17 Oct 2018

Search REST API

Overview

We’ve developed API clients for the most common programming languages and platforms. These clients are advanced wrappers on top of our REST API itself and have been made in order to help you to integrate the service within your apps: for both indexing and search. Everything that can be done using the REST API can be done using those clients.

Using our API clients is recommended to get the best from our service, they are all open-source and available on Github. You should only use our REST API to develop new API clients.

Click on one of the links below to access the client or integration’s code and documentation

Server side API Clients

PHP
PHP
Ruby
Ruby
JavaScript
JavaScript
Python
Python
Java
Java
Scala
Scala

Client side API Clients

JavaScript
JavaScript
iOS
iOS
Android
Android

Frameworks

Rails
Rails
Symfony
Symfony
Django
Django
Laravel
Laravel

Note: SLA on Search is guaranteed only if you use those Official API clients. Learn more

Hosts

The REST API lets your interact directly with Algolia from anything that can send an HTTP request. All API access must use HTTPS.

The primary hosts are {Application-ID}.algolia.net for write operations and {Application-ID}-dsn.algolia.net for read operations. The *-dsn host guarantees high availability through automatic load balancing and also leverages our Distributed Search Network (if you subscribed that option).

In order to guarantee a very high availability, we recommend to implement a retry strategy for all API calls on the following fallback hosts: {Application-ID}-1.algolianet.com, {Application-ID}-2.algolianet.com, {Application-ID}-3.algolianet.com. (Note that the domain is different because it is hosted on another DNS provider, for better redundancy.) It is best to shuffle (randomize) the list of fallback hosts at init time in order to ensure load balancing across clients. All our standard API clients implement this retry strategy.

The Application-ID variable can be found in your dashboard.

The relative path prefix /1/ indicates that we are currently using version 1 of the API.

Format

The entire API uses JSON encoded as UTF-8.

The body of POST and PUT requests must be either a JSON object or a JSON array (depending on the particular endpoint) and their Content-Type header should be set to application/json; charset=UTF-8.

The body of responses is always a JSON object, and their content type is always application/json; charset=UTF-8.

Parameters

Unless otherwise stated, parameters must be passed:

  • in the URL’s query string for GET and DELETE requests;
  • in the request’s body for PUT and POST requests.

Parameters passed in the URL must be properly URL-encoded, using the UTF-8 encoding for non-ASCII characters. Furthermore, the plus character (+) is interpreted as a space (it is therefore an alternative to %20).

Arrays

Unless otherwise stated, arrays passed in the URL can be specified either:

  • as a comma-separated string; example: attributesToRetrieve=title,description; or
  • as a JSON array (which must be properly URL-encoded, of course); example: attributesToRetrieve=%5B%22title%22,%22description%22%5D.

Arrays passed in the body must always be regular JSON arrays.

Authentication

Basics

Authentication is done via HTTP headers:

  • X-Algolia-Application-Id identifies which application you are accessing;
  • X-Algolia-API-Key authenticates the endpoint (you can pass any API key created with the API).

For JavaScript usage, Algolia supports Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), so that you can use these headers in conjunction with XMLHttpRequest.

Secured API keys

You may have a single index containing per-user data. In that case, you may wish to restrict access to the records of one particular user. Typically, all your records would be tagged with their associated user_id, and you would add a filter at query time like filters=user_id:${requested_id} to retrieve only what the querying user has access to.

Adding that filter directly from the frontend (browser or mobile application) will result in a security breach, because the user would be able to modify the filters you’ve set, e.g. by modifying the JavaScript code.

In order to keep sending the query from the browser (which is recommended for optimal latency) but only target secured records, you can generate secured API keys from your backend and use them in your frontend code. The backend will then automatically enforce the security filters contained in the key; the user will not be able to alter them.

A secured API key is used like any other API key via the X-Algolia-API-Key request header.

Generate a secured API key

Secured API keys are generated by hashing (HMAC SHA-256) the following criteria together:

  • a private API key (can be any API Key that is not the admin API Key), used as the secret for HMAC SHA-256;

  • a URL-encoded list of query parameters defining the security filters.

The result of the hashing is concatenated to the URL-encoded query parameters, and this content is encoded in Base64 to generate the final secured API key.

All our backend API clients contain helpers to generate secured API keys. It is highly recommended that you use them instead of generating secured API keys manually.

Restriction parameters

The query parameters used during the generation of a secured API key can contain any of the default query parameters. In addition to these parameters, you can also specify parameters to restrict the indices or the TTL:

Name Type Description
userToken string An identifier that will be used by the rate-limit system to differentiate users behind the same IP.
validUntil integer Unix timestamp used to define the expiration date of the API key.
restrictIndices comma-separated string list List of index names allowed for the secured API key
referers string array Restrict this new API key to specific referers. If empty or blank, defaults to all referers. You can specify a pattern with either a leading or trailing wildcard (`*`), or both.\n\nFor example, `https://algolia.com/*` matches all referers starting with `https://algolia.com/` and `*.algolia.com` matches all referers ending with `.algolia.com`. You can combine both, as in `*algolia.com*` to allow the domain `algolia.com`.
restrictSources string IPv4 network allowed for the secured API key

Error handling

Whether a request succeeded is indicated by the HTTP status code. A 2xx status code indicates success, whereas a 4xx status code indicates failure.

When a request fails, the response body is still JSON, but always contains a message field with a description of the error, which you can inspect for debugging. For example, trying to add an object with an invalid key will return the message:

{
  "message": "Invalid Application-Id or API-Key"
}

Search Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/query

Search index (POST)

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}

Search index (GET)

POST

/1/indexes/*/queries

Search multiple indices

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/facets/{facetName}/query

Search for facet values

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/browse

Browse index (POST)

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/browse

Browse index (GET)

Search index (POST)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/query
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
Return objects that match the query.

You can find the list of parameters that you can use in the POST body in the Search Parameters section.

Alternatively, parameters may be specified as a URL-encoded query string inside the params attribute.

This method has a constant URL, thus allowing the web browser to cache Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) OPTION requests.

Parameters:

params
type: URL-encoded string
Optional
default: `""` (no search parameters)

Search parameters

Errors:

  • 400: Bad request argument
  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "params": "query=george%20clo&hitsPerPage=2&getRankingInfo=1" }' \
     "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/imdb/query"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the list of results in the hits attribute of the returned JSON object:

{
    "hits": [
        {
            "name": "George Clooney",
            "objectID": "2051967",
            "_highlightResult": {
                "name": {
                    "value": "<em>George</em> <em>Clo</em>oney",
                    "matchLevel": "full"
                }
            },
            "_snippetResult": {
                "bio": {
                    "value": "is the son of <em>George</em> <em>Clo</em>oney as was his father"
                }
            },
            "_rankingInfo": {
                "nbTypos": 0,
                "firstMatchedWord": 0,
                "proximityDistance": 1,
                "userScore": 5,
                "geoDistance": 0,
                "geoPrecision": 1,
                "nbExactWords": 0
            }
        },
        {
            "name": "George Clooney's Irish Roots",
            "year": "(2012 Documentary)",
            "objectID": "825416",
            "_highlightResult": {
                "name": {
                    "value": "<em>George</em> <em>Clo</em>oney's Irish Roots",
                    "matchLevel": "full"
                },
                "year": {
                    "value": "(2012 Documentary)",
                    "matchLevel": "none"
                }
            },
            "_rankingInfo": {
                "nbTypos": 0,
                "firstMatchedWord": 0,
                "proximityDistance": 1,
                "userScore": 4,
                "geoDistance": 0,
                "geoPrecision": 1,
                "nbExactWords": 0
            }
        }
    ],
    "page": 0,
    "nbHits": 38,
    "nbPages": 19,
    "hitsPerPage": 2,
    "processingTimeMS": 6,
    "query": "george clo",
    "parsed_query": "george clo",
    "params": "query=george%20clo&hitsPerPage=2&getRankingInfo=1"
}

Search index (GET)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
You can also query an index with a GET request.

The GET method’s URL varies with the search parameters, and thus forces the browser to perform one Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) OPTION request for each query, without any way to cache them. Its use is therefore discouraged.

Parameters

You can pass any of the Search Parameters in the URL’s query string.

Errors:

  • 400: Bad request argument
  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/imdb?query=george%20clo&hitsPerPage=2&getRankingInfo=1"

Search multiple indices

Path: /1/indexes/*/queries
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
This method allows to send multiple search queries, potentially targeting multiple indices, in a single API call.

Parameters:

requests
type: list
Required

A list of queries. Results will be received in the same order as the queries in the requests attribute.

Each query is described by the following attributes:

  • indexName: index targeted by the query;
  • params: URL-encoded list of search parameters.
strategy
type: string
Optional
default: `"none"`

Allows optimizing execution of the queries by potentially skipping some of them.

The following values are allowed:

  • none: Execute all queries.

  • stopIfEnoughMatches: Execute queries one by one, but stop as soon as one query matches at least as many hits as its hitsPerPage parameter. More formally: query N is executed only if all of queries 0 through N-1 had strictly less hits than their requested number of hits per page.

Let’s illustrate stopIfEnoughMatches: Let’s say you send 3 queries with hitsPerPage set to 50, 5 and 20 (respectively). There are different possible scenarios:

  1. Run query #1
    • 50+ hits are found: skip to step 4
    • otherwise: continue with query #2
  2. Run query #2
    • 5+ hits where found: skip to step 4
    • otherwise: continue with query #3
  3. Run query #3
    • This is the last query, so we don’t care about its outcome
  4. Return results
    • Return actual results for queries that were processed
    • Return empty hits for queries that were skipped, along with a processed attribute set to false

Errors:

  • 400: Bad request argument
  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "requests": [
                        { "indexName": "index1", "params": "query=van" },
                        { "indexName": "index2", "params": "query=van" }
                      ],
                      "strategy": "none"
                    }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/*/queries"

When queries are successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns all results:

{
  "results":[
    {
      "hits":[
        {
          "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
          "company": "Vita Foods Inc.",
          "email": "betty@mccamey.com",
          "objectID": "6891Y2usk0",
          "_highlightResult": {
              "name": {"value": "Betty <b>Jan</b>e Mccamey", "matchLevel": "full"},
              "company": {"value": "Vita Foods Inc.", "matchLevel": "none"},
              "email": {"value": "betty@mccamey.com", "matchLevel": "none"}
          }
        }],
      "page": 0,
      "nbHits": 1,
      "nbPages": 1,
      "hitsPerPage": 20,
      "processingTimeMS": 1,
      "query": "van",
      "params": "query=van",
      "index": "index1"
    },
    {
      "hits": [
        {
          "name": "Gayla Geimer Dan",
          "company": "Ortman Mccain Co",
          "email": "gayla@geimer.com",
          "objectID": "ap78784310"
          "_highlightResult": {
            "name": {"value": "Gayla Geimer <b>Dan</b>", "matchLevel": "full" },
            "company": {"value": "Ortman Mccain Co", "matchLevel": "none" },
            "email": {"highlighted": "gayla@geimer.com", "matchLevel": "none" }
          }
        }],
      "page": 0,
      "nbHits": 1,
      "nbPages": 1,
      "hitsPerPage": 20,
      "processingTimeMS": 1,
      "query": "van",
      "params": "query=van",
      "index": "index2"
    }
  ]
}

Search for facet values

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/facets/{facetName}/query
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
Search for values of a given facet, optionally restricting the returned values to those contained in objects matching other search criteria.

Pagination is not supported. The page and hitsPerPage parameters will be ignored. By default, maximum 10 values are returned. This can be adjusted via maxFacetHits.

