Example Usage of

View many existing mailing lists using pagination, much like it appears in the standard user interface.

Description: View many mailing lists based on sorting, offset, limits, filters, and public/private. This allows you to view mailing lists much like you would through the admin interface - Manage Lists screen.
Endpoint: /admin/api.php?api_action=list_paginator
HTTP method: GET
Supported output formats: xml, json, serialize
Requires authentication: true
* indicates requirement. Underlined params include in URL, otherwise as part of the post body. POST data must be formatted as
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
. We don't accept any other input formats like JSON.
Variable Description
api_key*Your API key
api_outputxml, json, or serialize (default is XML)
sort*Leave empty for default sorting. Example: 01, 01D, 02, 02D, etc.
offset*The amount of records you want to skip over. This works in tandem with "limit." Example: 20, 50
limit*The amount of mailing lists you wish to retrieve. Example: 10, 20, 50, 100. Default is 10.
filter*The section filter that should be applied. This corresponds to a unique ID in the sectionfilter database table. Example: 11
public*0: no, 1: yes
Example response:
Variable Description
paginatorID of the paginator.
offsetResult pages to skip over. Example: 0
limitResults returned per page. Example: 20
totalTotal returned. Example: 1
cntTotal count returned. Example: 1
idUnique ID of the list. Example: 393
stringidURL identifier for this list. Example: list-1
useridList user ID (user that created the list). Example: 1
nameInternal display name of the list. Example: List 1
cdateDate the list was created. Example: 2012-03-13 13:17:12
p_use_trackingExample: 1
p_use_twitterWhether or not to auto-post campaigns sent to this list to Twitter (must also turn on during campaign process). Example: 0
p_use_facebookWhether or not to auto-post campaigns sent to this list to Facebook (must also turn on during campaign process). Example: 0
p_embed_imageExample: 1
p_use_captchaWhether or not to require captcha when being added to this list. Example: 1
send_last_broadcastExample: 0
privatePublic or private setting for the list. Example: 0
analytics_sourceGoogle Analytics source name. Example: List 1
analytics_uaGoogle Analytics account number. Example: UA-12345-6
twitter_tokenTwitter access token.
twitter_token_secretTwitter access token secret.
facebook_sessionFacebook session data, which contains the access token.
carboncopyEmails to CC when new campaigns are sent to this list.
subscription_notifySend to these emails when new contacts are added to this list.
unsubscription_notifySend to these emails when someone unsubscribes from this list.
require_nameExample: 0
get_unsubscribe_reasonExample: 0
to_nameExample: Recipient
optinoptoutExample: 1
sender_namePhysical mailing address name. Example: My Company
sender_addr1Physical mailing address line 1. Example: 123 S. Street Blvd
sender_addr2Physical mailing address line 2. Example: Suite 100
sender_cityPhysical mailing address city. Example: Chicago
sender_statePhysical mailing address state. Example: IL
sender_zipPhysical mailing address zip code. Example: 60601
sender_countryPhysical mailing address country. Example: USA
sender_phonePhysical mailing address phone number. Example: 123-456-7890
sender_urlURL of the sender. Example:
sender_reminderSender's reminder to contacts. Example: You are receiving this email because you signed up on our site.
optinmessageidExample: 0
optoutconfExample: 0
listidExample: 393
p_adminExample: 1
p_list_addExample: 1
p_list_editExample: 1
p_list_deleteExample: 1
p_list_syncExample: 1
p_list_filterExample: 1
p_message_addExample: 1
p_message_editExample: 1
p_message_deleteExample: 1
p_message_sendExample: 1
p_subscriber_addExample: 1
p_subscriber_editExample: 1
p_subscriber_deleteExample: 1
p_subscriber_importExample: 1
p_subscriber_approveExample: 1
luseridList user ID (user that created the list). Example: 3
urlPublic Archive URL for the list. Example:
addressidID of the physical mailing address being used. Example: 0
subscribersTotal number of contacts for this list. Example: 3
campaignsTotal campaigns sent to this list. Example: 3
emailsTotal emails that have been sent campaigns for this list. Example: 8
result_codeWhether or not the response was successful. Examples: 1 = yes, 0 = no
result_messageA custom message that appears explaining what happened. Example: Something is returned
result_outputThe result output used. Example: serialize

