Users

Zendesk Support has three types of users: end users (your customers), agents, and administrators.

End users

End users request support through tickets. End users have access to Help Center where they can view knowledge base articles and community content, access their ticket history, and submit new tickets.

Agents

Agents work in Zendesk Support to solve tickets. Agents can be divided into multiple groups and can also belong to multiple groups. Agents don't have access to administrative configuration in Zendesk Support such as business rules or automations, but can configure their own macros and views.

Administrators

Administrators have all the abilities of agents, plus administrative abilities. Accounts on the Enterprise plan can configure custom roles to give agents varying degrees of administrative access.

Listing Requested Tickets and CC'ed Tickets

Use the Tickets API to list:

Listing Help Center Content by a User

Use the Help Center API to list:

JSON Format

Users are represented as JSON objects with the following properties:

Name Type Read-only Mandatory Description
active boolean true false false if the user has been deleted
alias string false false An alias displayed to end users
chat_only boolean true false Whether or not the user is a chat-only agent
created_at string true false The time the user was created
custom_role_id integer false false A custom role if the user is an agent on the Enterprise plan
default_group_id integer false false The id of the user's default group
details string false false Any details you want to store about the user, such as an address
email string false false The user's primary email address. *Writeable on create only. On update, a secondary email is added. See Email Address
external_id string false false A unique identifier from another system. The API treats the id as case insensitive. Example: "ian1" and "Ian1" are the same user
iana_time_zone string true false The time zone for the user
id integer true false Automatically assigned when the user is created
last_login_at string true false The last time the user signed in to Zendesk Support
locale string false false The user's locale. A BCP-47 compliant tag for the locale. If both "locale" and "locale_id" are present on create or update, "locale_id" is ignored and only "locale" is used.
locale_id integer false false The user's language identifier
moderator boolean false false Designates whether the user has forum moderation capabilities
name string false true The user's name
notes string false false Any notes you want to store about the user
only_private_comments boolean false false true if the user can only create private comments
organization_id integer false false The id of the user's organization. If the user has more than one organization memberships, the id of the user's default organization
phone string false false The user's primary phone number. See Phone Number below
photo object false false The user's profile picture represented as an Attachment object
report_csv boolean true false Whether or not the user can access the CSV report on the Search tab of the Reporting page in the Support admin interface. See Analyzing Help Center search results in Help Center. Only available on the Guide Professional plan
restricted_agent boolean false false If the agent has any restrictions; false for admins and unrestricted agents, true for other agents
role string false false The user's role. Possible values are "end-user", "agent", or "admin"
role_type integer true false The user's role id. 0 for custom agents, 1 for light agent, 2 for chat agent, and 3 for chat agent added to the Support account as a contributor (Chat Phase 4)
shared boolean true false If the user is shared from a different Zendesk Support instance. Ticket sharing accounts only
shared_agent boolean true false If the user is a shared agent from a different Zendesk Support instance. Ticket sharing accounts only
shared_phone_number boolean true false Whether the phone number is shared or not. See Phone Number below
signature string false false The user's signature. Only agents and admins can have signatures
suspended boolean false false If the agent is suspended. Tickets from suspended users are also suspended, and these users cannot sign in to the end user portal
tags array false false The user's tags. Only present if your account has user tagging enabled
ticket_restriction string false false Specifies which tickets the user has access to. Possible values are: "organization", "groups", "assigned", "requested", null
time_zone string false false The user's time zone. See Time Zone
two_factor_auth_enabled boolean true false If two factor authentication is enabled
updated_at string true false The time the user was last updated
url string true false The user's API url
user_fields object false false Values of custom fields in the user's profile. See User Fields
verified boolean false false Any of the user's identities is verified. See User Identities
Email Address

You can specify a user's primary email address when you create the user. See Specifying email and verified attributes.

To update a user's primary email address, use the Make Identity Primary endpoint.

