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Not able to access RETS Feed


Not able to access the RETS feed when using the URL from the Paragon RETS developer sheet. The url to fetch the metadata and search is as follows:

This URL is of login and works fine but:


Using this URL

http://<paragon.rets.server.url>/rets/fnisrets.aspx/mlsid/getmetadata?Type=METADATA- RESOURCE&Format=COMPACT&ID=0

http://<paragon.rets.server.url>/rets/fnisrets.aspx/mlsid/search?SearchType=Property &Class=ResidentialProperty&QueryType=DMQL2&Format=COMPACT&StandardNames=1&Select=ListingID,Lis tPrice&Query=(ListPrice=300000%2B)&Count=1&Limit=10

This doesn't work. I am using the <paragon.rets.server.url> =</paragon.rets.server.url>

Is there something that I am doing wrong.

Please help.

Thank you.

davidhardik's avatar
asked 2020-12-29 08:10:05 -0500
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So you are using https?
Did you replace mlsid in your metadata and search urls with GAMLS?

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2020-12-29 08:40:56 -0500) edit

Hi, with http also the same results. Where will I find mlsid?

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2020-12-29 14:34:56 -0500) edit

Same as position in your login URL, GAMLS.

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2020-12-30 08:50:08 -0500) edit

Hi, I wasn't able to find out when I logged in... Can you please tell me how the mlsid will look like or something so I can look into it? Any examples of that sort. It would be great...

Thank you

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2020-12-30 14:19:56 -0500) edit

Update: We checked the document (paragon-rets-developer-start-guide.pdf) and tried to use the API (Basics of Using Paragon Metadata)

Below are the details

MLS ID – GROVERAMIT And authentication which was provided by RETS

Response Received

404 - File or directory not found. The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2020-12-31 02:45:37 -0500) edit

Not sure where you got GROVERAMIT from. In your case it should be GAMLS.

The URL prefix would be the same for all transactions.

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2020-12-31 09:08:21 -0500) edit


While accessing this it gives this error: <rets replycode="20036" replytext="Miscellaneous server login error. Missing RETS-Version"> </rets>

Is there something else we are missing?

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2020-12-31 11:54:56 -0500) edit

Sorry add parameter &rets-version=rets/1.7.2 to each request you make.
It’s normally a header that is passed for each request from a RETS client.
But we also allow it as a URL query parameter as shown in your login URL.

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2021-01-01 08:51:19 -0500) edit

So for the example above it would be something like this:
bwolven's avatar bwolven (2021-01-01 11:04:00 -0500) edit

After hitting the URL provided, we are getting the following error

401 - Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-01-02 00:54:44 -0500) edit

Hi, is there any direct number, webex or something that we can have a discussion and sort this out as I need to get it working asap. Kindly let me know.

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-01-02 11:05:45 -0500) edit

Hi, any update on why we are getting invalid credentials error.

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-01-04 08:45:23 -0500) edit

Are you calling Login first then Getmetadata?
1. Login
2. Getmetadata
3. Other transactions such as search ...
4. Logout

Not sure how you are testing this?
Is this in a web browser or from an application?
If an application, are you passing the RETS-Session-ID cookie returned by Login in the subsequent requests?

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2021-01-04 09:10:14 -0500) edit


Thank you for your help would like to know how to retrieve the LongName and some of the fields we are getting the numbers how can we access the information in human readable form like : InteriorFeatures, Basement, OpenParking, etc.

Kindly let us know.

Thank you

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-02-15 07:16:05 -0500) edit


How will be able to access Images and decode the data that we are getting in numeric form like Basement, Interior, Exterior, etc.

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-03-17 04:08:03 -0500) edit


Not able to access the longName data? Please help us achieve that so that we can understand fetching the API Data.

Thank you

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-03-20 14:22:59 -0500) edit
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If you use Format=COMPACT-DECODED in your SEARCH request it will return the Long Value (Decoded Value) for the field.
Otherwise you would need to use the metadata to determine that.
METATDATA-LOOKUP and METADATA-LOOKUP_TYPE would give you the values to decode the values returned in COMPACT format into the Long Value.

bwolven's avatar
answered 2021-02-15 09:09:41 -0500, updated 2021-02-15 09:12:03 -0500
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Hi, what about the human readable form values that we would need as the values we are getting for some are numbers.

Kindly let me know.

Thank you

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-02-15 09:27:22 -0500) edit

The metadata contains the information that you need to translate the numeric values into text.
METADATA-TABLE has the information on fields in each class.
And it has more information on the fields along with identifying the name of any lookups used.
This would be used to get the lookup information needed for lookup field translation.
You can pull the full metadata set for local use or use "" to view it online.

bwolven's avatar bwolven (2021-02-15 09:45:23 -0500) edit

Hi, The compact decoded doesn't pass the value in XML format but in Tabular format. How can I get values of these long names?

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-03-20 14:33:02 -0500) edit


How to get the interior size of the house in sq feet in the data. This data we are not getting from anywhere. Kindly help.

Thank you

davidhardik's avatar davidhardik (2021-03-31 09:22:41 -0500) edit
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