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I have windows 10 and want to know how to get to the Rest API jira console step by step, unfortunately I do not have such knowledge and the instruction in jira is unfriendly to the user. can someone help?

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Hello @Arkadiusz Olszewski ,

Thanks for reaching out and welcome to the community. 

When it comes to pulling data or designing integrations from the API the documentation goes deep fast as there is a lot of nuance in the outcomes which can be quite a barrier to entry but is also vital to successfully navigating the capabilities. There are also variations between product sets like the core Jira platform vs the Jira Software vs Jira Service management in how the data is to be returned, and the best starting point would be the base Atlassian cloud developer documentation 

Unfortunately, there is no easy entry point or single solution step by step process to get things started, as API calls are a complex topic and have a ton of different tools and approaches to interface with them, other than diving into the documentation to start to understand the capabilities and then work towards a goal for the design of the integration you are trying to build out after choosing and learning the tool to make the call.

However, the most basic call you can do to the API is directly in the browser using the desired endpoint as your URL, as browsers will translate the data supplied at an API endpoint url as raw text.

For example, if you run the following in the Browser to see data on a speciffic issue:{issueIdOrKey}

This would be the equivalent of running the following GET call in a curl from the command line:

curl --request GET \
--url '{issueIdOrKey}' \
--user '<api_token>' \
--header 'Accept: application/json'

Looking at the pain point you mentioned of how to get to the basis of the console to access the API, there are two main approaches, the first is direct console/terminal access using a command like CURL, which is a linux/unix based command that will be represented quite frequently in the documentation, and on Windows 10 or newer, Curl comes with an operating system (Check out this site giving some more details on curl in windows) noting other than curl there are also formattings like Forge, Node.js, Java, Python, PHPOR that are detailed in the Atlassian API documentation for each endpoint. Alternatively you would want to look at a Windows alternative to curl, Or a third-party tool like PostMan which is an API integration that will launch the curl commands input as a form-based operation vs direct command-line interaction.

Again any of these options will require prerequisite knowledge of the tool you choose to get going with or research on how to use that tool but I hope this information gets you on the right track of where to start looking to get into the API.


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