What is REST API? To make it simple, REST API defines a set of functions to which the developers can perform requests and receive responses. The interaction is performed via the HTTP protocol. An advantage of such an approach is the wide usage of HTTP. That is why REST API can be used practically for any programming language. Common characteristics of Yumpu REST API resources are as follows:
  • You access the resource by sending an HTTP request to the API server. The server replies with a response that contains either the data you requested, or the status indicator, or even both.
  • All resources are located at https://api.yumpu.com/2.0.
  • All resources may return different HTTP status codes (e.g., HTTP Status Code 200 for success response or HTTP Status Code 400 for the bad request).
  • You request a particular resource by adding a particular path to the base URL that specifies the resource.

Output formats

The REST API supports the response in two formats, which are JSON or XML.

HTTP verbs

HTTP verbs are used to manage the state of resources. In REST API, there are four verbs used to manage resources: GET, POST, PUT and DELETE. You can get the contents of the data using HTTP GET, delete the data using HTTP DELETE, and create or update the data using POST/PUT.

HTTP status codes

200 OK
Standard response for successful HTTP requests.
202 Accepted
The request has been accepted for processing, but the processing has not been completed.
400 Bad Request
The request cannot be fulfilled due to bad syntax.
401 Unauthorized
Similar to 403 Forbidden, but specifically for use when authentication is required and has failed or has not yet been provided.
403 Forbidden
The request was a valid request, but the server is refusing to respond to it.
404 Not Found
The requested resource could not be found but may be available again in the future.
500 Internal Server Error
A generic error message, given when no more specific message is suitable.
505 HTTP Version Not Supported
The server does not support the HTTP protocol version used in the request.

Request URL

All URLs in REST API have the following base URL: https://api.yumpu.com/2.0.


Retrieve a list of your documents.
Retrieve an existing document.
Create a new document by URL or file.
Update an existing document.
Delete an existing document.
Retrieve the current progress of your document.
Retrieve a list of our categories.
Retrieve a list of your collections.
Retrieve an existing collection.
Create a new collection.
Update an existing collection.
Delete an existing collection.
Retrieve an existing section.


All methods require authentication. Your access token must be sent in the HTTP header as X-ACCESS-TOKEN: ACCESS_TOKEN.


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