Time Zone

A time_zone name consists of a string such as "Eastern Time (US & Canada)". For a list of valid names, see the Time zone list menu on the Localization page in the Support admin interface (Admin > Account > Localization). For example, if the menu lists "(GMT+02:00) Berlin", then use "Berlin" as the time_zone name.

Request body in User API:

{
 "user": {
   "id":   35436,
   "name": "Johnny Agent",
   "time_zone": "Berlin",
   ...
 }
}
User Fields

You can use the user_fields object to set the value of one or more custom fields in the user's profile. Specify field keys as the properties to set. Example:

 "user_fields": {
   "membership_level": "silver",
   "membership_expires": "2019-07-23T00:00:00Z"
 }

For more information, see User Fields and Adding custom fields to users.

Phone Number

The phone number should comply with the E.164 international telephone numbering plan. Example +15551234567. E164 numbers are international numbers with a country dial prefix, usually an area code and a subscriber number. A valid E.164 phone number must include a country calling code.

A phone number can be one of the following types:

  • A direct line linked to a single user, which is indicated by a shared_phone_number attribute of false. A direct line can be used as a user identity
  • A shared number linked to multiple users, indicated by a shared_phone_number attribute of true. A shared number can not be used as a user identity

See Understanding how phone numbers are linked to end-user profiles in the Support Help Center.

JSON Format for End Users

When an end user makes the request, the user is returned with the following attributes:

Name Type Read-only Mandatory Comment
id integer yes no Automatically assigned when creating users
email string no no The primary email address of this user
name string no yes The name of the user
created_at date yes no The time the user was created
locale string yes no The locale for this user
locale_id integer no no The language identifier for this user
organization_id integer no no The id of the user's organization. If the user has more than one organization memberships, the id of the user's default organization
phone string no no The primary phone number of this user. See Phone Number in the Users API
shared_phone_number boolean yes no Whether the phone number is shared or not. See Phone Number in the Users API
photo Attachment no no The user's profile picture represented as an Attachment object
role string no no The role of the user. Possible values: "end-user", "agent", "admin"
time_zone string no no The time-zone of this user
updated_at date yes no The time of the last update of the user
url string yes no The API url of this user
verified boolean no no Any of the user's identities is verified. See User Identities

Responses will vary depending on the role of the client making the request. The following example is a response for an end-user role.

Example
{
  "id":                    35436,
  "url":                   "https://company.zendesk.com/api/v2/end_users/35436.json",
  "name":                  "Johnny End User",
  "created_at":            "2009-07-20T22:55:29Z",
  "updated_at":            "2011-05-05T10:38:52Z",
  "time_zone":             "Copenhagen",
  "email":                 "[email protected]",
  "phone":                 "+15551234567",
  "locale":                "en-US",
  "locale_id":             1,
  "organization_id":       57542,
  "role":                  "end-user",
  "verified":              true,
  "photo": {
    "id":           928374,
    "name":         "my_funny_profile_pic.png",
    "content_url":  "https://company.zendesk.com/photos/my_funny_profile_pic.png",
    "content_type": "image/png",
    "size":         166144,
    "thumbnails": [
      {
      "id":           928375,
      "name":         "my_funny_profile_pic_thumb.png",
      "content_url":  "https://company.zendesk.com/photos/my_funny_profile_pic_thumb.png",
      "content_type": "image/png",
      "size":         58298
      }
    ]
  }
}

This example is a response for an admin or agent request.

