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How to interact with RubyGems.org over HTTP.

The API is a work in progress, and can use your help! RubyGems itself and the gemcutter gem uses the API to push gems, add owners, and more.

Ruby Library

You can also interact with RubyGems.org using Ruby.

The gems client provides a Ruby interface to all the resources listed below. This library has full documentation that includes some basic usage examples in the README. You can install the library with the command:

gem install gems

Gem Methods

GET - /api/v1/gems/[GEM NAME].(json|xml|yaml)

Returns some basic information about the given gem. For example, here's Rails in JSON:

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/rails.json

{
  "name": "rails",
  "info": "Rails is a framework for building web-application using CGI, FCGI, mod_ruby,
           or WEBrick on top of either MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, DB2, SQL Server, or
           Oracle with eRuby- or Builder-based templates.",
  "version": "2.3.5",
  "version_downloads": 2451,
  "authors": "David Heinemeier Hansson",
  "downloads": 134451,
  "project_uri": "http://rubygems.org/gems/rails",
  "gem_uri": "http://rubygems.org/gems/rails-2.3.5.gem",
  "homepage_uri": "http://www.rubyonrails.org/",
  "wiki_uri": "http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/",
  "documentation_uri": "http://api.rubyonrails.org/",
  "mailing_list_uri": "http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk",
  "source_code_uri": "http://github.com/rails/rails",
  "bug_tracker_uri": "http://rails.lighthouseapp.com/projects/8994-ruby-on-rails",
  "dependencies": {
    "runtime": [
      {
        "name": "activesupport",
        "requirements": ">= 2.3.5"
      }
    ],
    "development": [ ]
  }
}

or XML:

$ curl http://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/rails.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rubygem>
  <downloads type="integer">223423</downloads>
  <name>rails</name>
  <info>
    Rails is a framework for building web-application using CGI, FCGI, mod_ruby, or
    WEBrick on top of either MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, DB2, SQL Server, or Oracle
    with eRuby- or Builder-based templates.
  </info>
  <gem-uri>http://rubygems.org/gems/rails-2.3.5.gem</gem-uri>
  <project-uri>http://rubygems.org/gems/rails</project-uri>
  <version>2.3.5</version>
  <authors>David Heinemeier Hansson</authors>
  <version-downloads type="integer">141363</version-downloads>
  <homepage-uri>http://www.rubyonrails.org/</homepage-uri>
  <wiki-uri>http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/</wiki-uri>
  <documentation-uri>http://api.rubyonrails.org/</documentation-uri>
  <mailing-list-uri>http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk</mailing-list-uri>
  <source-code-uri>http://github.com/rails/rails</source-code-uri>
  <bug-tracker-uri>http://rails.lighthouseapp.com/projects/8994-ruby-on-rails</bug-tracker-uri>
  <dependencies>
    <development type="array"/>
    <runtime type="array">
      <dependency>
        <name>activesupport</name>
        <requirements>&gt;= 2.3.5</requirements>
      </dependency>
    </runtime>
  </dependencies>
</rubygem>

GET - /api/v1/search.(json|xml|yaml)?query=[YOUR QUERY]

Submit a search to Gemcutter for active gems, just like a search query on the site. Returns an array of the XML or JSON representation of gems that match.

$ curl 'https://rubygems.org/api/v1/search.json?query=cucumber'

$ curl 'https://rubygems.org/api/v1/search.xml?query=cucumber'

GET - /api/v1/gems.(json|xml|yaml)

List all gems that you own. Returns an array of the XML or JSON representation of gems you own.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
          https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems.json

POST - /api/v1/gems

Submit a gem to RubyGems.org. Must post a built RubyGem in the request body.

$ curl --data-binary @gemcutter-0.2.1.gem \
       -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems

Successfully registered gem: gemcutter (0.2.1)

DELETE - /api/v1/gems/yank

Remove a gem from RubyGems.org's index. Platform is optional.

$ curl -X DELETE -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -d 'gem_name=bills' -d 'version=0.0.1' \
       -d 'platform=x86-darwin-10' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/yank

Successfully yanked gem: bills (0.0.1)

PUT - /api/v1/gems/unyank

Update a previously yanked gem back into RubyGems.org's index. Platform is optional.

$ curl -X PUT -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -d 'gem_name=bills' -d 'version=0.0.1' \
       -d 'platform=x86-darwin-10' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/unyank

Successfully unyanked gem: bills (0.0.1)

Gem Version Methods

GET - /api/v1/versions/[GEM NAME].(json|xml)

Returns an array of gem version details like the below:

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/versions/coulda.json

[
   {
      "number" : "0.6.3",
      "built_at" : "2010-12-23T05:00:00Z",
      "summary" : "Test::Unit-based acceptance testing DSL",
      "downloads_count" : 175,
      "platform" : "ruby",
      "authors" : "Evan David Light",
      "description" : "Behaviour Driven Development derived from Cucumber but
                       as an internal DSL with methods for reuse",
      "prerelease" : false,
   }
]

Gem Download Methods

GET - /api/v1/downloads.(json|xml|yaml)

Returns an object containing the total number of downloads on RubyGems.

