Caution: You are viewing documentation for the API's REST interface. Most of our official client libraries use gRPC. See the REST Introduction for details.

Examples

This guide contains examples of calling the REST endpoints directly, without the use of a client library.

Prerequisites

All the samples below are meant to be easily copy-and-pasteable into a bash shell using curl command.

You will also need a developer token (test account access is fine) and a Google Ads manager account containing at least one client account.

Environment variables

Enter account credentials and IDs below, and then copy-and-paste into your terminal to configure the environment variables used in the subsequent examples.

API_VERSION="8"
DEVELOPER_TOKEN="DEVELOPER_TOKEN"
OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN="OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN"
MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID="MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID"
CUSTOMER_ID="CUSTOMER_ID"

Additional optional object IDs

Some of the following examples work on pre-existing budgets or campaigns. If you have IDs of existing objects to use with these examples, enter them below.

BUDGET_ID=BUDGET_ID
CAMPAIGN_ID=CAMPAIGN_ID

Otherwise, the two Mutates - Creates examples will create a new budget and campaign.

Paginated

The search method uses pagination, with an adjustable pageSize parameter specified alongside the query.

cURL

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/googleAds:search" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data '{
"pageSize": 10,
"query": "
  SELECT campaign.name,
    campaign_budget.amount_micros,
    campaign.status,
    campaign.optimization_score,
    campaign.advertising_channel_type,
    metrics.clicks,
    metrics.impressions,
    metrics.ctr,
    metrics.average_cpc,
    metrics.cost_micros,
    campaign.bidding_strategy_type
  FROM campaign
  WHERE segments.date DURING LAST_7_DAYS
    AND campaign.status != 'REMOVED'
"
}'

GAQL

SELECT campaign.name,
  campaign_budget.amount_micros,
  campaign.status,
  campaign.optimization_score,
  campaign.advertising_channel_type,
  metrics.clicks,
  metrics.impressions,
  metrics.ctr,
  metrics.average_cpc,
  metrics.cost_micros,
  campaign.bidding_strategy_type
FROM campaign
WHERE segments.date DURING LAST_7_DAYS
  AND campaign.status != 'REMOVED'

Streaming

The searchStream method streams all results in a single response, and thus the pageSize field is not supported.

cURL

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/googleAds:searchStream" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data '{
"query": "
  SELECT campaign.name,
    campaign_budget.amount_micros,
    campaign.status,
    campaign.optimization_score,
    campaign.advertising_channel_type,
    metrics.clicks,
    metrics.impressions,
    metrics.ctr,
    metrics.average_cpc,
    metrics.cost_micros,
    campaign.bidding_strategy_type
  FROM campaign
  WHERE segments.date DURING LAST_7_DAYS
    AND campaign.status != 'REMOVED'
"
}'

GAQL

SELECT campaign.name,
  campaign_budget.amount_micros,
  campaign.status,
  campaign.optimization_score,
  campaign.advertising_channel_type,
  metrics.clicks,
  metrics.impressions,
  metrics.ctr,
  metrics.average_cpc,
  metrics.cost_micros,
  campaign.bidding_strategy_type
FROM campaign
WHERE segments.date DURING LAST_7_DAYS
  AND campaign.status != 'REMOVED'

Mutates

Multiple mutate operations (create, update, or remove) can be sent in a single JSON request body by populating the operations array.

Creates

This example creates two shared campaign budgets in a single request.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaignBudgets:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'operations': [
  {
    'create': {
      'name': 'My Campaign Budget #${RANDOM}',
      'amountMicros': 500000,
    }
  },
  {
    'create': {
      'name': 'My Campaign Budget #${RANDOM}',
      'amountMicros': 500000,
    }
  }
]
}"

The next example uses a BUDGET_ID of an existing campaign budget (you can copy-and-paste from the previous step's output).

BUDGET_ID=BUDGET_ID

Resources that refer to other resources do so by resource name. The campaign created below refers to a campaignBudget by its string-valued resource name.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'operations': [
  {
    'create': {
      'status': 'PAUSED',
      'advertisingChannelType': 'SEARCH',
      'geoTargetTypeSetting': {
        'positiveGeoTargetType': 'PRESENCE_OR_INTEREST',
        'negativeGeoTargetType': 'PRESENCE_OR_INTEREST'
      },
      'name': 'My Search campaign #${RANDOM}',
      'campaignBudget': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaignBudgets/${BUDGET_ID}',
      'targetSpend': {}
    }
  }
]
}"

Updates

Update attributes of existing objects using update operations. The next example uses an existing campaign (you can copy-and-paste from the previous step's output).

