WEBSERVICE function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the WEBSERVICE function in Microsoft Excel.

Notes: 

  • The WEBSERVICE function is only available in Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 for Windows.

  • NOTE: This function may appear in the function gallery in Excel for Mac, but it relies on features of the Windows operating system, so it will not return results on Mac.

Description

Returns data from a web service on the Internet or Intranet.

Syntax

WEBSERVICE(url)

The WEBSERVICE function syntax has the following arguments.

  • Url    Required. The URL of the web service.

Remarks

  • If arguments are unable to return the data, WEBSERVICE returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If arguments result in a string that is not valid or that contains more than the allowable cell limit of 32767 characters, WEBSERVICE returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • If url is a string that contains more than the 2048 characters that are allowed for a GET request, WEBSERVICE returns the #VALUE! error value.

  • For protocols that aren’t supported, such as ftp:// or file://, WEBSERVICE returns the #VALUE! error value.

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Formula

Description (Result)

=WEBSERVICE(“http://mywebservice.com/serviceEndpoint?searchString=Excel”) 

Data returned varies, based on the query.

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