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    Will Stone

    Thanks for the response, Frank... I agree with Roy, great place to start.

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    Korey Peters

    I would dearly love an API. In my  opinion, 99.9% of use cases could be met with a combination of:
    1. A webhook that fires when changes are noticed.

    2. A CRUD REST endpoint.

    I have a number of personal project that I have wanted to implement that would have used WorkFlowy as their base if there would have been an API, but I've had to re-implement the basic tree structure to have the additional functionality. I'd rather use WorkFlowy. I'd rather I and my customers paid you. But no API. :(

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    We'd love to be paid without an API... but... we are going to release either way. In the not-too-distant future... of which "not-too" may be somewhat relative.

    We LOVE the idea of an API. I love it. @rawbytz loves it. Our engineers love it. There's nothing not to love... and we are going to get ther...

     

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    Igor Ribeiro Lima

    some other note-taking apps expose an API already - they look good - it would be great to see Workflowy following the same path - I have been using Workflowy for years, and it would be sad seeing Workflowy being behind.

    https://developers.notion.com

    https://get.mem.ai/blog/introducing-the-mem-api

     

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    Rob S

    Even just providing an endpoint for the existing export dialog box would be a huge help.

     

    Any updates from Workflowy Support on the timeline on this? Last response was over a year and a half ago.

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    AndresMJ

    +1 Add Zappier integration

    I love the interface of Workflowy i would like to use it as my list, task, notes program, but without Zapier integration is impossible for me.

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    Boaz Chen

    Zapier is a must!

    The API is good for programs, but not for using the workflowy as part of my workflow...

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hey Tyler, take a look at this unofficial 3rd-party extension, WFx, which relies on the makings of a WorkFlowy API (client-side):

    https://blog.workflowy.com/2019/08/07/wfx/

    I think it does what you're wanting... with several options to choose from when it comes to "changing sibling order" :-)

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    Kay Kraemer

    ... which still does not answer exactly, how the API works or where we can find the description ;-)
    I think, there are people, who want to create their own little scripts...

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    Dan Irwin

    Also, it still doesn't help with a IFTTT or Zapier integration 

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    TYLER H FINDLAY

    Hi Frank,

    An API is definitely what I'm looking for cause I'd like a program (an app I'm creating) to include WorkFlowy in it's integrations.

    A Chrome extension won't really work for that.

    Cheers,

     

    Tyler Findlay

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    Miguel Tavares

    Hey, Frank!

    I've just caught up with Workflowy's improvements, after trying it out some years ago. I've also posted my thoughts about missing features on reddit.

    Long story short, the deal breakers are the lack of an API and (to a lesser extent) reminders/notifications.

    I rely on Drafts and Alfred to capture everything, from random thoughts to lists and appointments, and although I'm not a programmer, I routinely write some bash and Python scripts to automate things. If you have an experimental server-side API, and it's in some kind of beta, I would love the chance to mess around with it.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Miguel,

    > Long story short, the deal breakers are the lack of an API and (to a lesser extent) reminders/notifications.

    I hear what you're saying about a server-side API. There is talk of developing this in the future... but in the meantime we are focusing on getting dates and reminders out before year end!

     

    ~ Frank 

     

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Alfredo,

    Thank you for you comments here! I think we would have to revisit these ideas when we have a robust API that can take on such features :-). It's not currently on the roadmap as we continue focus on some features that we want to roll out. 

     

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    Xcuseme

    Any news on this? Automation is an essential thing these days. Having a full read/write API would add so much power to WF, and even open up a possible way for official plugins. I would pay a little more for such a feature. :)
    Thank you WF team!

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    Bartosz Grabowski

    I would pay a lot for such a feature :)

    I could event do some coding if it would help, if You have any kind of raw access I could wrap around :)

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi folks,

    An API would be great. I'd have 10,000 clones of myself dance on the head of a pin for this...

    This is definitely not off the table (the pin thing!)... however, I don't see any stirrings of an API in the coming months. 

     

    ~ Frank

     

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    Roy Truelove

    I'd frankly be happy with an API that simply added a new node to an existing node, and did nothing else.

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    Dominik Wagenknecht

    I also have to agree that starting with a simple "create a node" would help a lot -- and this might seem counter-intuitive, but I'd be totally fine with a more comprehensive API being a local API that is available on the Desktop / Electron edition of Workflowy... something that can make "working" nicer, e.g. hook it up with Hook so I can quickly jump to files from an entry and vice-versa, and so on...

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    Frank Lee

    I would pay $10 per month per user for an api

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    Andrew Best

    +1

    I love using Workflowy and appreciate how its simplified my note taking. However, the deeper i get into automation, the more frustrating I find it that I cannot use an API to capture reminders and todo items automatically. Even grocery shopping, for which I do love workflowy, is made more frustrating that I can't tell google home, siri, etc, to add items to that list. It turns my gaze abroad to apps which do support integration with automation platforms.  

     

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    George Doubinski

    @Frank... please please make API a not very distant future. There are other apps that pushing into the space and they do start with API first (e.g. reflect.app). I think I would actually use both and sync using API if it was available in workflowy. Same goes for the reminders... 

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi George,

    We are very interested in making an API available. We're not focusing on that right this minute, though. There are so many things our beloved users are clamoring for... and we're working around the clock... 

     

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    George Doubinski

    Thanks, Frank, appreciate that. I wonder if you have a roadmap that you can share?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi George, we don't have a roadmap... but we do have an ongoing and open discussion about what we're currently working on and what might be next up – in the WorkFlowy Users Group on Slack:

    https://join.slack.com/t/workflowyusergroup/shared_invite/zt-s867uw4j-hxIqSvU7n6e7gXKwpjVWbw 

    The team does read everything and we're very responsive there...

     

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    George Doubinski

    Frank,

    would love to join slack but the link does not work:

    This link is no longer active

    If you have an email address ending in @bloombergbeta.com or @workflowy.com, you can join this workspace using that address. Otherwise, you’ll need to ask for a new link.

    Is it possible to get an invite into the private (subscription) email address?

    George

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    This is most puzzling, George. That link is the unique link available for inviting. And it never expires.

    Would you shoot me your email address to help@workflowy.com and I will send you a manual invite?

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    Ivan Zlatev

    +1 for this. I was just looking at a way to sync a Trello board/column type things that we use in the family with my Workflowy and vice-versa, when I realised there is no Zapier/IFFT support, likely due to the lack of API.

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    Workflowy Support (Sasha)

    No update as of yet.  You might check out this unofficial WorkFlowy API written by one of our users in PHP:

    https://github.com/johansatge/workflowy-php

     

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