Parameters:

params
type: URL-encoded query string
Optional
default: `""`

Search parameters. You may use this parameter to specify parameters specific to this endpoint. You may also specify any number of other regular search parameters. They will apply to objects in the index.

facetQuery
type: string
Optional
default: `""`

Text to search inside the facet’s values.

maxFacetHits
type: integer
Optional
default: 10

Maximum number of facet hits to return.

For performance reasons, the maximum allowed number of returned values is 100. Any value outside the range [1, 100] will be rejected.

Errors:

  • 400: Attribute facetName is not in attributesForFaceting, or not with the searchable() specifier
  • 404: Index indexName does not exist

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary "{\"params\": \"facetQuery=${facetQuery}\"}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/${indexName}/facets/${facetName}/query"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK. It contains values that match the queried text, and that are contained in at least one object matching the other search parameters.

The response body contains the following fields:

  • facetHits (array): Matched values. Each hit contains the following fields:
    • value (string): Raw value of the facet
    • highlighted (string): Highlighted facet value
    • count (integer): How many objects contain this facet value. This takes into account the extra search parameters specified in the query. Like for a regular search query, the counts may not be exhaustive.

Values are sorting by decreasing frequency.

{
    "facetHits": [
        {
            "value": "Mobile phones",
            "highlighted": "Mobile <em>phone</em>s",
            "count": 507
        },
        {
            "value": "Phone cases",
            "highlighted": "<em>Phone</em> cases",
            "count": 63
        }
    ]
}

Browse index (POST)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/browse
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the browse ACL

Description:
This method allows you to retrieve all index content (for backup, SEO or analytics purpose). It can retrieve up to 1,000 records per call and supports full text search and filters. You can use the same query parameters as for a search query.

For performance reasons, some features are not supported, including:

  • the distinct query parameter (used for grouping or de-duplication)
  • sorting by typos, proximity, words or geo distance (only the custom ranking is applied)

The first call may specify search parameters via the params parameter.

When there is more content to be browsed, the response contains a cursor field. This cursor has to be passed to the subsequent call to browse in order to get the next page of results. When the end of the index has been reached, the cursor field is absent from the response.

Parameters:

params
type: URL-encoded string
Optional
default: `""` (no search parameters)

Search parameters used to filter the index content. If not specified, all objects are returned. Can only be used on the first call.

cursor
type: string
yes (on subsequent calls)
default: (no search parameters)

Cursor indicating the location to resume browsing from. Must match the value returned by the previous call.

Errors:

  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{"params": "filters=price%3C500"}' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/browse"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and returns the list of matching hits:

{
  "cursor": "jMDY3M2MwM2QwMWUxMmQwYWI0ZTN",
  "hits":[
    {
      "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
      "company": "Vita Foods Inc.",
      "email": "betty@mccamey.com",
      "objectID": "6891Y2usk0"
    }
  ],
  "page": 0,
  "nbHits": 1,
  "nbPages": 1,
  "hitsPerPage": 1000,
  "processingTimeMS": 1,
  "query": "",
  "params": "cursor=&filters=price%3c500"
}

Browse index (GET)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/browse
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the browse ACL

Description:
This is an alternative method to Browse all index content, allowing you to specify parameters via GET instead of POST.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/browse?filters%3Dprice%3C500"

Objects Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}

Add object (without ID)

PUT

/1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}

Add/update object (with ID)

DELETE

/1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}

Delete object

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/deleteByQuery

Delete by

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}/partial

Partially update object

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/batch

Batch write operations

POST

/1/indexes/*/batch

Batch write operations (multiple indices)

POST

/1/indexes/*/objects

Get objects

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}

Get object

Add object (without ID)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the addObject ACL

Description:
Add an object to the index, automatically assigning it an object ID.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid indexName or JSON

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{
       "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
       "company": "Vita Foods Inc.",
       "email": "betty@mccamey.com" }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts"

Upon success, the response is 201 Created, with the objectID attribute containing the ID assigned to the added object.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

{
  "createdAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
  "taskID": 678,
  "objectID": "6891"
}

Add/update object (with ID)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: PUT
Required API Key: any key with the addObject ACL

Description:
Add or replace an object with a given object ID. If the object does not exist, it will be created. If it already exists, it will be replaced.

Be careful: when an object already exists for the specified object ID, the whole object is replaced: existing attributes that are not replaced are deleted.

If you want to update only part of an object, use a partial update instead.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid indexName or JSON

Example:

curl -X PUT \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ \
     "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey", \
     "company": "Vita Foods Inc.", \
     "email": "betty@mccamey.com" }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/myID"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

{
  "updatedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
  "taskID": 679,
  "objectID": "myID"
}

Delete object

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: DELETE
Required API Key: any key with the deleteObject ACL

Description:
Delete an existing object from an index.

Example:

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/myID"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

{
  "deletedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
  "taskID": 681
}

Delete by

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/deleteByQuery
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the deleteIndex ACL

Description:
Delete all records matching the query.

This endpoint doesn’t support all the options of a query, only its filters (numeric, facet, or tag) and geo queries. It also doesn’t accept empty filters or query.

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary "{ \
      "params":"facetFilters=category:test"}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/deleteByQuery" \

Upon success, the response is a 200 OK and a task to delete the record matching the query is created

{
    "deletedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
    "taskID": 4242
}

Partially update object

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}/partial
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the addObject ACL

Description:
Update part of an object. If the object does not already exist, it will be created (unless createIfNotExists is specified as false).

You can pass any first-level attribute you want to add or replace in the record.

Nested attributes cannot be individually updated. If you specify a nested attribute, it will be treated as a replacement of its first-level ancestor.

