Get sheet data in real-time via HTTP

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You can set up a Live Data URL for each sheet using the Web Application. A Live Data URL allows you to pull data from an Orca Scan sheet into your system using a simple HTTP GET request, for example

Works with your favourite tools

Set up a real-time export link to the systems you love without a single line of code.

Data Format

You can change the format of the data by appending a file extension, for example The available formats are:

Extension Format Content/Type
.html HTML (default when no extension provided) text/html
.csv CSV (Comma-separated values) text/plain
.json JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) application/json
.xml XML (Extensible Markup Language) text/xml

History Log

You can request all historical changes by appending history=true to your Live Data URL, for example

Changed By Changed On Changed Using 19/05/2019, 17:25:09 Chrome 74 (Mac OS) 08/06/2019, 14:19:04 Thomas's iPhone 07/06/2019, 15:31:07 Samsung Galaxy S9

An additional row will be added for every change, along with the three columns above to help you identify who made that change.

Limit Data

You can reduce the amount of data returned by appending the following parameters to your Live Data URL:

Parameter Example Description
columns columns=barcode,name,data Returns the columns listed, in the order specified
barcode barcode=5740351198754 Returns items matching the specified barcode
from from=2019-06-12T00:00:00 Returns data changed on or after the specified date in ISO format (must be used in conjunction with history=true)
limit limit=2 Returns only specified number of records

For example,name

Numeric Deltas

Appending deltas=true to the Live Data URL along with history=true will add a column containing the delta for each numerical column change, for example:

Barcode Quantity Quantity (delta)
6344554293308 96 96
6344554293308 10 -86
6344554293308 20 +10

By default the first delta value always matches the first numeric value. You can change this to 0 by appending zerodeltabase=true to the URL.

Date Formatting

By default all dates are returned in ISO 8601 format. You can change the format using the datetimeformat querystring parameter with the desired format. Date formats are a combination of tokens, for example: MMM YYYY

The available tokens are:

  Token Description Example
Day D Day in single digit format 2
  DD Day in double digit format 02
Month M Month in single digit format 3
  MM Month in double digit format 03
  MMM Month in 3 character format Jan, Feb
  MMMM Full name of month January, February
Year YY 2 digit year 19
  YYYY 4 digit year 2019
Hour H 1 digit hour 3
  HH 2 digit hour 03
Minute m m digit minute 3
  HH 2 digit minute 02

Time Zones

Date and times are returned in UTC (timezone 00:00) format. You can adjust the time zone by providing a timezone offset along with datetimeformat parameter, for example: HH:mm&timezone=-10:00

The available offsets are:

Offset Region
-12:00Eniwetok, Kwajalein
-11:00Midway Island, Samoa
-08:00Pacific Time (US & Canada)
-07:00Mountain Time (US & Canada)
-06:00Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City
-05:00Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
-04:00Atlantic Time (Canada), Caracas, La Paz
-03:00Brazil, Buenos Aires, Georgetown
-01:00Azores, Cape Verde Islands
+01:00Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
+02:00Kaliningrad, South Africa
+03:00Baghdad, Riyadh, Moscow, St. Petersburg
+04:00Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Baku, Tbilisi
+05:00Ekaterinburg, Islamabad, Karachi, Tashkent
+05:30Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, New Delhi
+05:45Kathmandu, Pokhara
+06:00Almaty, Dhaka, Colombo
+06:30Yangon, Mandalay
+07:00Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta
+08:00Beijing, Perth, Singapore, Hong Kong
+09:00Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Sapporo, Yakutsk
+09:30Adelaide, Darwin
+10:00Eastern Australia, Guam, Vladivostok
+10:30Lord Howe Island
+11:00Magadan, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia
+11:30Norfolk Island
+12:00Auckland, Wellington, Fiji, Kamchatka
+12:45Chatham Islands
+13:00Apia, Nukualofa
+14:00Line Islands, Tokelau

GPS Format

By default GPS values are returned in Decimal degrees format (latitude, longitude). You can change this by passing any of the tokens below as a gps querystring parameter., country

Token Description
city City name of the GPS location
country Country name of the GPS location
code 2 digit country code of GPS location
lat GPS latitude
lng GPS longitude

Force Download

By default data is returned inline so it can be displayed in a browser. However, some Data Warehousing / ETL tools require data imported from a URL to trigger a download.

You can enable this behaviour by appending download=true to the URL. For example

Setup Live Data Url

You can find the data URL on any of your sheets.

1. Go to Integrations settings

Opening the sheet integration menu

2. Activate the URL and copy the link

Activating the Orca Scan live data URL

3. Save the updates

Saving the integration changes

Next steps

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