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Overview

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is designed to enable communications between clients and servers. … A web browser may be the client, and an application on a computer that hosts a web site may be the server. Extrata downloads your data using the HTTP Get API.

The HTTP Get API service is a generic connector that can be used to download data using a URL.

Skill Level:  HTTP Get API Intermediate Classification

Production Status: Live

Steps to Configure the HTTP Get API Service Connector
Steps to Set-up the Source
  1. Click on the “Services” menu link in the left pane.
  2. Click on the “+” next to the HTTP Get Service.
  3. Enter the Source Name.
  4. Enter the optional Source Description.  Text in the description is useful during search requests.
  5. The Service should already default to “HTTP Get”.
  6. Enter the URL used to connect to the target API’s endpoint. This is usually found withing the service’s API documentation.
  7. If authentication is required, click the Use Basic Authentication box to show the user name and password.  When you enter the credentials in these fields, they will be used to authenticate to the service.
  8. Click Save to create the new source.
Steps to Set-up the Task
  1. Click on the “Projects” menu link in the left pane.
  2. If there are no projects listed, create a new project, otherwise go to step 3.
  3. Click on the project name that will contain the task. Click the “Add Task” button.
  4. Enter the Task Name.
  5. Enter the optional Task Description.  Text in the description is useful during search requests.
  6. The Project is where the task will be saved and it will default to the Project name selected from the project list.  If you need to change the project, select the new project from the drop down list.
  7. The Source will default to the source name that is set as the default for the project.  If you need to change the source, select the new source from the drop down list.
  8. Enter the endpoint in the box next to the base URL.  This will get the data set for the specific endpoint.
  9. Enter the path or browse to the Save To Folder. The Save To Folder location defaults to the same location you set in your project, but you can also override it.
  10. Enter the file name for the output file.
  11. Select the File Type from the drop down list.  When saved, the file name will end with the selected file type.
  12. Click Save to create the new Task.
Running the Task
  1. Click on the “Projects” menu link in the left pane.
  2. Select the Project that contains the task.
  3. In the Tasks list, click the Run HTTP Get API Task run icon for the task you would like to run.  The data will be downloaded from your service using the API and saved to the output file location. During the run, a Run Task dialog window will open with a task log of the run.  You can use this log to troubleshoot any run-time issues.
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