In addition, there are 5 different operations supported to update an attribute without pushing its entire value:

  • Increment: Increment a numeric-based attribute
  • Decrement: Decrement a numeric-based attribute
  • Add: Append a number or string element to an array-based attribute
  • Remove: Remove all matching number or string elements from an array-based attribute
  • AddUnique: Add a number or string element to an array-based attribute only if it’s not already present

You specify an operation by providing an object with two attributes:

  • _operation: the operation to apply on the attribute (see above);
  • value: the right-hand side argument to the operation (e.g. increment/decrement step, or value to add/remove).
{
  "_tags": {
    "_operation": "AddUnique",
    "value": "public"
  }
}

or

{
  "count": {
    "_operation": "Increment",
    "value": 2
  }
}

Parameters:

createIfNotExists
type: boolean
Optional
default: `true`

When true, a partial update on a nonexistent object will create the object, assuming an empty object as the basis. When false, a partial update on a nonexistent object will be ignored.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid indexName or JSON

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{"email": "betty@mccamey.com" }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/myID/partial"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

{
  "updatedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
  "taskID": 680,
  "objectID": "myID"
}

Batch write operations

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/batch
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the depends on operations performed inside the batch ACL

Description:
Perform multiple write operations in a single API call.

In order to reduce the amount of time spent on network round trips, you can perform multiple write operations at once. All operations will be applied in the order they are specified.

Operations you can batch

The following actions are supported:

  • addObject: Add an object. Equivalent to Add an object without ID.

  • updateObject: Add or replace an existing object. You must set the objectID attribute to indicate the object to update. Equivalent to Add/update an object by ID.

  • partialUpdateObject: Partially update an object. You must set the objectID attribute to indicate the object to update. Equivalent to Partially update an object.

  • partialUpdateObjectNoCreate: Same as partialUpdateObject, except that the object is not created if the object designed by objectID does not exist.

  • deleteObject: Delete an object. You must set the objectID attribute to indicate the object to delete. Equivalent to Delete an object.

  • delete: Delete the index. Equivalent to Delete an index.

  • clear: Remove the index’s content, but keep settings and index-specific API keys untouched. Equivalent to Clear an index.

Parameters:

requests
type: list
Required

List of operations to batch.

Each operation is described by:

  • action (string): type of operation
  • body (object): arguments to the operation (depends on the type of the operation)

Example:

{
  "requests": [
    {
      "action": "addObject",
      "body": {
                "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
                "company": "Vita Foods Inc.",
                "email": "betty@mccamey.com"
              }
    },
    {
        "action": "addObject",
        "body": {
                  "name": "Gayla Geimer",
                  "company": "Ortman Mccain Co",
                  "email": "gayla@geimer.com"
                }
      }
  ]
}

If the batch is stored in the file batchFile.json, the following curl command will apply it:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary @batchFile.json \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/batch"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operations have been taken into account, but they may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operations via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

A typical response is:

{
  "taskID": 792,
  "objectIDs": ["6891", "6892"]
}

Batch write operations (multiple indices)

Path: /1/indexes/*/batch
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the depends on operations performed inside the batch ACL

Description:
Perform multiple write operations, potentially targeting multiple indices, in a single API call.

This is essentially a multi-index version of Batch write operations. It can be useful to modify multiple indices at the same time (e.g. if you have one index per user).

Parameters:

requests
type: list
Required

List of operations to batch.

Each operation is described by:

  • indexName (string): name of the index targeted by this operation
  • action (string): type of operation, see list of batch operations.
  • body (object): arguments to the operation (depends on the type of the operation)

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

The payload format is similar to the one-index batch write operations. You just need to add an indexName attribute to each request to indicate which index is targeted:

{
  "requests": [
    {
      "action": "addObject",
      "indexName": "contacts",
      "body": {
        "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
        "company": "Vita Foods Inc.",
        "email": "betty@mccamey.com"
      }
    },
    {
      "action": "addObject",
      "indexName": "public_contacts",
      "body": {
        "name": "Gayla Geimer",
        "company": "Ortman Mccain Co",
        "email": "gayla@geimer.com"
      }
    }
  ]
}

For example, if the batch is stored in the file batchFile.json, the following curl command will apply it:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary @batchFile.json \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/*/batch"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operations have been taken into account, but they may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operations via their taskID attribute and the get task status command. There is one taskID per targeted index.

A typical response is:

{
  "taskID": {
      "contacts": 792,
      "public_contacts": 793
    },
  "objectIDs": ["6891", "6892"]
}

Get objects

Path: /1/indexes/*/objects
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
Retrieve one or more objects, potentially from different indices, in a single API call.

The POST body must contain:

  • requests (array of objects): list of objects to retrieve. Each object is identified by:
    • index_name (string): name of the index containing the object
    • objectID (string): ID of the object within that index
    • attributesToRetrieve (array of strings) (optional): List of attributes to retrieve. By default, all retrievable attributes are returned.

Results will be received in the same order as the requests.

Errors:

  • 400: Bad request argument
  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "requests": [
                      { "indexName": "index1", "objectID": "obj1" },
                      { "indexName": "index1", "objectID": "obj2" }
                    ] }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/*/objects"

The HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns an array of objects:

{
  "results":[
    {
      "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
      "email": "betty@mccamey.com",
      "objectID": "obj1"
    },
    {
      "name": "Stacey Blow",
      "email": "stacey@blow.com"
      "objectID": "obj2"
    }
  ]
}

If one objectID does not exist null will be returned for this object.

Get object

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the search ACL

Description:
Retrieve one object from the index.

Parameters:

attributesToRetrieve
type: list
Optional
default: all retrievable attributes
formerly known as: attributes

List of attributes to retrieve. If not specified, all retrievable attributes are returned.

objectID is always retrieved, even when not specified.

Attributes listed in unretrievableAttributes will not be retrieved even if requested, unless the request is authenticated with the admin API key.

