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Using the Passthrough (proxy) query parameters

Use filters that are supported by the underlying provider requests

Passthrough query parameters allow users to inject custom parameters directly into underlying provider APIs. This feature enhances flexibility, enabling more specific and customizable API calls without needing to be supported by our unified API.

What is a Passthrough Query Parameter?

When invoking our unified API, you can provide query parameters to customize the API response. A passthrough query parameter is a special parameter that can be included in your API request, which will be directly passed on to the underlying provider API.

How Does it Work?

The passthrough query mechanism uses a specific parameter pattern – the keyword "proxy" followed by brackets. If any parameter in this format is present in the API call, it will be extracted and passed as a query parameter to the underlying provider API.

Pattern: proxy[custom-query-name]=custom-query-value

  • custom-query-name: The name of the custom query parameter.
  • custom-query-value: The value assigned to the custom query parameter.

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Note:

More advanced filters are also supported: proxy[filter[eq][age]]=25.

Example

Suppose you use the unified API to get all candidates for ATS category. This API already supports some optional filters, such as the page_size query parameter. If you know that one of the underlying providers supports a specific filter called my-custom-filter, you can use the passthrough query parameter to include this in your request, and it will be used when calling the provider API.

API Request: https://api.stackone.com/unified/ats/candidates?proxy[my-custom-filter]=123

With the above request, while the page_size=20 parameter will be interpreted by our unified API, the proxy[my-custom-filter]=123 will be extracted and passed directly to the underlying provider API as my-custom-filter=123.

Proxy param mechanism

Sorting candidates by the First Name for TeamTailor API:

https://api.stackone.com/unified/ats/candidates?page_size=20&proxy[sort]=first_name

TeamTailor sort filter parameter

Benefits

  1. Flexibility: Developers can maximize the use of underlying provider APIs by tapping into specific features or filters that the unified API might not support directly.
  2. Future-Proofing: As underlying provider APIs evolve and introduce new query parameters, developers can start using those without waiting for the unified API to offer built-in support.

Caveats

Although it's great to have the flexibility to use all the filters that the underlying provider supports, you should consider the following caveats when using this functionality:

  • These requests will not benefit from the unified vision, so a specific custom request with proxy parameters will not likely be supported between different providers;
  • We often need to use some filters in the underlying requests to support the unified models. To keep the response data as unified as possible between different providers, if you passthrough query parameters that are already being used by default, the values that you pass will have less precedence and will not be overridden;
  • The filters might be removed or deprecated by the underlying provider without the intervention of the StackOne team, which might break your custom use cases without notice.

Conclusion

Passthrough query parameters provide a powerful way to enhance the capabilities of your API calls, giving you direct access to features and filters of underlying provider APIs. Developers can create more customized API requests by understanding the tradeoffs and leveraging this mechanism.