[API-users] Small change to retrieving GBIF download files

Matthew Blissett mblissett at gbif.org
Wed Nov 11 13:16:19 UTC 2020

Hi all,

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.


Matt Blissett

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