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Google Indexing API

This CFML wrapper has been developed to allow you to easily interact with the Google Indexing API so that any site owner can directly notify Google when pages are added or removed, allowing Google to schedule pages for a fresh crawl.

Requirements for this wrapper

This wrapper has been developed to manage the full OAuth2 flow using service account credentials, generated by Google and provided as a .JSON file.

The component manages the generation of the required JWT and submission to the authentication API to obtain the required access token to then make authenticated requests to the API.

CommandBox Compatible


This CF wrapper can be installed as standalone or as a ColdBox Module. Either approach requires a simple CommandBox command:

box install googleindex

Then follow either the standalone or module instructions below.


This wrapper will be installed into a directory called googleindex and then can be instantiated via new googleindex.GoogleIndex() with the following constructor arguments:

    filePath			    =	'',
    tokenEndpoint		    =	'',
    notificationsEndpoint	=	''

ColdBox Module

This package also is a ColdBox module as well. The module can be configured by creating a googleindex configuration structure in your application configuration file( config/Coldbox.cfc) with the following settings:

googleindex = {
    filePath			    =	'',
    tokenEndpoint		    =	'',
    notificationsEndpoint	=	''

Then you can leverage the CFC via the injection DSL: googleindex@googleindex


To get started, instantiate the GoogleIndex component, passing in the file path to the .JSON file that contains the service account credentials:

<cfset objGoogleIndex = new googleindex.GoogleIndex( expandPath( './credentials.json' ) ) />

Make a call to obtain an access token:

<cfset stuAccessToken = objGoogleIndex.getAccessToken() />

The getAccessToken() method will store the access token within the component but also returns the struct containing the response should you wish to store the data elsewhere.

From this point, there are three methods you can call to interact directly with the Indexing API:

  • updateURL()
  • removeURL()
  • getStatus()

All three methods require a url parameter to complete the request.

To notify Google of a new URL to crawl or that content at a previously-submitted URL has been updated, use the updateURL() method:

<cfset response = objGoogleIndex.updateURL( '' ) />

After you delete a page from your servers, you can notify Google so that they can remove the page from their index and so that they don't attempt to crawl the URL again. You can do this using the removeURL() method:

<cfset response = objGoogleIndex.removeURL( '' ) />

** Before you request removal, you must remove the page from your server and the URL must return a 404 or 410 status code. **

You can use the Indexing API to check the last time Google received each kind of notification for a given URL. The GET request doesn't tell you when Google indexes or removes a URL; it only returns whether you successfully submitted a request. You can do this using the getStatus() method:

<cfset response = objGoogleIndex.getStatus( '' ) />

$ box install googleindex

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