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Import API Data to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

Importing data into Google Sheets using an API involves using Google Apps Script and the Google Sheets API for automation and live data updates from various sources. This process can be achieved through a step-by-step guide that includes enabling the Google Sheets API, using Google Apps Script, and writing custom scripts to fetch and write data.

Mastering this technique enhances data analysis and workflow efficiency.

Streamline your data import process and explore Bardeen's automation capabilities for Google Sheets to save time and enhance productivity.

How to Import Data into Google Sheets Using an API

Importing data into Google Sheets using an API is a powerful way to automate the process of updating your spreadsheets with live data from various sources. This guide will walk you through the steps to achieve this, using Google Apps Script and the Google Sheets API.

Automate your Google Sheets with Bardeen to effortlessly import data from various sources without writing a single line of code. Learn more.

Google Sheets Import API Data

To import API data into Google Sheets, you can use Google Apps Script, a scripting language for light-weight application development in the G Suite platform. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Open a new Google Sheet and give it a name.
  2. Navigate to Extensions > Apps Script to open the Apps Script editor.
  3. Name your project to reflect the API you're integrating with, for example, "Fixer API Integration".
  4. In the Apps Script editor, add the following example code to fetch data from your chosen API:
'function callAPI() { var response = UrlFetchApp.fetch("API_URL_HERE"); Logger.log(response.getContentText()); }'

Replace "API_URL_HERE" with the actual URL of the API endpoint you're accessing. This code uses the UrlFetchApp class to make a GET request to the API URL and logs the response.

  1. Click the disk icon to save your script, then click the play button to run your function.
  2. Authorize the script to access external services when prompted.
  3. Check the logs (View > Logs) to see the API response.
  4. To write the data to your sheet, modify the script to parse the response and use the SpreadsheetApp class to select your sheet and the desired cell range for the data. Here's an example:
'function callAPI() { var response = UrlFetchApp.fetch("API_URL_HERE"); var data = JSON.parse(response.getContentText()); var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet(); sheet.getRange("A1").setValue(data.someProperty); }'

This code parses the JSON response from the API and writes a value from it to cell A1 of the active sheet. Replace "someProperty" with the actual property name from your API response.

Google Sheets API

The Google Sheets API provides another method to interact with your sheets programmatically. To use the Google Sheets API:

  1. Enable the Google Sheets API in the Google Cloud Platform Console for your project.
  2. Install the Google client library for your programming language of choice.
  3. Authenticate your application using OAuth 2.0.
  4. Use the client library to read from and write to your Google Sheets.

This method requires more setup but offers more flexibility and control over how you interact with Google Sheets.

API for Google Sheets

For more advanced integrations, consider using third-party services or building custom applications that leverage the Google Sheets API. These can automate data import from various sources, manipulate data in complex ways, and even integrate with other APIs and services.

Remember to review the Google Sheets API usage limits and quota to ensure your application stays within the allowed limits.

Discover more about Google Sheets automation and addons in our detailed blog posts: Google Sheets Addons, How to Automate Google Sheets.


Importing data into Google Sheets using an API is a powerful technique that can save time and enhance your data analysis capabilities. Whether you're using Google Apps Script for simple tasks or the Google Sheets API for more complex integrations, the flexibility and power of programmatically accessing Google Sheets can significantly benefit your workflows.

Automate Google Sheets with Bardeen: No Code Needed

Importing data into Google Sheets using an API is a powerful way to keep your spreadsheets updated with the latest data from various sources. However, setting up and maintaining the necessary code can be time-consuming and requires technical knowledge. This is where Bardeen comes into play. Bardeen's automation capabilities allow you to effortlessly import data into Google Sheets from a wide range of services without writing a single line of code.

Here are examples of automations you can build with Bardeen's prebuilt playbooks:

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: This playbook automatically imports all issues from a specified GitHub repository into a Google Sheet, making it easier to track and manage project bugs and feature requests.
  2. Get data from Crunchbase links and save the results to Google Sheets: Automatically extract and import company data from Crunchbase directly into Google Sheets, streamlining market research and competitive analysis.
  3. Enrich company information from a website to Google Sheets using This playbook enriches your Google Sheets with detailed company information from any website using, enhancing your sales prospecting and research efforts.

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