Using the sample API proxies

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Download the samples

To obtain the sample files, use git clone as the following example shows:

git clone

Import and deploy the sample API proxies

Import and deploy the samples from the command line:

  1. After you download the samples, go to the /setup directory, as the following example shows:
    cd setup
  2. In the /setup directory, locate the file
  3. Edit this file to set your organization, the email address associated with your username, and the environment (prod or test) where you want to deploy the API proxies.
  4. After you edit, execute the following:

    This script deploys all API proxy samples to your organization. (The process takes 3-4 minutes.) Follow prompts to deploy API products, developers, and apps (which are used for OAuth).

  5. After the deploy script completes, navigate to the sample-proxies directory. In the directory sample-proxies, you will find one directory per sample proxy. In each directory is a file with information about running the sample, and two scripts that help you as you make small changes to the samples, deploy, and then invoke the sample to see what effect you change had:
    • Execute this script to invoke the deployed version of the API proxy.
    • Execute this script to deploy the API proxy after you make any changes.

Invoke the sample API proxies

Each sample proxy has an associated shell script that can be used to invoke the API proxy after you deploy it.

From the /sample-proxies/proxy_name directory, execute the following:


This invokes the proxy that is running in the test environment in your organization.


For troubleshooting information, see the following:

Modify and reuse the sample API proxies

Typical usage of the sample proxies is to modify, deploy, and invoke. This enables you to make small modifications, and then to see what effect they have on the response message.

To modify a sample API proxy to point at a different backend service, modify the XML configuration file in the following location:


For example, to point the API key sample at your own backend service, locate this file:


If the default configuration points to, such as:

<TargetEndpoint name="default">
    <!-- This is where we define the target. For this sample we just use a simple URL. -->

and your backend service is available at, then you modify the configuration to look like the following:

<TargetEndpoint name="default">
    <!-- This is where we define the target. For this sample we just use a simple URL. -->

After you have saved your changes, deploy the API proxy as the following example shows:


The other API proxies can be modified the same way in order to use the API proxy functionality against your existing target services. In some cases, however, API proxy behavior is dependent on specific message formats, so the proxies might need additional configuration changes.