Public API v1.2 - Roar/Runner

This in the current version of the API
RebelMouse Public API version 1.2 is available as of August 16th, 2016. The older version of the API (Public API version 1.1) will be deprecated on December 1st, 2016. Please make sure to switch over any and all calls to the new API by that time.



Returns frontpage posts.


<strong>Argument    Required    Default    Description                  Example</strong>limit       no          10         number of posts to return    1offset      no          0          number of posts to skip      10


Returns section's posts.


<strong>Argument        Required    Default    Description                  Example</strong>limit           no          10         number of posts to return    1offset          no          0          number of posts to skip      10section_name    yes         -          section's url                apps


Returns author's posts.


<strong>Argument       Required    Default    Description                  Example</strong>limit          no          10         number of posts to return    1offset         no          0          number of posts to skip      10author_name    yes         -          author's name                luladog


Returns posts by tag.


<strong>Argument        Required    Default    Description                               Example</strong>limit           no          10         number of posts to return                 1offset          no          0          number of posts to skip                   10roar_domain     yes         -          roar domain                               positivemousetag             yes         -          tag                                       pythonexclude_tags    no          -          tags to exclude (comma separated list)    mouse


Returns posts' details.


<strong>Argument    Required    Default    Description     Example</strong>ids         yes         -          ids of posts    1,2,3


Return sites' details.


<strong>Argument    Required    Default    Description    Example</strong>site_id     yes         -          site's id      1


Return authors' details.


<strong>Argument        Required    Default    Description     Example</strong>ids             yes         -          authors' ids    19access_token    yes         -          access token    bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


Return authors' details by name.


<strong>Argument        Required    Default    Description       Example</strong>author_names    yes         -          authors' names    positivemouseaccess_token    yes         -          access token      bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


Return authors' details by facebook ids.


<strong>Argument        Required    Default    Description     Example</strong>fb_ids          yes         -          facebook ids    19323283access_token    yes         -          access token    bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


GET https://{roar_domain}/api/1.2/insights/posts/ordered?order={order}&period={period}&limit={limit}&offset={offset}&access_token={access_token}

<strong>Argument        Required    Description                               Restrictions                                                                       Example</strong>order           yes         The field for results to be ordered by    Only "total_views" value is valid for now                                          total_viewsperiod          yes         Period which ends now                     Only "1h", "6h", "12h", "24h", "7d", "30d", "lifetime" values are valid for now    7dlimit           yes         Number of records to return               Positive integer, Max value = 30                                                   10offset          yes         Number of records to skip                 Non-negative integer                                                               5access_token    yes         Access token for the roar                 String                                                                             bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


{    "status": {        "code": 0,        "messages": []    },    "data": {        "report": {            "records": [{                "post_id": 12312321,                "total_views": 1234            }, {                "post_id": 4859674589,                "total_views": 4321            },            ...            ]        }    }}


GET https://{roar_domain}/api/1.2/insights/posts/details?period={period}&ids={ids}&access_token={access_token}

<strong>Argument        Required    Description                  Restrictions                                                                       Example</strong>period          yes         Period which ends now        Only "1h", "6h", "12h", "24h", "7d", "30d", "lifetime" values are valid for now    7dids             yes         List of post IDs             Positive long numbers separated by comma, Max number = 30                          12312321,4859674589access_token    yes         Access token for the roar    String                                                                             bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


{    "status": {        "code": 0,        "messages": []    },    "data": {        "report": {            "records": [{                "post_id": 12312321,                "total_views": 1234            }, {                "post_id": 4859674589,                "total_views": 4321            },            ...            ]        }    }}


GET https://{roar_domain}/api/1.2/insights/posts/wins/facebook?period={period}&ids={ids}&access_token={access_token}

<strong>Argument        Required    Description                  Restrictions                                                               Example</strong>period          yes         Period which ends now        Only "1h", "6h", "12h", "24h", "7d", "30d", "lifetime" values are valid    7dids             yes         List of post IDs             Positive long numbers separated by comma, Max number = 30                  12312321,4859674589access_token    yes         Access token for the roar    String                                                                     bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


{    "status": {        "code": 0,        "messages": []    },    "data": {        "report": {            "records": [{                "post_id": 567,                "page_fans": 84872,                "page_name": "HOT 107.9",                "page_logo": "",                "page_url": "",                "post_created_at": 1456822800,                "post_likes": 5,                "post_shares": 0,                "post_comments": 0,                "post_url": ""            },            ...            ]        }    }}


GET https://{roar_domain}/api/1.2/insights/posts/wins/twitter?period={period}&ids={ids}&access_token={access_token}

<strong>Argument        Required    Description                  Restrictions                                                               Example</strong>period          yes         Period which ends now        Only "1h", "6h", "12h", "24h", "7d", "30d", "lifetime" values are valid    7dids             yes         List of post IDs             Positive long numbers separated by comma, Max number = 30                  12312321,4859674589access_token    yes         Access token for the roar    String                                                                     bdQ0XiTDyR2eOsQHkCooS6CeBwgD4vAd81ux4UmTFx2qXfzeEphrCFGZuK8S5Fk6


{    "status": {        "code": 0,        "messages": []    },    "data": {        "report": {            "records": [{                "post_id": 234,                "account_fans": 63500,                "account_logo": "",                "account_name": "The Dodo",                "account_url: "",                "tweet_created_at" :1457654527,                "tweet_likes": 328,                "tweet_retweets": 328,                "tweet_url": ""            },            ...            ]        }    }}


Our REST API service uses a key based authorization that could be managed in your Account page. You can find your own API key in form of a 64 character string, and note that we will be able to identifies you with it, so please do not share it.

