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A Eulogy for XML & CREST

Team Tech Co | 2018-05-07 14:10

18 months ago we announced both ESI and our intention to retire the XML API and CREST by May 8th, 2018. This is a reminder that this retirement date is finally upon us! Tomorrow after downtime both CREST and XML API will not be usable anymore. This means any software you are using that has not moved to ESI will stop working. If you need to find an alternative to your favorite XML or CREST-only tools you can have a look at this curated list of EVE third-party software maintained by our awesome community!

The XML API was first announced in 2007 and was known as the "EVE API". The XML API was one of the first APIs to ever be released for a major popular video game and allowed the community to make amazing software to help capsuleers take the game to new heights. In 2012, a newer API was released called CREST expanding the kind of access to EVE that was available to third-party developers. As the service of these APIs comes to a close we salute them for their forward-thinking initiatives and will continue to expand on the foundation they built through the EVE Swagger Interface.

We leave you with this parting haiku from our resident poet CCP Snowedin:

one last day remains
rip to XML and CREST
long live ESI

Feel free to make your own haiku eulogies for XML API and CREST using the Twitter hashtag #LongLiveESI.


-- Team Tech Co.

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