A complete roadmap to Magento Web APIs

The Magento web APIs framework provides excellent advantages in communicating between integrators and developers with the Magento system. 

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Key features:

  • Supports REST(Representational State Transfer)
  • Dual coverage functionality
  • Supports SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

Magento 2 Web APIs cover the same REST and SOAP to provide great extensibility in the framework. 

Three types of authentication:

  • Token authentication for mobile application
  • Mobile applications authenticate using tokens.
  • Administrators and customers are authenticated with login credentials.
  • Now all the framework’s API checks all the calls that have special authorization to perform the request.
  • The framework is currently based on the CRUD (create, read, update, delete) with the search model.
  • All you need is a few XML lines to configure any Magento third-party service as a web API.
  • Currently, the framework is based on the CRUD (create, read, update, delete) with the search model.
  • At present, the System does not support webhooks in the framework.
  • If your payload includes the stock_item and media_gallery_entries objects, the framework will also create an inventory where products are accommodated.

What one can do with the Magento Web APIs?

A complete roadmap to Magento Web APIs

Magento Web APIs can be used to perform a wide variety of tasks aligned with the platform. For instance:

  • Now you can build a shopping application. Maybe a conventional application that a mobile user downloads on a mobile device. 
  • It also enables creating an extensive app that staff uses on an outlet to help customers make purchases visually online.
  • Enjoy integrating with Customer Relationship Management(CRM) backend system with popular CRM software like Salesforce.
  • New stunning JavaScript widgets can be integrated with Magento via the admin panel.
  • Xero-like ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) can also be integrated with the backend.

How do I get started with Magento Web APIs?

In order to get started, you must register a web service on the Magento Admin platform. Therefore, follow the below steps to set up and enable Magento web services.

For token-based authentication

Create a web service by choosing on the Magento admin by:

  • Go and choose System, then Permission.
  • Click on All Users and move to Add New User.

Note: If you’re session-based authentication, then there is no need for creating a new user in the Admin

To create new integration in the Magento Admin, then:

  • Click on the System, then Extensions
  • Choose integration and select Add New Integration 

Note: Make sure that you restricted the resources that can access the integration

Then use a REST or SOAP client to configure both authentication types. 

Final words

This is how you can add-on the Magento 2 Web APIs will expose module with SOAP/XML.

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