The Action Network API -- Getting Started Version 1
The Action Network API allows organizers with Action Network accounts and API keys to interact with the Action Network system. The API supports use cases such as syncing online organizing data (people, email addresses, action histories) with other systems, migrating data between systems, managing subscriptions, pulling embed code for actions into CMS systems, and similar functions.
The API is not intended to enable the creation of a replacement user interface.
The Action Network API is served in HAL+JSON format. It generally conforms to the Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) specification, which can be found at opensupporter.org.
HAL provides links to make navigation between endpoints and resources easy. In addition, the API is curied, linking directly to documentation within API calls.Back To Top ↑
API entry point (AEP) is https://actionnetwork.org/api/v1
An API key is required to access the API. API keys are provided by request, and are considered a partner feature. Please contact us to request an API key. Each user account and group on the Action Network has a separate API key allowing you to access that user or group's data.
Once you've been given access to our API, you can generate your key from the API & Sync page, located in the "Start Organizing" menu, in the right column. Once on the page, first choose the list you want to generate a key for. Choosing your personal list will allow you to add actions and people to your personal account's email list. Choosing any groups you are an administrator of allows you to add actions or people to that group's list. After you select the list, you can generate an API key for that list.
API keys must be sent as a header in this format:
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api-key:[your api key here]
Browsing the API
Once you have your API key, you can try the API using our browser here. Make sure to enter your API key to acces your data.
The browser is extremely useful for getting a feel for how the Action Network API works. It supports GET, POST, PUT and other operations. It is based off of Mike Kelly's HAL browser -- you can read more about it here.Back To Top ↑
Tutorials: Making your first calls
Once you have an API key, it's time to make your first calls. We've put together a few tutorial scenarios to help you understand what the API can do.
- Get a list of activists subscribed to your email list
- Get a list of events created by your account
- Get a list of people who signed one of your petitions
- Get the embed code for a form you created
- Add people to your email list
- Post a new fundraising page from another system and add donors to that page and your list
- Unsubscribe people from your list