Getting Started with the OpenChannel API

The OpenChannel API makes it easy to build your own developer portal and app store. Accept app submissions from developers and showcase them inside your product, website or mobile app. To make things even easier, we’ve put together this guide to help you easily setup your OpenChannel powered app store.

The Building Blocks of an App Store

Whether you’re looking to showcase partnerships or sell applications that integrate with your API, the building blocks are the same – a marketplace and a developer portal. The fastest way to get started with your new app store implementation is by downloading the Code Samples.

A developer portal is a site where developers or partners can view documentation, receive support or submit apps to the marketplace. Developers are generally required to create an account with your site and log in in order to submit and manage their apps. We don’t require any complex log-in or single-sign-on in order integrate developer accounts with the OpenChannel API. Instead, simply supply our API with an id that uniquely identifies the current developer (developerId) when performing requests or actions.

The marketplace is a site where users can discover, install or launch apps. The marketplace can be integrated directly into your product or website and also requires a user to log-in for apps to be installed or launched. We don’t require any complex log-in or single-sign-on in order integrate user accounts with the OpenChannel API. Instead, simply supply our API with an id that uniquely identifies the current user (userId) when performing requests or actions.