A friendly Ruby interface to the Etsy API
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The Etsy gem provides a friendly Ruby interface to the Etsy API


Installing the latest stable version is simple:

$ gem install etsy

If you want to be on the bleeding edge, install from GitHub:

$ git clone git://github.com/kytrinyx/etsy.git
$ cd etsy
$ rake install


The gem has been verified to work with version 1.5.0 of json. It will likely work with higher versions, but this is unproven.


In order to try this out you'll need to create an app on etsy.com/your/apps.

This will give you an api key and secret.

Paste the following into IRB, replacing the api key and secret with the ones you got on Etsy:

require 'etsy'
Etsy.protocol = "https"
Etsy.api_key = 'YOUR API KEY'
Etsy.api_secret = 'YOUR SECRET'
request = Etsy.request_token

Paste the verification URL into your browser, and authorize the application. That will give you a page with a code on it. Paste the following into IRB, replacing the code:

access = Etsy.access_token(request.token, request.secret, 'CODE')
Etsy.myself(access.token, access.secret)

If you've received a 401 unauthorized error, then you likely don't have a valid api key and secret, or perhaps the verification url timed out.

Public Mode

The Etsy API has two modes: public, and authenticated. Public mode only requires an API key (available from http://developer.etsy.com ):

require 'etsy'

Etsy.api_key = 'foobar'

From there, you can make any non-authenticated calls to the API that you need.

Authenticated Calls

The Etsy API has support for both retrieval of extended information and write support for authenticated users. Authentication can either be performed from the console or from within a Ruby web application.


For simple authentication from the console, configure the necessary parameters:

require 'etsy'

Etsy.api_key = 'key'
Etsy.api_secret = 'secret'

First, generate a request token:

request = Etsy.request_token

From there, you will need to paste a verification URL into a browser:


Once you have allowed access, you can generate an access token by supplying the verifier displayed on the Etsy site:

access = Etsy.access_token(request.token, request.secret, 'abc123')

Authenticated calls can now be made by passing an access token and secret:

Etsy.myself(access.token, access.secret)

The key and secret have to be passed in for the authenticated calls.

auth = {:access_token=>access.token, :access_secret=>access.secret}
Etsy::Transaction.find_all_by_shop_id(shop_id, auth.merge(options))

Web Application

The process for authenticating via a web application is similar, but requires the configuration of a callback URL:

require 'etsy'

Etsy.api_key = 'key'
Etsy.api_secret = 'secret'
Etsy.callback_url = 'http://localhost:4567/authorize'

In this mode, you'll need to store the request token and secret before redirecting to the verification URL. A simple example using Sinatra:

enable :sessions

get '/' do
  request_token = Etsy.request_token
  session[:request_token]  = request_token.token
  session[:request_secret] = request_token.secret
  redirect Etsy.verification_url

get '/authorize' do
  access_token = Etsy.access_token(
  # access_token.token and access_token.secret can now be saved for future API calls


The Etsy API previously had both a sandbox environment and a production environment. They have recently eliminated the sandbox environment, but the ability to set the environment has been preserved in case it is implemented in v3.

If nothing is set, the default is :production.

You can set this using:

Etsy.environment = :production

Error handling

For legacy reasons, this gem does not raise errors when requests are unsuccessful. However, you can force errors to be thrown by configuring the silent_errors flag.

>>> Etsy.silent_errors = false


Use the Etsy::Request class to make flexible calls to the API.

To do so, find out which endpoint you wish to connect to and the parameters you wish to pass in.

>> access = {:access_token => 'token', :access_secret => 'secret'}
>> Etsy::Request.get('/taxonomy/tags', access.merge(:limit => 5))

or to fetch an associated resource

>> access = {:access_token => 'token', :access_secret => 'secret'}
>> Etsy::Request.get('/users/__SELF__', access.merge(:includes => 'Profile'))

or to limit the fields returned

>> shop_id = 'littletjane'
>> access = {:access_token => 'token', :access_secret => 'secret'}
>> Etsy::Request.get('/shops/#{shop_id}', access.merge(:fields => 'is_vacation,is_refusing_alchemy'))

Convenience Methods

There are some wrappers for resources that typically are needed in a small application.


