Integrate with external APIs

Integrate with external APIs

Fliplet Apps generally rely on our internal APIs to integrate with data you have set in your Data Sources via Fliplet Studio. However, you can easily write custom code in your apps to integrate with an external API and display its data or feed it to first-party components such as lists and forms.

This page shows you a few examples and libraries to get started integrating with third party API endpoints.

Note: integrating with third-party APIs may result in cross domain policy issues when the target domain does not allow API requests from the source origin (the Fliplet app). Please read our support article here to learn more on the topic.

All Fliplet apps have available the popular jQuery library, which can be used on any screen when writing custom JavaScript code. Such library have easy-to-use helpers available to read and write data from/to an external API through the jQuery AJAX methods, including:

These functions can automatically convert a JSON response into a JavaScript object for further manipulation. If your API returns a different type of data (such as plain text or XML) please refer to the jQuery website to learn more about how to manipulate the data.

Here’s a simple example using the $.get method to read data from a third-party URL returning a JSON response with an array of objects:

// Call a 3rd-party endpoint using the HTTP GET method
$.get('').then(function (elements) {
  elements.forEach(function (item) {

As you may have noticed, jQuery AJAX methods all return a Promise object which makes integrating with Fliplet Hooks and JS APIs much easier.

Here’s an example where the above array from the 3rd-party API gets used to populate a List from Data Source component:

Fliplet.Hooks.on('flListDataBeforeGetData', function (options) {
  options.config.getData = function() {
    return $.get('').then(function (elements) {
      return (item) {
        return {
          data: {
            title: item.title

Likewise, you can use the more advanced $.ajax jQuery method to run more complex HTTP requests:

// Run a HTTP POST request sending some data to the endpoint
  method: 'POST',
  url: '',
  data: {
    title: 'Sample title'
}).then(function (response) {
  // Finished running the API request