Username & Password

Begin Username/Password Import

This import method requires that you collect your user’s username and password for their address book service.

  1. Your application collects the user’s username and password combination for the contact source requested.
  2. Your application calls the /begin_import/import endpoint, including the username/password plus the contact source requested.
  3. CloudSponge returns a result object indicating the request has been received and specifying an import_id for fetching events and contacts later.
  4. (Optional) Your application displays a status update to the user.

Now your application should go to Step 2 while CloudSponge downloads the address book for you.



Request Arguments

Name Required? Description
domain_key Yes Your domain key.
domain_password Yes Your domain password.
service Yes Service code (click here)
username Yes Your user’s username for the contact source.
password Yes Your user’s password for the contact source.
include No By specifying mailing_address here, mailing addresses will be returned in addition to the other contact information.
user_id No Any unique identifier you use to identify a user.
echo No Any customer defined string data to be returned in the response.

Example Request

curl --user 33664218758c5244136965160db455db012b1411:Tpa01z+vVPE7MxXi \
     --request POST \
     --data "service=icloud" \
     --data "username=foo" \  
     --data "password=bar" \
     --url ""

Response Variables

Name Description
status success or failure
import_id The identifier for this import, used in subsequent calls to fetch events and contacts.
user_id The customer defined string that was passed in as an argument.
echo The customer defined string that was passed in as an argument.

Example Response (JSON)

  "status": "success",  
  "import_id": 1126  

Example Response (XML)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>