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Self-Hosted API Now Available

posted on November 2, 2022 Show version history

We’re excited to announce the Laserfiche API is now also available for self-hosted systems. The new Laserfiche API Server enables you to leverage Laserfiche in new and meaningful ways. A modern REST-based API and language-specific libraries allow developers to quickly use their favorite languages to build integrations with Laserfiche. 

Check out the Laserfiche Developer Center for step-by-step how-to guides, information on the client libraries and much more!  

And when you’ve built something cool, we encourage you to share it with the Laserfiche community on our Laserfiche Marketplace!  

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replied on November 2, 2022 Show version history

Here's the download link:

Laserfiche API Server - Downloads

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replied on December 28, 2023

Here's a video on how easy the installation is:

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replied on November 2, 2022

Could you help a non-IT minded person to understand what an API might be able to do for us Laserfiche users?  Yes, I googled it, but... it's still all greek to me! laugh  Me, I'm a very visual learner.  If I see how it works, I can then think of ways I can use it; and if I can see all the pieces and how they connect, I can usually build out my out use for it.  

What would be a good example of how we would use an API at our local municipal office?

And I'm assuming only an IT person would know how to program such an API?

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replied on November 3, 2022 Show version history

Hi Connie,


One example is let's say you have images and metadata stored within Laserfiche.

In another system, you have records that sometimes correspond to those images.

Maybe you want this system to have a button that opens up a customized display of the images and metadata stored within laserfiche, without using what's readily available through parametrized weblink URLs. 

This API would enable someone to code a webpage which can consume and display information from Laserfiche (the image and select metadata) in just the exact way your users of this non-Laserfiche system would prefer. (Yes this would typically be done by a VAR or someone with the ability to program.)

An API is a way to make common functions of an application, consumable by others via web programming in a safe, easy, and most critically, vendor supported, way. 

The link Cosette posted to the Developer Center is filled with instructions and examples on how to make use of it.

Hope this helps! Cheers

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replied on November 3, 2022
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replied on November 3, 2022

Hi Luke, 

The API product manager told me he'll be sure to follow up on that question tomorrow. 




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replied on November 7, 2022 Show version history


Can you advise what the licensing model will be for this API server for on-premise solutions?

Is there a specific license required or can you use a normal Laserfiche full named user license?

Are there any limits on the quantity of calls you can make with that one specific user token?


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replied on November 7, 2022

Hi Farid,

The Laserfiche API is included to all Laserfiche 11 systems, although is its own download package as Pieter linked above. It will follow the same requirements as the Laserfiche SDK for licensed connections. 

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replied on November 10, 2022

Does the Laserfiche API Server need to be installed on the same server as the Laserfiche Server (repository)?

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replied on November 11, 2022

Hi, the Laserfiche API Server does not need to be installed on the same server as the Laserfiche Server.

One of the configuration steps for the Laserfiche API Server is to set the fully qualified domain name of your Laserfiche Server in your network (step 3 under the installation configuration guide )

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