads", "~> x.y.z"

Then run:

$ bundle install

This will cause bundler to update your Gemfile.lock locking to the exact version of the gem, and all dependencies of the gem that were installed. Using the pessimistic version operator "~> x.y.z" will cause bundle update to only install new versions in the x.y.* series, which will make it so you must manually opt into new versions.

You can then update to a new version of the gem by updating the Gemfile.

Other Installation Options

If you are not using bundler, you can use one of these options.

  1. Install this library using gem:

    $ [sudo] gem install google-ads-googleads

  2. Download the gem from the Releases page and install it from the local file:

    $ [sudo] gem install google-ads-googleads-[version].gem

Set Up Authentication

To authenticate your API calls, you need to specify your client ID, client secret, refresh token, and developer token to the library.

  1. See the Developer token guide to obtain your developer token, if you don't already have one.

  2. See the Authorization guide to generate a client ID and client secret, if you don't already have them.

  3. Run the Authentication example to generate your refresh token.

  4. Copy google_ads_config.rb to your home directory and modify it to include the client ID, client secret, and refresh token.

The client will automatically read it from the home directory if instantiated with no arguments:

client =

Alternatively, if you prefer to keep the file elsewhere, you can instantiate the client by passing the path to where you keep this file:

client ='path/to/google_ads_config.rb')

If you prefer not to store this information in a file at all, and would rather pass the information programmatically at runtime, you can accomplish that this way:

client = do |config|
  config.client_id = 'INSERT_CLIENT_ID_HERE'
  config.client_secret = 'INSERT_CLIENT_SECRET_HERE'
  config.refresh_token = 'INSERT_REFRESH_TOKEN_HERE'
  config.developer_token = 'INSERT_DEVELOPER_TOKEN_HERE'

Find out more at the Configuration guide.


To include the gem in your code:

require 'google/ads/google_ads'

To fetch a specific service, for example CampaignService:

client =
campaign_service = client.service(:Campaign)

See the provided examples for more detailed demonstrations of how to use the library.


See the Logging guide.



  • Danial Klimkin
  • Michael Cloonan


  • Michael Cloonan
  • Sam Phippen