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Support for External REST API's?


#1

Greetings all,

Not sure where to post “pre-sales” questions, but I’m wondering if WF provides a built-in way to access external services via REST API, including those requiring authentication - e.g. a user’s Google, Facebook, MailChimp, etc. account.

WF itself seems to have a robust API, but I’m needing to pull data in from external services. Can it be done with WF in a simple straightforward way?

Thanks much!


#2

It depends on how the external service implements their API, so you have to be very specific on what you want to do.

Here are a few articles that might interest you:

https://stackoverflow.com/q/36975619/584192
https://spring.io/guides/gs/consuming-rest-jquery/
https://blog.logentries.com/2016/04/using-javascript-to-interact-with-the-rest-query-api/


#3

Most of the services I’m interested in use JSON and some standard means of authenticating - e.g. oAuth, oAuth2, JWT. I was just hoping that some flexible means for connecting to external services was built into WF. Sounds like that’s not the case. :frowning_face:


#4

That is correct. You need to custom code the entire solution yourself or partner with your web developer.

We have the freelance category and experts directory for that.


#5

Ok, thanks for the reply. FWIW, it would be really cool if WF allowed you to access external API’s and retrieve data in a manner similar to the built-in DB - i.e. the external data source would just be a type of “collection”. That would open up so many possibilities. :slightly_smiling_face:


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#7

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