Example
{
  "active": true,
  "alias": "Mr. Johnny",
  "created_at": "2009-07-20T22:55:29Z",
  "custom_role_id": 9373643,
  "details": "",
  "email": "[email protected]",
  "external_id": "sai989sur98w9",
  "iana_time_zone": "Pacific/Pago_Pago",
  "id": 35436,
  "last_login_at": "2011-05-05T10:38:52Z",
  "locale": "en-US",
  "locale_id": 1,
  "moderator": true,
  "name": "Johnny Agent",
  "notes": "Johnny is a nice guy!",
  "only_private_comments": false,
  "organization_id": 57542,
  "phone": "+15551234567",
  "photo": {
    "content_type": "image/png",
    "content_url": "https://company.zendesk.com/photos/my_funny_profile_pic.png",
    "id": 928374,
    "name": "my_funny_profile_pic.png",
    "size": 166144,
    "thumbnails": [
      {
        "content_type": "image/png",
        "content_url": "https://company.zendesk.com/photos/my_funny_profile_pic_thumb.png",
        "id": 928375,
        "name": "my_funny_profile_pic_thumb.png",
        "size": 58298
      }
    ]
  },
  "restricted_agent": true,
  "role": "agent",
  "role_type": 0,
  "shared": false,
  "shared_agent": false,
  "signature": "Have a nice day, Johnny",
  "suspended": true,
  "tags": [
    "enterprise",
    "other_tag"
  ],
  "ticket_restriction": "assigned",
  "time_zone": "Copenhagen",
  "updated_at": "2011-05-05T10:38:52Z",
  "url": "https://company.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/35436.json",
  "user_fields": {
    "user_date": "2012-07-23T00:00:00Z",
    "user_decimal": 5.1,
    "user_dropdown": "option_1"
  },
  "verified": true
}

List Users

  • GET /api/v2/users
  • GET /api/v2/groups/{group_id}/users
  • GET /api/v2/organizations/{organization_id}/users
Pagination
  • Cursor pagination (recommended)
  • Offset pagination

See Pagination.

Returns a maximum of 100 records per page.

Allowed For
  • Admins, Agents and Light Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
permission_set integer Query false For custom roles which is available on the Enterprise plan. You can only filter by one role ID per request
role string Query false Filters the results by role. Possible values are "end-user", "agent", or "admin". Allowed values are "end-user", "agent", or "admin".
role[] string Query false Filters the results by more than one role using the format role[]={role}&role[]={role}
Using cURL
# List Users
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users.json \
   -v -u {email_address}:{password}
# with role filtering
# **Note**: If filtering by multiple roles in curl, make sure to include
# the `-g` flag to prevent curl from interpreting the square brackets
# as globbing characters. Also enclose the URL in quotes. Example:
curl -g 'https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users.json?role[]=admin&role[]=end-user' \
 -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "users": [
    {
      "id": 223443,
      "name": "Johnny Agent"
    },
    {
      "id": 8678530,
      "name": "James A. Rosen"
    }
  ]
}

Create User

  • POST /api/v2/users
Skip verification email

If you need to create users without sending out a verification email, include a "verified": true property.

User role

If you don't specify a role parameter, the new user is assigned the role of end user.

If you need to create agents with a specific role, the role property only accepts three possible values: "end-user", "agent", and "admin". Therefore, set role to "agent" as well as add a new property called custom_role_id and give it the actual desired role ID from your Zendesk Support account. This applies to the built-in light agent role of Zendesk Support as well.

Create User with Multiple Identities

If you have a user with multiple identities, such as email addresses and Twitter accounts, you can also include these values at creation time by including an identities array where each identity in the array has a type and value property. Example: {"type": "email", "value": "[email protected]"}. This is especially useful when importing users from another system.

Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "custom_role_id": 123456,
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "identities": [
      {
        "type": "email",
        "value": "[email protected]"
      },
      {
        "type": "twitter",
        "value": "tester84"
      }
    ],
    "name": "Roger Wilco",
    "organization": {
      "name": "VIP Customers"
    },
    "role": "agent"
  }
}
Using cURL
# with role
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]", "role": "agent", "custom_role_id": 123456}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# with organization
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/users.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]", "organization": {"name": "VIP Customers"}}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# with identities
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users.json \
-d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "identities": [{ "type": "email", "value": "[email protected]"}, {"type": "twitter", "value": "tester84" }]}}' \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
-v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 201 Created

{
  "user": {
    "custom_role_id": 123456,
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "id": 9873843,
    "name": "Roger Wilco",
    "organization_id": 57542,
    "role": "agent",
    "role_type": 0
  }
}

Autocomplete Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/autocomplete?name={name}

Returns an array of users whose name starts with the value specified in the name parameter. It only returns users with no foreign identities.

