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    General Concepts

    The following concepts are the same for every endpoint in the API except when it is noted explicitly.

    Auth

    Manipulating data on a CARTO account requires prior authentication using a unique identifier as a password. For the import API, a special identifier known as the API Key is used as a proof of authentication for each user account to authorize access to its data.

    To execute an authorized request, api_key=YOURAPIKEY should be added to the request URL. This parameter can be also passed as a POST parameter. We strongly advise using HTTPS when you are performing requests that include your api_key.


    Errors

    Errors are reported using standard HTTP codes and extended information encoded in the HTML language, as shown in the following example:

    <html>
      <head>
        <title>411 Length Required</title>
      </head>
      <body bgcolor="white">
        <center>
          <h1>411 Length Required</h1>
        </center>
        <hr>
        <center>nginx</center>
      </body>
    </html>

    Depending on the specific case, additional information regarding the error may be presented. See Import Errors for details about known error codes and solutions.