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I have looked around, and the answer seems to be no. But, I wanted to make sure, hence my question here. I am interested in writing a Hacker News client app, so am looking for an API.

I see there are some third-party (unofficial ones) out there; but how do I know which is good, bad or just OK? Then there is the problem that Hacker News could pull the plug on these unofficial APIs at any time, thus rendering a client application useless.

I assume that all existing client apps use one of these other APIs?

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hnsearch.com/api –  Sathya Jan 14 '13 at 3:10
HNSearch is pretty much the one I should stick with? –  dbarros Jan 14 '13 at 4:32
that is the recommended one, yes - most clients stick to that, few have their own scrapers - but the HNSearch is the one which has go the "blessing" –  Sathya Jan 14 '13 at 4:50
HNSearch seems to be redirecting to octopart.com now –  waldir Apr 10 at 23:20

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Someone has started maintaining an "Unofficial" HackerNewsAPI in github:


(I have no first hand experience of using this API)

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I am the owner and maintainer of this repo. I'm continuously working on making this API work perfectly. PR's welcome. –  Karan Goel Dec 13 '13 at 1:22

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