Trade Me’s API unleashed (at last!)

Written by Alan & Paul in General at 12:30pm, Thu 30 Sep 2010

A first edition of the Trade Me API has been released into the great wide open today, and that news should be music to the ears of anyone out there who is keen to build cool applications for Trade Me members to use.

API is short for “application programming interface” and, in a nutshell, it’s a language and message format that will let a program or application that someone has built talk to information sitting in Trade Me’s database.

We know it’s been a long time coming, but there’s been a considerable amount of in-house philosophical debate about the pros and cons of making the API public. It’s also been a big job. We know it is not perfect and regard it as very much a work-in-progress – it will change and get better over time.

To have a look at the lowdown on the API you should head to our special documentation site. This includes the terms and conditions, an overview of the API, and a handy ‘Getting Started’ guide.