API - Basics

In this post we list the basics of the TestLodge API, including the base URL, authentication, validation errors, response codes and time zones.

The TestLodge REST API provides endpoints for all common features and is available over JSON.

Base URL

You will call the API from a slightly different url from your normal account. This takes the format of:


So if you normally access your TestLodge account via http://example.testlodge.com your API url will be https://example.api.testlodge.com. In the rest of the documentation we may refer to this URL as the 'base_url'.

Please note: All API requests are performed over HTTPS and HTTP calls will not be accepted.


Access to the API is provided by basic authentication and you should use a users email / password to authenticate each request.

Example call:

curl -u email:password https://example.api.testlodge.com/v1/projects.json

Your access permissions for the API will be the exact same as your access permissions that you have within the application.

Note: If you attempt to login with invalid credentials to many times, your account will be locked and you will be required to login within the TestLodge web application to unlock your account.

Rate Limiting

For all API requests, you can make up to 300 requests per five minute period. If you exceed this limit, you will be shown a forbidden error page.

Validation Errors

If there are validation errors when you are attempting to create or update an object, you will receive a 422 response code and the response body will contain further details. e.g.

"name": ["can't be blank", "..."],
"description": ["can't be blank"]

Response Codes

TestLodge will always return a http response code with every request and you should consider this when checking that your API call has been successful. The most common response codes that you can expect are:

  • 200 - OK
  • 201 - Created
  • 204 - No content (Most likely after a request to delete an object)
  • 400 - Bad request
  • 401 - Unauthorized
  • 403 - Forbidden
  • 404 - Not found
  • 409 - Conflict
  • 415 - Unsupported media type (Make sure your requests end with .json)
  • 422 - Unprocessable Entity (Most likely a validation error - See body for further details)

Time Zones

All date / timestamps provided within the API are in UTC.

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