Developer News

Here you will find news of any updates to our interfaces or documentation for linking to our on-line systems (e.g. Catalyst FindIt, eCommerce).

  • You will need to be a registered developer with Catalyst (contact programming @ catalyst-uk.com) to get your username and password to download the documentation. (The latest copy can always be found at https://www.catalyst-uk.com/dev/CMS Datafeed.pdf).
  • Terms governing the use of our on-line services for third parties are detailed in the document above in the "Acceptable Use Policy" section.
  • Keep up to date with the latest parts and price changes .

Retirement of legacy datafeed URLs

We announced in 2014 that all download feeds and uploads should now be sent to our server at https://www.catalyst-data.co.uk. We have continued to support the legacy URLs on https://www.catalyst-findit.co.uk up to now but have taken the decision to retire them from Monday 3rd September this year (03/09/2018).

If you still use the old domains then ensure they have been updated before the retirement date:

  • Update the domain from which you take datafeeds (download.php) from https://www.catalyst-findit.co.uk to https://www.catalyst-data.co.uk
  • Check the request version number (version="..." in the <download> element). If you have not specified it then it will be version 3.
  • Note that the old domain supported versions 3 to 8 only, so if you were requesting a newer version you were in fact only getting version 8, and so that is the version you should request if you want to keep the same response format.
  • Note that the new domain supports versions 6 and above only, so if you were requesting an older version then you will no longer be able to get the same format and will need to check for any breaking changes in the datafeed documentation (see link below).
  • Update the domain to which you submit updates (upload.php) from https://www.catalyst-findit.co.uk to https://www.catalyst-data.co.uk
  • Note that we are only talking about the URL you are connecting to. The XML namespace in the request is unchanged.
  • From 03/09/2018 any requests to download.php or upload.php on https://www.catalyst-findit.co.uk will respond with a 404 Not Found.
  • Finally just to clarify: any "real-time" requests you send directly to the client are unchanged.

The latest datafeed documentation can always be found at https://www.catalyst-uk.com/dev/CMS Datafeed.pdf using the login credentials originally given to you.

Stock and Customer Datafeeds Updated

Updated Business Export request and response formats to version 18, with the following changes:

  • Added stock barcodes to the stock export.
  • Added stock associations to the stock export.
  • Added stock components to the stock export.
  • Added stock alternatives to the stock export.
  • Added customer delivery addresses to the customer export.

Vehicle subtitle

Updated Business Export request and response formats to version 17, with the following changes:

  • Added subtitle response element to the vehicle export.

Loyalty Card Sales

Added Loyalty Card Sales Requests.

Stock item applications

Updated Business Export request and response formats to version 16, with the following changes:

  • Added stock applications to the stock export.

Vehicle videos and new vehicle types

Updated Business Export request and response formats to version 15, with the following changes:

  • Added title response element to the vehicle export.
  • Added videos to the vehicle export.
  • Added new vehicle type codes for bicycle and electric assisted pedal cycle.
  • Added a new vehicle type code for trailer.

Requesting alternative image sizes

Updated request and response formats to version 13, with the following changes:

  • Added image-length request attribute for specifying the maximum image size to retrieve.

Increased model description length

Updated request and response formats to version 12, with the following changes:

  • Vehicle export description, model and stdModel may now contain up to four lines of up to 40 characters each split over successive lines.

dimensions, weights in Vehicle Feed

Updated request and response formats to version 11, with the following changes:

  • Added dimensions response element to the vehicle export.
  • Added weights response element to the vehicle export.

stdManufacturer, stdModel in Vehicle Feed

Updated request and response formats to version 10, with the following changes:

  • Added stdManufacturer response element to the vehicle export.
  • Added stdModel response element to the vehicle export.