In my recent post on web services in Power Query I mentioned that while the Power Query Web.Contents() function generates a GET request by default, you can make it generate a POST request by specifying the Content option. Since this is a useful thing to be able to do I thought I’d put together a detailed example of how this works.
For my example I’m going to use the Bing Maps Elevations API, which allows you to get the elevation in metres for a set of geographic locations. You can read the documentation here:
As it says at the bottom of the page, if you have a large number of locations to pass to the web service you can do so by passing them as a comma delimited list of latitudes and longitudes using a POST request. Here’s the code for a Power Query query that generates a list of latitudes and longitudes that stretches across the UK from North Wales in the west to the Wash in the east and finds the elevation for each point:
It’s quite easy to edit the code so that it generates a list of latitudes and longitudes across the country of your choice…
Two things to point out:
- To get this to work you need to insert a Bing Maps API key in the first step where indicated. If you don’t have one, you can get your own at https://www.bingmapsportal.com
- The important step is GetElevations. The code is:
"http://dev.virtualearth.net/REST/v1/Elevation/List?key=" & BingMapsKey,
You can see here how the list of locations is passed to the Web.Contents() function (documentation here) via the Content field; notice also that I’ve had to use Text.ToBinary() on the text that I’m passing in.
Here’s the output in Power Map:
You can download the sample workbook here.