End of the Road for the Channel Feed and Communities APIs


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Today, we are announcing that as of July 8, 2019, the Communities and Channel Feed APIs will be fully deprecated, and will no longer be available. Third party developers that currently make use of any Communities or Channel Feed endpoints are encouraged to update their applications to remove support for or dependencies on these features by July 8 to ensure that they continue to function as expected.

Over the last year, discovery on Twitch has undergone a number of significant changes, including the release of Discover, our new homepage focused on personalized recommendations, and the rollout of Tags, a new way for our streamers to describe their content in more detail. As part of these changes, we also discontinued the Channel Feeds and Communities products, though their API endpoints will continue to remain largely active and available for third party application developers through July 8.

Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback in the API developer forum.

FAQs

What’s changing?

On July 8, both the Communities and Channel Feed APIs will be fully deprecated and shut down. In addition, community_id will no longer be accepted as a query string parameter in requests to the Get Streams endpoint of the new Twitch API, nor will it be returned in responses from this endpoint.

Who will be impacted by these changes?

Any third party application developer that makes use of any Communities or Channel Feed API endpoints will be impacted by these changes. Additionally, third party application developers that use community_id when making requests to the Get Streams endpoint of the new Twitch API or rely on receiving them as a response from this endpoint will also be impacted.

Why are we making these changes?

As we announced last year, the Channel Feed product was discontinued alongside the release of the new Discover homepage. Separately, we announced that the Communities product would be discontinued as we released Tags. With both of these products no longer available, it’s time for us to deprecate their APIs.

When do these changes take effect?

We have already taken action to remove documentation referencing the Communities and Channel Feed APIs from the developer site, and on July 8, both will be fully deprecated and shut down.