Get e-mail address for a user via API

Is there a way to get a current e-mail address of a user via the API?

Our use case is this:

We allow users to manage their Discourse information via our website. In general, Discourse is only used as a mailing list and nearly all users never visit the actual Discourse site. I want to be able to show the user the current e-mail address that Discourse is using so they can see if it needs to be changed.

I am able to do this with all other fields except email.

There used to be an API endpoint users/{username}/emails but that doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

Hi,

GET /users/:username.json

will display the email in two cases:

  • the user id of the API KEY holder is the same than the user id related to the requested username
  • the API KEY holder is staff and the requested user is staged

Read more about this in code:

AFAIK this codepath has not changed recently.

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Yeah, but that doesn’t help me. All of the users are already active and the user API key is not going to match.

This request does work for me:

curl "http://example.com/users/joffreyjaffeux/emails.json" \
     -H 'Api-Username: joffreyjaffeux' \
     -H 'Api-Key: xxx' \
     -H 'Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8' \
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But, does it work if the URL is http://example.com/users/paulapostolos/emails.json ?

Yes it should work for yourself and other users as long as this is true:

  def can_check_emails?(user)
    is_admin? || (is_staff? && SiteSetting.moderators_view_emails)
  end

Note that doing so will trigger a staff action log.

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That worked…I had some old code that used to work (version 1.4 ish) that had the request as a PUT and without the .json at the end. I modified it to a GET and changed the URL and now it works.

Thanks for the help!

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