Version 3 and 4 Overview
Using the API
The Pardot API lets your application access current data within Pardot. Through the API, you can perform several common operations on Pardot objects including the following:
create-- Creates an object with the specified parameters.
read-- Retrieves information about the specified object.
query-- Retrieves objects that match specified criteria.
update-- Updates elements of an existing object.
upsert-- Updates elements of an existing object if it exists. If the object does not exist, one is created using the supplied parameters.
You must authenticate using a Salesforce OAuth endpoint. See Authentication for more.
Keep a few considerations in mind when you perform requests. For
update requests, only the fields specified in the request are updated. All others are left unchanged. If a required field is cleared during an
update, the request is declined.
All requests to the API:
- Must use either HTTP
- Must pass the access token.
- Must pass Pardot Business Unit ID in an HTTP
Pardot-Business-Unit-Idheader (obtained using Salesforce OAuth) to authenticate.
- Must use the correct URL for your Pardot environment. See Test and Production Environments.
Sample GET Request
These examples use a production environment, so the domain is
pi.pardot.com. If you are using
a test environment, your domain is
pi.demo.pardot.com. See Test and Production Environments.
Sample POST Request
|X||The object type to be returned by the API request|
|X||The operation to be performed on the specified object type|
|X||The field to be used as the identifier for the specified object|
|X||The identifier for the specified objects|
|X||The access token obtained during Authentication|
|X||The Pardot business unit. For details see Authentication|
|The API data format: either xml (default) or json|
|Parameters specific to your request; See individual methods for details|
The ordering of parameters is arbitrary. Parameters are passed using conventional HTML parameter syntax, with
'?' indicating the start of the parameter string (for GET requests only) and
'&' as the separator between parameters. With the exception of
<params>, all components are required. Data returned from the API is formatted using JSON or XML 1.0 with UTF-8 character encoding. Keep in mind that some characters in the response can be encoded as HTML entities, requiring client-side decoding. Also, keep in mind that all parameters specified in an API request MUST be URL-encoded before they are submitted.
In general, the API returns XML or JSON containing a current version of the target object's data. But unsuccessful requests return a short response containing an error code and message. See Error Codes & Messages for error descriptions and suggested remedies: Error Codes and Messages
Changing the API Response Format
The Pardot API supports several output formats, and each returns different levels of detail in the XML or JSON response. Output formats are defined by specifying the
output request parameter. Supported output formats include:
full-- Returns all supported data for the Pardot object and all objects associated with it.
simple-- Returns all supported data for the Pardot object.
mobile-- Returns an abbreviated version of the object data. This output format is ideal for mobile applications.
bulk-- Returns basic data for an object (does not provide total object count). Used for querying large amounts of data.
If the output request parameter is not defined, the output format defaults to
full. See the XML Response Format sections for each object for details about the formats.
Here's an example of calling the Pardot API using a simple PHP client using the cURL library.
Note: We strongly recommend against using PHP's
file_get_contents function to call the Pardot API because
it makes error handling cumbersome.