What is API?
Pipedrive offers a variety of automated features and third-party integrations that can make your work easier and more efficient.
But if you want more advanced communication between your website and Pipedrive account, you might be interested in API.
In simple terms, API (application programming interface) is a way for two or more applications to communicate.
This can be simple, like retrieving some data from an external database, or more complicated if you need to manipulate data in bulk, but API is a bridge that connects businesses to save employees time.
Basic API Terms
Here’s a short list of terms and definitions related to API.
the act of sending a request to your API after setting up an endpoint
the end of each touchpoint in an API interaction.
when a developer adds an endpoint to a URL and uses that endpoint to call a server or database.
a unique identifier used during API requests to ensure a person or software is who it says it is.
a connection between two or more applications to exchange data using API.
Common API use cases
Here are some common applications of API for web pages.
- Integrating internal and external systems
- Adding additional functionality
- Bringing costs down
- Improving internal security
To create an API connection between your Pipedrive account and another application, find your personal API key by going to Settings > Personal preferences > API.
Once you have your token, you’ll need a platform to facilitate your API requests, like Postman.
Setting up Postman
To use Postman as your API platform, follow this link to our Developer’s corner, then either download Postman using the provided link or click “Run in Postman“ if you’ve already downloaded it.
After you “fork collection,“ you’ll be taken to the Postman workspace, where you can see the available API requests through Pipedrive on the left.
Creating an API request usually requires a few things:
- Your API token
- An endpoint (i.e deals)
- An HTTP verb (i.e GET)