[API-users] GBIF API requests limit

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Wed Dec 6 09:59:15 CET 2017

Hi Akshat,
as things are there is not much else you can do but to do moderate parallel calls to our API.
Feel free to leave a feature request issue through our portal feedback (upper right) e.g. being able to batch count a list of names.


On 3. Dec 2017, at 06:58, Akshat Pant <akshat26 at terpmail.umd.edu<mailto:akshat26 at terpmail.umd.edu>> wrote:

Hi Markus,
I have like 50,000 scientific names and I'm running them through the API to get a count of each name's occurrence.
So I do this iteratively and it's taking a lot of time.
Is there a way to speed this up ?
Also, if I run this for a long period of time, it terminates the connection to the API


On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 3:10 AM, Markus Döring <mdoering at gbif.org<mailto:mdoering at gbif.org>> wrote:
Hi Akshat,

there is no rate limit to the main API. If you are planning on hammering it real badly please give us a short notice when and how so we can monitor it.
The only throttled area are occurrence downloads which need authentication. These are queued and downloads from the same users are sequentially.
Search requests have a deep paging limit documented on our site.


> On 30. Nov 2017, at 22:45, Akshat Pant <akshat26 at terpmail.umd.edu<mailto:akshat26 at terpmail.umd.edu>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am new to this mailing list.
> Can someone please tell me what is the maximum requests per second allowed on the GBIF API ?
> I was not able to find this on the GBIF website's API section.
> I hope that the API guru members on this list will be able to help.
> Thanks in advance,
> Akshat
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