Release Notes: A look at DocumentCloud's new API

Release Notes: A look at DocumentCloud’s new API

Now available to users on the DocumentCloud Beta, the API offers new capabilities

Over the coming months, we’re migrating newsrooms to the new version of DocumentCloud (don’t worry — you’ll get a notification before anything changes!). Along with the updated version of the site, we’re also moving to a new API. Anything you can do through the web interface you’ll also be able to do through the API, so we’re excited to see what kinds of new integrations you build.

We’re also looking for feedback to make this as smooth a transition as possible. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss updating your CMS or other integrations to use the new API; we can give you access to the beta so you can test and get everything working perfectly. We’ll also be updating commonly used DocumentCloud libraries to make the transition as seamless as we can.

In the meantime, here’s a first look at the DocumentCloud Beta API documentation, and when we give the API documentation a permanent home, we’ll change out the information here to point to it. Note that we are committed to supporting the current API through the end of the year, and our team is continuing to work on more resources to help. If you have concerns about the migration or timeline, just let us know.

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Reporting bugs and feature requests

If you notice a bug or have a question about the above documentation, please email DocumentCloud support.

As we continue to revamp DocumentCloud, we’re continuing to tweak and improve all our digital tools, including this website. If you spot a bug or have a feature request with MuckRock, you can help by opening an issue on GitHub.

If you do, please search open issues first to make sure it hasn’t already been reported. If it has been reported previously, please leave an additional comment letting us know it’s an issue for you, particularly if you can provide more details about when it crops up or what you think is causing the problem.

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