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Testing API Business Hub APIs with Curl

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Testing API Business Hub APIs with Curl

Testing API Business Hub APIs with Curl

Try out an SAP API locally on your machine.

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You have already discovered what the API Business Hub is and learned how to test it on their site. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Curl to test REST APIs locally on your machine.

Step 1: Create an application in API Hub

If you ever need to get back to the API Business Hub and can’t remember how to get there from SAP Cloud Platform, you can always just go to

To use one of the APIs outside of the API Hub, you will need to get an application key. The SAP API Business Hub provides you with a default key to test against their sandbox. To get to your API key, find the key icon in the top right corner of the page. Click on the key icon.

location of API key on API Package page

In the pop-up window, you will find your API Key. Click the Copy to Clipboard button.

details for your API key in pop-up

Copy you application key into a text editor. You will need it later. Close the API key window once you have your API key.

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Step 2: Generate sample API call code

In the User Management API, view the details of the GET /User method. The SAP API Business Hub provides you with some starter code in a variety of languages for each API. Click the Generate Code button at the top of the method definition.

generate code button in API Hub

A pop-up window will appear. The API call starter code is available in a couple different languages like JavaScript and Swift. You will be using the Curl code in the this example.

generated code examples in JavaScript

Select Curl and then Copy to Clipboard.

generated code examples in Curl
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Step 3: Run sample API call code

In same text editor where your API key is located, paste in the sample Curl code. There is a space to add in your API Key to the generated code. Replace <API_KEY> with your API key.

text editor with curl code

Copy the updated code. In a terminal or command line window, paste in the code.

terminal with code copied in

Hit Enter to run the command. It may take a few seconds before data is seen on your screen. If this is successful, it will return a data set of about 650 users. Use the CTRL+C to stop the command from running.

resulting data from a successful API call

New to Curl?: If you are new to Curl or are running into issues where your command line is saying the command curl does not exist, please visit the Curl website. The Curl website contains documentation about client-side URL transfers and how to install it on your machine.

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Step 4: Try adding a parameter to the API call

Remember the parameters you set when testing in the API Business Hub? Try adding in the $top parameter here. It’s a good thing to note that $ is not allowed in a URL and can be encoded with %24

NOTE: It may be easier to make edits to your Curl code in the text editor rather than directly in the command line.

text editor with hint where to add the parameter

Stuck? Move on to the next step.

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Step 5: Add multiple parameters to the API call

To add the $top parameter to your API call, at the end of the URL, add the following code.


As mentioned earlier, the $ character is not allowed in URLs. You need to use the ASCII encoded version of the character.

Copy the updated code from your text editor and run it in your command line.

text editor with parameter added

After your command line prints out 5 results, it should stop running.

If you get a curl: no match error, try wrapping your URL in single quotes.

Now add in the 2nd parameter for $select. You only want the firstName, lastName, and jobTitle for the top 5 users. You can delaminate values in the select array using a comma(,). However, a comma is not a character allowed in a URL. The ASCII encoded value is %2C.

The encoding for the second, select parameter would look like the following.


If you just add in the above line and try to run the code, you will find it does not return the expected result. The & character indicates to the command line that a new command in coming. You need the command line to interpret the & as part of the URL. To do so, you need to add single quotes(’) around the URL.

text editor with multiple parameters in the URL

Copy and run the updated code. If you updated your code successfully, you should see only 5 results with only 3 fields shown for each result.

results for top 5 results with 3 selected fields
Copy the first results (of First Name, Last Name, and Title), and paste the result in the text box below.

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