I'm building an app that works by users punching in big lists of questions. And I want them to be able to use the Data Explorer to create these lists.

My preferred way of getting the data would be a user copying a link to a Query. I've tried grabbing the csv programatically using this kind of URL:


But I'm getting an error page ("Server Error in '/' Application."). Presumably, the data explorer doesn't like it when you grab the results programmatically.

I don't want to cheat. What is the most straightforward way to have a user creater a query, and fetch the results of the query in my app? (If at all possible, the user shouldn't have to upload the file, or copy and paste the results)

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    I'd be interested in this too. I assume there is not an API interface for the Data Explorer?
    – halfer
    Sep 2, 2015 at 16:46
  • I've discovered from this answer that SEDE does not presently have an API interface.
    – halfer
    Sep 2, 2015 at 17:41
  • @halfer, SEDE allegedly has implemented OData endpoints but this seems mostly kaput and I've no bloody clue how to use it. Sep 2, 2015 at 17:43
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    Thanks @Brock - sadly it looks like it's been disabled now, as of April 2015.
    – halfer
    Sep 2, 2015 at 17:53
  • This has been asked on Meta SE as well. Apparently downloading using cURL isn't impossible, as others have said here.
    – halfer
    Sep 2, 2015 at 18:00


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