Preparing to use APIs

If you have a Rackspace cloud account, you can use Rackspace APIs to interact with the cloud services you subscribe to.

The basic process is the same for all Rackspace APIs:

  1. Collect the parts that you need for the request:

  2. Assemble the request from its parts. Plug in the values that you collected for your credentials, the API’s endpoint, and any details (such as the ID of a server) specific to your configuration and your API request.

  3. Send a well-formed request to the service’s API endpoint.

  4. Process the service’s response.

Beyond this general process, the details vary depending on which service you are working with. For product-specific introductions to the APIs relevant to specific core infrastructure products, see: