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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your language and geographic coverage?

The webhose.io supports 80 languages across every geographic territory with online access.

Is it possible to query for posts in multiple languages?

Yes. Use a simple OR Boolean query. For example:

(language:german OR language:chinese)

Will search for posts in both German & Chinese.

Why do the links go through Omgili.com?

On the free plan, links redirect through Omgili.com with a 5 second redirect lag. This way we show site owners webhose.io is a significant traffic referral source.

How many keywords can we track per month?

You can enter any Boolean query with no set limit to the number of tracked keywords. The plan limit refers to the number of monthly requests, which you can upgrade at any time.

Pricing section says '10 results per request'. Does that mean we get only 10 results?

No. If your query produced more than 10 results, you can call the URL appearing in the "next" key in the results set to receive the next page presenting the next set of 10 posts.

Does the API support nested boolean expressions as well?

Boolean expressions can be nested in as many levels as you want.

For example: (exp1 AND exp2 AND exp3) OR (exp4 AND (exp5 OR exp6)) -(exp7 AND (exp8 OR exp9))

Do you limit the length of the query, or the maximum number of Boolean clauses I can use?

There's no official length limit for the queries.

Does the API support wildcard expressions as the query?

The query syntax is Elasticsearch query string syntax, which means you can use wildcards.

Do you rate limit API calls?

Rate limiting of the API is considered on a per access token basis. You can make one request per second. Exceeding the API rate limit will result in a 429 HTTP error.

Can I disable stemming when searching for an exact term?

Yes. Just append the dollar sign ($) to the end of the keyword. For example, searching for the keyword "simplivity" will also return documents containing the word "simple" since we index the stemmed version of the verb, but if you want to find documents that contain "simplivity" and nothing else, search for "simplivity$".

Frequently Asked Questions