Developers - Introduction

Welcome Developers is a free text hosting application. We provide features such as: syntax highlighting, url shortening, simple interface, drag n' drop text file uploads, post TTLs, post revisions, [post-by-email][pbe] and much more. is designed to be simple and powerful, and we hope the information contained within these pages well help you better understand our site and discover new functionality.

Before we begin

The API is in its infancy, but we are actively working on making additions and improvements to our capabilities. As such, all API developers are welcome to make suggestions and contribute to the API development by sending us an email at [email protected].

Every account can easily generate an API key. If it isn't already obvious, a account is required to use the API service. If you have not already, go ahead and sign up for a free account now.

Lastly, the current throttle limits for API requests is being evaluated. If you have a use case where you'd like to increase the size of the API pipe for your situation, let us know!! We can custom generate a key that has custom throttle limits for larger implementations of within your organization or application.


We plan on growing our API as we learn how our customers are using it. As such, our versioning is going to move slower than the actual development. What does that mean? It means that we are not going to increment the version until we make a modification that could potentially wreck existing implementations. If we add functionality, or fix bugs within the API, this will not increment the external version number. If we change an output or a method signature, then we'd obviously bump the version number to support that.

Our intent is to try and maintain current version + 1. As we progress through versioning our API, the previous version should work as documented. The idea is that all developers should aim for the latest and greatest stable release, but older versions of the API will be maintained when reasonably possible.

Unanswered questions

Have a question or comment that is not covered? Please email us at [email protected]

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