I’m trying to make an API call to integrate Discourse with Apiant. My goal is to eventually make a new post to the Apiant forum, which uses Discourse, through an Apiant assembly or automation.
I’m basing my Discourse integration on the existing integration with123FormBuilder. 123FormBuilder has variable for a URL and something called an apiKey. In 123FormBuilder’s script module, I see a line
$resp = curl_exec($curl);
That’s the API call, correct? If so, how does the apiKey variable fit into that – is apiKey identifying a particular Discourse method or function, or is it serving a security purpose?
It’s not clear to me how the API call is distinguishing between methods and establishing security, it sounds like “apiKey” has a security purpose, but it seems to be used as a method/function identifier?
I think my question betrays my ignorance of web things and PHP in general; I don’t think it’s an Apiant specific question, but Robert asked me to post in the forum anyway.
Based on the Discourse documentation, you need to do it the same way, except the key is passed in a query parameter named “api_key”. You also seemingly need to pass a value for “api_username”. For the API key I provided you, I think any value will work, maybe it is just used to identify access to the API. If that is true, then use the “appName” field emitted by the System Info module to use the application name for the value.
Full knowledge of URL components, HTTP verbs, and the basics of making API calls are prerequisites for using the system. You will need to read up. Here is a good intro from one of our competitors: https://zapier.com/learn/apis/
OK, thanks for that Zapier intro, it was extremely informative.
I’m able to successfully call a couple of the Discourse endpoints at forum.apiant.com using an HTTP client; I stuck with GET requests in order to keep the complexity down. However, attempting to do the same (I think?) through an Extension Sever-side Script module in my assembly for 501 doesn’t seem to do the same. I doubt this is an issue with Apiant, but any suggestion you can offer is appreciated.
I’ll move on to prototyping a POST request to “post new topic” in an HTTP client, as you suggested in your e-mail (not shown in the forum, for any other readers).
Thanks for responding to my last post…and thanks for directing me to that Zapier resource. I should have learned that stuff 10 years ago.
How about this issue: I finally called the “Create a new topic, a new post, or a private message” API for the Apiant forum. However, I get a 403: invalid_access response back. The error says,
“You are not permitted to view the requested resource. The API username or key is invalid.”
I copied-and-pasted the api_key you supplied me with via e-mail, and for api_username I used “discourse1”.
What do you think? Does that api_key not have permission somehow to make a post, or did we somehow miss a digit in that api_key, or maybe I’m using the wrong api_username?
Try using curl or a tool like Postman to help troubleshoot. Try to find an example online of the API call working with one of these tools. The best API’s will document themselves with working examples, but I didn’t see any in the Discourse documentation.