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Software Licensing API – Example using Ruby

This document is a subset of the
Software Licensing API document which lists all features available via the API. The following is an example code showcasing how to implement those features with Ruby.


require 'net/http'

uri = URI('')
req =

edd_action = 'check_license' # Valid actions are activate_license, deactivate_license, get_version, check_license
license    = ''
item_name  = ''
url        = '' # If you have disabled URL chaecking in the settings, you do not need this

req.set_form_data('edd_action' => edd_action, 'license' => license, 'item_name' => item_name, 'url' => url)

res = Net::HTTP.start(uri.hostname, uri.port) do |http|

case res
when Net::HTTPSuccess, Net::HTTPRedirection
  # check res.code for a 200 response, and then the response from the Software Licenseing API
  # will be located in res.body as a string of JSON
  puts res.body


A response to the above query would be a JSON formatted string that would look something like this:

	"license": "valid",
	"item_name": "EDD Product name",
	"expires": "2014-10-23 00:00:00",
	"payment_id": 54224,
	"customer_name": "John Doe",
	"customer_email": ""