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Introducing Polar Open AccessLink API

Here at Polar, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to come up with new ways to serve our customers better. Today we’re happy to announce the public availability of Polar Open AccessLink, our free API that developers can use to power their apps with Polar data.

Polar Open AccessLink API allows developers to query user data stored in our cloud service Polar Flow, such as exercise intensity, daily activity and much more.

Fuel for new ideas

People all around the world in more than 80 countries use Polar Flow to follow their workouts and daily activity. All that data is securely stored in our cloud service Polar Flow once the user has synced his or her device with the Polar Flow application.

We believe that this data can be used in new and creative ways by combining it with other data. Our aim is to fuel creativity and innovation by making accessing Polar Flow data as easy as possible.

What can you do with Polar API?

Once a user has granted permission to access his or her data stored in Polar Flow you can start querying the data within your application. The following data is available via Polar API:

– Exercise data
– Daily activity data
– Physical information data

Please note that you can only query new data and don’t have access to historical data already stored in the Polar Flow service.

Getting started

You can get started with Polar API in only a few minutes. All you have to do is create a free Polar Flow account (you don’t need to have a Polar device for this) and register as a third party developer. After this, you can start integrating oAuth2 based Polar API into your application or service.

Restrictions and limitations

There aren’t a lot of limitations beyond standard rate limiting in order to prevent service abuse.

Please note however that for now, our API is read-only, meaning that you can’t write new data to the Polar Flow service. This might change in the future though as we continue to improve our API.

Documentation and libraries

Polar Open AccessLink API documentation is available here. It’s full of code examples to help you get started as soon as possible.

We also plan to provide example applications and language libraries in the very near future to help developers get started even quicker. In the true spirit of Open Source, these applications and libraries will be made available on our GitHub profile so you can start forking our code and sending pull requests in the upcoming weeks.

Getting help

If you have an improvement idea for our service or feel stuck and need help, you can reach us at b2bhelpdesk@polar.com.

What’s next?

We are excited to see new and interesting ways in which Polar data can be leveraged. We will keep improving Polar Open AccessLink API and we’d love to hear from you if you have an idea on how we can make it even better!

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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