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My Board Activity does not go past a certain date

For some reason, my board's activity history does not go past February 13th. This board has existed since late 2018, so I know that there is more activity. Does Trello delete the history after a certain period of time?

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Garrett Atlassian Team May 01, 2020

Hey @TheFluffyGoose 

Board activity is never deleted automatically, however there is a limit within Trello that will only allow for the last 1,000 actions in a board to be accessible from the activity menu.

That limitation isn't something that can be increased, unfortunately, so the most ideal way to see actions further back or in a specific timeframe would be through the Trello API. 

Here's the API request for actions on a board: https://developer.atlassian.com/cloud/trello/rest/#api-boards-boardId-actions-get

https://api.trello.com/1/boards/{boardId}/actions

You'll want to combine that request with some nested URL parameters, so you can specify what date range and how many actions are returned: https://developer.atlassian.com/cloud/trello/guides/rest-api/nested-resources/

The most relevant parameters would be:

before - requires an ISO formatted date, YYYY-MM-DD
since - requires an ISO formatted date, YYYY-MM-DD
limit - the number of actions returned, can be set between 0 - 1000

With the request and parameters, it will look similar to this:

https://api.trello.com/1/boards/{boardId}/actions?before=2019-12-30&limit=1000

That request will return 1,000 actions on the board before December 30th, 2019. You can give this a test in your browser by using the following URL:

https://trello.com/1/boards/{boardid}/actions?before=2019-12-30&limit=1000

Please note you'll need to change {boardid} to the actual ID of your board. You can quickly get that by visiting your board in another tab, then add .json to the end of its URL, like this:

https://trello.com/b/abc123/garretts-test-board.json

That will load the board in JSON format, and the very first ID is what you can copy over.

Speaking of JSON, the activity returned in that format might not be super clear at first, but there are some handy links you can find in our help doc here: https://help.trello.com/article/924-making-sense-of-trellos-json-export

Hopefully all this helps you get started with the API, and allows you to find those older actions.

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