Explain how to auto-generate the documentation for the REST API of the app.

Although developers could go an read the general REST API documentation, they still need to know entity names, fields, actions, permissions, etc., in order to make use of it. That information is defined in the app builder, but external developer that need to interact with your app do not have access to it.

For this reason Slingr provides a way to auto-generate documentation for the REST API of an app, providing information about the entities, fields, actions, etc., which is needed to interact with the API.

Understanding REST APIs

In the app builder, under the section Model > REST API, you will see the list of APIs for your app. This might sound a bit confusing, because your app has only one API based on your model, but depending on the user accessing the API some features might not be available. For example you don’t have any permissions for one specific field. This section allows you to define which are the permissions for the different types of API users you expect to have.

There is going to be always one API called Full API. This one cannot be deleted and it is the API for a developer user, or someone who has permissions for everything. Then it is possible to define other APIs indicating the groups that the API users will belong to. These groups will be used to determine the permissions the users will have.

When you configure a REST API, when you push changes you will be able to see the documentation of the API at this URL:


Keep in mind that these REST APIs you define here are useful to auto-generate the documentation only. Any user who does not belong to any of the groups used in the REST API can still use the API, but there won’t be any documentation.

REST API settings

When you create a new REST API you will need to provide the following settings:


This is a human-readable name for the REST API.


This is the internal name of the REST API and it will be used in the URL of the API documentation.

The name cannot contain special characters or spaces. Only letters and numbers.


This is a list of groups that define the permissions for this REST API. Only things that are accessible to these groups will be documented.

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