Get thing

Action ID
actions.intent.GET_THING
Description
Search for content or entities using the default in-app search feature in an app. Populate the search criteria with the content or entity name using the thing.name intent parameter, and present the most relevant search results to the user.

Locale support

Functionality Locales
Preview creation using App Actions test tool en-US
User invocation from Google Assistant en-US

Example queries

The following fields represent essential information that users often provide in queries that trigger this built-in intent:

thing.name

Other supported fields

The following fields represent information that users often provide to disambiguate their needs or otherwise improve their results:

thing.@type

Supported text values by field


Inventory availability by field


Sample actions.xml

For information about the actions schema, read Create actions.xml.

Handle intent parameters as URL parameters

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- This is a sample actions.xml -->
<actions>
  <action intentName="actions.intent.GET_THING">
    <fulfillment urlTemplate="myapp://custom-deeplink{?name}">
      <!-- Eg. name = "Running shoes" -->
      <!-- (Optional) Require a field eg.name for fulfillment with required="true" -->
      <parameter-mapping urlParameter="name" intentParameter="thing.name" required="true" />
    </fulfillment>

    <!-- Provide a fallback fulfillment with no required parameters. For example, to your app search or router deeplink -->
    <fulfillment urlTemplate="myapp://deeplink" />
  </action>
</actions>

Use web inventory to discover URLs for fulfillment

thing.name is a field that supports web inventory. In the following example, Google Assistant performs a web search for the user query and determines the fulfillment URL. Assistant filters for search results that match the provided urlFilter value of https://www.mywebsite.com/link1/.*.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- This is a sample actions.xml -->
<actions>
  <action intentName="actions.intent.GET_THING">
    <!-- Use URL from entity match for deep link fulfillment -->
    <!-- Example: url = 'https://www.mywebsite.com/link1/item1' -->
    <fulfillment urlTemplate="{@url}" />

    <!-- Provide a fallback fulfillment with no required parameters. For example, to your app search or router deeplink -->
    <fulfillment urlTemplate="myapp://deeplink" />

    <!-- Define parameters with web inventories using urlFilter -->
    <parameter name="thing.name">
      <entity-set-reference urlFilter="https://www.mywebsite.com/link1/.*" />"/>
    </parameter>
  </action>
</actions>

JSON-LD sample

The following JSON-LD sample provides some example values that you can use in the App Actions test tool:

{
  "@context": "http://schema.googleapis.com",
  "@type": "Thing",
  "name": "Running shoes"
}