This API is specific to Search.gov and exposes the type-ahead suggestions that can appear below your search box as searchers enter their search terms.

We have a script available that calls this API for you, which you can use as an alternative to using this API directly. Find it in Admin Center > YourSite > Activate > Code Snippets.

Getting Started

The endpoint is https://api.gsa.gov/technology/searchgov/v1/suggestions.

You must use https and send a new call for every keystroke. Whenever a user selects a query from the drop-down list, send this selection to us as a new query request.

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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 Search.gov Type-Ahead Suggestions API


Please get your key from api.data.gov. The key will be specific to you. The results API key provided by Search.gov will not work for this API. The API key is registered to an individual user, but can be used across the code - it would simply need to be updated if the original user left the organization.


Three parameters are required: (1) name, (2) q, and (3) api_key.


  • The value for the name parameter is your site handle on the Settings page. You can find this through the Search.gov Admin Center > Your Search Site > Dashboard > Settings.
  • Replace YOUR_SEARCH_TERM with a word or phrase of your choice. A minimum of a 2-character term is required.
  • Your api_key is provided through api.data.gov.

Expected Results

You will see an array of suggestions. Suggestions are derived from the searches performed on your website.

Up to five suggestions related to your visitors’ search term are returned and are updated in near real time, ranked by a popularity score.

If you want a given term to always appear as a suggestion, please contact our team.

Note: inappropriate terms are filtered by our system and will not be presented as suggestions.

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Terms of Service

By using this API, you agree to our Terms of Service.

Contact Us

Please never hesitate to reach out! Email the Search.gov team.

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