Introducing the FilesAnywhere API

The FilesAnywhere SOAP API (FAWAPI) provides a simple web services interface to your FilesAnywhere account. The API (Application Programming Interface) enables your FilesAnywhere account to be integrated with applications and web sites using the standard web services protocol.

SOAP is a simple, XML–based protocol for exchanging messages between a client and a web service. SOAP is independent of any particular operating system, hardware platform, programming language or development environment.

The API is freely available for commercial or non-commercial use by anyone having a FilesAnywhere Account.

Who Should use the API?

The API is designed for use by Programmers. If you are not a programmer, you will probably want to involve a programmer in your review of the FilesAnywhere API, since topics are described in technical terms.

The API will involve some software programming, to make it work in your environment, for your application. If you are not interested in doing any programming, the API is not the solution you are looking for. See the "Simple Alternative" section below.

You can also implement a custom website interface using the API and the sample web interface we have made openly available. This API-driven web interface can be customized without changing much code, but you would need to be familiar with web publishing and you may need to maintain the website code if there are changes published to the API functions in the future.

Need a Simple Alternative to the API?

To automate file transfers without programming (without the API), there are a couple of alternatives we recommend. You can schedule file uploads or downloads, synchronizations, even folder deletions, all without the API.

Please refer to this expanded help page for limited ways to automate your account without programming: Automating FilesAnywhere the Easy Way

What can I do with the API?

The API enables programmers to perform most of the common FilesAnywhere functions remotely, with no user interaction. This includes:

  • Account Login
  • Basic File Uploads and Downloads
  • Streaming Uploads ("AppendChunk" method)
  • Basic Folder Management, like viewing folder contents and creating new folders
  • Basic File Operations, like renaming and deleting files/folders
  • Advanced File Operations, like copying and moving files/folders
  • Advanced Folder Management, like viewing advanced folder properties
  • Share Management, like creating new shares and managing existing shares
  • Online Viewer Operations, like requesting page images for supported file types

API Service Description

For a formal XML SOAP definition, please open the Service Description at:

For a list of supported operations, please refer to the below link, or download our API Specifications document:

API Standards Compliance

Submit Your Own Custom Development

Click here to send an email to our product team to tell us about your application, developed for use with FilesAnywhere. If our product team sees a benefit for many FA users, we may list your application on our site. If your application has wide commercial appeal, we may add it to our list of available service plug-ins for users (since this requires development on our part, we will be more likely to add your app as a plugin if it has a wide audience already or a convincing benefit for a large number of FA users).

Please include Your name, username, company, program title, brief description of program and please be sure to Zip and attach the file. Also, please indicate in your email that you are granting us unrestricted permission to display your application on our website, including trademark or logo, and that you permit us to make your app available to FA users.

In turn, you can list FilesAnywhere and use our logo on your app or website, to promote your app integration, and link to our service. We do require that you notify our product team, at the email above, describing your intended use of our name and the links you are adding to our service, so that we are aware of your listing.