Should I use API or FTP?

The API and the FTP archive are complementary resources. Choosing the right one can help you accomplish your computational tasks in the most efficient way.

When to use the API?

  • For random access to a small number of entries

  • For interactive user interfaces

  • If you need JSON-formatted data

When to use the FTP archive?

  • To perform computationally-intensive analyses

  • For parallelisable applications (e.g. using a cluster)

lightbulb icon Tip: Fewer than 100,000 entries?
Consider using search results export!