• Last edited on: 21 October 2016

Querying Options

See how you can use queries to quickly identify and pull the data you require.


Through the Coupa API you can execute advanced queries along you to quickly identify and pull the data that you require.  We've established a "syntax" for constructing these queries. With this capability, you can also search for attributes on referenced / child objects.  For instance, you can find requisitions by searching on attributes related to the requisition lines.

General Syntax


So, if you see:


You would query the account via order-lines[account][code]. Note that for collections of elements, such as order-lines in this case, use the plural form and ignore the nested singular form.

Supported Operators

Operator Notes
<none/no operator> Exact match/equality, same as the previous behavior
contains Not used with date fields
starts_with Not used with date fields
ends_with Not used with date fields
blank Accepts true or false
gt Greater than
lt Less than
gt_or_eq Greater than or equal to 
lt_or_eq less than or equal to
not_eq not equal to
in within list of values


Querying with operators


Testing for equality through an association


Using operators through an association


Querying through 2 levels of association, including a one-to-many


In list of values


If your search provides no records, you should see that message in the API response. If your search query is invalid, we will try to help you identify the problem in the API response.

Note Regarding Dates & Times

We expect dates to specified in a strict subset of the ISO 8601  format (e.g. 2010-03-25T18:38:00-07:00 for 6:38pm on 3/25/10  PDT).  We will attempt to parse whatever we receive, but be aware that  time zone effects may lead to unexpected results if dates are in a  different format. Currently, any date specified without a time and  timezone will be interpreted as midnight at the beginning of that day,  UTC.

Dates are always stored with an implicit or explicit time component,  representing a specific point in time. Dates entered via the Coupa UI  have a time that corresponds to midnight in the company's default  timezone. Automatically generated dates, such as created_at and  updated_at attributes, are more precise. If you don't know the specific  time you're querying for, and are interested in documents created over  the course of particular days, make sure you query for the appropriate  time ranges and not for one particular time.

When using dates and times in queries via URL, note that a colon (:) needs to be replaced with %3A and a plus sign (+) needs to be replaced with %2B. Since all conditions you pass in must be true for results to be returned, you  can effectively specify date ranges using the comparison operators. For example, to limit queries to a particular day in Pacific Time, you could use the conditions:


Limit of records per each query call

We allow up to 50 records per API GET to keep processing speeds more efficient and guard both you and Coupa from unintentionally returning large data packets. 

If you need to get more than 50 records, you can rerun API get with an offset.  Ex. below API URL would provide next 50 records after first 50 was pulled (51-100).  So you can keep adjusting the offset to get increments of 50.


You want to ensure to pull  'exported=false' queries  in your API calls so that you only pull records that have not been exported before.  That should limit amount of records that you are pulling when you run your integrations.

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