API Library

Find an API for your business

Simplify your shipping, print your own postage or take advantage of online tracking - there's a range of APIs to help your business run more smoothly. You'll need to set up an API account before you get started.

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Tracking API (SOAP)

Tracking API provides the functionality to enquire on the tracking status of mail items. The API provides the latest tracking information for single and multiple mail items, the tracking history for a single mail item, and the proof of delivery information (minus the signature image) for a single mail item.

The API provides an alternative mechanism to using the track and trace function on the Royal Mail website (http://www.royalmail.com/track-trace).

There are no costs to customers for using the Tracking API services, however development costs must be covered by the customer. Royal Mail will not accept any responsibility for these development, implementation and testing costs.

Customers should address initial inquiries regarding development of systems for these purposes to their account handler.

Local Collect API V2 (SOAP)

Local Collect is a delivery enhancement to Royal Mail Tracked & Special Delivery Guaranteed products that enables customers to benefit from ‘Click and Collect’ options by having their parcels delivered to participating Post Offices and Royal Mail enquiry offices. The Local Collect API allows customers to retrieve an up-to-date list of Post Offices and Royal Mail Enquiry Offices, where the item can be held awaiting collection.

There are no costs to customers for using the Local Collect API services, however development costs must be covered by the customer. Royal Mail will not accept any responsibility for these development, implementation and testing costs.

Royal Mail Delivery Office Finder V1 (REST) API

The Delivery Office Finder API enables customers to obtain details of the Royal Mail Delivery Office dedicated to the provided postcode with the name, address, facilities and business hours of the Delivery Office being returned.

Shipping API V2 (SOAP)

Shipping API V2 provides the functionality for customers to take a shipping transaction from creation to collection. It is a service offered via Royal Mail to request for the creation, update, cancellation of a shipment, printing of a label, printing of international Customs documents, requesting 2D barcode ranges, requesting 1D Item ID ranges, creation and printing of a manifest.

Built on industry standards, Shipping API V2 provides a simple and low cost method for customers to integrate with Royal Mail, and allows them to get shipping quickly.

There are no costs to customers for using the Shipping API V2 services, however customers’ own development costs must be covered by the customer developing the solution. Royal Mail will not accept any responsibility for these development, implementation and testing costs.

Customers should address initial enquiries regarding development of systems for these purposes to their account handler.

Tracking API (REST)

Tracking API provides the functionality to enquire on the tracking status of mail items. The API provides the latest tracking information, the tracking history, and the proof of delivery information (minus the signature image) for a single mail item. The API provides an alternative mechanism to using the track and trace function on the Royal Mail website (http://www.royalmail.com/track-trace).

There are no costs to customers for using the Tracking API services, however development costs must be covered by the customer. Royal Mail will not accept any responsibility for these development, implementation and testing costs.

Customers should address initial inquiries regarding development of systems for these purposes to their account handler.

Local Collect API V2 (REST)

Local Collect is a delivery enhancement to Royal Mail Tracked & Special Delivery Guaranteed products that enables customers to benefit from ‘Click and Collect’ options by having their parcels delivered to participating Post Offices and Royal Mail enquiry offices. The Local Collect API allows customers to retrieve an up-to-date list of Post Offices and Royal Mail Enquiry Offices, where the item can be held awaiting collection.

There are no costs to customers for using the Local Collect API services, however development costs must be covered by the customer. Royal Mail will not accept any responsibility for these development, implementation and testing costs.