All client requests are authorized using valid API keys via an specific HTTP header or query string. Query string takes priority over HTTP header, so query string will be considered if you send both at the same time.

Sending API key via query string

In order to authorize requests using "api_key" query string, you need to send it as follows:

<HTTP-METHOD> <domain>/api/<version>/<path>?api_key=<api_key> 

Sending API key via HTTP header

In order to authorize requests using HTTP header named "X-RMAuth", you need to perform as follows:

<HTTP-METHOD> <domain>/api/<version>/<path> X-RMAuth: <api_key> 

Unauthorized requests

If you send invalid API keys, you are going to get a response with HTTP 403 Forbidden status and the following payload:

{ "status": { "code": null, "messages": ["API key is not valid"] }, "data": null }

Author API

The author API supports creating users that could be used to create drafts.

Creating authors

Creates an author and sets its role as guest editor.

POST /api/1.1/authors 


first_nameStringFirst name - Required
last_nameStringLast name - Required
emailStringUser email - Required
passwordStringUser password - Required
about_htmlStringUser biography - Optional
image_idIntegerID of the uploaded image - Optional


  • image_id can be found as id in Image API response when uploading or editing images.


{ "id": <id>, "name": "paulberry", "displayname": "Paul Berry", "about_html": "This is me", "bio": "", "photo": "https://<domain>/res/avatars/default", "fb_id": null, "profile_url": "https://<domain>/community/paulberry/" }

Drafts API

The draft API supports creating drafts that could be used to publish content on site.

Creating drafts

Creates a draft and sets current user as author by default.

POST /api/1.1/posts 


headlineStringHeadline - Required
bodyStringBody - Optional
subheadlineStringSubheadline - Optional
tagsArray of stringsTags - Optional
primary_tagStringPrimary tag - Optional
sectionsArray of stringsSections - Optional
primary_sectionStringPrimary section - Optional
og_titleStringSocial headline - Optional
og_descriptionStringSocial description - Optional
image_idIntegerID of the uploaded image - Optional
manual_image_cropsObjectCrops calculated when uploading image - Optional


  • primary_section and sections fields are eligible by title using insensitive case mode. "Home" can be passed if you want to set draft in homepage.
  • image_id can be found as id in Image API response when uploading or editing images.
  • manual_image_crops can be also found as manual_image_crops in Image API response when editing images.


The response can contain several fields, but would like to highlight some of them that were specially requested:

post_urlStringURL for the draft when is published.
draft_urlStringComposited by post_url + "?draft=1", which enables users to see draft page.
slugStringURL path from post_url.

Image API

The Image API supports uploading and editing images that could be used as splash post image, teaser, social teaser and even other features than posts such as authors creation.


Every site in RebelMouse platform has its own image crops configured, these settings are useful when a image is going to be rezised or cropped. So they are considered in every process related to images, and each resized or cropped image has usually a different purpose depending on page type.

For Axios, we have the following ratios configured:

  • 960x540
  • 480x270
  • 1200x600
  • 600x300
  • 1200x600
  • 600x300
  • 600x600
  • 700x1245

Uploading images

Upload a image sending its content as a part of HTTP request body or sending a URL as part of a JSON document.

POST /api/1.3/images


image_urlStringA image URL location - Optional


Multiple files can be also sent as part of HTTP request. They are used only if image_url is not used in HTTP request.


For a single image uploaded:

{ "is_animated_gif": false, "task_id": "c3e2a367-24cb-426f-9179-457a0e0ea9ec", "height": 511, "shortcode_id": "7229TA1498262817", "iptc": { "by-line": "", "caption/abstract": "" }, "id": <id>, "shortcode_params": { "is_animated_gif": false, "crop_info": "

For multiple images uploaded:

It takes the same schema for each image uploaded but in form of an array.

Editing images

Editing an image for creating some others with certain dimensions.

PUT /api/1.3/images/<id>


image_urlStringA image URL location - Required
manual_image_cropsObjectCrop setting for resizing image - Optional

Manual Image Crops

It depends on ratios configured per site. It must be a objects, whose keys must be the ratio codes and the values should contain the following information:

topIntegerAbsolute top coordinate
leftIntegerAbsolute left coordinate
heightIntegerAbsolute height coordinate
widthIntegerAbsolute width coordinate
imgHeightIntegerWidth of the original image
imgWidthIntegerHeight of the original image


{ "16x9": { "top": 222, "left": 0, "height": 289, "width": 512, "imgWidth": 512, "imgHeight": 511 }, "2x1": { "top": 255, "left": 0, "height": 256, "width": 512, "imgWidth": 512, "imgHeight": 511 }, "3x2": { "top": 169, "left": 0, "height": 342, "width": 512, "imgWidth": 512, "imgHeight": 511 }, "1x1": { "top": 402, "left": 0, "height": 109, "width": 109, "imgWidth": 512, "imgHeight": 511 }, "9x16": { "top": 303, "left": 0, "height": 208, "width": 117, "imgWidth": 512, "imgHeight": 511 } } 


It takes the same schema than uploading images. Only one image is permitted to edit per request.



Webhooks allows you to receive a notification to certain events from RebelMouse platform. HTTP POST requests are performed for the configured URL you provide us, these requests are formed with the following headers:

User-AgentRebelMouse/0.1 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1

Published post

You can receive a notification when a post is published, you are going to receive the following information:

post_idIntegerID of the post
post_urlStringURL for the published post

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