This page documents the HTTP headers used by the Zulip API.
Most important is that API clients authenticate to the server using
HTTP Basic authentication. If you're using the official Python or
care of when you configure said bindings.
Otherwise, see the
curl example on each endpoint's documentation
page, which details the request format.
Documented below are additional HTTP headers and header conventions
generally used by Zulip:
Clients are not required to pass a
User-Agent HTTP header, but we
highly recommend doing so when writing an integration. It's easy to do
and it can help save time when debugging issues related to an API
If provided, the Zulip server will parse the
User-Agent HTTP header
in order to identify specific clients and integrations. This
information is used by the server for logging, usage
statistics, and on rare occasions, for
backwards-compatibility logic to preserve support for older versions
of official clients.
Official Zulip clients and integrations use a
User-Agent that starts
with something like
ZulipMobile/20.0.103, encoding the name of the
application and it's version.
Zulip's official API bindings have reasonable defaults for
User-Agent. For example, the official Zulip Python bindings have a
User-Agent starting with
version is the version of the library.
You can give your bot/integration its own name by passing the
parameter when initializing the Python bindings. For example, the
official Zulip Nagios integration is initialized like this:
client = zulip.Client(
If you are working on an integration that you plan to share outside
your organization, you can get help picking a good name in
#integrations in the Zulip development
To help clients avoid exceeding rate limits, Zulip sets the following
HTTP headers in all API responses:
X-RateLimit-Remaining: The number of additional requests of this
type that the client can send before exceeding its limit.
X-RateLimit-Limit: The limit that would be applicable to a client
that had not made any recent requests of this type. This is useful
for designing a client's burst behavior so as to avoid ever reaching
a rate limit.
X-RateLimit-Reset: The time at which the client will no longer
have any rate limits applied to it (and thus could do a burst of
Zulip's rate limiting rules are configurable,
and can vary by server and over time. The default configuration
- Every user is limited to 200 total API requests per minute.
- Separate, much lower limits for authentication/login attempts.
When the Zulip server has configured multiple rate limits that apply
to a given request, the values returned will be for the strictest