Allowed For
  • Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
name string Query true The name to search for the user.
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/autocomplete.json?name=gil \
  -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "users": [
    {
      "id": 35436,
      "name": "Robert Jones",
      "notes": "sigil issue"
    },
    {
      "id": 9873843,
      "name": "Terry Gilliam"
    }
  ]
}

Count Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/count
  • GET /api/v2/groups/{group_id}/users/count
  • GET /api/v2/organizations/{organization_id}/users/count

Returns an approximate count of users. If the count exceeds 100,000, it is updated every 24 hours.

The response includes a refreshed_at property in a count object that contains a timestamp indicating when the count was last updated.

Note: When the count exceeds 100,000, the refreshed_at property may occasionally be null. This indicates that the count is being updated in the background. The count object's value property is limited to 100,000 until the update is complete.

Allowed For
  • Admins, Agents and Light Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
permission_set integer Query false For custom roles which is available on the Enterprise plan. You can only filter by one role ID per request
role string Query false Filters the results by role. Possible values are "end-user", "agent", or "admin". Allowed values are "end-user", "agent", or "admin".
role[] string Query false Filters the results by more than one role using the format role[]={role}&role[]={role}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/count.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "count": {
    "refreshed_at": "2020-04-06T02:18:17Z",
    "value": 102
  },
  "links": {
    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/tickets/count"
  }
}

Create Many Users

  • POST /api/v2/users/create_many

Accepts an array of up to 100 user objects.

Note: Access to this endpoint is limited. You may not be able to use it to bulk-import users or organizations. If you're unable, a 403 Forbidden error is returned. If you need access and can't use this endpoint, contact us at [email protected] for assistance.

Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Specifying an organization

You can assign a user to an existing organization by setting an organization_id property in the user object.

Response

This endpoint returns a job_status JSON object and queues a background job to do the work. Use the Show Job Status endpoint to check for the job's completion.

Example Body
{
  "users": [
    {
      "email": "[email protected]",
      "name": "Roger Wilco",
      "organization_id": 567812345,
      "role": "agent"
    },
    {
      "email": "[email protected]",
      "name": "Woger Rilco",
      "role": "admin"
    }
  ]
}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/create_many.json \
  -d '{"users": [{"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]", "role": "agent"}, {"name": "Woger Rilco", "email": "[email protected]", "role": "admin"}]}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "job_status": {
    "id": "82de0b044094f0c67893ac9fe64f1a99",
    "message": "Completed at 2018-03-08 10:07:04 +0000",
    "progress": 2,
    "results": [
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 244,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      },
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 245,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      }
    ],
    "status": "completed",
    "total": 2,
    "url": "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/job_statuses/82de0b0467893ac9fe64f1a99.json"
  }
}

Create Or Update User

  • POST /api/v2/users/create_or_update

Creates a user if the user does not already exist, or updates an existing user identified by e-mail address or external ID.

If you don't specify a role parameter, the new user is assigned the role of end user.

If you need to create users without sending out a verification email, include a "verified": true property in the body.

Response Status Code
  • If the user exists in Zendesk, a successful request returns a 200 status code with "Location: /api/v2/users/{user_id}.json".
  • If the user does not exist in Zendesk, a successful request returns a 201 status code with "Location: /api/v2/users/{new_user_id}.json".
Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "custom_role_id": 123456,
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "identities": [
      {
        "type": "email",
        "value": "[email protected]"
      },
      {
        "type": "twitter",
        "value": "tester84"
      }
    ],
    "name": "Roger Wilco",
    "organization": {
      "name": "VIP Customers"
    },
    "role": "agent"
  }
}
Using cURL
# Existing user identified by e-mail address:
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/create_or_update.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# Existing user identified by external ID:
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/create_or_update.json \
  -d '{"user": {"external_id": "account_12345", "name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# The user can also be added to a named organization.
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/create_or_update.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]", "organization": {"name": "VIP Customers"}}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "custom_role_id": 123456,
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "id": 9873843,
    "name": "Roger Wilco",
    "organization_id": 57542,
    "role": "agent",
    "role_type": 0
  }
}

