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    Request Extra Fields

    The number of fields returned for a resource can depend on the API endpoint used to request the resource.

    Variant
    StandardThe standard set of fields returned when requesting a resource for its own endpoints, for example when requesting a file through the GET /files/:id endpoint
    FullThe full set of fields that can be returned through a resource's own endpoints by using the field query parameter
    MiniA subset of fields that is returned when a resource is returned as a nested part of another resource, for example when a file is returned when requesting all items in a folder through the GET /folders/:id/items endpoint

    The API reference documentation has each of these variations labeled in more detail. Most notably, the file, folder, web link, and user items have full and mini variations.

    Using the field query parameter

    To request a specific field for a resource that is not returned by default in the standard response, append the field query parameter to your request. The value of this parameter is a comma separated list of field names.

    curl https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345?fields=is_package,lock \
      -H "Authorization: Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN"
    {
      "etag": "1",
      "id": "12345",
      "is_package": false,
      "lock": null,
      "type": "file"
    }

    It is important to note that when a specific field is requested no other fields are returned except for those requested and the "base" set of fields. For a file, this base set is comprised of the etag, id, and type values.

    Resource

    The following resource variants are available via our API.

    Standard

    The default set of fields returned in an API response is commonly known as the standard resource variant. It is generally returned when requesting a resource through the main APIs available for that resource. For example, when requesting the GET /files/:id endpoint the API will return the standard variation of a file.

    curl https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345 \
      -H "Authorization: Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN"
    {
        "content_created_at": "2019-06-20T06:04:41-07:00",
        "content_modified_at": "2019-06-20T06:04:41-07:00",
        "created_at": "2019-06-20T07:28:42-07:00",
        "created_by": {
            "id": "191919191",
            "login": "joe@example.com",
            "name": "Joe Box",
            "type": "user"
        },
        "description": "",
        "etag": "1",
        "file_version": {
            "id": "56663434454334",
            "sha1": "585afa5209bbd586c79499b7336601341ad06cce",
            "type": "file_version"
        },
        "id": "12345",
        ...
        "size": 65000647,
        "trashed_at": null,
        "type": "file"
    }

    Mini

    Where a resource is returned as a nested part of another response it is often reduced in size, only returning some of the more essential fields. This variant is commonly known as the mini resource variant.

    For example, when requesting the GET /folders/:id/items endpoint the API will return a mini variation of files and folders nested within the item_collection.

    curl https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345 \
      -H "Authorization: Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN"
    {
      "id": "0",
      "type": "folder",
      "item_collection": {
        "entries": [
          {
            "etag": "1",
            "file_version": {
              "id": "56663434454334",
              "sha1": "585afa5209bbd586c79499b7336601341ad06cce",
              "type": "file_version"
            },
            "id": "12345",
            "name": "Video.mp4",
            "sequence_id": "1",
            "sha1": "585afa5209bbd586c79499b7336601341ad06cce",
            "type": "file"
          }
          ...
        ]
        ...
      }
      ...
    }

    To request more information for a nested resource we recommend calling the API for that resource to request it by ID, and optionally pass along the field query parameter.

    For example, to get the owner of a file returned when listing the items in a folder, request that file by ID with the query parameter field=owned_by.

    Full

    The total set of fields that can be returned in an API response is commonly known as the full resource variant. It can generally be returned when requesting a resource through the main APIs available for that resource and by appending the fields query parameter.

    For example, when requesting the GET /files/:id endpoint with the fields=is_package,lock parameter the API will return the fields specified plus the basic fields for the file.

    curl https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345?fields=is_package,lock \
      -H "Authorization: Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN"
    {
      "etag": "1",
      "id": "12345",
      "is_package": false,
      "lock": null,
      "type": "file"
    }