GOV.UK Content API
GOV.UK Content API makes it possible to access the data used to render content on https://www.gov.uk (hereafter referred to as GOV.UK). For any page hosted on GOV.UK you can use the path to access the content and associated metadata for a page.
What you can do with this API
This API is useful for applications that incorporate content from GOV.UK and for keeping that content up to date. It provides a more accessible and predictable interface than what can be achieved through scraping HTML pages.
You can navigate between content within this API by utilising links. For example, for a page you could access the government organisation that published the page and then navigate to feature policies of that organisation.
What you can’t do with this API
The content within this API is limited to pages hosted on
www.gov.uk and does not include other websites that are
This API includes only the pages on GOV.UK that are available as HTML and does not allow direct access to attachments or images. These files however are associated with their HTML content and can be accessed.
Not all content is available. For example, content that is generated dynamically (such as through a search) is not available. Some types of content may still be being migrated to utilise this API and these could appear as placeholder documents without any content or as redirections to a catch-all content item that represents a group of unmigrated content.
If you wish to access historic content this can currently be done through the National Archives.
You can use the GOV.UK Content API to look up the data that is used to render content on GOV.UK.
To get started:
- Pick a page on GOV.UK, for example: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.
- Make a note of the path, for example:
- Using a tool such as curl,
Postman or your web browser, make a GET
- You’ll receive a JSON response and the fields for this are explained in the reference documentation.
For example, using the curl command line utility tool:
Or, you can use the govuk-browser-extension. Note that this is intended for internal use.
GOV.UK Content API is currently beta software and may be subject to changes and improvements as we learn from usage.
This means that you may use this software and build applications that utilise it. However as we learn from feedback we may make changes to the software.
Please use our survey if you would like to share your feedback about GOV.UK Content API.
Usage of GOV.UK Content API does not require authentication.
Security and compliance
Please don’t disclose the suspected breach publicly until it has been fixed.
GOV.UK Content API follows government HTTPS security guidelines. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), which involves the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, is used by the platform to provide secure connections.
We treat security vulnerabilities in the platform and library code in the GOV.UK Content API as our highest priority. The codebase will be updated as soon as possible when vulnerabilities are discovered or reported.
We frequently upgrade the framework and library code in GOV.UK Content API to the latest versions for security and feature enhancements.
There is a maximum limit of 10 requests per second per client. If you exceed this your request won’t be processed until the limit is no longer exceeded and you may see timeout errors.
We think this should be sufficient for all users of GOV.UK Content API but if you believe you need the limit increasing you can contact support.
GOV.UK Content API is currently in a beta phase and may be subject to changes and improvements.
If you experience any issues or have questions regarding GOV.UK Content API please: