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I'm trying to create a developer tool that involves creating a scratch org programmatically. Is there a way to create a scratch org directly via the Salesforce API without using the sfdx CLI tool?

If so, which endpoint(s) can be used to create a scratch org?

Is the API that the sfdx CLI tool uses publicly accessible/documented?

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You can use the ScratchOrgInfo object in the SOAP API to create and delete Scratch Orgs. This means you'll need a WSDL and some language that supports SOAP in order to do this.

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The source code for sfdx is available via GitHub. Take a look there to see how it functions. No guarantee you'll find everything you need, but it's a good starting point.

Note that this was announced by Salesforce earlier this year.

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