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Download documents



is it possible via the Web API to download the contents of the documents stored in Act?




Nickel Contributor m4y
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Re: Download documents

@sburton@Xavier, can you help with this question please?

We're able to retrieve the local path of a document using the API but how to download it? Can you give some direction please?


Thanks in advance


Xavier Nyssen

ACT! Certified Consultant @ Intuitis | Belgium
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Re: Download documents

[ Edited ]

You can download attachments in the SupplementalFiles section of the API:  The id will be the entity that the attachment is assigned.  For documents, it is attached to a history item.


Do a form-data post



Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded



Posts: 109
Country: USA

Re: Download documents

To upload a document, it requires a two step process.


first you need to post the history document entry, This is not the file it is a special history item in Act!.  To do this you would:



POST: api/documents

    "companies": [
          "id": "42896b1d-0b5d-4e60-9142-5927c73d9cf1",
          "name": "Swiftpage"
    "historyTypeID": -1,
    "details":"Test for Stephen"



The response of this request will provide you with an ID that is needed to update the file.  Now you can post the file.  Lets say, your response from the first post was { "id", "766415e0-539d-48eb-b90d-6da359e2259e", ... }


POST: api/attachments/documents/766415e0-539d-48eb-b90d-6da359e2259e
    "Authorization": "your token",
    "Content-Type": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"

The document attachment is a formdata post:

//Mocha Sample would look like this:
    'formData': {
    'file': fs.createReadStream('./test/support_data/images/smiles1.jpg'),
    'headers': {
    'Authorization': token,
    'Content-Type': "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"







Posts: 109
Country: USA

Re: Download documents

The proper meta-type is really a multipart/form-data


Posting an Attachment to an Activity in Fiddler:


POST: http://localhost/act.web.api/api/attachments/activities/b0c2b211-b458-418d-91c1-6404647fd3d6

Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=-------------------------acebdf13572468
Authorization: Bearer eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLC...


Content-Disposition: form-data; name="fieldNameHere"; filename="images.jpg"
Content-Type: image/jpeg


<@INCLUDE *C:\Users\Stephen Burton\Desktop\images.jpg*@>