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fred/category

Description

Get a category.

Examples

This request can return either XML or JSON by setting the file_type parameter to xml or json. Note that the default value of file_type is xml. The API key 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz123456' is for demonstration purposes only. Use a registered API key instead.

XML

Request (HTTPS GET)

https://api.stlouisfed.org/fred/category?category_id=125&api_key=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz123456

Response

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<categories>
<category id="125" name="Trade Balance" parent_id="13"/>
</categories>

The category tag's notes attribute is optional.

JSON

Request (HTTPS GET)

https://api.stlouisfed.org/fred/category?category_id=125&api_key=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz123456&file_type=json

Response

{
    "categories": [
        {
            "id": 125,
            "name": "Trade Balance",
            "parent_id": 13
        }
    ]
}

Parameters

api_key

Read API Keys for more information.

  • 32 character alpha-numeric lowercase string, required

file_type

A key or file extension that indicates the type of file to send.

  • string, optional, default: xml
  • One of the following values: 'xml', 'json'

    xml = Extensible Markup Language. The HTTP Content-Type is text/xml.
    json = JavaScript Object Notation. The HTTP Content-Type is application/json.

category_id

The id for a category.

  • integer, default: 0 (root category)

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