CAMPAIGN_ID=CAMPAIGN_ID

All updates require an updateMask field, which is a comma-separated list of which JSON attributes should be in the request should be applied as an update. Attributes listed in the updateMask, but not present in the request body, are cleared on an object. Attributes not listed in the updateMask, but present in the request body, are ignored.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'operations': [
  {
    'update': {
      'resourceName': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/${CAMPAIGN_ID}',
      'name': 'A changed campaign name #${RANDOM}',
    },
    'updateMask': 'name'
  }
],
}"

Removes

Objects are removed by simply specifying their resource name as a remove operation.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'operations': [
  {
    'remove': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/${CAMPAIGN_ID}'
  }
],
}"

Partial failures

When multiple operations are in a single request, optionally specify partialFailure. If true, successful operations will be carried out and invalid operations will return errors. If false, all operations in the request will succeed if and only if they are all valid.

The next example uses an existing campaign (you can copy-and-paste from the Creates example output).

CAMPAIGN_ID=CAMPAIGN_ID

The following request contains two operations. The first attempts to change the bid strategy of the provided campaign, and the next one tries removing a campaign with an invalid ID. Since the second operation results in an error (the campaign ID is invalid), and because partialFailure is set to false, the first operation also fails, and thus the existing campaign's bid strategy is not updated.

curl --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'partialFailure': false,
'operations': [
  {
    'update': {
      'resourceName': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/${CAMPAIGN_ID}',
      'manualCpc': {
        'enhancedCpcEnabled': false
      }
    },
    'updateMask': 'manual_cpc.enhanced_cpc_enabled'
  },
  {
    'remove': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/INVALID_CAMPAIGN_ID'
  }
]
}"

Grouped operations

The googleAds:mutate method supports sending groups of operations with multiple types of resources. You can send many operations of different types to chain together a sequence of operations that should be carried out as a group. The set of operations will all succeed if no operation fails or all fail if any single operation fails.

This example demonstrates creating a campaign budget, campaign, ad group, and text ad together as a single set of actions. Each successive operation depends on the previous one. If one fails, the entire group of operations fails.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/googleAds:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'mutateOperations': [
  {
    'campaignBudgetOperation': {
      'create': {
        'resourceName': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaignBudgets/-1',
        'name': 'My Campaign Budget #${RANDOM}',
        'deliveryMethod': 'STANDARD',
        'amountMicros': 500000,
        'explicitlyShared': false
      }
    }
  },
  {
    'campaignOperation': {
      'create': {
        'resourceName': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/-2',
        'status': 'PAUSED',
        'advertisingChannelType': 'SEARCH',
        'geoTargetTypeSetting': {
          'positiveGeoTargetType': 'PRESENCE_OR_INTEREST',
          'negativeGeoTargetType': 'PRESENCE_OR_INTEREST'
        },
        'name': 'My Search campaign #${RANDOM}',
        'campaignBudget': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaignBudgets/-1',
        'targetSpend': {}
      }
    }
  },
  {
    'adGroupOperation': {
      'create': {
        'resourceName': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/adGroups/-3',
        'campaign': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/campaigns/-2',
        'name': 'My ad group #${RANDOM}',
        'status': 'PAUSED',
        'type': 'SEARCH_STANDARD'
      }
    }
  },
  {
    'adGroupAdOperation': {
      'create': {
        'adGroup': 'customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/adGroups/-3',
        'status': 'PAUSED',
        'ad': {
          'expandedTextAd': {
            'headlinePart1': 'An example headline1',
            'headlinePart2': 'An example headline2',
            'description': 'An example description'
          },
          'finalUrls': ['https://www.example.com']
        }
      }
    }
  }
]
}"

Account management

Creating accounts

Create new accounts using the createCustomerClient method. Note that the URL requires a manager account ID instead of a client account ID. A new client account will be created under the manager account.

curl f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}:createCustomerClient" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'customerClient': {
  'descriptiveName': 'My Client #${RANDOM}',
  'currencyCode': 'USD',
  'timeZone': 'America/New_York'
}
}"

Listing accessible accounts

Use a simple GET request to the listAccessibleCustomers method to get a list of Google Ads accounts accessible with the given OAuth 2.0 access token. Note that no manager or client account IDs should be used in this request.

curl -f --request GET "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers:listAccessibleCustomers" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \

Uploading binary assets

The assets:mutate method is used for uploading and managing Assets. Binary data, such as an image, is encoded as a string using standard base64 encoding with paddings. Either standard or URL- safe base64 encoding with/without paddings are accepted.

Use the base64 command line utility (part of GNU core utilities) to encode a 1-pixel GIF image.

base64 1pixel.gif

The Base64 encoded value is specified as the data attribute in an API request.

curl -f --request POST "https://googleads.googleapis.com/v${API_VERSION}/customers/${CUSTOMER_ID}/assets:mutate" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "developer-token: ${DEVELOPER_TOKEN}" \
--header "login-customer-id: ${MANAGER_CUSTOMER_ID}" \
--header "Authorization: Bearer ${OAUTH2_ACCESS_TOKEN}" \
--data "{
'operations': [
  {
    'create': {
      'name': 'My image asset #${RANDOM}',
      'type': 'IMAGE',
      'imageAsset': {
        'data': 'R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIA'
      }
    }
  }
]
}"