Using the API dashboard Follow

The Zendesk API is supported by a dashboard in the Zendesk Support admin interface. The API dashboard lets you do the following tasks:

Only Zendesk Support admins can access the API dashboard.

For information on using the Zendesk API itself, see the following pages:

Enabling password or token access

  1. In Zendesk Support, select Admin > Channels > API.
  2. In the Settings tab, enable password or token access.

Creating and managing API tokens

  1. In Zendesk Support, select Admin > Channels > API, and make sure the Settings tab is selected.
  2. To create a token, click the Plus (+) icon on the right side.
  3. To delete a token, click the token in the list, then click Delete on the right side.

More than one token can be active at the same time. Deleting a token deactivates it permanently.

For more information, see API tokens on

Creating and managing OAuth clients

  1. In Zendesk Support, select Admin > Channels > API, then select the OAuth clients tab.
  2. Create a client as described in Registering your application with Zendesk.

Tracking API activity against your rate limit

You can compare the activity in the last 24 hours with the Core API against your rate limit. In Zendesk Support, select Admin > Channels > API, then click the Activity tab.

The following requests are excluded from activity:

  • Help Center and Voice API requests
  • Requests using session authentication, such as requests by Zendesk apps or client-side requests from JavaScript code in Help Center
  • Anonymous requests requiring no authentication

activity tab

The page shows activity in the past 24 hours. The chart covers requests over time, while the table provides a breakdown of total requests by client. The clients are identified by the authentication credentials used. The table lists the names – or identities – of API tokens, OAuth clients, or users for basic authentication.

The chart scales based on the amount of activity, which can hide the rate limit line. With enough activity in the example, a horizontal line representing the rate limit would appear at the 700-requests mark.

The horizontal hourly scale is set to your local time, with the right-most mark the most recent hour.

Note: The chart does not address any end-point-specific rate limits like those on Incremental Exports.

Get information about HTTP targets that aren't working

If you're having trouble with an HTTP target, you can view the information returned by the third-party service or REST API that the target tried to access. Example:

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