How to find out how many importranges are being used in a single Google Sheet?


The following script is heavily adapted from an Audit Spreadsheet built by Ben Collins.

The logic followed is:

  • get the spreadsheet by url openByUrl(); though the script could just as easily have been bound to the 'IMPORTRANGE' spreadsheet
  • get all the sheets getSheets()and loop through each them
  • report on results using a Logger statement

function wa13548203() {

* Adapted by Ted Bell for Webapps StackExchange#135482
* from   
* Google Sheets Performance Auditor tool
* Built by Ben Collins, 2018
* https://www.benlcollins.com

  var url = "https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TLkuDofF1YDxhYiuwyIB7qCJzlAFqho0c6QPXnDPnM8/edit";
  var ss = SpreadsheetApp.openByUrl(url);
  var sheets = ss.getSheets();
  var irTotal = 0;

  sheets.forEach(function(sheet) {
    var r = sheet.getLastRow();
    var c = sheet.getLastColumn();
    var data_counter = r * c;
    var irCounter = 0;

    var IR = /.*IMPORTRANGE.*/;

    if (data_counter !== 0) {

      var dataRange = sheet.getRange(1,1,r,c);
      //Logger.log("sheet = "+sheet.getName()+", range = "+dataRange.getA1Notation());
      var formulaCells = dataRange.getFormulas();

      formulaCells.forEach(function(row) {
        row.forEach(function(cell) {
          if (cell.toUpperCase().match(IR)) { irCounter++ };

      Logger.log("sheet = "+sheet.getName()+", num of 'IMPORTRANGE' formulas = "+irCounter);
      irTotal =irTotal +irCounter  

   Logger.log("The total number of IMPORTRANGE formulas is "+irTotal);
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