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Introducing Sharetribe Developer Platform

Overview of how the Sharetribe Developer Platform works, and how you can build and customise your online marketplace platform using it.

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Sharetribe is a complete solution for building a powerful online marketplace for rentals, services, events or experiences. Sharetribe provides you with all the necessary marketplace infrastructure out of the box. At the same time, because of its headless architecture, Sharetribe Developer Platform gives you total freedom to customize your user experience.

Sharetribe Components

Sharetribe customer architecture

Your marketplace UI

Your marketplace user interface (UI), also known as the "front end", is what your users see and interact with. They use the UI to sign up to your platform as well as to post, find, book, and pay for listings. Whether a web-based UI, a mobile application, or both, the user interface is the face of your solution. That's why you have total control over it.

You can fully choose things like which fonts and colors to use in your user interface, what kind of pages or views there should be, and how those should be laid out. There are no limits to what you can do in terms of visual design.

Sharetribe Web Template is a web template that implements a full-feature marketplace experience powered by Sharetribe. The template can be configured to three types of marketplaces out of the box:

  • a rental marketplace with daily or nightly bookings
  • a service marketplace with time-based bookings
  • a product marketplace with stock management

With a Sharetribe Web Template, you can get started developing your marketplace UI straight away: just download the latest version and start customizing it for your marketplace. There are no limits to how much you can customize the template. You can freely design the user interactions and alter the look and feel of your marketplace. You can also integrate any web analytics or customer service solutions directly into your UI.

Your users won't see Sharetribe mentioned anywhere. The web address is your own domain, the email notifications get sent from your email address, and the entire user experience is fully tailored to match your brand.

If you prefer to start from scratch, you can build your own UI on top of Sharetribe's Marketplace API yourself. For instance, if you want to build a mobile application for your marketplace, you will need to build a fully custom user interface. You can also have several UI applications for the same marketplace, so the user can manage their listings and transactions on a native mobile app as well as on the web.

The Marketplace API

The Marketplace API is how your UI connects to the Sharetribe Developer Platform services. It's an HTTP interface with a design influenced by the JSON API specification and the CQRS pattern. The Marketplace API allows you to implement all the standard marketplace functionality that Sharetribe supports.

Sharetribe handles running and scaling the Marketplace API. To take full advantage of this, you should design your Marketplace UI to point a majority of the traffic directly to the Marketplace API. For example, Sharetribe Web Template only handles the initial page load when a user opens their browser. After that, the template lets the client application (Single-page application) talk directly with the Marketplace API, and the API powers all further interactions.

To learn more about the capabilities of the Marketplace API and Sharetribe Developer Platform, visit the API reference documentation.

Sharetribe JavaScript SDK

The Sharetribe JavaScript SDK is a small JavaScript library that helps you with integrating the Marketplace API. It handles tasks like authentication and session management and makes it easy to use correct data types with the API. Using the Sharetribe JS SDK is not required, but if you are working with JavaScript, we strongly encourage you to have a look.


Console is where you to manage all your marketplace data, such as users, listings and transactions. Console also offers tools to develop and customize your marketplace, for example, an editor for email templates. Console is accessed via a web UI that we provide out of the box. Think of it as an admin interface you never have to build!

The Integration API

The Integration API is how you can integrate third party solutions to your Sharetribe marketplace. It provides full access to your marketplace data and operations, so you can integrate a vast range of services to your marketplace behind the scenes. To read more about the capabilities of the Integration API, visit the API reference documentation. You can also read more about integrations in Sharetribe.

Sharetribe CLI

Sharetribe CLI (Command-line interface) is a tool for changing your marketplace's advanced configurations such as transaction processes and email templates.

See the Getting started with Sharetribe CLI guide for more information.