Restaurant delivery apps like Postmates require a vast database of information ranging from the geographic data used to determine delivery zones to the specific menus and pricing for each restaurant in the Postmates database. Postmates APIs make that data readily accessible.
Our collection consists of APIs that draw from Postmates’ delivery and restaurant data sets. This includes PostmatesAPI, which is designed to give restaurants access to test out the value of Postmates or integrate delivery directly into their app or website. It also includes an API that can compare prices and reservation information across a variety of different delivery apps.
That can vary depending on the specific API. PostmatesAPI takes authentication keys provided to restaurants by Postmates, allowing them the ability to access and manipulate otherwise secure information. The Kayak app, by contrast, makes use of publicly available pricing data provided by Postmates and other services.
Since it requires special authentication, the PostmatesAPI is exclusively for restaurant owners looking to test out various delivery parameters or trying to integrate Postmates delivery options directly through their website or internal app.
APIs like the one for Kayak which don’t require authentication will see broader use cases. Restaurant owners can find use for them — particularly in determining which delivery services are offering the best financial return — but they can also find value from any developers looking to work with restaurant price comparisons or integrate reservation systems into their design.
These APIs together can help a savvy restaurant integrate online ordering, reservations, and delivery into one interface and get precise information about how operations are doing. These APIs can make resources that were once only available to larger restaurants and franchises accessible to everyone.
For the PostmatesAPI itself, you can expect to find a very deep bench of information. A half dozen different endpoints allow you to create or cancel deliveries and analyze information about a restaurant’s delivery parameters. APIs that don’t require authentication will only accept GET requests, as they’re pulling from scraped data rather than the source directly.
Both the PostmatesAPI and the Kayak API are completely free to use, but you’ll get no value out of the PostmatesAPI if you aren’t a restaurant that’s already been provided online credentials by Postmates.
All Postmates APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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