Contact Search API Methods

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(info) Note: Notice that in each API call you must provide the List ID that you are working on, otherwise the default List ID will be used. 

Methods Summary

This API controller is for managing asynchronous contact searches.

In order to use the asynchronous flow, the following methods should be used in the following order:

  1. Create instance - Create a new contact search using "POST api/contact_search" You need to set a title for this new search, and the filters used for contacts segmentation.

  2. Check the instance status - Check the contact search status using "GET api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>" When contact search is created, its always created in status "Pending" (1), in order to know when the contact search is ready, use this method and verify that the status is "Completed" (2).

  3. Get the instance results - When status is Complete, get results using "GET api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>/result" This will return an array of the contacts you searched for.

GET /api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>

Description 

This method fetches a contact search (without results) and it can also be used for checking the contact search status.

Response (Major fields)

KeyDescription
statusContact search status, 1 = Pending, 2 = Completed
status_descContact search status description (Pending / Completed)

GET /api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>/result

Description 

This method fetches the contact search results. This is the same report you see in the UI under the Contact Manager Search and/or Analytics -> Contact Activity Report (if you provided include_behavior=true), when you click on the "View Report" icon. This API command provides the same results as the export below, only in this case, it returns the entire result as a JSON response instead of CSV file.

Request

sort

Optional string - Sort by column name

order

Optional string - "ASC" or "DESC"

offset

Optional int

limit

Optional int

Response

The response includes Array of contacts similar to example shared below. 

GET /api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>/export

Description 

This method exports a contact search report already created.

Description 

This method fetches a collection of contact searches (without the results).

Request

list_id

Optional string - List ID (see "Indicating List ID in Ongage API Calls" in APIDocs homepage for more info)

sort

Optional string - Sort by column name

order

Optional string - "ASC" or "DESC"

offset

Optional int

limit

Optional int

Description 

This method creates a new contact search.

Request

title

Required string - Title for this contact search

filters

Required array - Filters array can include: criteria, type, user_type, from_date, to_date

favorite

Optional boolean - Default is false, Favorite on/off

selected_fields

Optional array - Use this array parameters if you want to indicate only some of your list fields, which is faster & more efficient. If you don't use this parameter, the query will return all the list fields for all contacts returned in this search.
Currently, the selected_fields parameter, is only available when using "include_behavior = false".
Available system fields: ocx_created_date, ocx_contact_id, ocx_status, ocx_unsubscribe_date, ocx_resubscribe_date, ocx_import_id

criteria

Mandatory array of arrays - Criteria's to filter by results

*field_name : String - The field_name for this criteria

*type : String - The type of field (string/numeric/email/date/id)

*operator : String - Operator for criteria condition

*operand : Array - Array of operand values, will be filter with OR condition

*case_sensitive : 1 or 0 - Case sensitivity

*condition : String - Condition for whole criteria (and/or)

Operator options 

For strings / emails

* = : Equals

* != : Not equals

* LIKE : Contains

* NOT LIKE : Doesn't contain

* LIKE_ : Begins with

* _LIKE : Ends with

* empty : Is empty

* notempty : Is not empty

For numeric / id

* < : Is lower than

* <= : Is lower than or equals

* > : Is greater than

* >= : Is greater than or equals

* = : Equals

* != : Is different from

* empty : Is empty

* notempty : Is not empty

* >< : Range

For dates

* < : Before

* <= : Before or on

* > : After

* >= : On or after

* = : On

* != : Not on

* empty : Is empty

* notempty : Is not empty

Request Example - Create a Contact Search for All Members in a Given List

After you issue this request you'll be able to find that report under List → Contact Manager → Search.

Request Example - For Single Contact Id

Request Example - For Multiple Contact IDs

Request Example - Getting all active gmail contacts

Request Example - Getting all contacts created before 01/01/2014 GMT+2

Request Example - Getting all contacts that received a specific campaign

(info) For full behavioral operand usages please see "Segments" documentation

Request Example - Getting all contacts that belong to a specific segment

Request Example - Creates contact activity report

Request Example - Get all active openers within a certain range of dates

Request Example - How to Add a Date Filter to the Contact Search

See example 'from_date' and 'to_date' filters below:

Response (Major fields)

KeyDescription
idNewly created contact search ID
statusContact search status, will always be 1 (Pending) in this response

Response Example - For Creating a Contact Search for All Members in a Given List

DELETE /api/contact_search/<Contact search report ID>

Description 

This method deletes a contact search.