Errors:

  • 404: Index or object does not exist

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/myID?attributes=email,name"

When the command is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the object:

{
  "name": "Betty Jane Mccamey",
  "email": "betty@mccamey.com",
  "objectID": "myID"
}

Settings Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/settings

Get settings

PUT

/1/indexes/{indexName}/settings

Set settings

Get settings

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/settings
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the settings ACL

Description:
Retrieve index settings.

You can find the list of settings in the Settings Parameters page.

Errors:

  • 404: Index does not exist

Set settings

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/settings
HTTP Verb: PUT
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Update some index settings.

Only specified settings are overridden; unspecified settings are left unchanged. Specifying null for a setting resets it to its default value.

The supported settings are listed in the Settings Parameters page.

Parameters:

forwardToReplicas
type: boolean
Optional
default: `false`
formerly known as: forwardToSlaves

(URL parameter) If this parameter is added to the URL, the change is also propagated to replicas of this index.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

curl -X PUT \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{
      "hitsPerPage": 50,
      "searchableAttributes": ["name", "email", "address"],
      "customRanking": ["desc(population)", "asc(name)"]
     }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/settings?forwardToReplicas=true"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command. The taskID will mark the operation as completed once the settings are propagated to all replicas.

{
    "updatedAt": "2013-08-21T13:20:18.960Z",
    "taskID": 10210332
}

Manage Indices Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/clear

Clear index

DELETE

/1/indexes/{indexName}

Delete index

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/operation

Copy/move index

GET

/1/indexes

List indexes

Clear index

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/clear
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the deleteIndex ACL

Description:
Delete an index’s content, but leave settings and index-specific API keys untouched.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid indexName

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/myIndex/clear"

When delete is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the delete date:

{
    "updatedAt": "2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
    "taskID": 722
}

Delete index

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}
HTTP Verb: DELETE
Required API Key: any key with the deleteIndex ACL

Description:
Delete an existing index.

Example:

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts"

When delete is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the delete date:

{
    "deletedAt": "2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z",
    "taskID": 721
}

Copy/move index

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/operation
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the addObject ACL

Description:
Copy or move an existing index.

If the destination index already exists, its index-specific API keys will be preserved, and the source index-specific API keys will be added (unless performing a partial copy, see below).

When copying, you may specify optional scopes to the operation. Doing so results in a partial copy: only the specified scopes are copied, replacing the corresponding scopes in the destination. The other scopes, as well as the objects and the index-specific API keys, are left untouched.

Scopes are “settings”, “synonyms”, and “rules” (as in query rules). Keep in mind that when you use the scopes parameter, you will no longer be copying records (objects) but only the specified scopes. On the other hand, if you do not specify any scope - that is, you omit the parameter - then the copy command works as normal, copying all objects + settings, synonyms, and rules.

Parameters:

operation
type: string
Required

Type of operation to perform: move or copy.

destination
type: string
Required

Name of the destination index.

scope
type: list
Optional

Scope of the data to copy. When absent, a full copy is performed. When present, only the selected scopes are copied. Allowed scopes are: settings, synonyms and rules. This parameter is only allowed when operation is copy.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

Here is an example to copy index1 to index2:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "operation": "copy", "destination":"index2" }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/index1/operation"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK.

A successful response indicates that the operation has been taken into account, but it may not have been executed yet. You can check the status of the operation via the taskID attribute and the get task status command.

{
    "updatedAt":"2013-09-03T19:55:41.346Z",
    "taskID":96
}

List indexes

Path: /1/indexes
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the listIndexes ACL

Description:
List existing indexes.

Parameters:

page
type: integer
Optional
default: `null`

Requested page (zero-based). When specified, will retrieve a specific page; the page size is implicitly set to 100. When null, will retrieve all indices (no pagination).

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns a list of index with associated number of entries and a pendingTask flag that indicates if it has remaining update task(s) running.

{
    "items": [
        {
            "name": "contacts",
            "createdAt": "2013-08-15T19:49:47.714Z",
            "updatedAt": "2013-08-17T07:59:28.313Z",
            "entries": 2436442,
            "dataSize": 224152664,
            "fileSize": 269450853,
            "lastBuildTimeS": 0,
            "numberOfPendingTask": 0,
            "pendingTask": false
        }
    ],
    "nbPages": 1
}

Synonyms Endpoints

Backward compatibility

Synonyms were originally set via the index settings, and a Get settings call would return all synonyms as part of the settings JSON data.

This behavior has been kept to maintain backward compatibility. If you do not want synonyms to be included in your settings, add getVersion=2 to your request as a query parameter:

GET /1/indexes/{indexName}/settings?getVersion=2

Until you switch to this new Synonyms API, you can still manage your synonyms via the index settings.

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

PUT

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}

Save synonym

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/batch

Batch synonyms

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}

Get synonym

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/clear

Clear all synonyms

DELETE

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}

Delete synonym

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/search

Search synonyms

Save synonym

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: PUT
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Create a new synonym object or update the existing synonym object with the given object ID.

objectID must be a unique value that identifies the synonym object. If there is already a synonym object with this objectID in your index, it will be replaced.

The body of the request must be a JSON object representing the synonyms. It must contain the following attributes:

  • objectID (string): Unique identifier of the synonym object to be created or updated.
  • type (string): Type of the synonym object (see below).

The rest of the body depends on the type of synonyms to add:

synonym Multi-way synonyms (a.k.a. “regular synonyms”). A set of words or phrases that are all substitutable to one another. Any query containing one of them can match records containing any of them. The body must contain the following fields:

  • synonyms (array of strings): Words or phrases to be considered equivalent.

Example:

{
    "objectID": "1",
    "type": "synonym",
    "synonyms": ["iphone", "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
}

onewaysynonym One-way synonym. Alternative matches for a given input. If the input appears inside a query, it will match records containing any of the defined synonyms. The opposite is not true: if a synonym appears in a query, it will not match records containing the input, nor the other synonyms. The body must contain the following fields:

  • input (string): Word or phrase to appear in query strings.
  • synonyms (array of strings): Words or phrases to be matched in records.

