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This distribution provides a means for generating authentication URLs for and invoking methods of the Remember The Milk API.

It utilizes glib2, curl and openssl and thus is probably most useful for *NIX applications — but re-implementation for Win32 is probably not too difficult.

At present, these bindings only provide a means of invocation — your application must process the responses it receives (usually XML) manually (with expat, libxml2, etc.)


The C bindings for the Remember The Milk API are BSD licensed.

Version 0 - Released 2006-05-12 - Initial proof of concept release.


To initialize the bindings, call:

rtm_api *rtm = rtm_api_init(YOUR_API_KEY, YOUR_API_SECRET);

Conversely, invoking:


Frees all resources allocated by the binding.

To generate an authentication URL, simply call:

char *url = rtm_api_auth_get_url(rtm, "write", NULL);

This will generate an authentication URL requesting write permissions. Valid permission values are read, write and delete.

The third parameter is a frob value, which should be used as described in User Authentication. We could retrieve a frob value with:

char *response = rtm_api_call_method(rtm, "rtm.auth.getFrob");

response will contain a XML response with a frob value as described in rtm.auth.getFrob.

We can exchange the frob for an auth_token by calling:

rtm_api_param_add(rtm, "frob", frob);
char *response = rtm_api_call_method(rtm, "rtm.auth.getToken");

response will contain a XML response with a token value as described in rtm.auth.getToken.

Using the token value, we can now make authenticated API calls. For Example:

rtm_api_set_auth_token(rtm, auth_token);
char *response = rtm_api_call_authenticated_method(rtm, "rtm.tasks.getList");

Would retrieve all our tasks as per rtm.tasks.getList and store the result in response.

rtm_api_set_timeline should be used to set a timeline for utilizing the API as per Timelines.

Two additional rtm_api_param_add_* functions are provided:

The various binding functions (rtm_api_call_method, rtm_api_call_authenticated_method, rtm_api_param_add, etc) manage all necessary resource allocation and de-allocation.

However, if one wants to manually manage the internal parameter state, rtm_api_param_init, rtm_api_param_clear and rtm_api_param_reset (which calls rtm_api_param_clear then rtm_api_param_init) can be used.

These bindings are at a proof of concept stage, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated.