Explore APIs from your console with API Buddy

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pip install api-buddy==0.4.0


API Buddy

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Right now, only OAuth2 authentication is supported. It's the most common, and current gold standard for security best practices. Also most APIs use it. That said, I have no beef with all the APIs out there using something else, so feel free to open a ticket if you want something else supported. 🎟

You can also always manually set headers.


As long as you have python 3.7 or higher (I recommend using pyenv), just:

pip install api-buddy


First, specify the API you're exploring in your preferences

# ~/.api-buddy.yaml
api_url: https://some.api.com

Then it's as easy as:

api get some-endpoint
=> 200
  "look": "I haz data",
  "thx": "API Buddy"

HTTP Method defaults to get:

api this-endpoint  # same as first example

You can add query params in key=val format:

api get \
  my/favorite/endpoint \
  first_name=cosmo \

You can also add request body data in JSON format:

api post \
  some-endpoint \
  '{"id": 1, "field": "value"}'

🤔 Note the single-quotes. You can expand this accross multiple lines:

api post \
  some-endpoint \
     "id": 1,
     "field": "value"

Preferences 👉


  • http_method: (optional, default=get) The HTTP method to use in your request.
    • It should be one of:
      • get
      • post
      • patch
      • put
      • delete
  • endpoint: (required) The relative path to an API endpoint.
    • AKA you don't need to type the base api url again here.
  • params: (optional) A list of key=val query params
  • data: (optional) A JSON string of requets body data.
    • You can't use this with get because HTTP.


  • -h, --help: Show the help message
  • -v, --version: Show the installed version



Steps to start working:

  • Build and create the local venv with bin/setup
  • Make sure everything works with bin/test
  • Try the local cli with poetry run api --help
  • Find other management commands with bin/list