Getting Started

Learn more about getting started with the Ironclad platform!

Welcome to Ironclad's Developer Portal! Ironclad's rich API can be used to connect your contract data and contracting process to your applications and internal platforms.

The APIs and documentation are intended for Ironclad customers and implementation partners. If you are a platform partner, or a third-party service provider looking to integrate your platform with Ironclad, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Digital Contracting and the Ironclad API

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Ironclad is a Digital Contracting Platform, that allows companies to execute smarter business contracts, by connecting people, processes, and data. With contracts at the intersection point of many business processes, interacting with contracts and contract data is a critical part of modern business.

Ironclad's APIs are designed to enable integrations to focus on creating value for the business, while Ironclad takes care of contracting. Broadly speaking, integrations with Ironclad can interact at three levels of abstraction:

  1. Data Layer. At the highest level of abstraction, integrations can read and write structured data from Ironclad, leaving the specifics around updating contract language and following approval and signature policies to the Ironclad platform.
  2. Workflow Layer. Integrations can also directly control the contract process, automatically blocking or pushing forward approvals. This can be particularly useful for business processes where contracting is part of the larger picture, and other technology platforms are being used.
  3. Document Layer. Finally, integrations can interface directly with underlying contract documents, reading contract text or updating new versions of the document. Ironclad's APIs contain very few endpoints that directly pertain to the Document Layer, but the underlying document formats are open standards (primarily OOXML/DOCX and PDF).

Key Resources

The guides on this Developer Portal cover a wide variety of use-cases. As you dive deeper into integrating with Ironclad, here are a few resources that may be helpful.

  • Ironclad's Help Center. The Help Center explains Ironclad's features, and how and why users are using it. This can be helpful for designing and scoping your integration.
  • API Documentation. The API Documentation provides technical details about each endpoint, and instructions and guidance on how to use them.

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