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I was just trying to find out if there was a public API for the Stack Overflow site. I want to know so that I could maybe use it for whatever it would let me use it for (like web-service or non browser application that can access Stack Overflow). I have a few (specific) ideas but I don't want anybody to get the jump on me before I have a chance to implement one of them ;). I know that is a little silly since there are a limited number of things that such a thing could be used for. It's not about $$ or copyright* or anything like that; I just want to do it my way first if possible. Anyhow I tried googling this and you can imagine how many results you get for "StackOverflow public api".

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there are browser add-ons so there must be an api... – Simon Jan 11 '11 at 17:26
Ok so where can I find documentation for it? Just because there is an API does not mean that it is "public". Of course an API exists, i was just wondering if it was accessible and open. – etteyafed Jan 11 '11 at 17:30
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There is an API available.

You can read about the API, develop and submit your own Apps over on Stack Apps which is linked in the footer of each site.

Here is a link to the API Documentaion

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Thanks thats exactly what I wanted to know. Too bad it's read-only though. It would be awesome to have the full blown StackOverflow in my pocket. However I suppose that might make getting the ads fairly complicated for both the users (of the API) and StackOverflow. So then it couldn't be a free api. Devs would need to pay for part of it in that case. Hows that for an idea? – etteyafed Jan 11 '11 at 17:44
Yeah the link is there. Guess I missed it. Sorry. – etteyafed Jan 11 '11 at 17:44
@ettey, a paid write access API could be a good idea. – jjnguy Jan 11 '11 at 18:22
Is there an R package for interfacing the API from within R? – Glenn Strycker Apr 3 '13 at 13:54

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