If you're starting with a user, the easiest way is to use the Etsy.user method:

>> user = Etsy.user('littletjane')
=> #<Etsy::User:0x107f82c @result=[{"city"=>"Washington, DC", ... >
>> user.username
=> "littletjane"
>> user.id
=> 5327518

For more information about what is available for a user, check out the documentation for Etsy::User.


Each user may optionally have a shop. If a user is a seller, he / she also has an associated shop object:

>> shop = user.shop
=> #<Etsy::Shop:0x102578c @result={"is_vacation"=>"", "announcement"=> ... >
>> shop.name
=> "littletjane"
>> shop.title
=> "a cute and crafty mix of handmade goods."

More information about shops can be found in the documentation for Etsy::Shop.


Shops contain multiple listings:

>> shop.listings
=> [#<Etsy::Listing:0x119acac @result={} ...>, ... ]
>> listing = shop.listings.first
=> #<Etsy::Listing:0x19a981c @result={} ... >
>> listing.title
=> "hanging with the bad boys matchbox"
>> listing.description
=> "standard size matchbox, approx. 1.5 x 2 inches ..."
>> listing.url
=> "http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24165902"
>> listing.view_count
=> 19
>> listing.created_at
=> Sat Apr 25 11:31:34 -0400 2009

See the documentation for Etsy::Listing for more information.


Each listing has one or more images available:

>> listing.images
=> [#<Etsy::Image:0x18f85e4 @result={} ... >,
  #<Etsy::Image:0x18f85d0 @result={} ... >]
>> listing.images.first.square
=> "http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_75x75.189111072.jpg"
>> listing.images.first.full
=> "http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.189111072.jpg"

Listings also have a primary image:

>> listing.image
=> #<Etsy::Image:0x18c3060 @result={} ... >
>> listing.image.full
=> "http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.189111072.jpg"

More information is available in the documentation for Etsy::Image.


Associations on resources can be specified with the 'includes' key.

A single resource can be specified with the name of the resource as a string:

>> Listing.find(1, {:includes => 'Images'})

Multiple resources can be specified with the name of the resources as a comma-delimited string:

>> User.find(1, {:includes => ['FeedbackAsBuyer', 'FeedbackAsSeller']})

If you want a more fine-grained response, you can specify the associations as an array of hashes, each of which must contain the name of the resource, and can also include the fields you wish returned, as well as the limit and offset.

>> association = {:resource => 'Images', :fields => ['red','green','blue'], :limit => 1, :offset => 0}
>> Listing.find(1, {:includes => [association]})

Public mode vs authenticated calls

This additional example should make clear the difference between issuing public versus authenticated requests:

Public workflow

>> Etsy.api_key = 'key'
>> user = Etsy.user('user_id_or_name')
>> Etsy::Listing.find_all_by_shop_id(user.shop.id, :limit => 5)

Authenticated workflow

>> Etsy.api_key = 'key'
>> Etsy.api_secret = 'secret'
>> user = Etsy.myself(token, secret)
>> access = { :access_token => user.token, :access_secret => user.secret }
>> Etsy::Listing.find_all_by_shop_id(user.shop.id, access.merge(:limit => 5))


I have a "commit bit" policy for contributions to this repository. Once I accept your patch, I will give you full commit access. To submit patches:

  1. Fork this repository
  2. Implement the desired feature with tests (and documentation if necessary)
  3. Send me a pull request

I ask that you not submit patches that include changes to the version or gemspec.

Basics steps for contributing using (https://github.com/defunkt/hub)

# Setup the project
git clone kytrinyx/etsy
git fork

# Normal flow
git checkout -b your-feature-or-bug
# Write your tests
# Make the tests pass
git add <CHANGES>
git commit -m "Some useful message"
git push -u YOUR-GITHUB-USERNAME your-feature-or-bug
git pull-request


These people have helped make the Etsy gem what it is today:

Github Flow

For those of you with commit access, please check out Scott Chacon's blog post about github flow

  • Anything in the master branch is deployable
  • To work on something new, create a descriptively named branch off of master (ie: new-oauth2-scopes)
  • Commit to that branch locally and regularly push your work to the same named branch on the server
  • When you need feedback or help, or you think the branch is ready for merging, open a pull request
  • After someone else has reviewed and signed off on the feature, you can merge it into master
  • Once it is merged and pushed to ‘master’, you can and should deploy immediately


The Etsy rubygem is released under the MIT license.