Vanilla API and authentication
I'm currently using the built-in Vanilla open source API (in version 2.0.18) to retrieve a list of recent discussions via
However, I'd also like to retrieve unread counts for the user, but to do this I'd need to establish a session. I have the user's username and password, because they authenticate via basic HTTP auth using the same credentials that are used to login to our Vanilla instance.
I keep seeing posts on the community forums suggesting that this might be possible with Vanilla's built-in API; however, I can find no documentation at all as to its capabilities. For example, on the open source documentation page here on vanillaforums.org, the Vanilla API section redirects to the .com site:
...which obviously isn't useful for me. On that page it does say "Vanilla has had a read-only ReSTful API for some time," but again, gives no documentation. That page only seems to describe the capabilities of the "Simple API" plugin, which I assume is commercial-only.
Anyone know how Vanilla's read-only REST API works, or know where I can find documentation on it? Does "read-only" imply I won't be able to authenticate users?