Stores API | Getting Started | Overview

Build best-of-breed solutions for fast-growing online businesses

The Bigcommerce Stores API features a RESTful architecture, allowing you to code in the language of your choice. All connections require authentication and are secured with TLS/SSL encryption. It supports JSON media types and uses UTF-8 character encoding.

With clever use of this API, you can automate various commerce, business, and publishing tasks and integrate all kinds of apps with our platform.

Let's get started!

Public apps

Public apps (also known as Single-Click Apps) must use OAuth authentication. Before you start, we suggest reviewing the App Store acceptance requirements. Here's how to get started with your public app.

  1. Join the Technology Partner Program.
  2. Get a sandbox store.
  3. Get your Client ID and Client Secret.
  4. Get your OAuth token.

Private apps

To develop a custom integration for one store, your app needs to use Basic Authentication. Here's how to get started developing a private app.

  1. Sign up for a free trial store.
  2. Get your user name and API key.

Client libraries

To make it easier for our developers, we provide a variety of official and community contributed client libraries.