The data.gov catalog is powered by CKAN, a powerful open source data platform that includes a robust API. Please be aware that data.gov and the data.gov CKAN API only contain metadata about datasets. This metadata includes URLs and descriptions of datasets, but it does not include the actual data within each dataset.

Complete API documentation is available from CKAN.

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Getting Started

To begin using this API, you will need to register for an API Key. You can sign up for an API key below. After registration, you will need to provide this API key in the x-api-key HTTP header with every API request.

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API Description

This API has one primary endpoint:

Endpoint 1: https://api.gsa.gov/technology/datagov/v3/

Description CKAN Endpoint

Complete API documentation is available from CKAN.

Example Query Package List: https://api.gsa.gov/technology/datagov/v3/action/package_search?api_key=DEMO_KEY

HTTP Header Name Description
x-api-key API key from api.data.gov. For sample purposes, you can use DEMO_KEY as an API key.

OpenAPI Specification File

You can view the full details of this API in the OpenAPI Specification file available here: Open API specification file for the data.gov catalog API.

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