Example:

{
    "objectID": "2",
    "type": "onewaysynonym",
    "input": "iphone",
    "synonyms": ["ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
}

altcorrection1, altcorrection2 Alternative corrections. Same as a one-way synonym, except that when matched, they will count as 1 (respectively 2) typos in the ranking formula. The body must contain the following fields:

  • word (string): Word or phrase to appear in query strings.
  • corrections (array of strings): Words to be matched in records. Phrases (multiple-word synonyms) are not supported.

Example:

{
    "objectID": "3",
    "type": "altcorrection1",
    "word": "iphone",
    "corrections": ["ephone", "aphone", "yphone"]
}

placeholder Placeholder: A placeholder is a special text token that is placed inside records and can match many inputs. The body must contain the following fields:

  • placeholder (string): Token to be put inside records.
  • replacements (array of strings): List of query words that will match the token.
{
    "objectID": "4",
    "type": "placeholder",
    "placeholder": "<number>",
    "replacements": ["0", "1", "2"]
}

For more information on synonyms, please read our Synonyms guide.

Parameters:

forwardToReplicas
type: boolean
Optional
default: `false`

(URL parameter) Replicate the new/updated synonym set to all replica indices.

Example:

curl -X PUT \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "objectID": "1", "type": "synonym", "synonyms": [ "iphone", "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"] }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}"

Batch synonyms

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/batch
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Create/update multiple synonym objects at once, potentially replacing the entire list of synonyms if replaceExistingSynonyms is true.

You should always use replaceExistingSynonyms to atomically replace all your synonyms on a production index. This is the only way to ensure your index always has a list of synonyms to use during the indexing of the new list.

The POST body must be a JSON array of synonym objects. The syntax of each object is the same as in Save synonym.

Example:

[
  {
    "objectID": "1",
    "type": "synonym",
    "synonyms": [ "iphone", "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
  },
  {
    "objectID": "2",
    "type": "onewaysynonym",
    "input": "iphone",
    "synonyms": [ "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
  }
]

Parameters:

forwardToReplicas
type: boolean
Optional
default: `false`

(URL parameter) Replicate the new/updated synonyms to all replica indices.

replaceExistingSynonyms
type: boolean
Optional
default: `false`

(URL parameter) Replace all synonyms of the index with the ones sent with this request.

Example:

curl -X POST \
    -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
    -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    --data-binary '[{
      "objectID": "1",
      "type": "synonym",
      "synonyms": ["iphone", "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
    },{
      "objectID": "2",
      "type": "onewaysynonym",
      "input": "iphone",
      "synonyms": ["ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
   }] ' \
   "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/batch"

Get synonym

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Fetch a synonym object identified by its objectID.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and contains the synonym object:

{
  "objectID": "1",
  "type": "synonym",
  "synonyms": [ "iphone", "ephone", "aphone", "yphone", "apple phone"]
}

If the synonyms could not be found, the response is 404 Not Found:

{"message":"Synonym set does not exist","status":404}

Clear all synonyms

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/clear
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Delete all synonyms from the index.

This is a convenience method to delete all synonyms at once. It should not be used on a production index before pushing a new list of synonyms, as there would be a short period of time during which your index would have no synonyms at all. In order to replace atomically all synonyms of an index, use the batch method with the replaceExistingSynonyms parameter set to true.

Parameters:

forwardToReplicas
type: boolean
Optional
default: `false`

(URL parameter) Clear synonyms on the replica indices as well.

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/clear"

Delete synonym

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}
HTTP Verb: DELETE
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Delete a single synonyms set, identified by the given objectID

Parameters:

forwardToReplicas
type: boolean
Optional
default: false

(URL parameter) delete the synonyms set in all replica indices as well

Example:

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/{objectID}"

Search synonyms

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/search
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: any key with the editSettings ACL

Description:
Search or browse all synonyms, optionally filtering them by type.

Parameters:

query
type: string
Optional
default: `""`

Search for specific synonyms matching this string.

Use an empty string (default) to browse all synonyms.

type
type: string
Optional
default: `""`

Only search for specific types of synonyms.

Multiple types can be specified using a comma-separated list. Possible values are: synonym, onewaysynonym, altcorrection1, altcorrection2, placeholder.

page
type: integer
Optional
default: 0

Number of the page to retrieve (zero-based).

hitsPerPage
type: integer
Optional
default: 100

Maximum number of synonym objects to retrieve.

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "query": "iphone", "type": "synonym,onewaysynonym", "page": 0, "hitsPerPage": 10 }' \
     "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/{indexName}/synonyms/search"

Keys Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

POST

/1/keys

Add API Key

PUT

/1/keys/{key}

Update API Key

GET

/1/keys

List API Keys

GET

/1/keys/{key}

Get API Key permissions

DELETE

/1/keys/{key}

Delete API Key

POST

/1/indexes/{indexName}/keys

Add index API key

PUT

/1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}

Update index API key

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/keys

List index API keys (for one index)

GET

/1/indexes/*/keys

List index API keys (for all indices)

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}

Get index API key

DELETE

/1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}

Delete index API key

Add API Key

Path: /1/keys
HTTP Verb: POST
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Create a new API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Parameters:

acl
type: list
Optional
default: `[]` (no rights)

List of rights for the newly created key.

The following rights can be used:

  • search: allows to search the index
  • browse: allows to retrieve all index content via the browse API
  • addObject: allows to add/update an object in the index (copy/move index are also allowed with this right)
  • deleteObject: allows to delete objects from the index
  • deleteIndex: allows to delete or clear index content
  • settings: allows to get index settings
  • editSettings: allows to change index settings
  • analytics: allows to retrieve the analytics through the Analytics API
  • listIndexes: allows to list all accessible indices
  • logs: allows to get the logs
  • seeUnretrievableAttributes: disable unretrievableAttributes feature for all operations returning records
description
type: string
Optional
default: `""`

A comment used to identify a key more easily in the dashboard. It is not interpreted by the API.

indexes
type: list
Optional
default: `[]` (all indices allowed)

Restrict this new API key to a list of indices or index patterns. If the list is empty, all indices are allowed.

