The Magento REST API: A Better Way to Integrate Business Applications

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Merchants have been asking for a fast and secure way to integrate more business applications within Magento. We’ve met this request by introducing the Magento REST API as part of the Magento Enterprise 1.12 and Community 1.7 releases.

Noteworthy benefits of the REST API include simplicity, ease of testing and troubleshooting, and better performance. It allows you to manage customers, customer addresses, sales orders, inventories and products using HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE. Data requests and responses can be in XML or JSON format.

REST Resources

REST resources are simply the entities or identities that are exposed to the developer. REST defines the identity of the resource via the URI (uniform resource identifier). Each resource has a unique URL address and any interaction with a resource takes place at its URI. The following resources are supported in CE 1.7.0.0.

Preparing to Use REST API with Magento

From the Magento store admin panel:

For a more detailed explanation with sample data, check out our wiki page. As always, we welcome your feedback and are eager to help with any issues you may encounter. Please use our bug tracker and choose the Webservices API from the Category selection.