API for the joind.in website, apps, and other animals
PHP JavaScript Other
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.



This is the API behind the joind.in website (the new version of it), the mobile applications, and many other consumers. This project is a dependency for the majority of the other projects under the joind.in organization https://github.com/joindin


Joind.in welcomes all contributors regardless of your ability or experience. We especially welcome you if you are new to Open Source development and will provide a helping hand. To ensure that everyone understands what we expect from our community, our projects have a Contributor Code of Conduct and by participating in the development of joind.in you agree to abide by its terms.

Quick start with Vagrant

To get you going without much hassle we created a vagrant-setup. To use it fork the joindin-vm repository and follow the instructions in there.

This VM will load all three Joind.in projects (joind.in, joindin-vm and joindin-web2).

How to use the API

Go to http://api.joind.in and click around!

There's more documentation here: http://joindin.github.io/joindin-api/ - it's powered by the content of the gh-pages branch on this repo, patches very welcome there also!

We are happy for you to make whatever use of the API you wish (bear in mind we run everything from a single donated server so please implement some caching on your side and be considerate of the traffic levels you send to us). Please mention the source of your data, but do not use "joind.in" in your project name or imply that the joind.in project endorses your project.

Tools and Tests

API Tests

We have tests that make HTTP requests from the outside of the API, functional tests, if you will.

To run the frisby tests (frisby.js), you will first need to install node.js and npm on you computer. Then run:

    cd tests/frisby
    npm install

To run the tests on your computer against your Vagrant VM, from the tests/frisby directory run:

    npm test

We also have a set of "destructive" tests, these create, edit and delete data as well as just reading it. These aren't safe to run on a live platform, but are very valuable in testing. Before you run them, you will need to run this query against your database:

    insert into oauth_consumers (consumer_key, consumer_secret, user_id, enable_password_grant) values ('0000', '1111', '1', '1');

Then run:

    npm run test_write

Proxying the frisy tests

If you want to proxy the frisby tests via Charles or another proxy, then export HTTP_PROXY first:

export HTTP_PROXY=http://localhost:8888

You can now run npm run test_write or npm test as required and all the network requests will go via the proxy.

Unit Tests

There are some tests set up, which use PHPUnit; these can be found in the tests directory. There is a phing task configured to run them - from the root directory simply run phing phpunit to run the tests. Unfortunately, there will be no output about whether the tests passed or failed from the phing target. A better way to test when you are developing is to run the tests from within the tests directory by just typing phpunit. The phpunit.xml in each directory will configure the bootstrap as well as any files that should not be included.

Database Patches

If you need to include a new patch, then create the SQL needed and add it to the next patch number in the db directory. You need to include a line that looks like this at the end of your script:

INSERT INTO patch_history SET patch_number = 17;  

The number in that line should match the filename of your new patch number - check out the existing database patches in the project for examples.

Coding Style

Please do your best to ensure that any code you contributed adheres to the Joind.in coding style. This is roughly equivalent to the PEAR coding standard with a couple of rules added or taken out. You can run php codesniffer using phing on an individual file like so:

phing phpcs-human -Dfilename.php

This will run codesniffer on any file within the regular source for Joind.in or the API-v2 source. Wildcards work as does specifying part of the path in case the filename alone results in sniffing more files than you wanted.

To see a summary of the codesniff errors and warnings across the entire project, run

phing phpcs-human-summary

Inline Documentation

For inline documentation we recommend the use of PHPDoc-compatible documentation blocks - for more information, see the draft PHP FIG PSR-5 PHPDoc Standard.

Note that we do not use the @author tag.

Generating the API Docs

The API docs can be found here: http://joindin.github.io/joindin-api/. Their source code lives on the gh-pages branch, and changes should be submitted in pull requests against that branch.

Docs are written in markdown and rendered by Jekyll, a ruby gem. You can test this locally by doing the following

Global .gitignore

git has the capability to define a global gitignore file , which means you can set up rules on your machine to ignore everything you don't want to include in your commits. This works not only for this project, but for all your other projects too.

You can define the gitignore file with a command that looks like this, where the last argument is the file that holds the patterns to ignore:

$ git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore_global

Octocat gives a good starting point for what to include, but you can also ignore the files used by your editor:

# Eclipse

# Intellij
# Maven

# Netbeans

For more info on ignoring files, github has an excellent help page.


The joindin-API is developed under a BSD-3 License. You can find the exact wording in the LICENSE-file