We use API keys to authenticate all requests to our REST API, and to track your API usage and billing.
Follow this guide to learn how to create a RentCast account, activate your API subscription, create an API key, and make your first API request.
If you don’t have an existing RentCast account, go to our website, click the Sign In button on the API Dashboard page, and follow the prompts to create your account:
If you have an existing RentCast account, you do not need to create a new one to use our API. You can sign in to your existing account to use our API and the rest of the RentCast platform.
Before using our API, you will need to sign up for one of our API billing plans and activate your subscription.
We offer a free plan, which comes with 50 free API calls per month to allow you to test our API and develop your integration. Additional pricing plans are available for production applications and higher volume use cases.
You can sign up for one of our API billing plans by clicking Select Plan on the API Dashboard page, and following the prompts to activate your subscription:
Our API billing plans have a fixed monthly price, as well as a per-request overage fee. Once you reach your monthly request quota, you will be charged the overage fee for each additional request.
You can view, create and delete your API keys on the API Dashboard page.
Click Create API Key and follow the prompts to create your first API key:
API keys are unique codes that are used to authenticate all API requests and track your API usage and billing.
If you are working on a single integration for personal or business use, you will likely only need a single API key.
If you have multiple applications or different services using our API, we recommend creating a separate API key for each of them to help you to track their usage independently and increase your security posture.
API keys are meant to be kept secret and should never be exposed in any client-facing, front-end or publicly-accessible code. If you believe one of your API keys was compromised, we strongly recommend deleting it and replacing it with a new one.
If you no longer need a particular API key, or if you believe that one of your keys was compromised or leaked to the public, you can delete it from the API Dashboard page:
When you need to replace an old API key with a new one, we recommend first creating a new API key, updating your code to replace all occurrences of the old key with the new one, and then deleting the old key once you have verified that your code is working as intended.
Deleting an API key is final and cannot be undone. This action will immediately break all services and integrations that use that key, and you will need to replace it with a new one to continue using our API.
To authenticate requests to any of our API endpoints, simply provide your API key in the
Below is an example request to the
/properties endpoint which will retrieve the first 20 property records in Austin, TX. You can try it yourself by replacing
YOUR_API_KEY with your actual valid key:
curl --request GET \ --url 'https://api.rentcast.io/v1/properties?city=Austin&state=TX&limit=20' \ --header 'Accept: application/json' \ --header 'X-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY'
If you’re not sure about how to add headers to your API requests, check the documentation for your specific programming language, or look at the code samples on our API endpoint references pages for examples.