Save Time and Bandwidth with Data Compression (Part II)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

As some of you may remember, I posted a piece on August 12 that explained how you can save time and bandwidth by downloading compressed reports. Well now there’s an easier way to download these reports.

As of this afternoon you can request compressed reports directly from ReportService by calling the new getGzipReportDownloadUrl operation.

getGzipReportDownloadUrl works just like getReportDownloadUrl by returning a URL from which the report with the given job ID can be downloaded. The only difference is that the resulting report is now compressed with gzip. This new operation is the preferred way to get compressed reports.

These details will be fully documented in the AdWords API Developer Guide later today.

That’s it. It’s pretty simple and hopefully pretty efficient for those of you who download several megabytes of reports every day.

--Patrick Chanezon, AdWords API evangelist