Selections

The _select parameter allows you to specify the top-level data components you need. For larger data sets, such as listings, using this parameter will greatly reduce data retrieval time.

Parameter Description
_select A list of attributes specifying the the attributes to be returned from the API.

While _select applies to top-level attributes for most services, a notable exception is the Listings API. For listings, _select applies both to StandardFields and CustomFields attributes. Also, many expansions support selecting expansion attributes. Consult the expansion table for resources to find expansions that support this feature.

For example, passing the _select=ListingId parameter to /<API Version>/listings will cause only the StandardFields.ListingId attribute to appear:

{
    "D": {
        "Success": true,
        "Results": [
          {
                "ResourceUri": "/vX/listings/20060412165917817933000000",
                "Id": "20060412165917817933000000",
                "StandardFields": {
                    "ListingId": "10-1796"
                }
          }
        ]
    }
}

Multiple Selections

Multiple selections can be specified with a comma separated list:

  _select=ListingId,MlsStatus

Selecting Custom Fields

Custom fields can be selected using the group.field format. For example

_select=\"Safety Features\".\"Fire Sprinkler\"
would result in:

{
   "D":{
      "Results":[
         {
            "CustomFields":[
               {
                  "Main":[
                     {
                        "Safety Features":[
                           {
                              "Fire Sprinkler":true
                           }
                        ]
                     }
                  ]
               }
            ],
            "Id":"20041105212720749673000000",
            "StandardFields":{
               "MlsId":"20000809145531659995000000",
            }
         }
      ],
      "Success":true
   }
}

Custom fields can be selected along side standard fields and expansions. An example of multiple selections with a mixed retrieval would look like:

_select=ListingId,\"Safety Features\".\"Fire Sprinkler\",Photos.Name

Selecting on Expansion Attributes

For expansions that support the feature, selections on expansion attributes can be made by namespacing the expansion and the attribute with a period:

  _select=Photos.Uri800,Photos.Name

Expansion attributes may also be limited in number (currently only supported for photos). For example, if only the first 5 photos were desired, that may be specified by passing a modifier to the expansion:

  _select=Photos(5)

This also works with the attribute namespaces as shown above:

  _select=Photos(5).Uri800,Photos.Name