API 5 Standards

Here are some basic standards that all Ampache API's should follow.

There will be inconsistencies between the current API's and we will be working on merging to a clear set of standards.

Rules regarding objects and data

For now, here are a few basic rules that the API should follow:

  • ID is a string for all objects.
  • Everything that has an ID should include this in the response.
  • All other integers are cast to int
  • Same thing for doubles
  • null and empty values may be returned. (for example XML will always return an object but it may not have any value)

Tag is being renamed into Genre

Debate resolved. Ampache 5.0.0 will rename Tag and remove the old genre variable.

Genre will provide a genre ID as well as the name

<genre id="20" count="1" ><![CDATA[Metal]]></tag>
<genre id="37" count="1" ><![CDATA[Hard Rock]]></tag>
"genre": [
"id": "4",
"name": "Electronic"
"id": "77",
"name": "Experimental"

Remove spaces from advanced_search rule names. (Backwards compatible with old names)

These rules have been changed to make sure everything has no spaces. The backward compatible names will be removed in Ampache 5.0.0

  • 'has image' => 'has_image'
  • 'image height' => 'image_height'
  • 'image width' => 'image_width'
  • 'filename' => 'file' (Video search)