You can use the skill-based routing API to list skill types and skills, as well as list and set skills for tickets and agents. To learn more about the feature, see Using skills-based routing in the Support Help Center.

In this API, skill types are named attributes and skills are named attribute values.

Skill-based routing is only available on the Enterprise plan and above.

Attribute

An attribute in this API refers to a skill type. Skill types are categories of skills.

NameTypeComment
idstringAutomatically assigned when an attribute is created
namestringThe name of the attribute

Attribute Values

An attribute value in this API refers to a skill. Skills are associated with an agent and determine the agent's suitability to solve a ticket.

NameTypeComment
idstringAutomatically assigned when an attribute value is created
namestringThe name of the attribute value
attribute_idstringId of the associated attribute

JSON format

Skill Based Routing are represented as JSON objects with the following properties:

NameTypeRead-onlyMandatoryDescription
created_atstringtruefalseWhen this record was created
idstringtruefalseAutomatically assigned when an attribute is created
namestringfalsetrueThe name of the attribute
updated_atstringtruefalseWhen this record was last updated
urlstringtruefalseURL of the attribute

Example

{  "created_at": "2017-12-01T19:29:31Z",  "id": "15821cba-7326-11e8-b07e-950ba849aa27",  "name": "color",  "updated_at": "2017-12-01T19:29:31Z",  "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/15821cba-7326-11e8-b07e-950ba849aa27.json"}

List Account Attributes

  • GET /api/v2/routing/attributes

Returns a list of attributes for the account.

Sideloads

The following sideloads are supported:

NameWill sideload
attribute_valuesThe attribute values available on the account

Allowed For

  • Agents and admins

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes.json \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes"	method := "GET"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes")		.newBuilder();String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("GET", null)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'GET',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"GET",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes")request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

200 OK
// Status 200 OK
{  "attributes": [    {      "created_at": "2017-12-01T19:29:31Z",      "id": "15821cba-7326-11e8-b07e-950ba849aa27",      "name": "Color",      "updated_at": "2017-12-01T19:29:31Z"    }  ],  "count": 1,  "next_page": null,  "previous_page": null}

List Routing Attribute Definitions

  • GET /api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions

Returns the condition definitions that can be configured to apply attributes to a ticket.

Allowed For

  • Admins

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions.json \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions"	method := "GET"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions")		.newBuilder();String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("GET", null)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'GET',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"GET",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/definitions")request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

200 OK
// Status 200 OK
{  "definitions": {    "conditions_all": [      {        "subject": "number_of_incidents",        "title": "Number of incidents"      }    ],    "conditions_any": [      {        "subject": "brand",        "title": "Brand"      }    ]  }}

Show Attribute

  • GET /api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}

Returns an attribute.

Allowed For

  • Admins

Parameters

NameTypeInRequiredDescription
attribute_idstringPathtrueThe ID of the skill-based routing attribute

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}.json \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"	method := "GET"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")		.newBuilder();String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("GET", null)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'GET',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"GET",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

200 OK
// Status 200 OK
{  "attribute": {    "created_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "id": "6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75",    "name": "Language",    "updated_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75.json"  }}

Create Attribute

  • POST /api/v2/routing/attributes

Creates an attribute.

Allowed For

  • Agents

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes.json \  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \  -d '{"attribute": { "name": "Language" }}' \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes"	method := "POST"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes")		.newBuilder();RequestBody body = RequestBody.create(MediaType.parse("application/json"),		"""""");String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("POST", body)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'POST',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"POST",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes")request = Net::HTTP::Post.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

201 Created
// Status 201 Created
{  "attribute": {    "created_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "id": "6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75",    "name": "Language",    "updated_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75.json"  }}

Update Attribute

  • PUT /api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}

Updates an attribute.

Allowed For

  • Admins

Parameters

NameTypeInRequiredDescription
attribute_idstringPathtrueThe ID of the skill-based routing attribute

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}.json \  -d '{ "name": "Lingua" }' \  -X PATCH -H "Content-Type: application/json" \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"	method := "PUT"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")		.newBuilder();RequestBody body = RequestBody.create(MediaType.parse("application/json"),		"""""");String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("PUT", body)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'PUT',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"PUT",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")request = Net::HTTP::Put.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

200 OK
// Status 200 OK
{  "attribute": {    "created_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "id": "6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75",    "name": "Lingua",    "updated_at": "2018-11-15T23:44:45Z",    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75.json"  }}

Delete Attribute

  • DELETE /api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}

Deletes an attribute.

Allowed For

  • Admins

Parameters

NameTypeInRequiredDescription
attribute_idstringPathtrueThe ID of the skill-based routing attribute

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}.json \  -X DELETE -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"	method := "DELETE"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io.ReadAll(res.Body)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	fmt.Println(string(body))}
Java
import com.squareup.okhttp.*;OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient();HttpUrl.Builder urlBuilder = HttpUrl.parse("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")		.newBuilder();String userCredentials = "your_email_address" + "/token:" + "your_api_token";String basicAuth = "Basic " + java.util.Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(userCredentials.getBytes());
Request request = new Request.Builder()		.url(urlBuilder.build())		.method("DELETE", null)		.addHeader("Content-Type", "application/json")		.addHeader("Authorization", basicAuth)		.build();Response response = client.newCall(request).execute();
Nodejs
var axios = require('axios');
var config = {  method: 'DELETE',  url: 'https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75',  headers: {	'Content-Type': 'application/json',	'Authorization': 'Basic <auth-value>', // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"  },};
axios(config).then(function (response) {  console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data));}).catch(function (error) {  console.log(error);});
Python
import requestsfrom requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth
url = "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75"headers = {	"Content-Type": "application/json",}email_address = 'your_email_address'api_token = 'your_api_token'# Use basic authenticationauth = HTTPBasicAuth(f'{email_address}/token', api_token)
response = requests.request(	"DELETE",	url,	auth=auth,	headers=headers)
print(response.text)
Ruby
require "net/http"require "base64"uri = URI("https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75")request = Net::HTTP::Delete.new(uri, "Content-Type": "application/json")email = "your_email_address"api_token = "your_api_token"credentials = "#{email}/token:#{api_token}"encoded_credentials = Base64.strict_encode64(credentials)request["Authorization"] = "Basic #{encoded_credentials}"response = Net::HTTP.start uri.hostname, uri.port, use_ssl: true do |http|	http.request(request)end

Example response(s)

204 No Content
// Status 204 No Content
null

List Attribute Values for an Attribute

  • GET /api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}/values

Returns a list of attribute values for a provided attribute.

Allowed For

  • Admins

Parameters

NameTypeInRequiredDescription
attribute_idstringPathtrueThe ID of the skill-based routing attribute

Code Samples

curl
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/{attribute_id}/values.json \  -v -u {email_address}/token:{api_token}
Go
import (	"fmt"	"io"	"net/http")
func main() {	url := "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/routing/attributes/6e279587-e930-11e8-a292-09cfcdea1b75/values"	method := "GET"	req, err := http.NewRequest(method, url, nil)
	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")	req.Header.Add("Authorization", "Basic <auth-value>") // Base64 encoded "{email_address}/token:{api_token}"
	client := &http.Client {}	res, err := client.Do(req)	if err != nil {		fmt.Println(err)		return	}	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, err := io