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Posted by Christian Schalk, Developer Advocate

Announcing the Google Forms API

Google is proud to announce the Google Forms API! The Forms API is
currently available in Restricted Beta, with Open Beta expected to follow
in Q4.

Launched in 2008, Google Forms enables easy creation and distribution of
forms, surveys, and quizzes. Forms is used for a wide variety of use cases
across business operations, customer management, event planning and
logistics, education, and more.

Bringing Automation to Google Forms

Image shows two laptops with a phone in the middle

The new Google Forms API provides programmatic access for managing forms
and acting on responses, empowering developers to build powerful
integrations on top of Forms. The API supports two key use cases:

Example Use Cases

Education Automation Integrations

  • Integrations with Learning Management Systems

  • Custom form/quiz generation from question banks

  • Student tracking with real-time dashboards

Customer Management and Support

Data Analysis and Visualization

Google Forms API Functionality

The API provides the following specific functionality.

Form Schema and Metadata

Create and Update

  • Create new forms and quizzes
  • Edit existing forms
  • Add questions, point values, correct answers
Read Form Metadata

Read forms content and metadata, including:

  • Questions and answer options
  • Correct answers
  • Point values
  • Feedback

Form Responses

Read Responses

Read responses to forms, including:

  • Answers to each question
  • Response submission time
  • Grades and feedback
  • Push Notifications

    Notifications via Cloud PubSub

    Subscribe to real-time form updates via Cloud Pub/Sub:

    For the complete Forms API reference documentation visit:


    developers.google.com/forms/api/reference/rest


    Early Forms API Partner Highlights

    Zapier
    , a leading workflow automation platform, will leverage the new Google
    Forms API to deliver a better experience for Zapier and Google Workspace
    users. Today, thousands of businesses use

    Zapier to connect Google Forms to 4k+ applications

    to automate tasks and key workflows.

    To date, Zapier has used the Google Drive and Google Sheets API to deliver
    this integration. Now, a dedicated Forms API will provide a more stable and
    purpose-driven platform to build from.

    The most common use case for Zapier’s integration with Google Forms is to
    send Form submission data to an app of the user’s choice within Zapier’s
    ecosystem whenever one is submitted. For example, a user can automatically
    create a Google Calendar event for a meeting booked via a Google Form.

    Doing this today requires setting up “watches” via the Google Drive API on
    the spreadsheet that is tied to the Google Form a user wishes to integrate
    with Zapier. While this implementation is functional, it puts significant
    pressure on the Drive endpoint, which carries strict rate limits.

    When a change to the Google Sheet is registered by the Drive API, Zapier
    then uses the Sheets API to identify the new rows on the spreadsheet that
    are tied to the Google Form and reads the required data.

    With the new Forms API, Zapier will be able to achieve the same
    functionality through the Pub/Sub notification system to track new
    responses and the Forms API to find, read, and send the necessary data to
    third-party apps via Zapier.

    This new implementation will result in faster and more reliable automations
    between Google Forms and the 4000+ apps in Zapier’s app directory.

    Zzish, an innovator in the education industry, is leveraging the new Google
    Forms API in their Quizalize product to empower educators to personalize
    their teaching for every student.

    Zzish will use the Forms API to help teachers easily convert between Google
    Forms quizzes and quizzes in Quizalize. This will enable teachers to search
    Quizalize's database of 500,000 standards-aligned quizzes and use them as
    Google Forms. Teachers will also be able to easily deploy their Google
    Forms as a fun classroom game in Quizalize.

    Google Forms API Launch Roadmap

    We anticipate promoting the API to Open Beta in Q4 2021, with GA following
    in 2022.

    Become a Forms API Early Adopter!

    The Forms API is currently in Restricted Beta. We encourage you to

    apply here to be an early adopter

    to get started with the API today! We’ll also send you important updates
    about Open Beta and improvements to the API. To keep up to date with all
    the APIs of your favorite Google Apps, please subscribe
    to the Google Workspace Developer Newsletter.

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