The Parse REST API

Parse now has a REST API that will let you access your Parse data programmatically from computers that are not mobile devices. Check out the documentation here.

The REST API enables many different use cases for the Parse platform, and was one of the most requested features over the past few weeks as developers integrated their apps with us. We designed the API to be straightforward, but powerful enough to enable a whole host of features:

  • A webserver can show data from Parse on a website.
  • You can upload large amounts of data that will later be consumed in a mobile app.
  • You can download recent data to run your own custom analytics.
  • Applications written in any programming language can interact with data on Parse.

Our REST API uses HTTP basic authentication, and exposes RESTful endpoints at /1/classes/classname, where classname represents the class of objects you are dealing with. With the API, you’ll be able to create, retrieve, update, and delete objects.

Our primary goal for the REST API is to make our platform accessible from a myriad of servers and devices. If you start using the REST API, especially for interesting use cases, we’d love to hear about it!

Kevin Lacker
August 26, 2011

Android User Management, Date, and Bytes

Whew! It’s been quite a ride after our big launch two weeks ago. We’ve gotten some great feedback from developers all over the world. You guys are really awesome.

Today, we released an update to both the iOS and Android SDKs. As usual, you can download the new versions on our docs page.

User Management for Android

The Android SDK now has the same User Management features as iOS. You now have access to a special ParseUser class that lets you quickly add user accounts to your Android app. Check out the documentation.

Dates and Bytes

We’ve added the ability in both iOS and Android to store native dates and binary data. In iOS, you can store NSDate and NSData types, and in Android you can store java.util.Date and byte types. This opens up the ability for apps to store all kinds of interesting data, including photos and video data.

Upcoming REST API

We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear: many of you want a REST API to access your Parse data via your services other than your mobile app. We’re working hard to release this soon.


Many of you have been asking about pricing. During the private beta, you will be able to use Parse free of charge. We are currently working on the pricing for Parse. It will be similar to the Heroku model: free for small applications and scaling up in a reasonable fashion for higher usage apps.

At Parse, we understand how important it is to have a free way to experiment with development platforms, especially for newer or small apps. We intend to have a plan where all mobile developers will be able to experiment without
fear of being charged.

We will be releasing pricing information within the next few months. If you have any feedback about the pricing please let us know.

James Yu
August 19, 2011

Funding, Y Combinator, and the People Behind Parse

We have some exciting news about Parse and the future of our platform.

We’re happy to announce that we are in the current batch of Y Combinator (Summer 2011), and, in two short months, we’ve raised $1.1 million in a seed round from a stellar group of investors, including Y Combinator, Ron Conway, Yuri Milner, Google Ventures, and Menlo Ventures.

We’d also like to introduce the team behind Parse. We are Tikhon Bernstam, James Yu, Ilya Sukhar, and Kevin Lacker. We are all passionate developers that understand the pain that is backend development for mobile devices. Each of us is also technical startup veterans that have a wealth of experience in both developers tools and consumer products. Read more about our backgrounds here.

We’ve been pushing hard over the past few months on developing the Parse platform. And there’s been some great responses from our early beta developers that have taken the plunge. Read about their great experiences on our testimonial page.

Today, we’re also widening the private beta with 200 exclusive invites on TechCrunch. Head over there to grab your invite now.

This is all great news, but, there is one message that we don’t want to get lost in the shuffle — we are committed to creating the best platform to store, sync, and push data in the cloud for mobile apps. Our goal is to relieve the pain of server-side development, deployment, and maintenance for mobile developers around the world. And we’re moving fast towards that goal as Parse becomes more and more powerful everyday.

With that in mind, we recently released two new features: Android client push, and block support for our iOS SDK. As usual, we welcome any feedback.

James Yu
August 4, 2011



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