Run Multiple Queries in a Single Request
This advanced feature of the API Connector add-on for Google Sheets enables you to stack multiple request URLs (or POST bodies) together and run them one after the other as a unified block. API Connector will cycle through the requests and print out the results one after another in a single sheet.
This is a paid feature, please install API Connector for a free trial or upgrade to access.
- Before you Begin
- Why Use the Multi-Query Function?
- Example 1: List URLs in the URL input box
- Example 2: Reference Cells
- Example 3: Reference a Range of Cells
- Example 4: Multiple POST Bodies
Before you Begin
Click here to install the API Connector add-on from the Google Marketplace.
Why Use the Multi-Query Function?
Multi-query requests are commonly used to account for simple API pagination, in which an API limits the number of records returned in each response and requires you to make multiple requests to retrieve the full set of data. There are a few common methods of pagination that can be managed via multi-query requests:
- page parameters
- offset-based pagination
- page directory pagination
Multi-query requests can also be used to query the same (or similar) API endpoint multiple times, e.g. for different company IDs, different stock symbols, different time periods, etc. They are useful for chaining together API requests, where you first grab one set of values and then plug them into a second set of API calls.
Example 1: List URLs in the URL input box
To run multiple requests, list your URLs on separate lines. When you Run the request, each subsequent response will be appended to the first empty row.
Example 2: Reference Cells
You can reference cells in the input box (info). Again, make sure each separate request is on a new line, to ensure API Connector recognizes it as a new request:
Example 3: Reference a Range of Cells
As a shorthand method, instead of referencing cells one by one, you can reference them as a range, like this:
As shown in the screenshots above, when you reference a cell, you can reference the entire URL or part of the URL.
Example 4: Multiple POST Bodies
While the above will work for cycling through a list of GET requests, POST requests usually require different POST bodies. To cycle through a list of POST requests, you can enter multiple POST bodies into the POST body input box. Tick the “Multiple POST bodies” checkbox and then separate each POST body with the text delimiter
:::BREAK::: (the word BREAK surrounded by three colons on each side). This will tell API Connector that a new POST body has started.
If you place your POST bodies into cells, you can combine the multi-POST body feature with cell references, such that your POST body looks something like this:
+++Sheet1!A1+++ :::BREAK::: +++Sheet1!A2+++ :::BREAK::: +++Sheet1!A3+++
When you enable this feature, API Connector will automatically run through your list of POST bodies, sending each POST body to the same request URL and printing out each response consecutively into the same sheet.
- When you stack requests, response data from each query will be sent to a single sheet, with each subsequent request appended to the first empty row.
- When running multiple queries, a 1.5 second delay is automatically inserted between requests to avoid rate limits.