PHP Example

This is an example of using the list_paginator call with PHP. You can replicate the same idea in virtually any other programming language. The example shown is using serialize as the output format. You can change that to XML or JSON if you would like.


// By default, this sample code is designed to get the result from your ActiveCampaign installation and print out the result
$url = '';

$params = array(

	// the API Key can be found on the "Your Settings" page under the "API" tab.
	// replace this with your API Key
	'api_key'      => 'YOUR_API_KEY',

	// this is the action that fetches a list info based on the ID you provide
	'api_action'   => 'list_paginator',

	// define the type of output you wish to get back
	// possible values:
	// - 'xml'  :      you have to write your own XML parser
	// - 'json' :      data is returned in JSON format and can be decoded with
	//                 json_decode() function (included in PHP since 5.2.0)
	// - 'serialize' : data is returned in a serialized format and can be decoded with
	//                 a native unserialize() function
	'api_output'   => 'serialize',

	'somethingthatwillneverbeused' => '', // this variable is pushed right back in the response
	'sort' => '', // leave empty to use a default one; other values are 01, 01D, 02, 02D, etc (number is a column index, and D means 'order descending')
	'offset' => 0, // start with this item (first page would be loaded using offset=0,limit=20, second page using offset=20,limit=20)
	'limit' => 20, // items per page
	'filter' => 0, // which sectionfilter to use (0=no filter)
	'public' => 0, // is public (1=yes, 0=no)


// This section takes the input fields and converts them to the proper format
$query = "";
foreach( $params as $key => $value ) $query .= urlencode($key) . '=' . urlencode($value) . '&';
$query = rtrim($query, '& ');

// clean up the url
$url = rtrim($url, '/ ');

// This sample code uses the CURL library for php to establish a connection,
// submit your request, and show (print out) the response.
if ( !function_exists('curl_init') ) die('CURL not supported. (introduced in PHP 4.0.2)');

// If JSON is used, check if json_decode is present (PHP 5.2.0+)
if ( $params['api_output'] == 'json' && !function_exists('json_decode') ) {
	die('JSON not supported. (introduced in PHP 5.2.0)');

// define a final API request - GET
$api = $url . '/admin/api.php?' . $query;

$request = curl_init($api); // initiate curl object
curl_setopt($request, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0); // set to 0 to eliminate header info from response
curl_setopt($request, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); // Returns response data instead of TRUE(1)
//curl_setopt($request, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE); // uncomment if you get no gateway response and are using HTTPS
curl_setopt($request, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true);

$response = (string)curl_exec($request); // execute curl fetch and store results in $response

// additional options may be required depending upon your server configuration
// you can find documentation on curl options at
curl_close($request); // close curl object

if ( !$response ) {
	die('Nothing was returned. Do you have a connection to Email Marketing server?');

// This line takes the response and breaks it into an array using:
// JSON decoder
//$result = json_decode($response);
// unserializer
$result = unserialize($response);
// XML parser...
// ...

// Result info that is always returned
echo 'Result: ' . ( $result['result_code'] ? 'SUCCESS' : 'FAILED' ) . '<br />';
echo 'Message: ' . $result['result_message'] . '<br />';

// The entire result printed out
echo 'The entire result printed out:<br />';
echo '<pre>';
echo '</pre>';

// Raw response printed out
echo 'Raw response printed out:<br />';
echo '<pre>';
echo '</pre>';

// API URL that returned the result
echo 'API URL that returned the result:<br />';
echo $api;?>

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