Create Or Update Many Users

  • POST /api/v2/users/create_or_update_many

Accepts an array of up to 100 user objects. For each user, the user is created if it does not already exist, or the existing user is updated.

Each individual user object can identify an existing user by email or by external_id.

This endpoint returns a job_status JSON object and queues a background job to do the work. Use the Show Job Status endpoint to check for the job's completion.

Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Example Body
{
  "users": [
    {
      "custom_role_id": 123456,
      "email": "[email protected]",
      "identities": [
        {
          "type": "email",
          "value": "[email protected]"
        },
        {
          "type": "twitter",
          "value": "tester84"
        }
      ],
      "name": "Roger Wilco",
      "organization": {
        "name": "VIP Customers"
      },
      "role": "agent"
    },
    {
      "email": "[email protected]",
      "external_id": "account_54321",
      "name": "Woger Rilco",
      "role": "admin"
    }
  ]
}
Using cURL
# Existing user identified by e-mail address:
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/create_or_update_many.json \
  -d '{"users": [{"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]", "role": "agent"}, {"external_id": "account_54321", "name": "Woger Rilco", "email": "[email protected]", "role": "admin"}]}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "job_status": {
    "id": "82de0b044094f0c67893ac9fe64f1a99",
    "message": "Completed at 2018-03-08 10:07:04 +0000",
    "progress": 2,
    "results": [
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 244,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      },
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 245,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      }
    ],
    "status": "completed",
    "total": 2,
    "url": "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/job_statuses/82de0b0467893ac9fe64f1a99.json"
  }
}

List Deleted Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/deleted_users

Returns deleted users, including permanently deleted users.

If the results contains permanently deleted users, the users' properties that normally contain personal data, such as email and phone, are null. The name property is "Permanently Deleted User".

Pagination
  • Cursor pagination (recommended)
  • Offset pagination

See Pagination.

Returns a maximum of 100 records per page.

Allowed For
  • Agents
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "deleted_users": [
    {
      "active": false,
      "created_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:24Z",
      "email": null,
      "id": 189304711533,
      "locale": "en-US",
      "locale_id": 1,
      "name": "David",
      "organization_id": null,
      "phone": null,
      "photo": null,
      "role": "end-user",
      "shared_phone_number": null,
      "time_zone": "Eastern Time (US \u0026 Canada)",
      "updated_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:27Z",
      "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/189304711533"
    },
    {
      "active": false,
      "created_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:28Z",
      "email": null,
      "id": 12204720593,
      "locale": "en-US",
      "locale_id": 1,
      "name": "Linda",
      "organization_id": null,
      "phone": null,
      "photo": null,
      "role": "end-user",
      "shared_phone_number": null,
      "time_zone": "Eastern Time (US \u0026 Canada)",
      "updated_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:29Z",
      "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/12204720593"
    }
  ]
}

Count Deleted Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/deleted_users/count

Returns an approximate count of deleted users, including permanently deleted users. If the count exceeds 100,000, it is updated every 24 hours.

The response includes a refreshed_at property in a count object that contains a timestamp indicating when the count was last updated.

Note: When the count exceeds 100,000, count[refreshed_at] may occasionally be null. This indicates that the count is being updated in the background, and count[value] is limited to 100,000 until the update is complete.

Allowed For
  • Agents
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/count.json \
-v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "count": {
    "refreshed_at": "2020-04-06T02:18:17Z",
    "value": 13
  },
  "links": {
    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/count"
  }
}

Show Deleted User

  • GET /api/v2/users/deleted_users/{deleted_user_id}

Returns users that have been deleted but not permanently yet. See Permanently Delete User.

