Retrieves full information about all item traits for a given category. For example, in the "Comic Books" category, applicable item traits might include "Year Published," "Publisher," and "Condition." This information can be used when posting or editing an item, or item traits can be applied as filters to narrow down search results.

getCategoryTraits Input

getCategoryTraits is a non-secure request with the following URL and HTTP header requirements:

Submit to URL:
Required in HTTP header: X-BONANZLE-API-DEV-NAME set to your dev_id

The name for your request should be getCategoryTraitsRequest.

So, for example, here is the Ruby code to submit your request:

# Open connection to over port 80
http ="")
  "/api_requests/standard_request", # The path we're posting to
  "getCategoryTraitsRequest=your_serialized_JSON_data", # The data being posted
  { 'X-BONANZLE-API-DEV-NAME' => 'abcdef123456' } # The HTTP header, which gives your dev_id

Here are the available input parameters that can be serialized into JSON:

Argument Type Occurrence Meaning
Call-specific Input Fields
categoryId integer Required The numeric ID of the category whose traits you want to grab.

getCategoryTraits Output

The name for the output returned from this request is getCategoryTraitsResponse. So, after parsing the serialized response into JSON, you can access the data with something like:


Here are all the possible output parameters:

Argument Type Occurrence Meaning
Standard Output Fields
errorMessage Container Conditionally Description of an error or warning that occurred when Bonanza processed the request. Not returned if the ack value is Success.
errorMessage.error Container Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
errorMessage.error.category ErrorCategory Conditionally Currently unused.
errorMessage.error.message string Conditionally A description of the error
errorMessage.error.type ErrorType Conditionally A unique descriptive name for the error.
timestamp dateTime Always This value represents the date and time when Bonanza processed the request. The time zone of this value is GMT and the format is the ISO 8601 date and time format (YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ). See the "dateTime" type for information about this time format and converting to and from the GMT time zone.
warnings Container Conditionally Description of a warning that occurred when Bonanza processed the request.
warnings.unrecognized_parameters Container Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
An array of unrecognized parameters.
warnings.category_deleted Container Conditionally The input category is no longer in use on Bonanza. Please use getCategories or visit your dashboard to download the latest categories.
Call-specific Output Fields
traitArray Container Always, repeatable: [0..*] Contains an array of the available traits for a given category.
traitArray.htmlInputType string Always The type of item trait this is. Possible values include:
  • dropdown. A selector box, where one value can be selected.
  • checkbox_set. A checkbox, where multiple values can be true or false.
  • textfield. A text field, where user can enter their value freely. integer Always The unique ID for this item trait.
traitArray.label string Always The name for this trait. For example, "material," "color," "brand," etc.
traitArray.parentTraitId integer Always The ID of this trait's parent. Can be useful when traversing through search results, to know that a trait like "Color" maps from "Collectibles" to "Decorative Collectibles."
traitArray.variationsEnabled boolean Always Returns true if this is a trait that can have variations specified for it. See addFixedPriceItem for more details on variations.
traitArray.traitValues Container Conditionally, repeatable: [0..*] Contains an array of the possible values for traits, only applicable when trait's htmlInputType is "dropdown."
traitArray.traitValues.displayOrder integer Conditionally The order in which this trait value should be presented, if displayed in a list. Lower numbers should be at top of list. string Conditionally The name of this trait value, for example, "green," "red," "leather," "new," etc.
traitArray.traitValues.searchId integer Conditionally The integer to use as a filter to findItemsByKeywords to filter only search results that have this item trait set.

getCategoryTraits Examples