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Google SOAP API going away :-(  (View post)

Alek [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
15 years ago7,167 views

I got this Email today from Google – darn shame to see this happen as the SOAP API was handy for scripting such as Perl.


My name is Adam Feldman, and I'm a product manager at Google. I see that you signed up for a key for the Google SOAP Search API some time ago and that you have an application still making use of that key.

As you may know, the SOAP Search API was deprecated in 2006 and we're now planning to end support for it as of August 31st, 2009. It has been steadily declining in usage over the last couple years and we believe that the majority of the use cases are sufficiently handled by the AJAX Search API. Please refer to the AJAX API documentation and Terms of Use for more details.

Our recent blog post has more information:

I'm sorry for the inconvenience this is sure to cause you, and I hope that inconvenience isn't too great. Please use this discussion group if you have questions about migrating to the AJAX Search API:


Adam Feldman
Product Manager
Google Developer Team

Above 1 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

[Edit: Added a reference to the Google SOAP API's launch date.]

Ben [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Btw, the REST & AJAX API both support the cache URL:

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

But not the full content like the SOAP API did, right?

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the AJAX API <em>severely</em> limited in terms of depth of results?

Note: The maximum number of results pages is based on the type of searcher. Local search supports 4 pages (or a maximum of 32 total results) and the other searchers (Blog, Book, Image, News, Patent, Video, and Web) support 8 pages (for a maximum total of 64 results)

I believe the SOAP API let you go to the edge, max 1000, in practice, several hundred.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Yahoo's Search Boss lets you grab up to 1000 results. The restrictions on monetization have been lifted so you can use the results on pages monetized however you like.

It's free for the first 10,000 queries per day (if you only want the first 10 results). If you want to get a thousand results per query, then you only get 1000 free queries per day.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

[Edit: Changed title from "SOAP API" to "SOAP Search API" to avoid confusion with the AdWords SOAP API. Thanks Jon!]

Jon Murchinson [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

Thanks for the clarifying the title Philipp. As you know, I just wanted to point out that Google remains committed to the AdWords SOAP API but is sunsetting the SOAP Search API. At times in the post you refer to the "SOAP Search API" and "their SOAP API" and quote Nelson Minar referencing them both. I know you understand the distinction and thanks for making it clear to your readers.

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