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Tradera Developer Program

Developer Program

Tradera launches application programming interface (API) and launches Developer Program

We are proud to announce that Tradera has created and released an application programming interface (API), a source code interface that enables external applications and services to interact with the Tradera platform.

This opens up opportunities for developers to build applications and services that communicate directly with Tradera.com, Sweden’s largest e-commerce marketplace.

The API offers unprecedented opportunities for you as a developer, affiliate or entrepreneur to build a new Tradera business or expand your current business, reach new customers, and create a potential new stream of revenue.

With the new API, we are also launching the Tradera Developer Program, a free of charge, membership based program created with the developer community in mind. The Tradera Developer Program provides services and support for individuals and companies who build applications and services using the API. Membership in the program is a prerequisite for using the API.

Background

Tradera is Sweden’s largest e-commerce marketplace with more than 1.3 million members. Our members collectively conclude hundreds of thousands of transactions per month.

Tradera is wholly owned by eBay Inc., the world’s largest e-commerce company with more than 200 million users and a Gross Merchandis Volume of more than 59 billion US dollar. eBay founded its Developer Program in 2000, and has since developed into one of the largest developer ecosystems for developers on the Internet. The ecosystem has built a large number of applications, services and businesses that employs hundreds of people. As an example of its impact, today more than 25 percent of eBay listings are created using external applications built on eBay API.

To read more about the eBay developer program and the eBay API, please visit http://developer.ebay.com

The Tradera API and Developer Program

The Tradera API was released as a private beta during the fall of 2007, and we are now glad to launch a public version. Tradera developers can sign up to the program and get access to resources which will help you build eg. the following type of applications and services:

  • Seller tools. You can create programs that handle listing of items, payment flows, order handling and shipping.
  • Search applications. You can develop web applications to showcase items currently selling on Tradera, to be placed eg. on your own web site, or in your blog.
  • Affiliate tools. You can develop tools to be used in your affiliate marketing and earn money by sending potential buyers to Tradera.com.
  • Mobile applications. You can use the API to build mobile applications to access Tradera.com.

Tradera Developer Program is a long term commitment from Tradera, and we will continuosly evolve the functionality of the API and the information and services that we provide to members of the program.

Our program and API is created based on the success of eBay’s API. We are striving to make our API as similar as possible to the eBay API, with the advantage that developers having developed tools or applications for either platform, should find it easy to port them to the other platform.

Technical overview

The Tradera Service API is divided into two parts: The Public Service and the Restricted Service. The Public Service contains methods that correspond to the information found on the Tradera.com site when you are not logged in, while the Restricted Service is used for actions that require user authorization, like adding an item, or getting the address of a buyer.

All methods are available as SOAP calls and most are also available using regular GET/POST. See the API documentation for more information.

Overview of the Tradera systems

How to get started

  • Go to the registration page
  • Create a new developer account and accept the policies for using the API.
  • Login to your newly created account.
  • You are all set!

Remember that the account for the Developer Program is separate from the account you use as a member at Tradera.com. In order to start using the API and create applications, we strongly encourage you to sign up as a member at Tradera.com. Please go to the following link:

http://www.tradera.com/regtrader

Documentation

We have also created a documentation library that will assist you when creating your application. To read more, click the following link:

http://api.tradera.com/v3

Other questions

If you have questions and thoughts around the development of seller tools and provision of services targeting Tradera members, feel free to contact us at foretag@tradera.com

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