Ruby wrapper for the LinkedIn API. Heavily inspired by John Nunemaker's Twitter gem, the LinkedIn gem provides an easy-to-use wrapper for LinkedIn's Oauth/XML APIs.

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[sudo] gem install linkedin



LinkedIn's API uses Oauth for authentication. Luckily, the LinkedIn gem hides most of the gory details from you.

require 'rubygems'
require 'linkedin'

# get your api keys at
client ='your_consumer_key', 'your_consumer_secret')
rtoken = client.request_token.token
rsecret = client.request_token.secret

# to test from your desktop, open the following url in your browser
# and record the pin it gives you
=> "<generated_token>"

# then fetch your access keys
client.authorize_from_request(rtoken, rsecret, pin)
=> ["OU812", "8675309"] # <= save these for future requests

# or authorize from previously fetched access keys
client.authorize_from_access("OU812", "8675309")

# you're now free to move about the cabin, call any API method

Profile examples

# get the profile for the authenticated user

# get a profile for someone found in network via ID
client.profile(:id => 'gNma67_AdI')

# get a profile for someone via their public profile url
client.profile(:url => '')

More examples in the examples folder.

For a nice example on using this in a Rails App.

If you want to play with the LinkedIn api without using the gem, have a look at the apigee LinkedIn console.


  • Change to json api
  • Update and correct test suite
  • Change to Faraday for authentication
  • Implement Messaging APIs

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2009-11 Wynn Netherland. See LICENSE for details.