Getting Started

Below is a guide to help you:

  • Learn to navigate the Sila docs
  • Start your integration process
  • Understanding the Sila API endpoints

This doc provides you with the steps to create an account and register as a developer in the Sila console.

This doc provides instructions on how to register an app using the Developer Console.

To sign in to the Sila Console you will use the username or email and password you created when you signed up for an account (Step 1).

Step 3. Get Pre-Qualified

In order to receive production access, our onboarding team needs to perform some due diligence (phase 1) in order to learn more about your business and the intended use of the Sila API.

Step 4. Start your Onboarding Journey

Once you sign your MSA you will begin your onboarding journey which is separated into two parts

  • Business requirements (in the form of due diligence - phase 2)
  • Technical requirements (outlined below)

Completing both parts can take up to 12 weeks or longer depending on your use case. Business requirements will be communicated to you by your Sila Onboarding Specialist.

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Technical Requirements

Below outlines some of the technical requirements you can access through the docs. Please note that the following requirements will need to fulfilled by all customers however there may be additional requirements based on your use case:

Step 5. Starting your SANDBOX Application

BEFORE YOU START TO BUILD please familiarize yourselves with Sila's Information Management and Security Requirements and the Demo Overview for the checklist and requirements. The sooner you think through implementing these requirements the smoother your onboarding process will go.

Understanding the basic API order of operations and navigating the Docs:

There are many different use cases for the Sila API that will allow you to use many different endpoints. However, below we have outlined the a basic endpoint flows that all Applications must start with:

  • AUTH - Sila uses Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) for authentication of API requests.

    Sila does not use API keys or OAuth routines as is common. ECDSA provides an additional layer of security not possible with other methods.
    Learn more about that here.
    You can build your own Auth however we highly suggest using a provided SDK in your preferred language - doing so will make the AUTH integration much easier.

  • REGISTRATION FLOW - All flows start with registering an individual or a business (aka entity).

    Generating a specified blockchain address (wallet) is part of this flow and happens in the first part of the /register endpoint.

  • PLAID INTEGRATION - Sila has a partnership with Plaid that uses the Plaid processor token in the Sila /link_account endpoint.

    Sila requires you to make use of Plaid's Balance, Identity, and Auth products. So make sure those are included when you sign your contract with Plaid.

  • TRANSACTION FLOW - Request to transaction endpoints will not work until you have successfully completed the steps above.

    You will be required to successfully transact with Standard or Same-Day ACH before you will be able to use Sila's other payment instruments (such as Instant ACH).

  • WEBHOOKS - Sila implements webhooks so that your application can be notified when certain events occur asynchronously, eliminating the need for your app to continuously poll the Sila API to get an up-to-date status.

    Webhooks are managed in the Console.

  • SILA CONSOLE - The Customer Console allows Sila customers to manage their Applications, team members, webhooks and view transactions.

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CODE SAMPLES

  • There are code samples for most endpoints provided at the bottom of the applicable docs.

    Keep in mind that these are not a "cut and paste" code solutions but rather a visual guide for how the request or response should looks.

  • RECIPES: if the code sample aren't helping checkout these recipes for a more step by step approach to the various flows.

Check out the Sila API Explorer or watch the Sila Demo to gain a better understanding of the main features of the Sila API.

You will use the App information you generated in Step 2 with the Sila API Explorer.
NOTE: the API Explore is a demonstration tool only and is independent of your Sandbox environment.

  • If you are struggling to understand the order of operation and how the endpoints work together check out the Sila API Explorer as it provides an interface that allows you to interact with the API in a way the breaks down the flow. Understanding these step will make the docs easier to read and ease your integration experience.
  • Keep in mind the API Explore demonstrates the function of many of the Sila API endpoints. However, you may not need all of the endpoints being demonstrated for your use case. See the Basic API Order of Operations below to understand which endpoints are required.

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