Pinterest API Documentation Disappears Into Pinboard

Adam DuVander, February 20th, 2012

PinterestIt’s unclear whether Pinterest took down its API documentation or whether pretty URLs are to blame. Either way, for now the Pinterest API, which had not been officially released, is again undocumented. The endpoint still appears active, as long as you are making public calls that don’t require user authentication.

Update: The Pinterest API page now returns a 404. The company is now appears to be purposely pulling back its documentation.

That’s the page that used to be Pinterest API documentation. There’s now a user named “developers” with a board named “api.” Because usernames are added to the URL, that profile page overrides what was there before. Apparently Pinterest hadn’t reserved that username.

It’s possible that Pinterest itself created the account to make its un-launched API documentation go away, but that doesn’t seem likely. The company would be able to make the page go away in a number of other ways. It appears nobody is in too much of a hurry to replace the page, since it is unsupported publicly at this time.

For developers still looking for the details of how to use it, there’s a cached copy on BOLT.

Currently the Pinterest API that is available is read-only. Attempting to use the OAuth endpoint to authenticate results in a 404 error.

Without a doubt, an officially supported Pinterest API is coming soon. The company’s job listings include a lead engineer to “build and maintain an API for third party developers.”

Via Marc Mezzacca

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8 Responses to “Pinterest API Documentation Disappears Into Pinboard”

February 20th, 2012
at 7:25 pm
Comment by: Quora

Is there an API for Pinterest that allows users to display a set of “pins” (photos) on your own website?…

Francisco Kemeny yeah, unclear if it was intentional or not … http://blog.programmableweb.com/2012/02/20/pinterest-api-documentation-disappears-into-pinboard/…

February 20th, 2012
at 11:15 pm
Comment by: Mohit Bumb

cool nice api dude

February 21st, 2012
at 4:09 pm
Comment by: cb

that job posting has been on the site for at least 6 months, if not more. i hope they bring the api back up.

February 22nd, 2012
at 2:47 am
Comment by: tijn

Thanks for posting my bolt copy of the api ;) hope its of use to people trying to figure this thing out. If your interested, I created a Pinterest API group on facebook so we can exchange ideas/what works/etc.

Just search for the pinterestapi group on facebook, or click on my name ^^ which will take you there!

March 1st, 2012
at 2:11 am
Comment by: omarxp

thanks, very helpful, this is what I was looking for.

April 16th, 2012
at 10:01 am
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April 19th, 2012
at 5:00 am
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June 1st, 2012
at 12:01 am
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