Allowed For:
  • Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
deleted_user_id integer Path true The ID of the deleted user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/{deleted_user_id}.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "deleted_user": {
    "active": false,
    "created_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:24Z",
    "email": null,
    "id": 189304711533,
    "locale": "en-US",
    "locale_id": 1,
    "name": "David",
    "organization_id": null,
    "phone": null,
    "photo": null,
    "role": "end-user",
    "shared_phone_number": null,
    "time_zone": "Eastern Time (US \u0026 Canada)",
    "updated_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:27Z",
    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/189304711533"
  }
}

Permanently Delete User

  • DELETE /api/v2/users/deleted_users/{deleted_user_id}

Before permanently deleting a user, you must delete the user first. See Delete User.

WARNING: Permanently deleting a user deletes all of their information. This information is not recoverable.

Permanent user deletion rate limit

You can permanently delete 700 users every 10 minutes. The rate limiting mechanism behaves as described in Rates Limits in the API introduction. Zendesk recommends that you obey the Retry-After header values.

Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
deleted_user_id integer Path true The ID of the deleted user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/{id}.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password} \
  -X DELETE
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "deleted_user": {
    "active": false,
    "created_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:24Z",
    "email": null,
    "id": 189304711533,
    "locale": "en-US",
    "locale_id": 1,
    "name": "David",
    "organization_id": null,
    "phone": null,
    "photo": null,
    "role": "end-user",
    "shared_phone_number": null,
    "time_zone": "Eastern Time (US \u0026 Canada)",
    "updated_at": "2019-08-26T02:10:27Z",
    "url": "https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/deleted_users/189304711533"
  }
}

Bulk Deleting Users

  • DELETE /api/v2/users/destroy_many

Accepts a comma-separated list of up to 100 user ids.

The request takes an ids or an external_ids query parameter.

Response

This endpoint returns a job_status JSON object and queues a background job to do the work. Use the Show Job Status endpoint to check for the job's completion.

Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
external_ids string Query false External Id of the users to delete. Comma separated
ids string Query false Id of the users to delete. Comma separated
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/destroy_many.json?ids=1,2,3 \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password} -X DELETE
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "job_status": {
    "id": "82de0b044094f0c67893ac9fe64f1a99",
    "message": "Completed at 2018-03-08 10:07:04 +0000",
    "progress": 2,
    "results": [
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 244,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      },
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 245,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      }
    ],
    "status": "completed",
    "total": 2,
    "url": "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/job_statuses/82de0b0467893ac9fe64f1a99.json"
  }
}

Show Self

  • GET /api/v2/users/me
Allowed For
  • Anonymous users
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/me.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "id": 35436,
    "name": "Johnny Agent"
  }
}

Merge Self With Another User

  • PUT /api/v2/users/me/merge

Merges the user making the request into the specified existing user.

Allowed For
  • Verified end users
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "password": "foo1234"
  }
}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/me/merge.json \
  -d '{"user": {"password": "foo1234", "email": "[email protected]"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "id": 9873843,
    "name": "Roger Wilco"
  }
}

Request User Create

  • POST /api/v2/users/request_create

Sends the owner a reminder email to update their subscription so more agents can be created.

Allowed For
  • Agents
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "email": "[email protected]",
    "name": "Roger Wilco"
  }
}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/request_create.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco", "email": "[email protected]"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -X POST -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

Search Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/search

Returns an array of users who meet the search criteria.

Allowed For
  • Admins, Agents and Light Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
external_id string Query false The external_id parameter does not support the search syntax. It only accepts ids.
query string Query false The query parameter supports the Zendesk search syntax for more advanced user searches. It can specify a partial or full value of any user property, including name, email address, notes, or phone. Example: query="jdoe". See the Search API.
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/search.json?query=gil \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "users": [
    {
      "id": 35436,
      "name": "Robert Jones",
      "notes": "sigil issue"
    },
    {
      "id": 9873843,
      "name": "Terry Gilliam"
    }
  ]
}

Show Many Users

  • GET /api/v2/users/show_many

Accepts a comma-separated list of up to 100 user ids or external ids.

