Saturday, 20 December 2008

Tesco API now live and documented

UPDATED: is now
UPDATED: API support documentation now at this link.

Well I may be dying from this terrible cold but 'the show must go on' and the Grocery API is now live.

Head to the support web site at where you can register and get access not only to the service location but also a complete reference guide, and a coded example using a Windows Form application compatible with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (any edition including the free 'express' version).

In Hitchhiker's Guide, Arthur Dent says "I feel like a military academy, bits of me keep passing out!". Arthur's excuse was having just been beamed on board a Vogon ship by a matter transfer beam. My cold's making me feel the exactly same way, so Party On! during this festive Yuletide weekend while I lay in bed moaning randomly and demanding that a lorry load of flu relief be sent to me immediately...


  1. Hi, do you know if the API will expose Tesco Diet nutritional information and meal plans as well?

  2. Would you be interested in presenting an overview of the Tesco API at the London iPhone Developer Group?

  3. Link to API homepage is broken. Seems to be poorly set up so far...might want to improve access to information so devs can actually do something with this.

  4. Can you update us as to when the API link will work? I keep checking back but the link is broken.

  5. There is a website that compares Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda products. So they use the API right? How did they do it? I have tried the link but does not work. Any update?


As this blog grows in readership - and because it carries the Tesco brand - I have had to become more careful about the sort of comments that are acceptable. The good news is that I'm a champion of free speech so please be as praising or as critical as you wish! The only comments I DON'T allow through are:

1. Comments which criticise an individual other than myself, or are critical of an organisation other than Tesco. This is simply because they cannot defend themselves so is unfair and possibly libellous. Comments about some aspect of Tesco being better/worse than another equivalent organisation are allowed as long as you start by saying "in my personal opinion.." or "I think that...". ... followed by a "...because.." and some reasoned argument.

2. Comments which are totally unrelated to the context of the original article. If I have written about a mobile app and you start complaining about the price of potatoes then your comment isn't going stay for long!

3. Advertising / web links / spam.

4. Insulting / obscene messages.

Ok, rules done - now it's your go: