Developer Tools

Set up and become familiar with Zendesk developer tools

Getting started

Getting a trial or sponsored account for development
You can try out the Zendesk platform with a free, 14-day trial account. If you're interested in becoming a Zendesk developer partner, you can convert your trial account into a sponsored Zendesk Support account.

Installing and using cURL
All the examples in the Zendesk REST API docs use cURL, a lightweight, command-line tool for making HTTP requests without a web browser. cURL lets you try out various API requests in a command-line interface such as the command prompt in Windows or Terminal in macOS.

Working with JSON
The Zendesk REST API is a JSON API. If you want to send data to the API to update or create data in your Zendesk product, you need to convert it to JSON first. This guide covers the basics and how to use JSON in cURL statements.

Beginners guide to Zendesk developer tools

An abstract skeleton of an application
This guide was created to help the large number of non-technical people looking to build on our platform. We understand that the idea of coding, especially when you've never written a single line, may be daunting and scary, but this guide will break it down, step by step, ensuring that you not only understand our API and platform, but you'll actually learn how to code along the way.

Read the guide

Working with the Zendesk APIs

Making requests to the Zendesk API
Use the Zendesk REST API to read, update, and create data in a Zendesk product. This tutorial shows you how to start working with the API with examples of completing common tasks.

Exploring Zendesk APIs with Postman
Postman is a popular application for testing APIs. This article explains how to set up Postman to make Zendesk API requests.