Using Zapier with the Light Blue API
Zapier is a service that acts as a middleman between a variety of web services, with some services providing triggers (e.g. “a new event was created in my Google Calendar account”, or “someone submitted a form to me via Wufoo“) and other services providing actions. Zapier allows you to set up a number of “Zaps” that link a trigger to an action. We’ve written a Zapier action that allows you to send information to the Light Blue API in response to one of these triggers.
As well as a subscription to our online services, you need a Zapier account. Zapier offers a variety of subscriptions (including a free one) but please be aware that each subscription level will only handle a certain number of tasks per month.
The Light Blue action for Zapier is currently a “private” action, so you need an invitation code to be able to use it. You can invite yourself to use the Light Blue action by clicking the following link:
Using the Light Blue action on Zapier
There’s a huge variety of trigger apps available on Zapier, and you should refer to Zapier’s own documentation and support if you have any trouble setting them up. Using the Light Blue action in a Zap is simply a case of following these steps:
Select the ‘Send to Light Blue API’ action
First, select Light Blue from the list of action apps. You might need to type “Light Blue” in the search field to find it.
Enter your Light Blue API key
When you’re prompted to select a Light Blue account, enter your Light Blue API key. You can find your API key by logging into the My Account section of our website.
Match up the data from your trigger app to Light Blue API parameters
Once you’ve set up the trigger app for your Zap and linked your Light Blue account to it, you need to associate data from the source app with parameters that the Light Blue API recognises.
To do this, you need to fill in the ‘Light Blue API Parameters’ section shown in the screenshot below. You type Light Blue API parameters in the left-hand column and select items from the trigger app in the right hand column. You can use the + button to add extra items.
You can find a list of the parameters that the Light Blue API recognises in the Supported API Parameters article.
You should leave the ‘Type’ and ‘Source’ fields alone.
Test and then save your Zap
Once you’ve linked your Zap to parameters that the Light Blue API recognises, Zapier will ask you to test and save your Zap. If any errors occur (e.g. you don’t provide any parameters that the Light Blue API recognises) then Zapier should inform you and display an error message that you can send to us for further help.