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"JSON API" is a JSON-based read/write hypermedia-type designed to support a smart client who wishes build a data-store of information.

MIME Types

  • 'application/vnd.api+json' (application pending)

Format documentation

There are two JSON API styles:

The ID style is the easiest to get started with, but requires that your clients be able to guess the URLs for related documents. It also locks your API into a particular URL structure, which may become a problem as your API grows.

The URL style requires less guessing on the client side, and makes clients more resilient to API changes, but is trickier to use with relationships and compound documents.

In general, you should be able to start with an ID-based JSON API and upgrade to a URL-based API, if you want more control over the precise URLs used for a resource.

Known implementations

Update history

  • 2013-05-03: Initial release of the draft.

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