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Published: September 24 2009, 6:01:00 AMUpdated: November 28 2020, 7:43:37 PM

XML Sample application: Finding API call from windows


This tool is a console application written in VB.NET that helps you retrieve listings via the Finding API. It makes a call to findItemsByKeywords to search for items on eBay by keywords.

Detail Description

This tool demonstrates how to call the Finding API from Visual Studio to search for items on eBay.

For example, if we need to search based on exact keyword(s), need to specify the word(s) within single quotes, like, <keywords>'New Nokia N73 '</keywords>

You can use this as a reference sample for executing Finding API calls from your own application.

Requirements to run this tool:

· .NET Framework 2.0

· Operating System: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP (This tool was built and tested on Windows Server 2003 and tested in both Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.)

How to run the sample:

1. Unzip the contents of the zip file,, into your local directory.

2. Open the FindingAPI_WindowsSample.vbproj with Visual Studio

3. Update the X-EBAY-SOA-SECURITY-APPNAME in Module1.vb file with your ApplicationID


Attached is a Visual Studio .NET 2005 command line project in VB.NET that shows how to make the Finding API findItemsByKeywords call to search items by a keyword query using XML POST request.

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