REST API method: templates

The templates that can be managed via the dashboard, are also accessible through the REST API. The API offers methods to download templates, and methods to edit or create templates. It is also possible to send an email using these templates.

Fetch templates

To get a full list of all templates in your environment, simply make a HTTP GET call to the following URL (remember to to add your API key to the URL):

https://www.smtpeter.com/v1/templates/{start}/{length}

The "templates" method is only available using the HTTP GET method. The url may contain a start and length value to limit the list of templates that is returned. If these limits are ommitted, the default values of 0 and 100 are used. This call returns a JSON array in the following format:

[
    {
        "id"    : 1,
        "name"  : "Test email"
    }
    {   "id"    : 2,
        "name"  : "Test 123"
    }
]

For every template the unique identifier is returned, and the template name. If you want to have more properties, you need to fetch a template based on its unique ID.

Fetching a single template

Once you know the ID of a template, the REST API can be used to fetch the full template source with a "HTTP GET" call.

https://www.smtpeter.com/v1/template/{ID}/{format}

You must provide the identifier of the template, but the format is optional. When the format is not provided, the template will be returned in JSON format. But you can also ask SMTPeter to return the template in other formats:

  • json: return the template in JSON format;
  • html: return the template in HTML format, optimized for email clients;
  • webversion: return the template in HTML format, optimized for web clients;
  • mime: return the template in MIME format, with externally hosted images;
  • embedded: return the template in MIME format, with embedded images;
  • text: return the text version of the template.

You can provide extra personalization variables in the GET request, that are uses to personalize the template. If no variables are provided, the template will not be personalized.

Creating templates

To create a new template you can send a HTTP POST request to SMTPeter:

https://www.smtpeter.com/v1/template/{format}

Inside the body data, you must pass the JSON source of your template. The full specification of the supported properties can be found on the ResponsiveEmail.com website.

The API returns a link to the new template in the "Location" header of the HTTP response, and a small JSON object holding the template ID. You can optionally pass a format-name to the URL, to tell SMTPeter to redirect to an other URL instead. Note that this "format" option only changes the "location" header in SMTPeter's answer; the body data of your POST call must be JSON.

Example request:

POST /v1/template/html?access_token=yourtoken
Host: www.smtpeter.com
Content-Type: application/json

{ "name" : "template..." }

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Location: https://www.smtpeter.com/v1/template/2/html?access_token=yourtoken
Content-Type: application/json

{ "id" : 2 }


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