#1 Posted by andy (62 posts) - - Show Bio

Everyone at Comic Vine is pleased to announce the Comic Vine API.  Using the API, we hope our users can find crazy new ways to use our data.  If you're a developer, check out the API site and sign up for an API key.

This forum should be used for any questions regarding the API, including technical questions.  If you're having trouble with something, post a question.  I'll be frequenting regularly to answer any questions.

We're also planning on adding more data to the API in the near future.  If you have a cool idea but can't find the data you need, please ask.

#2 Posted by G'bandit (13689 posts) - - Show Bio
walks in with paper bag over his face

What API stands for? Or What exactly is it?

Thank you O_o?
#3 Posted by Editman (207 posts) - - Show Bio
G'bandit said:
"walks in with paper bag over his face

What API stands for? Or What exactly is it?

Thank you O_o?
"
#4 Posted by G'bandit (13689 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh good, I'm not the only one who has no idea what it is XD

#5 Posted by Sovereign Son (1901 posts) - - Show Bio
application programming interface

Basically it lets you build applications (thats dumbed down:P)
#6 Posted by LordAndrew (146 posts) - - Show Bio
LordAndrew said:
"Moon said:
"So please explain what giantbomb api is."
It's an application programming interface. With it, people can create applications that use Giant Bomb's data."
Replace Giant Bomb with Comic Vine, and there's the short answer. If you want, you can read more about it on Wikipedia.
#7 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

so which data exactly does this entail? the HTML data, etc. that makes ComicVine a website or the data that has been submitted by the users?

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#8 Edited by LordAndrew (146 posts) - - Show Bio

It's all data. Just pure data. Any formatting has to be done by the application using the API.
See the documentation for details.

#9 Posted by LordAndrew (146 posts) - - Show Bio

If someone's making a program or script that uses Comic Vine's data, they'll be able to use it. That's who it's intended for, but it could also be used by other people who just want to look at the data.

#10 Posted by Thomas Lee Jamison (905 posts) - - Show Bio

OH!, well, i'll be the people who cant do the scripty thingy

#11 Posted by G-Man (32734 posts) - - Show Bio

You can click where it says "Comic Vine API."  It's not something for everyone.  Basically if you're a developer and would love to use our data (for non-commerical uses).

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#12 Posted by NiteFly (1459 posts) - - Show Bio

That's really sweet.  I've been really wanting to write a comic inventory program for a while now.  A sweet comicvine API is just what I needed.

#13 Posted by Hardartist (802 posts) - - Show Bio

What is this agian? I know it is developer stuff, but I need a little more info.

#14 Posted by Calvin (3479 posts) - - Show Bio
@Hardartist said:
"What is this agian? I know it is developer stuff, but I need a little more info."

Imagine if you will if you could create a website, a webapplication on your own displaying information from the Comic Vine database. You can only READ the information. You can API as a bridge, I think. Your program is Manhattan and the Comic Vine is Brooklyn, the Cars would be information, and the API would be a One-Way-only Brooklyn Bridge.

Information can be your program "asks" comicvine's API for «Superman» and then it gets a list of all the issues Superman was into: Action Comics #1, Action Comics #2, Action Comics #3, Superman #1, Superman #2, and so on..... it this making any sense at all?
#15 Posted by Hardartist (802 posts) - - Show Bio

98% Understand.

#16 Posted by Donovan Montgomery (5429 posts) - - Show Bio
@NiteFly said:
"That's really sweet.  I've been really wanting to write a comic inventory program for a while now.  A sweet comicvine API is just what I needed. "

Does this mean I can create a comic inventory program for my home PC and using my own collection from the API page?
#17 Posted by the referee (2533 posts) - - Show Bio

WOW

#18 Posted by dewboy01 (1876 posts) - - Show Bio

cool
#19 Posted by goldenshot80 (7349 posts) - - Show Bio

oohhhkkkk

#20 Posted by goldenshot80 (7349 posts) - - Show Bio
I still dont get it >_>
#21 Posted by jamesewelch (616 posts) - - Show Bio
@Donovan Montgomery said:
@NiteFly said:
"That's really sweet.  I've been really wanting to write a comic inventory program for a while now.  A sweet comicvine API is just what I needed. "
Does this mean I can create a comic inventory program for my home PC and using my own collection from the API page?
 
Yes. I'd suggest looking into Comicster (Comicster.net). It's a comic inventory program for your PC that has a ComicVine data plug-in (in development).
#22 Edited by Donovan Montgomery (5429 posts) - - Show Bio
@jamesewelch: Checking that site out, say's it's not commonly used and "might" harm my computer, should I have need to worry about this? 
#23 Posted by jamesewelch (616 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Posted by Donovan Montgomery (5429 posts) - - Show Bio

I downloaded it thru explorer, it wouldn't work with google chrome. 
I went ahead and installed it and am currently looking it over and slowly adding stuff.

#25 Posted by jamesewelch (616 posts) - - Show Bio
@Donovan Montgomery: The Comic Vine plug-in (not completely done yet) can be downloaded from the bitbucket (code) page at https://bitbucket.org/mabster/comicster/downloads . To use it, just copy it to <user>/Documents/Comicster and change your default catalog to Comic Vine under Tools menu. Then link your titles, then you can download issue, title, character, creator details and images from CV into your collection.
 
There's a couple more plug-ins there (IO.CMX to import v1 Comicster databases, CMX Merger to merge v1 Comicster databases, Searches.ComicAges adds more predefined searches, etc.) on that site.
 
Additionally, I have developed 2 plug-ins that can downloaded at http://www.jamesewelch.com/tag/comicster/
#26 Edited by Shatterstar (4539 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe add users. And PMs. So I can search for a specific PM (the hard way).

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#27 Posted by thanobomb1124 (2012 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh cool. : )

#28 Posted by dadaism (227 posts) - - Show Bio

@Calvin said:

@Hardartist said:
"What is this agian? I know it is developer stuff, but I need a little more info."
Imagine if you will if you could create a website, a webapplication on your own displaying information from the Comic Vine database. You can only READ the information. You can API as a bridge, I think. Your program is Manhattan and the Comic Vine is Brooklyn, the Cars would be information, and the API would be a One-Way-only Brooklyn Bridge. Information can be your program "asks" comicvine's API for «Superman» and then it gets a list of all the issues Superman was into: Action Comics #1, Action Comics #2, Action Comics #3, Superman #1, Superman #2, and so on..... it this making any sense at all?

Awsome-ness abounds!!

#29 Posted by whetteon (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been trying to use the api resource "issues", passing my apikey and the publish_year of 2012 and instead of getting a limited number of books, I get a result set somewhere in the 200,000 book range. I know that can't be right simple because the results shows older books than those published in 2012. Can tell me how to get the "newest" book listings? Here's what I have so far.

http://api.comicvine.com/issues/?api_key=...yourkey....&publish_year=2012&publish_month=1&format=xml

#30 Posted by RemyG (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi ComicVine developers !

First, thank you for your API, it's amazing.

Second, what license information should I include on my application using the ComicVine API? My application is open-source (MIT license), and I mention ComicVine on every page (in the footer, and also on the "About" page), but I'd like to say "the data are a property of ComicVine", or something similar. What's the correct way to do it?

Thank you for your answer!

RemyG

#32 Posted by Cooldes (4073 posts) - - Show Bio

I like visiting the other boards for the time and "Ooo" "Aaahhhh" -ing at what they are used for