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Wraps the DocuSign eSignature SOAP API in 5 different languages: Java, C#, PHP, Ruby, Salesforce (Apex)
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The DocuSign Web Services API provides methods for integrating the DocuSign API into an application to gather electronic signatures and data.

To get started, go to our DevCenter ( and set up a Free Demo Account and credentials for your project.

Get help on the Community Forums at

Wiki on GitHub at

Important Terms

Integrator Key: Identifies a single integration. Every API request includes the Integrator Key and a username/password combination

Envelope: Just like a normal Postal Envelope.It contains things like Documents, Recipients, and Tabs

Document: The PDF, Doc, Image, or other file you want signed. If it is not a PDF, you must include the File Extension in the API call

Tab: Tied to a position on a Document and defines what happens there. For example, you have a SignHere Tab wherever you want a Recipient to sign

Recipient: The person you want to send the Envelope to. Requires a UserName and Email

Captive (or Embedded) Recipient: Recipient signs in an iframe on your website instead of receving an email

PowerForm: A pre-created Envelope that you can launch instead of writing server-side code

System Requirements

System requirements for Microsoft .NET samples:

System requirements for Java samples:

  • Java Development Kit 1.6
  • Apache Ant 1.6

System requirements for PHP samples:

  • PHP Version 5.3+
  • libcurl/7.19.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8k zlib/1.2.3

System requirements for Ruby samples:

  • Ruby 1.8.6+


Full Documentation can be downloaded or viewed online by going here:

In order to help developers get started with the Web Services API, we have developed sample code and documentation for .NET, PHP, Ruby and Java environments.

This SDK includes samples in Java, .NET, Ruby, PHP, and Apex (Salesforce).
You will need to apply here in order to get a development account which is required to run the samples.

WSDL files can be downloaded directly from our webservice end point. - main web service description - credential web service that has a subset of functions and doesn't require WS-Security SOAP headers

Rate Limits

Please note: Applications are not allowed to poll for envelope status more than once every 15 minutes and we discourage integrators from continuously retrieving status on envelopes that are in a terminal state (Completed, Declined, and Voided). Excessive polling will result in your API access being revoked.
If you need immediate notification of envelope events we encourage you to review envelope events or use our Connect Publisher technology, DocuSign Connect as an alternative.

More Information

Professional Services is also available to help define and implement your project fast. We also encourage you to use the DocuSignApi tag on Stack Overflow to search for answered questions or ask new ones:

API Possibilities

The DocuSign API helps developers build solutions that can:

 - Send documents for signature one at a time or in bulk
 - Require authentication before signing
 - Define signature locations using static or relative signature location descriptions on any document page
 - Define optional/required data field locations, masks, and pre-population
 - Assign individuals specific form fields
 - Include embedded signing where the developer hosts an iframe that renders the DocuSign experience
 - Support remote signing where the Recipient receives an email with a link and completes signing from a branded page
 - Route signing to multiple recipients in parallel, serial, or a combination of the two
 - Submit partially specified envelopes for later completion by the customer.
 - Void an envelope that has been submitted but not yet completed.
 - Retrieve the status of an envelope including sent, signed, voided, forwarded, etc.
 - Retrieve the digitally signed completed PDF of every document in an envelope.
 - Retrieve the completed PDF for each separate document in an envelope.
 - Retrieve the e-sign status of a recipient.
 - Retrieve the certificate and audit log of the transaction
 - Transfer an envelope to another DocuSign user or account.
 - Correct recipient information for an existing envelope.
 - Resend a notification email to an existing recipient.
 - Correct the workflow for envelopes have already been submitted
 - Retrieve the Member level permissions for the optional features.
 - Turn on or off the envelope ID stamp
 - Retrieve data entered by signers filling in the data fields. 
 - Submit documents for signature without any signing tabs at all, which invokes a freeform signing process that the recipient will follow to place signatures
 - Specify electronic vaulting for Envelopes.
 - Extract and remove original copies of documents from the DocuSign systems.


The DocuSign SOAP SDK is licensed under the following License.

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