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Request and Response Formats
Request and Response Formats
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Disqus API works over the HTTP protocol. It supports both server-side (secret key) methods, as well as a public facing JavaScript API.

Constructing Requests

Requests are made of three components:

  • API version

  • Resource path

  • Output type

To construct a proper request, you will need to format the URI as follows:{version}/{resource}.{output_type}

An example request, to fetch a list of posts on a forum might be:

By default, requests are HTTP GET requests. However, many methods will require you to send POST data. Typically, we try to follow the standard of all read requests use GET, and write requests use POST.

In addition to the required parameters for each individual method, you will also need to send your API key, this is done differently depending on how you access the resource.

If you are using the public-facing JavaScript API, you will need to send api_key with your public API key value. You will need to also ensure that you have added the domain you're accessing the API from to your list of domains for that application.

If you are using the server-side API, you will need to send api_secret with your secret API key value.

API Version

For each request you should specify which version of the API you want to use. Currently, the default, and the only version available, is 3.0.

Resource Path

The resource path is made available to you in further documentation.

Data Formats

Disqus only supports one data format currently, JSON. However, we do also support JSONP response types, which are just a callback function wrapping the JSON output.

JSONP requests must pass an additional callback parameter along with the rest of the request data.


Parameters have several considerations to be made within the API.

The first are multi value parameters. This simply means that the resource allows you to send multiple values for this single parameter. This can be done in two ways:

  1. param=foo&param=bar (preferred)

  2. param[]=foo&param[]=bar

The second consideration are query types. Certain parameters allow more complex lookups by specifying a suffix on the parameter. For example, the user parameter typically allows you to look up a user by username, as well as by ID. To do this, you simply suffix the lookup key with :username.

  • user:username=foobar

  • user=13


The response of your request will contain several key things:

  • HTTP status code

  • API status code

  • API response message

Let's take an example request:

$ curl -0 -L ""{
  "code": 0, 
  "response": [
      "thread": {
        "forum": {
          "id": "cucirca", 
          "name": "Tv Shows", 
          "founder": 996907, 
          "favicon": {
            "permalink": "", 
            "cache": ""
        "author": 996907, 
        "title": "Watch True Blood Online", 
        "link": "", 
        "closed": false, 
        "id": 40385200, 
        "createdAt": "2009-10-19T04:51:26"
      "comments": 14605, 
      "score": "2.9408284023668639", 
      "link": "", 
      "likes": 62, 
      "commentLikes": 9884
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