Challenges with Google Sheets "Make an API call"

Hi Makers :slight_smile:

I guess the TL;DR version is: I need to automate invoicing for sales on a marketplace into my accounting system.

The long version

  1. The “Make a Request” http call gets data from the marketplace in html
  2. The combination of the iterator and the aggregator massages the data into bundles.

The challenge I have is getting this into Google Sheets

I have tried various URLs viz the Google Sheets API like

  • batchUpdate
  • append

In most cases the sandbox in the API document seems to work but despite trying various Body’s and variations of the URL, nothing seems to work.

Most recently, I have been tinkering around with append and the error is The operation failed with an error. 400: INVALID_ARGUMENT - Unable to parse range:

Any pointers would be VERY helpful :sos:

Hello gaboom,

Could you, please, add the following screenshots:

  • output data of the text aggregator
  • data mapping of the “Make an API call” module
  • detailed error of the “Make an API call” module.



Hi @Philippe_Billet,

  • Output data of the aggregator (added the config of it too)

  • data mapping of the “Make an API call” module
    There is no other mapping than the screengrab in the previous post
  • detailed error of the “Make an API call” module
    Does this work?


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It means that the JSON you sent is not valid… The data you sent is not well formatted.

If I well understand your goal, you want to add a row into an existing Google Sheets, I think that the action module “Add a row” could be easier to implement.



Thanks @Philippe_Billet.

Will look at the formatting of the JSON.

Add a row would be easier to implement but would cost more in terms of operations. I would have around 2000 rows to add per month and would save operations using the “Make an API call” method…


Hi gaboom,

I looked at your problem a little bit more precisely, maybe you should use:
“value”: [20.text]
instead of:
value: [20.text]
in the body part of the Google Sheets module.



So, I finally figured it out. And although I haven’t completed the solution, I solved the Google sheet thing… Thanks @Philippe_Billet and @samliew for trying to help on this!

It turns out some of the settings in the “Make an API Call” were incorrect in the example I was following at Insert multiple rows in Google Spreadsheets from HTTP request that give xml of products

So, these settings worked for me

  • URL = Spreadsheets/SpreadsheetID/values/a:z where Spreadsheet refers to the**SpreadsheetID**/edit#gid=SheetID.
  • Method = PUT not POST per the previous example
  • valueInputOption = User_Entered but will be fiddling with this going further
  • Body is currently {values: [[“Order ID”,“Date”,“SKU”],{{20.text}}]} though am sure that it may not have overly influenced the result/solution to this part of the puzzle.

Thanks to this video for steering me to the final solution.


Hi @gaboom :wave:

I want to jump in to quickly say congrats on figuring out the Google Sheet issue :clap:

Also, thanks a bunch for sharing that helpful video with the community – it’s awesome to know there are resources like that to keep our users on the right track. :pray: