API Key Usage
After signing up, you’ll be given your own, unique API key. This 40 character string is your API key. The key:
- Uniquely identifies you.
- Gives you access to all APIs from agencies participating in api.data.gov’s service.
- Should be kept private and should not be shared.
Ways to Pass Your API Key
Your API key may be passed to the service in a few different ways. Pick which ever method is easiest for you.
Pass the API key into the
curl -H 'X-Api-Key: DEMO_KEY' 'https://developer.nrel.gov/api/alt-fuel-stations/v1.json?limit=1'
GET Query Parameter
In some cases, the API may support passing the API key into the
api_key GET query string parameter:
Note: The GET query parameter may be used for non-GET requests (such as POST and PUT).
HTTP Basic Auth Username
As an alternative, pass the API key as the username (with an empty password) using HTTP basic authentication: