Xero’s App Partner Program is the key to unlocking the value of the Xero Ecosystem. As an app partner you’ll receive exclusive benefits such as co-marketing and premium access to sales and advisor channels - helping increase leads, improve conversion and grow on the Xero platform. We’re also excited to bring a new range of technical benefits to a refreshed App Partner Program being launched later this year. These benefits - built on top of OAuth 2.0 - remove friction when connecting apps to Xero to generate a higher volume of better quality leads fromXero’s App Marketplace.
OAuth 2.0 and Sign In with Xero will enable these technical benefits and are required for the refreshed App Partner Program. We recommend implementing these as soon as you can to optimise your app experience and be ready to leverage the program once it launches.
Sign Up with Xero brings potential customers from the Xero app marketplace to your app in just a few clicks - ensuring a seamless app adoption experience.
Users can provision an app trial that’s pre-populated with their Xero data. This streamlines setup and reduces friction to help improve your conversion.
Take advantage of Xero data to give a great onboarding experience and help customers see the unique value of your app sooner.
Sign Up with Xero brings the Xero connection to the beginning of the sign up process. This removes friction for customers because they no longer have to re-enter information Xero knows - name, email, company name, type, country etc. Sign In with Xero also removes the need to set up (and remember) a second password.
Plus, the first time Xero customers land in your app, you can have it pre-populated with personalised information to make their experience more meaningful - e.g. their contacts, overdue invoices, employee timesheets or financial performance.
Your tailored sign up experience should follow a similar flow;
Bulk connections allows users to connect multiple organisations in a single auth flow. There is no limit to how many they can connect at once. This speeds up the connection process and is especially valuable to accountants and bookkeepers who often need to connect a large number of organisations. By removing friction, we believe this will help advisors connect more clients overall.
Our implementation of OAuth 2.0 allows your app to connect to a user’s chosen organisations using a single access token. This differs from OAuth 1.0a which required a different access token for each organisation.
This makes life easier for users because they only have to go through the authorisation flow once. The user will still choose the organisations your app can access during the flow but there is only one token.
Allowing users to connect multiple organisations at the same time might require some changes to the UX of your app after the auth flow is completed.
If Xero organisations map to your app on a one-to-one basis then you will likely need to build a screen that allows the user to map each one (as above). An example would be a POS app where organisations map to stores.
If your app is set up in such a way that multiple organisations can already connect to a single account (e.g. a BI/reporting app) then you may not need to build any additional UX.
In some cases you might prefer that a user is restricted to picking a single organisation (e.g. during the Sign Up with Xero flow). You can do this by including bulk_connect:false the in the acr_values parameter on the authorization step e.g.
To give customers a better trial experience we’re lifting the minute and day rate limits for the first 30 minutes of a new connection. This allows your app to sync all the Xero data it needs to show the customer your unique point of value.
If your implementation makes use of the standard rate limit headers already returned on every API request then you won’t need to do anything to implement rapid sync.
While Rapid Sync is active, the X-DayLimit-Remaining and X-MinLimit-Remaining headers will stay at their full amount (e.g. 5,000 and 60). Once the 30 minutes is over they will start reducing as normal.
Keep in mind that you are still limited to 5 concurrent requests per tenant (organisation) and 10,000 requests overall per minute during the Rapid Sync period.
We’ll be releasing more information about the refreshed partner program soon but if you have any questions please let us know via your partner manager, developer evangelist or firstname.lastname@example.org.