Order Processing with REST APIs Tutorial

Step 4. Create a quote

When a customer adds an item to their shopping cart for the first time, Magento creates a quote. Magento uses a quote to perform tasks such as

  • Track each item the customer wants to buy, including the quantity and base cost
  • Gather information about the customer, including billing and shipping addresses
  • Determine shipping costs
  • Calculate the subtotal, add costs (shipping fees, taxes, etc.) and apply coupons to determine the grand total
  • Determine the payment method
  • Place the order so that the merchant can fulfill it.

Types of carts

Magento identifies three types of users that can create a shopping cart:

  • An admin user can create a cart on behalf of a customer. For all admin requests, you must provide an admin authorization token in the call’s authorization header.
  • A logged-in customer. Calls to create a cart and add items must contain the customer’s authorization token in the authorization header.
  • A guest user. These users could be customers who haven’t logged in yet, or they could be users who have no intention of creating an account. An anonymous user’s cart is called a guest cart.

Create a cart for a logged-in customer

This tutorial manages a the cart of a logged-in customer. Unless otherwise noted, all calls must specify customer’s token q0u66k8h42yaevtchv09uyy3y9gaj2ap in the header.


POST http://<host>/rest/default/V1/carts/mine


Content-Type application/json

Authorization Bearer <customer token>




The response is the quoteId: 4

Some calls refer to this parameter as the cartId.

Verify this step

There are no additional verification steps.quoteId values are not displayed on the website or in Admin.