World Bank Development Indicators API

World Bank Development Indicators API

The World Bank Development Indicators API provides access to a wide range of economic and social data from over 200 countries and 18 regional and income group classifications. The API allows developers to retrieve data on various indicators such as GDP, population, inflation, and more. The API returns data in JSON format.

About the API:

The World Bank Development Indicators API is a powerful resource for developers looking for economic and social data from around the world. The API provides access to a wide range of data from over 200 countries and 18 regional and income group classifications, covering a variety of development indicators such as GDP, population, inflation, and more. The data is sourced from the World Bank, a leading provider of global development data and analysis.

This API allows developers to retrieve data on a wide range of indicators, making it a valuable tool for a variety of applications such as data visualization, economic analysis, and research. The API supports multiple years of data, so developers can retrieve historical data as well as the latest figures. The data is returned in JSON format, making it easy to integrate into a wide variety of applications and systems. The API also supports filtering, allowing developers to retrieve only the data they need, which can help to optimize performance and reduce data transfer costs.

With its extensive coverage of global development indicators and flexible querying capabilities, the World Bank Development Indicators API is an essential tool for any developer working with economic and social data. The API is also available in multiple languages.


What are the most common uses cases of this API?

  1. Data visualization: The API can be used to retrieve data on a wide range of development indicators, making it a valuable tool for creating interactive visualizations of economic and social trends.

  2. Economic analysis: The API can be used to retrieve historical data on GDP, inflation, and other economic indicators, making it a valuable tool for economic research and analysis.

  3. Social research: The API can be used to retrieve data on population, education, and other social indicators, making it a valuable tool for social research and analysis.

  4. Government and policy: The API can be used to retrieve data on various indicators relevant to government and policy-making, such as GDP and inflation.

  5. Business and finance: The API can be used to retrieve data on various indicators relevant to business and finance, such as GDP and inflation.

  6. International development: The API can be used to retrieve data on various indicators relevant to international development, such as GDP and poverty levels.


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API Documentation


The "Get Indicators List" endpoint of the World Bank Development Indicators API allows developers to retrieve a list of all the available indicators and their codes that can be used to query data from the API. This endpoint returns information such as the indicator name, source, and description, allowing developers to understand the data they are retrieving and to identify the appropriate indicator code for a specific data query.


Get Indicators List - Endpoint Features
Object Description
q [Required] Indicator to retrieve
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"total":1442,"page":1,"pageSize":20,"items":[{"indicatorCode":"AG.AGR.TRAC.NO","indicatorName":"Agricultural machinery, tractors"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.CON.FERT.PT.ZS","indicatorName":"Fertilizer consumption (% of fertilizer production)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.CON.FERT.ZS","indicatorName":"Fertilizer consumption (kilograms per hectare of arable land)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.AGRI.K2","indicatorName":"Agricultural land (sq. km)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.AGRI.ZS","indicatorName":"Agricultural land (% of land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.ARBL.HA","indicatorName":"Arable land (hectares)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.ARBL.HA.PC","indicatorName":"Arable land (hectares per person)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.ARBL.ZS","indicatorName":"Arable land (% of land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.CREL.HA","indicatorName":"Land under cereal production (hectares)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.CROP.ZS","indicatorName":"Permanent cropland (% of land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.EL5M.RU.K2","indicatorName":"Rural land area where elevation is below 5 meters (sq. km)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.EL5M.RU.ZS","indicatorName":"Rural land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.EL5M.UR.K2","indicatorName":"Urban land area where elevation is below 5 meters (sq. km)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.EL5M.UR.ZS","indicatorName":"Urban land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.EL5M.ZS","indicatorName":"Land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.FRST.K2","indicatorName":"Forest area (sq. km)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.FRST.ZS","indicatorName":"Forest area (% of land area)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.IRIG.AG.ZS","indicatorName":"Agricultural irrigated land (% of total agricultural land)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.PRCP.MM","indicatorName":"Average precipitation in depth (mm per year)"},{"indicatorCode":"AG.LND.TOTL.K2","indicatorName":"Land area (sq. km)"}]}

Get Indicators List - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


Based on the indicator name, you will be able to retrieve all the details related. Get a better insight about the indicator. 


Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"indicatorCode":"NE.GDI.TOTL.ZS","indicatorName":"Gross capital formation (% of GDP)","topic":"Economic Policy & Debt: National accounts: Shares of GDP & other","shortDescription":null,"longDescription":"Gross capital formation (formerly gross domestic investment) consists of outlays on additions to the fixed assets of the economy plus net changes in the level of inventories. Fixed assets include land improvements (fences, ditches, drains, and so on); plant, machinery, and equipment purchases; and the construction of roads, railways, and the like, including schools, offices, hospitals, private residential dwellings, and commercial and industrial buildings. Inventories are stocks of goods held by firms to meet temporary or unexpected fluctuations in production or sales, and \"work in progress.\" According to the 1993 SNA, net acquisitions of valuables are also considered capital formation."}

Get Indicators Details - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


With the indicator Code, you will be able to query the data related to that indicator in the country of your choice. 


Get Indicator Data - Endpoint Features
Object Description
country [Required] ISO 3166 alpha-3 country codes
indicator [Required]
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"countryCode":"EUU","countryName":"European Union","indicatorCode":"NY.GDP.MKTP.CD","indicatorName":"GDP (current US$)","data":{"1960":null,"1961":null,"1962":null,"1963":null,"1964":null,"1965":null,"1966":null,"1967":null,"1968":null,"1969":null,"1970":725931117202.681,"1971":820813003647.737,"1972":990428711523.757,"1973":1282020509407.61,"1974":1451750057862.35,"1975":1690875090425.37,"1976":1770054233927.2,"1977":2004900497340.86,"1978":2442696478420.52,"1979":2952838432090.34,"1980":3303181850263.89,"1981":2879984188262.2,"1982":2777376665977.44,"1983":2702069500746.21,"1984":2603395491959.08,"1985":2677660947369.09,"1986":3744041974466.61,"1987":4631250656846.37,"1988":5084288198655.59,"1989":5193668896729.2,"1990":6498471911158.62,"1991":6736015994578.52,"1992":7406290275006.52,"1993":6761114918561.71,"1994":7161872216278.51,"1995":8296026012678.74,"1996":8431518032299.25,"1997":7733761443399.13,"1998":7969786047468.6,"1999":7925751140105.29,"2000":7276100425846.39,"2001":7393822815819.07,"2002":8083838310847.3,"2003":9931880091381.26,"2004":11419026235917.2,"2005":11910846593666.3,"2006":12713924308247,"2007":14728760786208.9,"2008":16297628240370.6,"2009":14763782458925.1,"2010":14557639624574.1,"2011":15759494356498.2,"2012":14636200267663.1,"2013":15299732275660.3,"2014":15652098620138.5,"2015":13551929359932.8,"2016":13893207820569.6,"2017":14766273067392.1,"2018":15978719985091.5,"2019":15691850452107.3,"2020":15300141971364.8,"2021":17088620744318.8}}

Get Indicator Data - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


API Access Key & Authentication

After signing up, every developer is assigned a personal API access key, a unique combination of letters and digits provided to access to our API endpoint. To authenticate with the World Bank Development Indicators API REST API, simply include your bearer token in the Authorization header.


Header Description
Authorization [Required] Should be Bearer access_key. See "Your API Access Key" above when you are subscribed.

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