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How to connect to the Digikey API for product quotes

Efficient procurement of electronic components is vital for businesses operating in the technology-driven world we live in. One of the key players in the electronic components distribution market is Digi-Key Electronics, known for its vast inventory of components, rapid shipping, and competitive pricing. To optimize and automate the procurement process, businesses can connect to the Digikey API. In this article, we'll explore how to do just that, including details on authentication, access tokens, and refresh tokens. Additionally, we'll discuss how Basedig's RFQ Automator can assist in connecting to various component distributor APIs to secure the best procurement conditions.

Connecting to the Digikey API

Digikey provides an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows developers and businesses to access their extensive catalog of electronic components, including product information, pricing, availability, and more. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to connect to the Digikey API.

Beware that the Digikey Authentication process is somewhat more complex than that of other suppliers. Indeed, the authentication requires more steps:

First, an authorization code must be collected manually from the interface.

Then only, an access token and a fresh token can be required from the API. The access token enables the collection of quotes. The access token typically has a validity of 30 minutes. It has to be renewed by using the refresh token, which has a validity of 3 months.

The full process is detailed in this page:

1. Obtain Digikey API Access: To access the Digikey API, you need to obtain API access credentials. Visit Digikey's developer portal and sign up for an API key. This key will serve as your authentication credential for accessing their API.

Here is the link to access Digikey APIs

2. Getting an authorization code: the Digikey API authorization code is provided in a manual process, by which you must enter your credentials on the required form. You are then redirected to the URL which you provided during your registration, and the redirection URL contains the digikey API authorization code, which you will need for the next steps.

3. Authentication: The first post request that you will make, will contain the authorization code. In the response, you will get the first access token and refresh token. The access token has a validity of 30 mn and is required to query Digikey’s database and get price quotations. The refresh token is used to renew the access token after its validity is elapsed.

4. Access Token: Digikey's API requires an access token for secure authentication. An access token is a temporary token that grants access to specific resources for a limited time. You will need to include this token in your API requests.

5. Refresh Token: Digikey's API issue a refresh token along with the access token. The refresh token is used to obtain a new access token when the current one expires, ensuring continuous access to the API without requiring users to re-authenticate.

6. Endpoint URL: Digikey's API will have specific endpoint URLs for different types of data, such as product details, pricing, and availability. Refer to Digikey's API documentation to understand the available endpoints and their purposes.

7. Request Data: Construct your API requests to retrieve the information you need. For example, if you want to get pricing and availability information for specific electronic components, make a POST request to the relevant endpoint, providing the necessary parameters.

8. Handle Responses: Digikey's API will respond with the requested data in a structured format, typically JSON. Your application can then process and utilize this data for procurement purposes.

Basedig's RFQ Automator: Simplifying Component Procurement

Basedig's RFQ Automator is a comprehensive procurement tool designed to streamline the process of sourcing electronic components. One of its key features is the ability to connect to various component distributor APIs, including Digikey, to secure the best procurement conditions. Here's how RFQ Automator can help:

1. Centralized SaaS Platform: RFQ Automator acts as a centralized hub where you can input your component requirements, including part numbers, quantity, and other specifications.

2. API Integration: RFQ Automator is seamlessly integrated with multiple electronic component distributor APIs, including Digikey. When you submit your RFQ, RFQ Automator simultaneously sends requests to these APIs.

3. Real-Time Quotes: RFQ Automator collects real-time quotes and data from various sources, enabling you to compare prices, availability, and other relevant information in one place.

4. Optimized Procurement: Based on the data gathered from multiple APIs, RFQ Automator provides recommendations to help you make well-informed procurement decisions. It can suggest the most cost-effective options, alternative components, or suppliers with the best delivery times.

5. Efficiency and Cost Savings: By automating the quote collection process and providing data-driven insights, RFQ Automator saves time, reduces procurement costs, and minimizes the risk of component shortages.

Basedig also provides connections to other component suppliers such as:

  • Avnet Abacus

  • Avnec Silica

  • Avnet EBV

  • Arrow Electronics

  • Farnell

  • Future Electronics

  • Mouser

Connecting to the Digikey API is a valuable step in optimizing your electronic component procurement process. When coupled with the capabilities of Basedig's RFQ Automator, you can harness real-time data from Digikey and other distributors to make informed procurement decisions. Embracing technology and automation is essential in today's competitive business environment, and integrating with APIs is a smart strategy to ensure the efficient acquisition of electronic components.

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