The API is not stable yet!

This document describes the level of API support in our current development branch for diaspora* release Please note that until this version is officially released, the API is not considered stable yet, and anything might change anytime!

We are interested in your feedback. If you spot an instance where diaspora* does not behave like described in the API, please do file a bug in the diaspora repository, and if you have feedback around the API specification, please do file a bug on the API documentation for discussions. For any other questions, including support on how to use the API and as a place for open discussions on the design, there is a dedicated category on Discourse!

diaspora* API documentation

diaspora* aims to offer a sophisticated API for most social networking applications. Because of our decentralized nature, some things might be a little bit different than most other API implementations, especially regarding authentication. If you experience any issues, feel free to get in touch with us.

Media Types

Currently, the API only supports JSON data exchange, so all requests should have their Accept header set correctly:

Accept: application/json

If, for some reason, setting the Accept header is not possible, adding .json to the call URL will also work.

Unless otherwise noted, bodies submitted via POST requests should be JSON encoded. Parameters to GET routes are simple request URL variables.

Value formats

Type Description Example
GUID A network-wide, unique identifier. 298962a0b8dc0133e40d406c8f31e210
timestamp An ISO 8601 time and date with timezone. 2016-02-19T02:13:41.863Z


Some responses, especially those with large response sets or with a larger server load, might respond in a paginated way. Paginated responses will contain a Link header with API routes to request items before or after the items returned in the current response:

Link: <>; rel="next",
      <>; rel="last"

Note: Line breaks were added to increase the readability, the actual header will not contain line breaks.

Please do not try to guess the pagination URLs. Some resources like streams, might use timestamps or GUIDs instead of an increasing page counter.

Possible rel values

rel Description
first Returns the first set of items in the requested set.
previous Returns the items before the items in the currently returned set.
next Returns the items after the items in the currently returned set.
last Returns the last set of items in the requested set.

Limiting the amount of results per page

By default, API endpoints return up to 20 items on a page. This can be changed by using the per_page parameter. would, for example, return 50 items. Please note that, unless otherwise noted, this parameter is capped to a maximum value of 100.

API support

This document specifies API Version 1, which is supported by diaspora* release X and newer. Version discovery should be done using nodeinfo prior to making any requests to ensure the endpoints are available. If a compatible diaspora* version was detected once, it is safe to assume a pod will stay compatible.