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    General Concepts

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


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

        <title>411 Length Required</title>
      <body bgcolor="white">
          <h1>411 Length Required</h1>

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