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/downloads.json

{
  "total": 242674788
}

GET - /api/v1/downloads/[GEM NAME]-[GEM VERSION].(json|xml|yaml)

Returns an object containing the total number of downloads for a paritcular gem as well as the total number of downloads for the specified version.

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/downloads/rails_admin-0.0.0.json

{
  "version_downloads": 3142,
  "total_downloads": 3142
}

GET - /api/v1/versions/[GEM NAME]-[GEM VERSION]/downloads.(json|yaml)

Returns an object containing the number of downloads by day for a particular gem version for 90 days of data.

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/versions/coulda-0.6.3/downloads.json

{
  "2010-11-30":0,
  "2010-12-01":0,
  "2010-12-02":0,
  ...
}

GET - /api/v1/versions/[GEM NAME]-[GEM VERSION]/downloads/search.(json|yaml)?from=[START DATE]&to=[END DATE]

Returns an object containing the number of downloads by day for a particular gem version between a date range, specified by the parameters from and to. Dates values should be specified in the format YYYY-MM-DD.

$ curl https://rubygems.org/api/v1/versions/coulda-0.6.3/downloads/search.json?from=2011-11-01&to=2011-11-05</h5>

{
  "2011-11-01":0,
  "2011-11-02":0,
  "2011-11-03":0,
  "2011-11-04":0,
  "2011-11-05":0
}

Owner Methods

GET - /api/v1/gems/[GEM NAME]/owners.(json|xml|yaml)

View all owners of a gem that you own. These users can all push to this gem.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/gemcutter/owners.json

[
  {
    "email": "nick@gemcutter.org"
  },
  {
    "email": "ddollar@gmail.com"
  }
]

POST - /api/v1/gems/[GEM NAME]/owners

Add an owner to a RubyGem you own, giving that user permission to manage it.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -F 'email=josh@technicalpickles.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/gemcutter/owners

Owner added successfully.

DELETE - /api/v1/gems/[GEM NAME]/owners

Remove a user's permission to manage a RubyGem you own.

$ curl -X DELETE -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
        -d "email=josh@technicalpickles.com" \
        https://rubygems.org/api/v1/gems/gemcutter/owners

Owner removed successfully.

WebHook Methods

GET - /api/v1/web_hooks.(json|xml|yaml)

List the webhooks registered under your account.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks.json

{
  "all gems": [
    {
      "url": "http://gemwhisperer.heroku.com",
      "failure_count": 1
    }
  ],
  "rails": [
    {
      "url": "http://example.com",
      "failure_count": 0
    }
  ]
}

POST - /api/v1/web_hooks

Create a webhook. Requires two parameters: gem_name and url. Specify * for the gem_name parameter to apply the hook globally to all gems.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -F 'gem_name=rails' -F 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks

Successfully created webhook for rails to http://example.com

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -F 'gem_name=*' -F 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks

Successfully created webhook for all gems to http://example.com

DELETE - /api/v1/web_hooks/remove

Remove a webhook. Requires two parameters: gem_name and url. Specify * for the gem_name parameter to apply the hook globally to all gems.

$ curl -X DELETE -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -d 'gem_name=rails' -d 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks/remove

Successfully removed webhook for rails to http://example.com

$ curl -X DELETE -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -d 'gem_name=*' -d 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks/remove

Successfully removed webhook for all gems to http://example.com

POST - /api/v1/web_hooks/fire

Test fire a webhook. This can be used to test out an endpoint at any time, for example when you're developing your application. Requires two parameters: gem_name and url. Specify * for the gem_name parameter to apply the hook globally to all gems.

An Authorization header is included with every fired webhook so you can be sure the request came from RubyGems.org. The value of the header is the SHA2-hashed concatenation of the gem name, the gem version and your API key.

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -F 'gem_name=rails' -F 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks/fire

Successfully deployed webhook for rails to http://example.com

$ curl -H 'Authorization:701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97' \
       -F 'gem_name=*' -F 'url=http://example.com' \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/web_hooks/fire

Successfully deployed webhook for all gems to http://example.com

Misc Methods

GET - /api/v1/api_key.(json|xml|yaml)

Retrieve your API key using HTTP basic auth.

$ curl -u "nick@gemcutter.org:schwwwwing" \
       https://rubygems.org/api/v1/api_key.json

{
  "rubygems_api_key": "701243f217cdf23b1370c7b66b65ca97"
}

GET - /api/v1/dependencies?gems=[COMMA DELIMITED GEM NAMES]

Returns a marshalled array of hashes for all versions of given gems. Each hash contains a gem version with its dependencies making this useful for resolving dependencies.

$ ruby -ropen-uri -rpp -e \
  'pp Marshal.load(open("https://rubygems.org/api/v1/dependencies?gems=rails,thor"))'

[{:platform=>"ruby",
  :dependencies=>
   [["bundler", "~> 1.0"],
    ["railties", "= 3.0.3"],
    ["actionmailer", "= 3.0.3"],
    ["activeresource", "= 3.0.3"],
    ["activerecord", "= 3.0.3"],
    ["actionpack", "= 3.0.3"],
    ["activesupport", "= 3.0.3"]],
  :name=>"rails",
  :number=>"3.0.3"},
...
{:number=>"0.9.9", :platform=>"ruby", :dependencies=>[], :name=>"thor"}]
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