What is Unsplash?

Unsplash is a website dedicated to sharing stock photography. It grants an irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos for free.

Connect Unsplash to Draftbit

Setup steps in Unsplash

If you do not have an Unsplash account, create on here.

The initial step to use Unsplash API is to create an application and get an Authorization token.

Get your REST API URL

To create a new application go to the Unsplash OAuth URL here.

  • From the Applications dashboard screen, under the section Your applications, click the button New Application.
  • Accept the terms and agreement to use Unsplash API.
  • Enter the Application name and Description.
  • Click Create application.
  • The base URL of the Unsplash API is https://api.unsplash.com.

Get Authorization Token

The Authorization token to use the Unsplash API requires an Authorization header to be passed with a value of Client-ID access-key.

  • Go to the Your apps page from your Unsplash account.
  • Choose the application whose access-key you want to access.
  • Go to the Keys section and save the access-key. This going to be used in the next section.

Setup steps in Draftbit

Save Unsplash Access Token as Authorization Header

To access the Unsplash API in the Draftbit app, you need the add the access-key as the Global Variable as an Authorization header.

  • Open the Settings tab from the top navbar.
  • In Project Settings, navigate to App Variables.
  • Enter a name to access the API Key and the value for it. For example, Authorization_Header.
  • The Authorization Header's value requires you to enter a token. The syntax is Client-ID access-key.
  • In place of paste your own access-key (from the previous section) and then click Add and the click Save.

Add Unplsash Base URL in Draftbit

To add the Unsplash API Base URL to your Draftbit app:

  • Open the API & Cloud Services modal on the top navbar.
  • From the Add a service menu, click on Rest API.
  • Enter a name for your REST API.
  • Paste your Base URL https://api.unsplash.com into the Base URL input field.
  • Click the + from the Headers section to add a new Header.
  • Type Authorization for the key.
  • Select the Global Variable for Authorization (from the last step).
  • Click Save.

Using Unsplash with Draftbit

Fetch all photos

In this section, let's populate a Fetch component with data incoming from the Unsplash API.

For reference, here is a how the Components tree looks like for this screen:

The next step is to create an endpoint. Let's try fetching the data using a GET HTTP request:

  • Click Add endpoint.
  • In Step 1: enter the name for the endpoint. Make sure the Method select is GET.
  • In Step 2: add the base name path: /photos .
  • In Step 4: click the Test button next to the Endpoint input to verify the response coming from the Unsplash API.
  • Click Save.

On app screen:

  • Select the Fetch component in the Components tree and go to the Data tab from Properties Panel.
  • For Service, select the name of the Unsplash Service.
  • For Endpoint, select the endpoint you want to fetch the data from.
  • Select the List component in the Components tree and go to the Data tab from Properties Panel.
  • For Data, select records from the dropdown menu.
  • Then, select the Image component in the Components tree and map the image URL incoming from Unsplash API. Go to the Data tab in the Properties Panel.
  • Select the Source Type to be Data. For Source, select the image URL field.
  • Also, select the Text component in the Components tree and then go to the Data tab in the Properties Panel.
  • Add a {{varName}} value (inside the curly braces) to represent a data field from the Google spreadsheet. For example, we add {{title}} to represent the column name from the Google spreadsheet.
  • Under Variables, you will see the variable name defined in the previous step. From the dropdown menu, select the appropriate field that represents the data field.

Fetch a single photo

In this section, let's populate a Fetch component with data incoming from the Unsplash API.

To fetch a single photo from Unsplash, you'll have to specify the id which is found when fetching data in the Preview mode.

The next step is to create an endpoint. Let's try fetching the data using a GET HTTP request:

  • Click Add endpoint.
  • In Step 1: enter the name for the endpoint. Make sure the Method select is GET.
  • In Step 2: add the base name path: /photos/{{id}}. Then, add a Test value for the {{id}}.
  • In Step 4: click the Test button next to the Endpoint input to verify the response coming from the Unsplash API.
  • Click Save.

On app screen:

  • Select the Fetch component in the Components tree and go to the Data tab from Properties Panel.
  • For Service, select the name of the Sheety API service.
  • For Endpoint, select the endpoint you want to fetch the data from.
  • Set the value for the id in the Configuration > URL Structure section to Navigation > id.
  • Then, select the Image component in the Components tree and map the image URL incoming from Unsplash API. Go to the Data tab in the Properties Panel.
  • Select the Source Type to be Data. For Source, select the image URL field.

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