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Accessing Original Data with remote_data
Accessing Original Data with remote_data
Remote Data Overview
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Written by Kevin Zhang
Updated over a week ago

Introduction

As a unified API, Merge aims to offer all data in a standardized format for simplicity purposes. However, we also understand that accessing original data can be useful for certain use cases!

For this reason, Merge also offers customers under the Core, Professional, and Enterprise plan access to Remote Data.

What is Remote Data?

Remote data provides data in the original format it was received in from the third-party. It is most helpful when looking for a field from an endpoint that is already called by Merge but is not part of Merge’s Common Model fields.

To access this data on supported endpoints, set the Merge query parameter of include_remote_data to true.

Note: When disabling Common Model fields in your dashboard, remote_data will not be affected. In order to disable syncing of sensitive fields, you should disable remote_data as well.

Because the storage costs of storing Remote Data are very large, Remote Data is not currently available under the Launch plans.

Recommendations

  1. The responses included in remote_data can only come from endpoints that Merge access for that integration. To view a list of endpoints are accessed by Merge, view these docs!

  2. If you need data from an endpoint that Merge does not access for a particular integration, you can use Merge's Passthrough Requests to authenticate into that platform without leaving Merge.

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