Getting Started

How to get started using the BigMailer API

Creating an API key

An API key can be created by visiting the API key management page in the BigMailer console. On that page, click "Create Key" and enter a name. Choose a name that will help you remember what application is using the API key. Click "Create" in the dialog box. Copy the API key value. You will need it to make API calls.


Making API Calls

API calls are made by executing HTTPS requests to the BigMailer API. The URL of all API endpoints begin with the prefix The HTTP header X-API-Key must be specified on all API calls. The value of the X-API-Key header must be an API key obtained from the API key management page. Request bodies of POST and PUT requests must be in JSON format.

Further information on performing specific API calls is found in the API Reference.

Rate Limiting

API calls are subject to per account rate limiting. By default accounts can perform 10 API calls per second. Additionally, accounts are limited to making 4 API calls concurrently. When either of these limits is exceeded, the API returns the HTTP status 429 Too Many Requests.

Please contact us if your application requires more capacity than the default rate limits allow.

Sample API Call

You can check your application is properly configured by making an API call to Be sure to replace the sample API key shown below with your actual API key.

curl --request GET \
  --url '' \
  --header 'Accept: application/json' \
  --header 'X-API-Key: f5179cf1-4221-4274-bdeb-4d428a83d53e'
const fetch = require('node-fetch');

let url = '';

let options = {
  method: 'GET',
  qs: {limit: '10'},
  headers: {
    Accept: 'application/json',
    'X-API-Key': 'f5179cf1-4221-4274-bdeb-4d428a83d53e'

fetch(url, options)
  .then(res => res.json())
  .then(json => console.log(json))
  .catch(err => console.error('error:' + err));
require 'uri'
require 'net/http'
require 'openssl'

url = URI("")

http =, url.port)
http.use_ssl = true
http.verify_mode = OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_NONE

request =
request["Accept"] = 'application/json'
request["X-API-Key"] = 'f5179cf1-4221-4274-bdeb-4d428a83d53e'

response = http.request(request)
puts response.read_body
import requests

url = ""

querystring = {"limit":"10"}

headers = {
    "Accept": "application/json",
    "X-API-Key": "f5179cf1-4221-4274-bdeb-4d428a83d53e"

response = requests.request("GET", url, headers=headers, params=querystring)


$curl = curl_init();

curl_setopt_array($curl, [
  CURLOPT_URL => "",
    "Accept: application/json",
    "X-API-Key: f5179cf1-4221-4274-bdeb-4d428a83d53e"

$response = curl_exec($curl);
$err = curl_error($curl);


if ($err) {
  echo "cURL Error #:" . $err;
} else {
  echo $response;