Server API


View the Current API documentation for Isso 0.12.6 here, which is automatically generated. You can select previous versions from a dropdown on the upper right of the page.

Using the API, you can:

  • Fetch comment threads

  • Post, edit and delete comments

  • Get information about the server

  • Like and dislike comments

  • …and much more!

The Isso API uses HTTP and JSON as primary communication protocol. The API is extensively documented using an apiDoc-compatible syntax in isso/views/

Sections covered in this document:

Generating API documentation

Install Node.js and npm.

Run make apidoc-init apidoc and view the generated API documentation at apidoc/_output/ (it produces a regular HTML file).

Live API testing

To test out calls to the API right from the browser, without having to copy-&-paste curl commands, you can use apiDoc’s live preview functionality.

Set sampleUrl to e.g. localhost:8080 in apidoc.json:

   "name": "Isso API",
   "version": "0.13.0",
   "sampleUrl": "http://localhost:8080",
   "private": "true"

Run make apidoc again and start your local test server

Go to apidoc/output and serve the generated API docs via python -m http.server [1], open http://localhost:8000 in your browser and use the “Send a sample request”


Writing API documentation

Isso’s API documentation is built using the apiDoc Javascript tool.

Inside isso/views/, the view functions that are public endpoints are annotated using @api syntax in code comments.


The apiDoc “Getting started” guide should also help you get up to speed in making the API documentation of Isso even better!

A few points to consider:

  • Use @apiVersion to annotate when an endpoint was first introduced or changed. This information will help to automatically create a viewable diff between Isso API versions.

  • The current documentation for all endpoints should be good enough to copy-paste for your new or changed endpoint.

  • Admin functionality is marked @apiPrivate. To generate docs for private endpoints, set --private on the apidoc command line.

  • Use @apiQuery for GET query URL-encoded parameters, @apiBody for POST data.