GBIF API beginners guide - GBIF Data Blog

This a GBIF API beginners guide.

The GBIF API technical documentation can be found here. This documentation is nice, but you might be a bit confusing if you have never used an API before. This guide is will walk you through how to begin using the GBIF API from a non-technical perspective.

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Thanks John! I think this will be very useful for users who would like to start with the API

Thanks for this GBIF API teaser. Hoping it will attract more users to discover this wonderful tool. I would have added some Python/Pandas/Jupyter examples… People should know how easy it is to query GBIF API and get their results instantaneously. All Nodes managers should try it.

You can now write and run your JSON-formatted download queries directly from

This is a great way to use the API without having to learn a (new) programming language. You don’t need to use R or Python or another client nor do you need to worry about headers or logins.

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Thanks for this post, very helpful.

Is it possible to get the " TAXON IDENTIFIERS" through the API? For instance, here I don’t see all the identifiers that are listed here Pinus mugo Turra.

We pull these identifiers from Wikidata: Pinus mugo - Wikidata (you can access the data in JSON: