[API-users] Occurrence download API throwing 406 errors

Matthew Blissett mblissett at gbif.org
Tue Dec 4 12:47:06 CET 2018

Hi all,

The old behaviour (before 3 December):

- Download requests had to have "Accept: application/json" or no accept 

- The response would be "Content-Type: application/json" although the 
actual content would be text like "0000077-181127163650858"

 From 3 December until now was only text/plain.

New behaviour (as from a few minutes ago):

- Download requests can have either "Accept: application/json", "Accept: 
text/plain", or no accept header at all.

- The response Content-Type will be the same as the Accept header, or 
text/plain if there was none.

That should fix the original problem [1], but remain compatible for 
libraries that currently have a workaround for the current behaviour.



[1] https://lists.gbif.org/pipermail/api-users/2017-May/000457.html

On 04/12/2018 08:37, Federico Mendez wrote:
> Scott, sorry for that breaking change, but we have changed the response type of “/v1/occurrence/download/request” It was incorrectly set to respond with JSON when in reality returns “text/plain” (a download key or identifier). If possible please change the response in the rgbif package.
> Please let us know if that fixes the issue and if we can assist you in any other way.
> Best, Federico.
> On 04/12/2018, 00.07, "API-users on behalf of Scott Chamberlain" <api-users-bounces at lists.gbif.org on behalf of myrmecocystus at gmail.com> wrote:
>      Hi,
>      The occurrence download API has been throwing 406 errors for some users
>      https://github.com/ropensci/rgbif/issues/333
>      I concur that it happens for me as well.
>      Has anything changed in the backend for the downloads route?
>      Best, Scott
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