Creating Google Sheets web app for catching Netlify webhooks

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Zapier is great. But I wanted to try and use the Netlify’s outgoing webhooks and manually (using the Google Apps Script) record data I receive into Google Sheets.

First create a new spreadsheet on Google Sheets and go to ToolsScript editor. Google Sheets provides a doPost() function that reacts to an HTTP POST request. Here is the method I use to catch all form submissions from my contact page.

function doPost(e) {  
  var myData = JSON.parse(e.postData.contents);
  var dateCreated = myData.created_at;
  var dataName =;
  var dataEmail =;
  var dataMessage =;
  var dataIP =;  
  var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var lastRow = Math.max(sheet.getLastRow(),1);
  sheet.getRange(lastRow + 1, 1).setValue(dateCreated);
  sheet.getRange(lastRow + 1, 2).setValue(dataName);
  sheet.getRange(lastRow + 1, 3).setValue(dataEmail);
  sheet.getRange(lastRow + 1, 4).setValue(dataMessage);
  sheet.getRange(lastRow + 1, 5).setValue(dataIP);
  return HtmlService.createHtmlOutput("post request received");

The logic of posting variables to a new row in the sheet is pretty straight forward. However, I used this example to know where the information I need will be within the JSON object that Netlify sends. I am just saving the Name, Email, Message, IP, and Creation Date in my case. And this is changeable.

Once the script is saved. Go to PublishDeploy as web app. Publish as a new version and give access to Anyone, even anonymous. And that’s it, the URL provided for the web app will be listening to any requests now. Use that URL to send outgoing webhooks to. It can be set on the Netlify app under Site settingsFormsForm notifications.


If you change the function code and save, you will have to publish the web app again as a new version for the URL to update to the new app code.

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Usman Khwaja

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