Accessing the API

The API is made available via our web Console. You can use the Workbench to try out the API in the browser and then generate API keys in Account Settings.


All requests to the Anthropic API must include an x-api-key header with your API key. If you are using the Client SDKs, you will set the API when constructing a client, and then the SDK will send the header on your behalf with every request. If integrating directly with the API, you’ll need to send this header yourself.

curl --header "x-api-key: YOUR_API_KEY" ...

Content types

The Anthropic API always accepts JSON in request bodies and returns JSON in response bodies. You will need to send the content-type: application/json header in requests. If you are using the Client SDKs, this will be taken care of automatically.