Import WordPress Data to Google Sheets

In this guide, we’ll walk through some examples of how to pull data from the WordPress API directly into Google Sheets, using the API Connector add-on for Sheets.

Note that this guide refers to, the self-hosted version of WordPress, not


Before You Begin

Click here to install the API Connector add-on from the Google Marketplace.

Part 1: Get WordPress Application Password

If you're fetching public WordPress data, like the public posts of an open site, you can skip this step. However if you're performing private actions (e.g. updating posts on your site), you'll need to authenticate yourself with an application password.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site and navigate to Users -> Edit User for yourself
  2. Scroll down to the Application Passwords section and click Add New Application Password
  3. You'll see your new password listed.
  4. One last step: Because the WordPress API requires Basic Authentication, we need to encode our API key to base 64. You can do this by entering your username and Application Password into this form, separated by a colon.

    The encoding script runs in your browser, and none of your credentials are seen or stored by this site.


Part 2: Pull WordPress Data into Google Sheets

For this example, we'll get a list of posts from your WordPress site. Substitute in your own site name and encoded credentials.

  1. Open up Google Sheets and click Extensions > API Connector > Open > Create request.
  2. In the request form enter the following:
    • ApplicationCustom
    • MethodGET
    • Request URL
    • Headers:
      • Authorization: Basic your_encoded_credentials
    • Report style: concatenate (under Output options)
  3. Create a new tab and click Set current to use that tab as your data destination.
  4. Name your request and click Run. A moment later you’ll see the latest posts in your sheet.


We've made two adjustments to make the report more compact:

  • We've selected the "concatenate" report style
  • We've added the context=embed parameter. Without it, the API will return the full text of each article, which can produce too much data for Sheets to handle.

Part 3: More Example API URLs

You can experiment with endpoints and query strings as described in the documentation to see other types of WordPress data, but here are some examples to try out.

  • categories
  • comments
  • pages

Part 4: Handle Pagination

The WordPress API limits the number of records returned in each request. By default, only 10 records will be returned unless you paginate through records as described in their documentation. This is why we set the per_page=100 parameter in our first example query above. To get more than 100 records, you need to paginate through records as shown in their documentation.

With API Connector you can do this automatically with pagination handling, like this:

  • API URLenter your request URL, including the per_page=100 parameter
  • Pagination typenext page URL
  • Field namelink
  • Run untilchoose when to stop fetching data

Part 5: API Documentation

Official API documentation:

2 thoughts on “Import WordPress Data to Google Sheets”

    • There is a way to get drafts, but since drafts aren’t public, you can only get them with an authenticated request (like using a password).

      To authenticate yourself, you can use a plugin like this one: It will give you an API key that you can add to your request.

      Then you should be able to get drafts with a URL like this:

      Hope that helps point you in the right direction, just let me know if I can clarify anything else.
      Edit: as of WordPress 5.6, you can use Basic Auth directly (info). I've updated the article to reflect that.


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