Issues submitting urls via API

I’m having issues passing in a url to the http API when the url contains ‘&’.

What should i use in place of the & in order to pass this in the querystring?

For example:

http://www.webpagetest.org/runtest.php?url=[color=#FF0000]http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/category.jsp?categoryId=1175&navAction=jump&iid=Header|All_Products|Cameras%20and%20Camcorders[/color]&location=Dulles_IE8&runs=3&fvonly=1&video=1&f=xml

Doesn’t work. We’ve tried & for the url parameters, but this still doesn’t work.

Any ideas?[hr]
Sorry - the & in the previous email was another attempt at this that didn’t work. This is the example I meant to paste:

http://www.webpagetest.org/runtest.php?url=http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/category.jsp?categoryId=1175&navAction=jump&iid=Header|All_Products|Cameras%20and%20Camcorders&location=Dulles_IE8&runs=3&fvonly=1&video=1&f=xml

You need to URLEncode the query parameter. Here’s a good online encoder: http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/dencoder/ but realistically, whatever language you are using to automate should have a built-in urlencode() function that will do it for you (individually for each query parameter, though the url is usually the one that causes issues).

Here is what it looks like encoded: http://www.webpagetest.org/runtest.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.samsclub.com%2Fsams%2Fshop%2Fcategory.jsp%3FcategoryId%3D1175%26navAction%3Djump%26iid%3DHeader|All_Products|Cameras%20and%20Camcorders&location=Dulles_IE8&runs=3&fvonly=1&video=1&f=xml&k= (make sure to insert your actual API key and please don’t post them :slight_smile: )

Great - thanks Pat!