CategoriesCreate Endpoint


Nearly every single store needs categories.  This endpoint allows you to create as many categories as you need for your store.


The following pre-requisites will be necessary to accomplish the goals of this article:

  • General understanding of REST and API’s
  • Understanding of C# and/or JavaScript
  • Visual Studio 2012 or newer

Getting Started

You should already have a project open and ready to accept code to allow you to use this REST API endpoint.  You should also have some kind of idea what attributes that you want your category to have before you create it.


This REST API endpoint allows you to create a category for your store. 

Example URL

This is what the REST endpoint will look like if you are calling it using JavaScript.  See our REST API URL documentation for more information.

HTTP Method



This method only requires that you pass an instance of the CategoryDTO object to the endpoint.


If successful, this endpoint will return a CategoryDTO object in JSON format.  Otherwise, you will have one or more errors returned.

Example Code

The following code will allow you to successfully call this endpoint, provided that you have enabled it.

Project References

  • Hotcakes.CommerceDTO

Import Namespaces

  • Hotcakes.CommerceDTO.v1
  • Hotcakes.CommerceDTO.v1.Catalog
  • Hotcakes.CommerceDTO.v1.Client


string url = "";
string key = "YOUR-API-KEY";

Api proxy = new Api(url, key);

// create a new instance of Category
var category = new CategoryDTO();

// populate the category with the minimum information
category.Name = "Awesome Products";
category.Description = "These are the most awesome products!";
// add more attributes as you would like

// add the category to the store
ApiResponse<CategoryDTO> response = proxy.CategoriesCreate(category);
// your domain name
var url = ""; 
// the path where the API is
var apiPath = "/DesktopModules/Hotcakes/API/rest/v1/";  
// endpoint as shown in the documentation
var endPoint = "categories";  
// get this from the store admin
var apiKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";

$(document).ready(function() {

    // put together a JSON object with the minimum attributes
	var postData = {
		"Name": "Awesome Products",
		"Description": "These are the most awesome products!"

		dataType: "json",
		url: url + apiPath + endPoint + "?key=" + apiKey,
		data: JSON.stringify(postData),
        type: 'POST',
        success: function (data) {
            // do something
        error: function(jqXHR, textStatus) {
            // do something else


      "Name":"Awesome Products",
      "Description":"These are the most awesome products!",

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