Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to obtain an API key?
You will need to sign up for an API key to use the SFTool API at https://api.data.gov/signup/.
Can I have API requests return data in XML?
The SFTool API will return XML if the HTTP Request Format is set to "application/xml". If there is a demand for adding an optional querystring parameter to return XML instead of the default JSON format we will do our best to add this functionality ASAP.
I did not receive any results. What am I doing wrong?
Be sure to check the HTTP response using your browser's developer tools. SFTool API will return an appropriate HTTP status code; some requests may return a 204 (No Content) code if using a full text search parameter.
Why am I getting a 204 code?
Some optional parameters allow for a full text search on content. If no results are found, the server will respond with a 204 (No Content) status code to signify that no content is being returned.
How do I report bugs and request additional functionality?
There is a Give Feedback button on the bottom right of SFTool. Please send us your feedback and we will get back to you as soon as possible.