You may specify either an exact index name, or a pattern with a leading and/or a trailing wildcard (*). For example:

  • dev_* matches all indices starting with dev_
  • *_dev matches all indices ending with _dev
  • *_products_* matches all indices containing _products_

This option is useful if you want to isolate your development and production environments: you can have one API key targeting development indices and another one targeting production indices.

maxHitsPerQuery
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (unlimited)

Maximum number of hits this API key can retrieve in one query. If zero, no limit is enforced.

This parameter can be used to protect you from attempts at retrieving your entire content by massively querying the index.

maxQueriesPerIPPerHour
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (no rate limit)

Maximum number of API calls per hour allowed from a given IP address. Each time an API call is performed with this key, a check is performed. If the IP at the origin of the call did more than the specified number of calls within the last hour, a 429 (Too Many Requests) status code is returned.

This parameter can be used to protect you from attempts at retrieving your entire content by massively querying the index.

If you are proxying the query through your servers, you must use the admin API key and set the X-Forwarded-For HTTP header with the client IP and the X-Forwarded-API-Key with the API key having rate limits.

queryParameters
type: URL-encoded query string
Optional
default: `""` (no search parameters)

Force some query parameters to be applied for each query made with this API key. You can force all query parameters like: typoTolerance=strict&ignorePlurals=false&filters=rights:public.

referers
type: list
Optional
default: `[]` (all referers allowed)

Restrict this new API key to specific referers. If empty or blank, defaults to all referers. You can specify a pattern with either a leading or trailing wildcard (*), or both.

For example, https://algolia.com/* matches all referers starting with https://algolia.com/ and *.algolia.com matches all referers ending with .algolia.com. You can combine both, as in *algolia.com* to allow the domain algolia.com.

validity
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (no validity limit)

Validity limit for this key in seconds. The key will automatically be removed after this period of time.

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "acl": ["search"], "validity":100 }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/keys"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the new API key:

{
    "key": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
    "createdAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

Update API Key

Path: /1/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: PUT
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Update an API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Parameters

This method accepts the same parameters as the Add an API Key method.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "acl": ["search"], "validity":100 }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/keys"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the key:

{
    "key": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
    "createdAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

List API Keys

Path: /1/keys
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
List API keys, along with their associated rights.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/keys"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the list of keys:

{
    "keys": [
        {
          "value": "ff96f7ec62b983bd87c4896a8e0b3508",
          "createdAt":1485285254,
          "acl": ["search", "addObject"],
          "validity": 0,
          "description": "My key description"
        },
        {
          "value": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
          "createdAt":1485209003,
          "indexes": ["indexName1", "indexName2"]
          "acl": ["search"],
          "validity": 0
        }
    ]
}

Get API Key permissions

Path: /1/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Retrieve the details of a API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/keys/107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the rights of the key:

{
  "value": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
  "acl": ["search"],
  "validity": 0
}

Delete API Key

Path: /1/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: DELETE
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Delete an API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Example:

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/keys/107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the date of deletion:

{
    "deletedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

Add index API key

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/keys
HTTP Verb: POST

Description:
Add a new API key that can access only this index.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

API keys may take some time to be propagated. You can check whether the key is already available via Retrieve an index-specific API key.

Parameters:

acl
type: list
Optional
default: `[]` (no rights)

List of rights for the newly created key.

The following rights can be used:

  • search: allows to search the index
  • browse: allows to retrieve all index content via the browse API
  • addObject: allows to add/update an object in the index (copy/move index are also allowed with this right)
  • deleteObject: allows to delete objects from the index
  • deleteIndex: allows to delete or clear index content
  • settings: allows to get index settings
  • editSettings: allows to change index settings
  • analytics: allows to retrieve the analytics through the Analytics API
  • listIndexes: allows to list all accessible indices
  • logs: allows to get the logs
  • seeUnretrievableAttributes: disable unretrievableAttributes feature for all operation returning records
description
type: string
Optional
default: `""`

A comment used to identify a key more easily in the dashboard. It is not interpreted by the API.

maxHitsPerQuery
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (unlimited)

Maximum number of hits this API key can retrieve in one query. If zero, no limit is enforced.

This parameter can be used to protect you from attempts at retrieving your entire content by massively querying the index.

maxQueriesPerIPPerHour
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (no rate limit)

Maximum number of API calls per hour allowed from a given IP address. Each time an API call is performed with this key, a check is performed. If the IP at the origin of the call did more than the specified number of calls within the last hour, a 429 (Too Many Requests) status code is returned.

This parameter can be used to protect you from attempts at retrieving your entire content by massively querying the index.

If you are proxying the query through your servers, you must use the admin API key and set the X-Forwarded-For HTTP header with the client IP and the X-Forwarded-API-Key with the API key having rate limits.

queryParameters
type: URL-encoded query string
Optional
default: `""` (no search parameters)

Force some query parameters to be applied for each query made with this API key. You can force all query parameters like: typoTolerance=strict&ignorePlurals=false&filters=rights:public.

referers
type: list
Optional
default: `[]` (all referers allowed)

Restrict this new API key to specific referers. If empty or blank, defaults to all referers. You can specify a pattern with either a leading or trailing wildcard (*), or both.

