The example we’re going to use is Remotive, a directory for remote jobs. Remotive offers a remote jobs API that you can use to get a list of remote job opportunities from their database.
An API is just a data pipeline between two softwares. So by connecting the Remotive jobs API to the Google Sheets API, we can get a list of remote jobs sent directly to our Google Sheets.
You can connect the Remotive API to Google Sheets in 5 steps:
Apipheny is a free API connector for Google Sheets. You can use Apipheny to connect your Google Sheets to API data sources, easily.
1.) Install Apipheny by opening the following link on desktop and then clicking the Install button in the Google Marketplace: https://apipheny.io/install
2.) After you’ve installed Apipheny, open a Google Sheet and then click on the Extensions dropdown in the menu at the top.
In the dropdown list you should see Apipheny. Click Apipheny then click Import API to open the Apipheny sidebar in your Google Sheet.
Tip: you can open a new Google Sheet by entering this URL in your browser:
After you install and open Apipheny, your next step is to enter the Remotive API URL into Apipheny.
Here’s the API URL:
If you want to narrow down the results returned, you can use the following parameters:
|category||Get job listings for a specific category. To get a list of categories, send a request to https://remotive.io/api/remote-jobs/categories|
|tags||Get job listings for specific tags. You can query several tags at once, comma separated, e.g: php,ubuntu). To get a list of tags, send a request to https://remotive.io/api/remote-jobs/tags|
|tag_operator||If multiple tags are used, they can be combined using this operator. You can use “or” (which is the default) or “and”|
|company_name||Use this parameter to filter listings by company name.|
|search||Search for job listings by title and description.|
|limit||Use this parameter to limit the number of job listings returned. The default is “all”. An integer must be provided.|
After you create the API URL with parameters you need to get a list of remote jobs by category, or tag, etc., then your last step is to enter the API URL into the Apipheny add-on and run the API request.
Just enter the API URL into the “API URL Path” field in Apipheny and then click the Run button:
Congratulations! You’ve now imported data on remote job opportunities into your Google Sheets.
Once you have the info you need, you can create reports or alerts with the data.
You can also try using the other features of the Apipheny add-on, such as saving and scheduling your API request.
You can even combine the remote jobs API data with data from a different API to create custom blends of data that no other software can provide.
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