JSON Data source

JSON Data source provides a quick and flexible way to issue queries to arbitrary RESTful endpoints that return JSON data.

Create the JSON Data source

The first step is to create the data source and provide basic auth credentials. Note that basic auth credentials are optional, and you can provide a bearer token if that is your means of authenticating against the API

Writing queries

In the query editor, select the JSON data source created above and enter the query parameters. The query parameters use the YAML syntax. For E.g.

Providing HTTP Options

The following HTTP options are used for sending a query

The URL parameter is the only required parameter

  • url - This is the URL where the RESTful API is exposed

  • method - the HTTP method to use (default: get)

  • headers - a dictionary of headers to send with the request

  • auth - basic auth username/password (should be passed as an array: [username, password])

  • params - a dictionary of query string parameters to add to the URL

  • data - a dictionary of values to use as the request body

  • json - same as data except that it’s being converted to JSON

Filtering response data: path and fields

The response data can be filtered by specifying the path and fields parameters. The path filter allows accessing attributes within the response, for e.g. if a key foo in the response contains rows of objects you want to access, specifying path foo will convert each of the objects into rows.

In the example below, we are then selecting fields volumeInfo.authors, volumeInfo.title, volumeInfo.publisher and accessInfo.webReaderLink

url: https://www.googleapis.com/books/v1/volumes?q=isbn:0747532699
path: items
fields: ["volumeInfo.authors","volumeInfo.title","volumeInfo.publisher","accessInfo.webReaderLink"]

The resulting data from the above query is a nicely formatted table that can be searched in Apica Ascent or made available as a widget in a dashboard

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