For example, https://algolia.com/* matches all referers starting with https://algolia.com/ and *.algolia.com matches all referers ending with .algolia.com. You can combine both, as in *algolia.com* to allow the domain algolia.com.

validity
type: integer
Optional
default: 0 (no validity limit)

Validity limit for this key in seconds. The key will automatically be removed after this period of time.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

curl -X POST \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "acl": ["search"], "validity":100 }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/keys"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and contains the new API key:

{
    "key": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
    "createdAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

Update index API key

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: PUT
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Update rights associated to an API key specific to this index.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

API keys may take some time to be propagated. You can check whether the key has already been updated via Retrieve an index-specific API key.

Parameters

The parameters are the same as in Add an index-specific API key.

Errors:

  • 400: Invalid JSON

Example:

curl -X PUT \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
     --data-binary '{ "acl": ["search"], "validity":100 }' \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/keys/107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and contains the API Key:

{
    "key": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
    "updatedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

List index API keys (for one index)

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/keys
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
List API keys that have access to this index, along with their associated rights. The keys must be specific to this index.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Errors:

  • 404: Index does not exist

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/keys"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and returns the list of keys:

{
    "keys": [
        {
          "value": "ff96f7ec62b983bd87c4896a8e0b3508",
          "createdAt":1485285254,
          "acl": ["search", "addObject"],
          "validity": 0,
          "description": "My key description"
        },
        {
          "value": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
          "createdAt":1485209003,
          "acl": ["search"],
          "validity": 0
        }
    ]
}

List index API keys (for all indices)

Path: /1/indexes/*/keys
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
List all index-specific API keys across all indices, along with their associated rights.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/*/keys"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and returns the list of keys:

{
    "keys": [
        {
          "value": "ff96f7ec62b983bd87c4896a8e0b3508",
          "createdAt":1485285254,
          "acl": ["search", "addObject"],
          "validity": 0,
          "index": "contacts",
          "description": "My key description"
        },
        {
          "value": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
          "createdAt":1485209003,
          "acl": ["search"],
          "validity": 0,
          "index": "contacts"
        }
    ]
}

Get index API key

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Retrieve the details of an index-specific API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/keys/107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and contains the details of the key:

{
  "value": "107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f",
  "acl": ["search"],
  "validity": 0,
  "description": "Test key"
}

Delete index API key

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/keys/{key}
HTTP Verb: DELETE
Required API Key: Admin

Description:
Delete an index-specific API key.

The request must be authenticated by the admin API key.

API keys may take some time to be propagated. You can check whether the key has already been deleted via Retrieve an index-specific API key.

Example:

curl -X DELETE \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/keys/107da8d0afc2d225ff9a7548caaf599f"

Upon success, the response is a 200 OK and contains the date of deletion.

{
    "deletedAt":"2013-01-18T15:33:13.556Z"
}

Advanced Endpoints

Quick Reference

Verb Path Method

GET

/1/logs

Get logs

GET

/1/indexes/{indexName}/task/{taskID}

Get a task's status

Get logs

Path: /1/logs
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the logs ACL

Description:
Return the lastest log entries.

The request must be authenticated by an API key with the logs ACL.

This API is counted in your operation quota but is not logged.

All logs older than 7 days will be removed and won’t be accessible anymore from the API.

Parameters:

offset
type: integer
Optional
default: 0

First entry to retrieve (zero-based). Log entries are sorted by decreasing date, therefore 0 designates the most recent log entry.

length
type: integer
Optional
default: 10

Maximum number of entries to retrieve. Maximum allowed value: 1000.

indexName
type: string
Optional
default: `null`

Index for which log entries should be retrieved. When omitted, log entries are retrieved across all indices.

type
type: string
Optional
default: `"all"`

Type of log entries to retrieve. When omitted, all log entries are retrieved.

This parameter is useful for debugging, especially when it is difficult to locate errors among many API calls:

  • all: retrieve all logs
  • query: retrieve only search queries
  • build: retrieve only build operations
  • error: retrieve only errors

You can retrieve the logs of your last 1,000 API calls. It is designed for real-time, immediate debugging.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}.algolia.net/1/logs"

When the query is successful, the HTTP response is a 200 OK and returns the logs:

{
    "logs": [
        {
            "timestamp": "2013-09-17 13:10:31",
            "method": "GET",
            "answer_code": "200",
            "query_body": "",
            "answer": "{\n  \"items\": [\n    {\n      \"name\": \"cities\",\n      \"createdAt\": \"2013-09-16T07:39:29.446Z\",\n      \"updatedAt\": \"2013-09-16T07:39:29.446Z\",\n      \"entries\": 149096,\n      \"pendingTask\": false\n      }\n    ]\n  }\n",
            "url": "/1/indexes",
            "ip": "127.0.0.1",
            "query_headers": "User-Agent: curl/7.24.0 (x86_64-apple-darwin12.0) libcurl/7.24.0 OpenSSL/0.9.8x zlib/1.2.5\nHost: localhost.algolia.com:8080\nAccept: */*\nContent-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8\nX-Algolia-API-Key: 20f***************************\nX-Algolia-Application-Id: MyApplicationID\n",
            "sha1": "26c53bd7e38ca71f4741b71994cd94a600b7ac68"
        }
    ]
}

Get a task’s status

Path: /1/indexes/{indexName}/task/{taskID}
HTTP Verb: GET
Required API Key: any key with the addObject ACL

Description:
Check the current status of a given task. taskID is a numeric value (up to 64bits).

The response includes two fields:

  • status (string): either published or notPublished, depending on the task’s current status
  • pendingTask (boolean): whether the index has remaining task(s) running

Interpreting the response

  • notPublished is true if the task hasn’t been processed yet, false otherwise.
  • pendingTask is deprecated and shouldn’t be used.

Example:

curl -X GET \
     -H "X-Algolia-API-Key: ${API_KEY}" \
     -H "X-Algolia-Application-Id: ${APPLICATION_ID}" \
    "https://${APPLICATION_ID}-dsn.algolia.net/1/indexes/contacts/task/13235"

Upon success, the response is 200 OK and returns the status of the task:

{
  "status": "published",
  "pendingTask": false
}
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