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Using this function, you can retrieve metadata about your survey. This information includes question metadata (type, options, choices, etc), number of responses, general metadata, survey flow, etc.


metadata(surveyID, get = NULL, questions = NULL)



A string. Unique ID for the survey you want to download. Returned as "id" by the all_surveys function.


A character vector containing any of the following: "metadata", "questions", "responsecounts", "blocks", "flow", "embedded_data", or "comments". Will return included elements. By default, the function returns the "metadata", "questions", and "responsecounts" elements. See examples below for more information.


Character vector containing the names of questions for which you want to return metadata. Defaults to NULL (all questions).


If the request to the Qualtrics API made by this function fails, the request will be retried. If you see these failures on a 500 error (such as a 504 error) be patient while the request is retried; it will typically succeed on retrying. If you see other types of errors, retrying is unlikely to help.


if (FALSE) {
# Register your Qualtrics credentials if you haven't already
  api_key = "<YOUR-API-KEY>",
  base_url = "<YOUR-BASE-URL>"

# Retrieve a list of surveys
surveys <- all_surveys()

# Get metadata for a survey
md <- metadata(surveyID = surveys$id[6])

# Get metadata with specific elements
md_specific <- metadata(
  surveyID = id,
  get = c("flow")

# Get specific question metadata
question_specific <- metadata(
  surveyID = id,
  get = c("questions"),
  questions = c("Q1", "Q2")

# Example of a metadata file
file <- system.file("extdata", "metadata.rds", package = "qualtRics")

# Load
metadata_ex <- readRDS(file = file)