If you’re someone with a non-coding background like me, the acronym API probably sounds intimidating.
Black, empty coding consoles. 📺
Programming languages that might as well be Klingon. 👽
That’s until you realize that Application Programming Interfaces (yeah, we’ll stick with API from here on) are simply a way to make apps talk to one another.
All of those integrations that make our lives easier; from task notifications in Slack to due dates popping up in your calendar, are made possible by APIs that tell our favorite apps how to play nice with one another.
Here’s a brief rundown of what you can do with ClickUp’s API and how to get started.
What You Can Do With ClickUp’s API
ClickUp allows you to work seamlessly with your team across any number of tools. We’ve built over 1,000 integrations to allow you to sync your processes and workflows with your favorite apps just for this reason.
But what if you wanted to create your own app to read information from ClickUp, send information from outside ClickUp, and update automatically based on those changes?
Enter, ClickUp API.
ClickUp’s API allows you to build applications and scripts to integrate ClickUp’s functionality into third-party apps.
With the right commands (or calls), you can basically instruct any other program how to pull, view, and update your Workspace data from anywhere.
You could automate processes even further from outside ClickUp, add tasks on the fly, post attachments from other apps, track time, or send yourself randomly-generated comments of self-love. You deserve it. 💜
With ClickUp API, the only limit is your imagination.
How to Get Started With ClickUp’s API
Even if you’ve never used an API before (you actually do, every day), you can create one in very little time! 🚀
All it takes is learning the basic logic of how apps talk to one another, in this case, how you can use any app to talk to ClickUp (and vice versa)!
The first step is authentication to give your app permission to access your Workspace information.
When authorizing with the ClickUp API, you have two options:
- Use the personal API token in the user settings (found under Settings > My Apps) *recommended for beginners
- Create an OAuth application under the team settings (found under Workspace Settings > Integrations > API)
If you are using the API for personal use, it is safe to use the personal API token. If you are creating an application for others to use, it is strongly recommended to use the OAuth2 flow.
Note: You must be an Owner or an Admin on a team to access Integrations in your Workspace Settings. Each app is associated with a ClickUp team, and that team is the administrator for the app.
2. Create an App With a Personal API Key
If you are using the API for personal use, you can grant access using a personal API token.
You can find this token in your user settings, under the Apps section. At the top of the page you have the option to generate a personal token. These tokens will always begin with pk_.
If your token becomes compromised, you can regenerate it. However, be aware that any applications that were using the old token will lose access once it has been regenerated.
Finding your token:
- Navigate to your personal Settings
- Click Apps in the left sidebar
- Click Generate to create your API token
- Click Copy to copy the key to your clipboard
Note: If you’re using the API for personal use, feel free to use your personal API token. If you’re creating an application for others to use, it is recommended to use the OAuth2 flow.
3. Start Creating API Requests
You’ve created your app, now it’s time to tell it what to do.
You may now use your Personal or OAuth2 access tokens in the Authorization header of your API requests.
Check out the ClickUp 2.0 API Dashboard to import our library via Postman and learn more about:
- Rate Limiting
- Error Handling
- All Endpoints
Need help with your API? Email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help you!
Greg is a Content Strategist at ClickUp, where he crafts copy and content for the most productive people in the world. When he’s not living in ClickUp Docs, he’s spending quarantine somewhere in San Diego, drinking wine, reading his Kindle, watching documentaries, or eating shit on his surfboard.