Allowed For:
  • Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
external_ids string Query false Accepts a comma-separated list of up to 100 external ids.
ids string Query false Accepts a comma-separated list of up to 100 user ids.
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/show_many.json?ids=345678,901234 \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "users": [
    {
      "id": 345678,
      "name": "Johnny Appleseed"
    },
    {
      "id": 901234,
      "name": "Rupert Root"
    }
  ]
}

Update Many Users

  • PUT /api/v2/users/update_many
  • PUT /api/v2/users/update_many?ids={ids}
  • PUT /api/v2/users/update_many?external_ids={external_ids}

Bulk or batch updates up to 100 users.

Bulk update

To make the same change to multiple users, use the following endpoint and data format:

https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/update_many.json?ids=1,2,3

{
  "user": {
    "organization_id": 1
  }
}
Batch update

To make different changes to multiple users, use the following endpoint and data format:

https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/update_many.json

{
  "users": [
    { "id": 10071, "name": "New Name", "organization_id": 1 },
    { "id": 12307, "verified": true }
  ]
}
Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions

Agents can only update end users. Administrators can update end users, agents, and administrators.

Response

This endpoint returns a job_status JSON object and queues a background job to do the work. Use the Show Job Status endpoint to check for the job's completion.

Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
external_ids string Query false External Id of the users to update. Comma separated
ids string Query false Id of the users to update. Comma separated
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "organization_id": 1
  }
}
Using cURL
# Bulk update
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/update_many.json?ids=1,2,3 \
  -d '{"user": {"organization_id": 1}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# Batch update
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/update_many.json \
  -d '{"users": [{"id": 10071, "name": "New Name", "organization_id": 1}, {"external_id": "123", "verified": true}]}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "job_status": {
    "id": "82de0b044094f0c67893ac9fe64f1a99",
    "message": "Completed at 2018-03-08 10:07:04 +0000",
    "progress": 2,
    "results": [
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 244,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      },
      {
        "action": "update",
        "id": 245,
        "status": "Updated",
        "success": true
      }
    ],
    "status": "completed",
    "total": 2,
    "url": "https://example.zendesk.com/api/v2/job_statuses/82de0b0467893ac9fe64f1a99.json"
  }
}

Show User

  • GET /api/v2/users/{user_id}
Allowed For
  • Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "id": 35436,
    "name": "Johnny Agent"
  }
}

Update User

  • PUT /api/v2/users/{user_id}
Specifying email and verified attributes
  • If both email and verified attributes are provided, the provided email is added to the user as a secondary email with the verified property set to the specified value. The primary email remains unmodified
  • If only email is provided, the provided email is added to the user as a secondary email with the verified property set property set to false. The primary email remains unmodified
  • If only verified is provided, the verified property of the primary email identity is set to the given value
Suspending a user

You can suspend a user by setting its suspended attribute to true.

When a user is suspended, the user is not allowed to sign in to Help Center and all further tickets are suspended.

Updating a user's profile image

You can update a user's profile image by uploading a local file or by referring to an image hosted on a different website. The second option may take a few minutes to process.

Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions

Agents can only update end users. Administrators can update end users, agents, and administrators.

Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "name": "Roger Wilco II"
  }
}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -d '{"user": {"name": "Roger Wilco II"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# Suspending an user
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -d '{"user": {"suspended": true}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}

# Uploading a local file to user
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -F "user[photo][uploaded_data][email protected]/path/to/profile/image.jpg" \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password} -X PUT

# Setting a remote image URL:
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -d '{"user": {"remote_photo_url": "http://link.to/profile/image.png"}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password} -X PUT
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "id": 9873843,
    "name": "Roger Wilco II"
  }
}

Delete User

  • DELETE /api/v2/users/{user_id}
Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions on certain actions
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password} \
  -X DELETE
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "active": false,
    "id": 9873843,
    "name": "Roger Wilco II"
  }
}

Show Compliance Deletion Statuses

  • GET /api/v2/users/{user_id}/compliance_deletion_statuses

Returns the GDPR status for each user per area of compliance. A Zendesk area of compliance is typically a product like "support/explore" but can be more fine-grained for areas within the product lines.

If the user is not in the account, the request returns a 404 status.

Status: 404
{
  "error":"RecordNotFound",
  "description":"Not found"
}
Allowed For
  • Agents, with restrictions
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
application string Query false Area of compliance
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{id}/compliance_deletion_statuses.json?application=chat \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "compliance_deletion_statuses": [
    {
      "account_subdomain": "accountABC",
      "action": "request_deletion",
      "application": "all",
      "created_at": "2009-07-20T22:55:23Z",
      "executer_id": 2000,
      "user_id": 1
    },
    {
      "account_subdomain": "accountABC",
      "action": "started",
      "application": "support",
      "created_at": "2009-07-20T22:55:29Z",
      "executer_id": null,
      "user_id": 1
    },
    {
      "account_subdomain": "accountABC",
      "action": "complete",
      "application": "support",
      "created_at": "2009-07-20T22:57:02Z",
      "executer_id": null,
      "user_id": 1
    },
    {
      "account_subdomain": "accountABC",
      "action": "started",
      "application": "chat",
      "created_at": "2009-07-21T02:51:18Z",
      "executer_id": null,
      "user_id": 1
    }
  ]
}

Merge End Users

  • PUT /api/v2/users/{user_id}/merge

Merges the end user specified in the path parameter into the existing end user specified in the request body.

Any two end users can be merged with the exception of end users created by sharing agreements.

Agents and admins cannot be merged.

Allowed For
  • Admins
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Example Body
{
  "user": {
    "id": 1234
  }
}
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}/merge.json \
  -d '{"user": {"id": 1234}}' \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT  \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user": {
    "id": 35436,
    "name": "Johnny Agent"
  }
}

Show User Related Information

  • GET /api/v2/users/{user_id}/related
JSON Format

The JSON returned by this endpoint includes the following properties.

Note: Depending on the user's permissions, the count results may not match the actual number of tickets returned.

Name Type Comment
assigned_tickets integer Count of assigned tickets
requested_tickets integer Count of requested tickets
ccd_tickets integer Count of collaborated tickets
organization_subscriptions integer Count of organization subscriptions

It also includes the following additional properties about the Web portal, the self-help solution offered by Zendesk before Help Center. The Web portal is deprecated but the API still returns data about the user's activity if they used it. See the Help Center API to get comparable data for Help Center. Articles, posts, comments, subscriptions, and votes each have a list-by-user endpoint.

Name Type Comment
topics integer Count of topics (Web portal only)
topic_comments integer Count of comments on topics (Web portal only)
votes integer Count of votes (Web portal only)
subscriptions integer Count of subscriptions (Web portal only)
entry_subscriptions integer Count of entry subscriptions (Web portal only)
forum_subscriptions integer Count of forum subscriptions (Web portal only)
Allowed For:
  • Agents
Parameters
Name Type In Required Description
user_id integer Path true The ID of the user
Using cURL
curl https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com/api/v2/users/{user_id}/related.json \
  -v -u {email_address}:{password}
Example Response
Status 200 OK

{
  "user_related": {
    "assigned_tickets": 5,
    "ccd_tickets": 3,
    "entry_subscriptions": 1,
    "forum_subscriptions": 2,
    "organization_subscriptions": 1,
    "requested_tickets": 10,
    "subscriptions": 4,
    "topic_comments": 7,
    "topics": 2,
    "votes": 3
  }
}