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You can connect to the API and make it available as a REST API resource in Retool. Once complete, your users can write queries that interact with data.


All users for Retool organizations on Free or Team plans have global Edit permissions and can add, edit, and remove resources. If your organization manages user permissions for resources, you must be a member of a group with Edit all permissions.

To create a resource, you need:

  • an API key.

1. Create a new resource

Sign in to your Retool organization and navigate to the Resources tab. Click Create new, then select Resource.

Create a new resource

2. Select the resource type

Retool can connect to almost any API or database, and has built-in integrations for popular data sources. Select the REST API resource type.

Select the resource type

3. Configure the resource

Specify a name and location for the resource. Retool displays the resource name and type in query editors to help users identify them. Next, configure the required settings.


Base URLThe base API endpoint (
apikeyThe API key used for authentication.

Configure the resource

4. Save the resource

Click Create resource to complete the setup. You can then click either Create app to immediately start building a Retool app or Back to resources to return to the list of resources.

Save the resource

Wrap up

Your resource is now ready to use. To interact with data, select the resource in the query editor. You can specify the API endpoint to use when writing a query.