Making your first request

This guide describes the basic steps for getting started with ShopBase's API. You can create your development stores to test your apps, themes, and other integrations that you build.

The first step in building an app for ShopBase is to join the ShopBase Partner Program by creating a partner account.

Generate API credentials from the ShopBase admin

When you make an API call, you need to include API credentials to authenticate it. You can quickly generate API credentials by creating a private app from your development store's ShopBase admin. When you create the private app, ShopBase creates an API key and password, which you can include in API calls to the development store.

To learn more about public and private apps, see Authentication.


  1. From your ShopBase admin, go to Apps.

  2. Click Manage private apps.

  3. Click Create a new private app.

  4. In the App details section, enter a name for your app, and an emergency developer email.

  5. In the Admin API section, select the areas of your store that you want the app to access.

  6. Click Save.

After you save the app's details, the Admin API section shows the app's API key and password.


Treat the API key and password like you would any other password since whoever has access to these credentials has full API access to the store.

Making your first request

You can use the API key and password that you generated for basic HTTP authorization of your first request. The URL format for basic authorization is as follows:

  • {username} — The API key that you generated

  • {password} — The API password

  • {shop} - The name that you entered for your development store

  • {resource} — A resource endpoint from the REST admin API

A URL with real values looks like this:

The following curl request retrieves information by using the Shop resource and the /admin/shop.jsonendpoint:

curl -X GET https://{username}:{password}@{shop} -H 'Content-Type: application/json'

Substitute your own values, and then run the curl command from the command line to retrieve information from your development store.

Sample App

You can use SampleApp from this github repo as a reference for understanding authentication flow of a ShopBase app and how to call ShopBase APIs with public app.

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