Need to connect to an API; And I'm starting from Scratch

Ok, our company uses something called Samsara. No connector exists in Domo. Samsara allow users to access reports via an API.  They have provided me a token.  Their documentation states:

 

Authentication to the API is performed via HTTP Basic Auth. Provide your API token as the basic access_token value in the URL. You do not need to provide a password.

 

Do I create an Connector IDE?  If so, what configuration do I use?  

1. None 

2. Username and Password  

3. API Key  

4. OAuth 2.0

 

And where the heck do I use this script?  

https://api.samsara.com/<version>/<endpoint>?access_token={{access_token}}

Best Answer

  • Canioagain
    Canioagain 🟡
    Answer ✓

    Here's my final working script.  Next I need to figure out how to get it to output to a table, but for now this works and hopefully will help someone else

    var res = httprequest.post('https://us3.api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/drivers?access_token=xxxxxxxx','{\"groupId\": xxxx}');

    DOMO.log('res: ' + res);



    var data = JSON.parse(res).features;

    datagrid.addColumn('id', datagrid.DATA_TYPE_STRING);
    datagrid.addColumn('name', datagrid.DATA_TYPE_STRING);


    DOMO.log('data: ');

     

     

     

Answers

  • From what I can tell you'll want to create a custom connector using the API Key authentication option

     

    So you'll want to start here:

    https://api.domo.com/builder/index.html

     

    Under auth use API Key, drop your key into the API Key field on the right and then you'll want to initiate a request. Here's an example I built for Quandl (a stock connector). Use the DOMO.log function to read your response. The second part is a check for validation.

    var res = httprequest.get('https://www.quandl.com/api/v3/datasets/USTREASURY/YIELD?api_key=' + metadata.account.apikey)

    DOMO.log('res: ' + res);

    if(res.indexOf('Treasury') > 0){
    auth.authenticationSuccess();
    }
    else{
    auth.authenticationFailed('Error connecting to historical treasury data')
    }

    The subsequent pages allow you to define reports and build out your datagrid. You should be able to follow the other examples here for that:

    https://developer.domo.com/docs/custom-connectors/examples

     

    Once done it takes a few days to be approved by Domo, but hopefully that will get you going.

     

    Sincerely,

    Valiant_Ronin

     

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  • Thank you.

    It's good to know I'm on the right track.  Like I stated, the documentation for Samsara says all I need is a basic authentication script.  What is confusing to me is where to put it?  I dropped it in, clicked run script but then get this error?  

     

    domo.png

  • I already know the query I want to post too:

     

    https://api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/drivers/{driver_id}/hos_daily_logs

     

     

    and that's all I want to do

     

  • You'll need to put your endpoint in the call script like this:

     

    var res = httprequest.get('https://api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/drivers/{driver_id}/hos_daily_logs' + metadata.account.apikey)

    DOMO.log('res: ' + res); 

     

  • You'll probably also need to identify a specifc driver id from the looks of that script.

     

    I'm thinking you'll probably have to call the drivers api to get a list of driver_ids and store that in an array. You'll then need to loop through the array using your daily_logs url to build out results for multiple drivers and all of their logs.

  • You rock man, I'm getting closer.  But I got an error...I know I have the right api token in the API Key field

     

     

    domo.png

  • well now we're going beyond my scope.  ugh.  

  • I do have a drivers qry too.  I had hoped I could just pull back all the data and ETL it in Domo.  Wishful thinking

     

    https://api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/drivers

     

     


    @Valiant wrote:

    You'll probably also need to identify a specifc driver id from the looks of that script.

     

    I'm thinking you'll probably have to call the drivers api to get a list of driver_ids and store that in an array. You'll then need to loop through the array using your daily_logs url to build out results for multiple drivers and all of their logs.


     

     

     

     

  • I'm in the same boat right now actually building out an API connector for some accounting software. What I thought would be a quick data pull has turned into several hundred lines of code and counting... Smiley Frustrated

     

    Oh well, at least we're not alone in the struggle!

  • Any idea why it might be saying "invalid token"  Pretty sure the token is right because I c&p'd the API Key from the sitedomo.png

  • Your url is invalid as it's looking for a valid {driver-id}.  Once you know a valid ID you can enter that instead.

  • No, that's not it because I changed it to a get that doesn't require a specific ID and I still get the 'res' error

     

    var res = httprequest.get('https://api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/drivers/inactive' + metadata.account.apikey);

    DOMO.log('res: ' + res);

     

  • I'm also wondering if this documentation I found is affecting the token?

     

    $ curl -i -X POST -d "{\"groupId\": 3167}" "https://us3.api.samsara.com/v1/fleet/locations?access_token=xxxxx

     

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