An API key is used to access in-game news feeds such as ranks, news and market data. This information can then be used to create community-based sites similar to Boxcar or EEstats. There are many different sites that use this game data to benefit their alliance or the community in general.
How to get an API key
If you would like access to game feeds, you must request an API key from qzjul or Pang, in #earthempires (IRC), or on the Earth Empires forums. If you are granted a key, it must remain private. Do not give your API key to ANYBODY!
Once you have an API key, the data is fairly easy to acquire. A simple HTTP request can be used to access this data which is sent in a CSV format. It is then up to the developer's discretion as to how to parse and display the data for human consumption.
Here is a simple example written in perl.
These are the different feeds and the information they display.
gives a list of all the countries & their basic information; example of current preferred format serverid,resetid,rank,number,name,land,networth,tag,gov,gdi,protection,vacation,alive,deleted currently throttled to 300s polling
lists news events & information as they happen; example of current preferred format: serverid,resetid,newsid,timestamp,type,win,attacker_num,attacker_name,defender_num,defender_name,result1,result2,a_tag,d_tag,killhit currently throttled to 1s polling
lists the current state of the market; example of current format: serverid,typeid,cost,amount,standing order price currently throttled to 1s polling; This feed is only if you want a snapshot of current prices; if you want to log transactions please use the transactions feed...
lists the market transactions (purchases) as they happen: example of current format: serverid,resetid,transactionid,time,goodid,price,quantity,standing_order_purchase(this is a bool) currently throttled to 1s polling; This feed is the preferred feed for determining market transactions;
Lists whether you're using gzip encoding and various hit stats and information.
Once you have a key, you will be granted permission to a forum which is dedicated to helping and answering developers' questions. All updates concerning the API and it's use are noted here. Developers should check this often. There are many examples of how to properly use the API. it is highly recommended you learn about .gzip compression with the use of your platform to help EE conserve bandwidth.
All feeds take ?apicode=(your apicode) for the feed itself, and without that argument have a help page if you go to it in your browser.
Server ID Numbers
Each server has a numerical value (serverid):
News Type Numbers
Each hit types has a numerical value (type):