Time for another REST update. We’ll talk about updating content via REST urls, as well as a new formater.
We’ve added the ability to update/create content by POST’ing content to REST urls. GETs continue to remain read only, with no side-effects (as they should be).
For example, you can POST an RFC822 formatted message to your inbox REST url to append messages to the inbox folder. Using the popular
curl program, this would look like the following:
curl -u schemers:password --data-binary @/tmp/rfc822.txt https://server/service/home/schemers/inbox
Note, you currently have to use /service/home for POSTs instead of /zimbra/home, because /zimbra/home issues a redirect, which isn’t kosher with POSTs. We’ll be fixing that in an upcoming release.
Other items that can be updated this way are calendar appointments (ICS), and contacts (csv and the new vcf (vCard) format):
curl -u schemers:password --data-binary @/tmp/new.csv https://server/service/home/schemers/contacts?fmt=csv
curl -u schemers:password --data-binary @/tmp/new.ics https://server/service/home/schemers/calendar?fmt=ics
New vCard formatter
As I mentioned above, we also have a new formatter. The “vcf” formatter can export your contacts as series of vcards (vCard 3.0), or can be used to export a single contact as a vCard (to be used by the web client in a future version).
To get all your contacts as a series of vCard entries, specify “vcf” as the formatter on the GET url:
You can also import one or more vCards by POST’ing to a specific contacts folder (support for multiple contact folders in the web client is coming!), using
curl -u schemers:password --data-binary @/tmp/new.vcf https://server/service/home/schemers/contacts?fmt=vcf
Until next time…
We still need to do a better job of exposing the REST functionality (making it easy to import/export all types of data) in the web client, and will hopefully address that in an upcoming release.