Describe an object

Provides a reference listing of each object that is available in your Zuora tenant.

The information returned by this call is useful if you are using CRUD: Create Export or the AQuA API to create a data source export. See Export ZOQL for more information.


The response contains an XML document that lists the fields of the specified object. Each of the object's fields is represented by a <field> element in the XML document.

Each <field> element contains the following elements:

Element Description
<name> API name of the field.
<label> Name of the field in the Zuora user interface.
<type> Data type of the field. The possible data types are: boolean, date, datetime, decimal, integer, picklist, text, timestamp, and ZOQL. If the data type is picklist, the <field> element contains an <options> element that lists the possible values of the field.
<contexts> Specifies the availability of the field. If the <contexts> element lists the export context, the field is available for use in data source exports.

The <field> element contains other elements that provide legacy information about the field. This information is not directly related to the REST API.

Response sample:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <label>Product Rate Plan Charge</label>
      <label>Tax Mode</label>

It is strongly recommended that your integration checks <contexts> elements in the response. If your integration does not check <contexts> elements, your integration may process fields that are not available for use in data source exports. See Changes to the Describe API for more information.

path Parameters

API name of an object in your Zuora tenant. For example, InvoiceItem. See Zuora Object Model for the list of valid object names.

Depending on the features enabled in your Zuora tenant, you may not be able to list the fields of some objects.

header Parameters
string <= 255 characters

Specify a unique idempotency key if you want to perform an idempotent POST or PATCH request. Do not use this header in other request types.

With this header specified, the Zuora server can identify subsequent retries of the same request using this value, which prevents the same operation from being performed multiple times by accident.


Include the Accept-Encoding: gzip header to compress responses as a gzipped file. It can significantly reduce the bandwidth required for a response.

If specified, Zuora automatically compresses responses that contain over 1000 bytes of data, and the response contains a Content-Encoding header with the compression algorithm so that your client can decompress it.


Include the Content-Encoding: gzip header to compress a request. With this header specified, you should upload a gzipped file for the request payload instead of sending the JSON payload.


The value is in the Bearer {token} format where {token} is a valid OAuth token generated by calling Create an OAuth token.

string <= 64 characters

A custom identifier for tracing the API call. If you set a value for this header, Zuora returns the same value in the response headers. This header enables you to associate your system process identifiers with Zuora API calls, to assist with troubleshooting in the event of an issue.

The value of this field must use the US-ASCII character set and must not include any of the following characters: colon (:), semicolon (;), double quote ("), and quote (').


An entity ID. If you have Zuora Multi-entity enabled and the OAuth token is valid for more than one entity, you must use this header to specify which entity to perform the operation in. If the OAuth token is only valid for a single entity, or you do not have Zuora Multi-entity enabled, you do not need to set this header.


Returns an XML document that lists the fields of the specified object


Returns an XML document that indicates the error

Request samples