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Frequently Asked Questions

These questions serve as a self serve resource for using the Covalent API and provide additional information required to query the Covalent API.

How do I get an API KEY?

Visit https://www.covalenthq.com/platform/#/auth/register/ and fill the form.

Sign Up Form

Your API_KEY will be available on the dashboard.

API KEY

How do I query an endpoint?

The url patterns consist of an api host plus the endpoint path plus your API KEY. The api host URL is: https://api.covalenthq.com/v1/ and all endpoints are called using GET requests. An example endpoint path for getting token balances is /v1/{chain_id}/address/{address}/balances_v2/.

Request URL = api path + endpoint path + API_KEY

https://api.covalenthq.com/v1/{chain_id}/address/{address}/balances_v2/ Note - the /v1/ is NOT repeated

Query Endpoint

Example URL: https://api.covalenthq.com/v1/1/address/0xAb5801a7D398351b8bE11C439e05C5B3259aeC9B/balances_v2/?&key=”API_KEY”

Your API KEY starts with ckey.

What are Chain IDs and how do I set this parameter on a request?

Chain Ids are the unique integer ID of an EVM supported blockchain network. A global list of EVM network Chain Ids can be found here: https://chainlist.org/ Covalent network documentation can be found here: https://www.covalenthq.com/docs/api/#overview--supported-networks.

To set a Chain Id on an API request, simply change the {chain_id} query parameter to the value mentioned in the list of supported networks.

Are there any API use limits?

  • Users can make 20 concurrent API calls using a single API key. But there are provisions to increase the limit of concurrent API requests depending on the specific case and the request that has been made. Refer next section on how to request increase in concurrency limit.
  • For decoded log events and other endpoints where you are asked to specify a block range, you are limited to a million block range after which point you need to make a follow up call using the pagination info.

How to increase concurrent API calls?

In most of the cases, we have noticed that clients don't actually need higher concurrency; they need to either:

  • for random access, distribute/queue their load at a gateway level, to smooth unpredicted spikes.
  • for per-client polling, distribute their clients' polls within the polling period using client-ID hashing.

Following are some steps we strictly recommend before requesting higher concurrency to optimize code on client side:

  1. Create a queue for the requests you are submitting to us.
  2. Have N worker threads pull requests from that queue and synchronously submit them, only taking another request from the queue when the previous one completes.
  3. Tweak the concurrency-level N value. At a certain level, you should not see any 429 errors or socket hangups given the limit rules in our middleware. The ideal N is currently ~24, but this could be changed at any time to protect our architecture from DoS attacks. Please verify and find the optimal N for yourself (or write code that dynamically lowers N incrementally upon receiving a 429 error).

If you still face concurrency issues, please fill out this TypeForm.

I only get back 100 items (or rows) of data when I expected a lot more.

By default, the API returns 100 items in a single page. To get all the data, simply include the page-size parameter with a large value in your request.

What are the common error messages and what do they mean?

404 Page unavailable - The server cannot find the requested API resource. Check your request endpoint.

500: Request Timeout - This error response is given when the query will take longer than approximately 90 seconds.

503: Network Error - The server cannot handle the request at the time, which might be due to a high number of concurrent requests or if a server is momentarily down. Retry your request in a couple minutes or reduce the number of concurrent requests.

How do I get and export data in CSV format?

If making a request via curl, just add &format=csv to the endpoint. Example: https://api.covalenthq.com/v1/1/address/0xAb5801a7D398351b8bE11C439e05C5B3259aeC9B/balances_v2/?&key=”Your-API_KEY”&format=csv

When using the API docs, put csv in the format input field.

format csv

How do I contact Developer Support when I’m stuck?

We have API support staff available on Discord. Please ask all questions in the #feedback-and-support channel.

How can I partner with Covalent on my project?

We are delighted to hear that you are considering partnering with us! Kindly send an email to [email protected].

How do I find more developer support tools provided by Covalent?

Check out https://www.covalenthq.com/docs/tools. These tools are complementary to the Covalent API and provide additional features and functionality to extract and analyze complex blockchain data.