[API-users] Small change to retrieving GBIF download files
mblissett at gbif.org
Wed Nov 11 13:16:19 UTC 2020
We've made a small change to the way files are downloaded from
GBIF.org. People retrieving GBIF downloads using a web browser will not
notice any difference. There will also be no difference for many
command line download programs, like "wget".
API clients will notice that download links like
now return an HTTP 302 redirect to a different location. The client
will need to follow the redirect to retrieve the file. Users of "curl"
on the command line can add the "-L" argument to follow redirects
The change was necessary to improve stability and performance of
api.gbif.org, following the change by Google Chrome to block non-HTTPS
downloads. The default for download links is now HTTPS, but files (and
all of api.gbif.org) can still be accessed using only HTTP if preferred.
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