Today we are happy to announce the Etsy Developer Community and API. The beta phase went smoothly, with over 80 software application developers building a range of new applications for the Etsy community. We first announced our API in a previous post by Chad Dickerson. If you’re wondering what is an API, check out this explanation in our community Forum from Etsy’s blog editor Vanessa.
The Etsy Developer Community, located at developer.etsy.com, includes everything developers need to integrate the Etsy API into their applications. The Etsy API will allow developers access to the code for actions one can do on the Etsy website, such as searching product listings and viewing members’ favorite (“hearted”) items. If you are a developer, joining the Etsy Developer Community will be free and getting started is easy. We provide both a complete set of reference documents and tools for developers to test their API calls.
What does this launch mean if you are not a developer, but an Etsy seller or buyer? The applications built by developers using the Etsy API can be valuable tools for enhancing your Etsy experience. Of course, you will still be able to use Etsy without these applications, and Etsy’s Product and Engineering Teams will continue to work hard to deliver improvements and new features to the site for our members. The applications created by software developers around the world using the Etsy API will be wonderful bonuses to the Etsy experience.
So, who are these developers, and what are they making with the Etsy API? Here are a few we would like you to meet:
Karena Colquhoun and Julian Lievano run CraftCult.com. The Heartomatic on CraftCult provides a set of tools to Etsy sellers showing who is “hearting” your shop or items (marking your shop or item as an Etsy favorite). The tool also lets you compare such information over a period of time and provides a search feature to see if you’ve been featured in an Etsy Gift Guide or on Etsy’s front page handpicked items. Julian says:
“We’ve found the new API to be easy to learn and use. Access to the vast amount of information on Etsy is going to enable us to build all sorts of exciting tools. I’m looking forward to the new features, and it will be exciting to see what everyone else builds, too!”
Ian Malpass runs the EtsyHacks website, where he manages numerous programs and tools to help Etsy sellers. Ian already has built three applications using the Etsy API. The Shop Value tool calculates the total value of your currently-for-sale listings, along with some other statistics. The Where Am I? tool looks for your shop in a set of search results, and tells you which page you first appear. The Shop CSV lets you download your current listings in CSV format, so you can load them into a spreadsheet. Ian says:
“The API is great — I love that Etsy has extended the site’s ‘making cool things’ ethos to developers working with their data. I’m looking forward to Etsy adding even more features to it, making it even more useful. My only problem is that I don’t have enough hours in the day to make all the tools I want to make with it.”
Joseph Hinson and Tim Grahl built Makerspot to allow Etsy sellers to syndicate their products on their own websites. With Makerspot, your Etsy shop is built right in; your items, profile and favorites update automatically. Also with Makerspot, you can use your own domain name and choose from dozens of customizable designs. Tim says:
“The beta test of the Etsy API was a fantastic experience. The documentation was thorough. The development staff was responsive. And, most of all, the API worked from the start. Big thanks to Etsy and their team for providing this extremely helpful resource.”
Ed Lea is the man behind SoopSee. The service aggregates your Etsy shop, listings, photos and more all in one website. You can customize your site and run it under your own domain name. Ed says:
“Producing an in-depth app using the Etsy API was a breeze. Documentation is straight forward, response times are quick and the API is comprehensive.”
Finally, we will also feature additional developers and applications in our upcoming series “Handmade Code” here on Etsy’s blog, The Storque.