Public Store API?

Hi there,

I’m just curious if there is a public API that people can leverage to maybe perform searches, installs, etc (if say one was so inclined to leverage on a desktop app). Generally what the snap command does.

I have read references to the store API but had not yet found the documentation through google searches, or on docs.snapcraft.io.

I assume it exists since https://uappexplorer.com/snaps is performing similar functions, and found references to https://search.apps.ubuntu.com/

I was just curious as to what this API may look like, etc.

Thank you.

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Annndddd right after I posted this, I found a link in the https://uappexplorer.com/snaps site…

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AppStore/Interfaces/ClickPackageIndex

This then links over to https://dashboard.snapcraft.io/docs/ - So I think I am on the right path now…

For use on the device, you are best off interacting with snapd via its own API: https://docs.ubuntu.com/core/en/reference/rest

As @noise said, you can use snapd’s API directly if you want. If you want to tinker, you can use curl and jq directly,
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or you can use the http snap, which packages httpie with the unix socket connector and some code to handle snapd:// urls :slight_smile:
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Additionally I’d recommend, if you’re tinkering with snapd, that you set SNAPD_DEBUG=1 and SNAPD_DEBUG_HTTP=3 either in /etc/environment, or dropping a systemd snippet in /etc/systemd/system/snapd.service.d/.

HTH, HAND.

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In the docs, one of the first things is states is:

“You can interface with snapd on any Ubuntu Core system using its REST API.”

When they are “core” - does this also include a traditional Ubuntu install?

Thank you.

EDIT - I beleive this will work for any Ubuntu system as the curl -sS --unix-socket /run/snapd.socket http://localhost/v2/system-info | jq seems to work without issue.

That’s just outdated text in that doc, we’ll get that cleaned up.

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Note that the Store API documentation seems to be available at Snapstore Devices API Documentation | Snapstore Devices API Documentation: version 24.

This allows to query snap info without the snapd dependency.