Getting started

In this 10-minute quickstart, you'll use the Zendesk API to create a few tickets. To keep things moving along, you'll use the JavaScript console of your browser to make the API requests.

Zendesk API quick start

Creating tickets

An agent responding to a customer's ticket in Support

Building a custom ticket form with the Ticketing API\ This article describes how to build a custom ticket form that lets users submit support requests from your website.

Improving performance by creating tickets asynchronously\ If you create tickets in Zendesk Support with the API but want faster response times in your application, you can instruct the API to queue the jobs and just return a ticket ID and information about the status of the job.

Adding tags to tickets without overwriting existing tags\ This article exmplains how to use the Update Many API. It lets you add tags without overwriting existing ones. You can also remove old tags without affecting existing tags.

Ticket Management

Common tasks for the Zendesk Support API\ This article covers common tasks performed with the Zendesk API, and lists the APIs and endpoints to use in your projects.

Searching with the Zendesk API\ The Zendesk REST API provides the a single, unified API for searching Zendesk Support resources such as tickets, users, organizations, and groups.

Side-loading\ Side-loading allows you to retrieve related records as part of a single request.

Making cross-origin, browser-side API requests\ For security purposes, modern browsers have a same-origin policy restriction that prevents scripts from accessing resources in other domains. However, if the other domain implements Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), the browser will allow a script to access resources in that domain.

Best practices for avoiding rate limiting\ When you reach the API rate limit, the Zendesk API stops processing any more requests until a certain amount of time has passed. This article covers the best practices for avoiding rate limiting.

Working with OAuth

An app being authorized to access a Support instance

OAuth authorization is to allow third-party applications to interact with a Zendesk Support instance without having to store and use the passwords of users, which is sensitive information that the apps shouldn't know.

Using OAuth to authenticate Zendesk API requests in a web app\ In this tutorial, you'll build a web app that implements an OAuth authorization flow.

Creating and using OAuth tokens with the API\ Using OAuth tokens for authentication doesn't tie the requests to a specific username and password, and it offers more control and security than plain API tokens.

Set up a global OAuth client\ If you're developing an integration for Zendesk Support, you can use OAuth authentication to let users grant access to Zendesk Support to your integration.

Embed and extend Support

Build Zendesk apps for Support

A Zendesk app is a small web application installed in the agent interface that extends the functionality of Zendesk Support, Chat, or Sell. Visit Apps for information on how to get started.

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Add Support to your iOS and Android apps

The Support SDKs for iOS and Android lets you embed Zendesk Support options natively in your mobile app so your customers can get help directly in the app.

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