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Connect API

Introduction

Once your users have connected their third-party app accounts in the Connect Portal, you can access their app account via the Connect API.
The Connect API acts as a proxy to the third-party app provider's API, meaning that any of the third-party provider's API methods can be accessed directly via the Connect API. Call .request to send an API request to a third-party app on behalf of one of your users.
Along with Workflows, the Connect API is one of two primary ways to build integrations with Paragon.

When to use the Connect API

The Connect API is the most flexible way to interact with your users' third-party apps, and is a useful code-based approach for situations including:
  • Performing a simple one-off request (e.g. fetching a list of Salesforce contacts)
  • Accessing API methods that may not be available in Workflow Integration Actions
  • Writing custom code for complex or unique integration use cases
  • Migrating existing integration code to Paragon

Making requests with the Connect API

Every integration in your dashboard has a code example of using paragon.request, which takes three arguments:
  • integrationType: The short name for the integration. i.e. "salesforce" or "googleCalendar". You can find this string on the Overview tab of the integration you want to access, on your Paragon dashboard.
  • path: The path (without the hostname) of the API request you are trying to access. An example might be "/v1/charges" for Stripe's charge API or "chat.postMessage" for Slack's Web API.
  • requestOptions: Request options to include, such as:
    • body: An object representing JSON contents of the request.
    • method: An HTTP verb such as "GET" or "POST". Defaults to GET.
The function returns a promise for the request output, which will have a shape that varies depending on the integration and API endpoint.

Client-side SDK Usage

JavaScript SDK
await paragon.request('slack', '/chat.postMessage', {
method: 'POST',
body: {
channel: 'CXXXXXXX0' // Channel ID,
text: 'This message was sent with Paragon Connect :exploding_head:'
}
});
// -> Responds with { ok: true }, and sends a message :)

Server-side Usage

If you'd like to issue a request from your server to an integration on behalf of an end-user, you can make a request to:
REST API
https://api.useparagon.com/projects/<Paragon Project ID>/sdk/proxy
/<Integration name>/<API path>
Authorization: Bearer <Paragon User Token>
  • A Bearer token must also be specified with a Paragon User Token.
  • This endpoint accepts any HTTP verb you want to use with the API.
  • Body contents must be specified as application/json.
Example:
REST API
POST https://api.useparagon.com/projects/19d...012/sdk/proxy/slack/chat.postMessage
Authorization: Bearer eyJ...
Content-Type: application/json
{
"channel": "CXXXXXXX0",
"text": "This message was sent with Paragon Connect :exploding_head:"
}

Requesting files or binary response data

By default, the Connect API will attempt to parse the response data from the integration API as JSON. To receive the raw response data (including all HTTP headers that were received from the integration API), you can pass the X-Paragon-Use-Raw-Response header to the request.
This can be used when downloading binary/file data, such as images or PDF files, where the response cannot be encoded as JSON.
The JavaScript SDK currently does not support returning non-JSON payloads. As an alternative, you can use your preferred request client to make the below API request.
REST API
Below is an example of using the Connect API to download a file from Google Drive using their files.get endpoint.
GET https://api.useparagon.com/projects/19d...012/sdk/proxy/googledrive/files/<File ID>/?alt=media
Authorization: Bearer eyJ...
X-Paragon-Use-Raw-Response: 1