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Zoho CRM & Zoho Inventory: Upload Image to Item Record using Deluge

What?
A quick article on how to upload an image to the product/item listing in Zoho Inventory.

Why?
We're enhancing the out-of-the-box integration from eBay to Zoho Inventory bespoke for a customer. We want the photo on eBay to be downloaded and uploaded to the Zoho Inventory record for the respective record. As Zoho Books and Zoho Subscriptions uses the same database tables as Zoho Inventory, and there's more documentation on the API for Zoho Books, we're going to apply this solution to Zoho Books.

How?
We're not going to go into detail on how to parse an eBay response here (see my other articles on eBay webhooks). Instead, all we want is the URL of an image to be downloaded, then uploaded to the Zoho Inventory or Zoho Books item record.

Well I don't want to research this often so here's the quick parsing instruction to get the eBay photos; this snippet stores the URL of each picture in a list variable:
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l_Pictures = x_MainNode.executeXPath("//Item/PictureDetails/PictureURL/text()").toXmlList();

// yields
// https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/SAMPLE/z/ELPMAS/$_57.JPG?set_id=1234567890,https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/SAMPLE/z/ELPMAS/$_57.JPG?set_id=1234567891
  1.  l_Pictures = x_MainNode.executeXPath("//Item/PictureDetails/PictureURL/text()").toXmlList()
  2.   
  3.  // yields 
  4.  // https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/SAMPLE/z/ELPMAS/$_57.JPG?set_id=1234567890,https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/SAMPLE/z/ELPMAS/$_57.JPG?set_id=1234567891 
Note that for the below code, only 1 image is accepted at the moment, and the endpoint will depend on your datacenter (eg. COM or EU), and lastly the connection "joel_books" is my connection to ZohoBooks:

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//
// declare ID of item in Zoho Inventory
v_InventoryId = 123456789012345678;
//
// your organization ID (optional)
v_BooksOrgId = 20220621;
//
// download photo from eBay
r_DownloadedPhoto = invokeurl
[
    url :v_EbayPictureUrl
    type :GET
];
//
// set the data type
r_DownloadedPhoto.setParamName("image");
//
// build up request to Zoho
m_Params = Map();
m_Params.put("image",r_DownloadedPhoto);
//
// generate endpoint
v_Url = "https://books.zoho.eu/api/v3/items/" + v_InventoryId + "/image?organization_id=" + v_BooksOrgId;
//
// updload the photo
r_UploadPhoto = invokeurl
[
    url :v_Url
    type :POST
    files:r_DownloadedPhoto
    connection:"joel_books"
];
// output response to console
info "Response of attempt to upload to Zoho Inventory:";
info r_UploadPhoto;
  1.  // 
  2.  // declare ID of item in Zoho Inventory 
  3.  v_InventoryId = 123456789012345678
  4.  // 
  5.  // your organization ID (optional) 
  6.  v_BooksOrgId = 20220621
  7.  // 
  8.  // download photo from eBay 
  9.  r_DownloadedPhoto = invokeUrl 
  10.  [ 
  11.      url :v_EbayPictureUrl 
  12.      type :GET 
  13.  ]
  14.  // 
  15.  // set the data type 
  16.  r_DownloadedPhoto.setParamName("image")
  17.  // 
  18.  // build up request to Zoho 
  19.  m_Params = Map()
  20.  m_Params.put("image",r_DownloadedPhoto)
  21.  // 
  22.  // generate endpoint 
  23.  v_Url = "https://books.zoho.eu/api/v3/items/" + v_InventoryId + "/image?organization_id=" + v_BooksOrgId; 
  24.  // 
  25.  // updload the photo 
  26.  r_UploadPhoto = invokeUrl 
  27.  [ 
  28.      url :v_Url 
  29.      type :POST 
  30.      files:r_DownloadedPhoto 
  31.      connection:"joel_books" 
  32.  ]
  33.  // output response to console 
  34.  info "Response of attempt to upload to Zoho Inventory:"
  35.  info r_UploadPhoto; 
You should get a response similar to the following:
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{"code":0,"message":"We've updated the item image. Nice one, by the way!"}
  1.  {"code":0,"message":"We've updated the item image. Nice one, by the way!"} 

Caveat(s)
  • The code above only uploads 1 photo.

Error(s) Encountered
  • {"code":37,"message":"The HTTP method POST is not allowed for the requested resource"} The endpoint is wrong (for example you don't need the organization ID parameter at the end of the URL)
  • {"code":2,"message":"The request passed is not valid."} The .setParamName() function is setting the data type to probably file or attachment when it should be image.
Category: Zoho :: Article: 814

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