A GET request, in simple terms, is a way for you to grab data from a data source with the help of the internet.
Despite the capitalization, “GET” is not an acronym, so it doesn’t stand for anything. But an easy way to understand the GET method is by thinking of it as “GETting” data from a source.
HTTP request methods can get very complicated, but we’ll try to keep things simple for the sake of clarity.
HTTP request methods (often called HTTP verbs) are kind of like actions which you can tell an API to do.
This makes more sense if you imagine the API as a waiter in a restaurant.
If the user is a customer, and the server is the kitchen, then some sort of link has to exist for the two to communicate.
The link that makes this communication possible is the waiter — or the API.
If you want food delivered to your table, you need to tell the waiter your order so he can take it to the kitchen. After a while, the waiter delivers your meal to you, just as you like it.
What’s happening here is very similar to what happens when a GET request is being performed.
When you tell the API that you want to retrieve information, you send a GET request to the server. After it processes your request, you receive the information in a nice, organized pile.
Here are a few examples of why you might want to perform a GET request:
I could list countless examples of GET requests, but even with just 6 examples, it’s easy to notice the pattern.
Anytime you need information for whatever purpose, you use the GET request to retrieve it from the source.
In the video below, CEO & Co-Founder, Meelad, demonstrates how you can perform a GET request with Apipheny’s easy-to-use interface.
Meelad performs a GET request at 0:32 – 1:07.
The way his request is setup tells Apipheny that he wants to retrieve (or GET) data from the Cat Facts API.
Once he clicks “Run”, Apipheny processes the request. And after a few seconds, the data he requested appears straight into the spreadsheet.
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Make a GET request
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Save requests for later
Schedule requests for automatic updates
Reference cell values in requests
=APIPHENY custom function
Stack multiple URLs in a single request
Run all saved requests at once
Modify your request settings
Import & export saved API settings
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