Native API

The Dataverse Software exposes most of its GUI functionality via a REST-based API. This section describes that functionality. Most API endpoints require an API token that can be passed as the X-Dataverse-key HTTP header or in the URL as the key query parameter.

Note

CORS Some API endpoint allow CORS (cross-origin resource sharing), which makes them usable from scripts running in web browsers. These endpoints are marked with a CORS badge.

Note

Bash environment variables shown below. The idea is that you can “export” these environment variables before copying and pasting the commands that use them. For example, you can set $SERVER_URL by running export SERVER_URL="https://demo.dataverse.org" in your Bash shell. To check if the environment variable was set properly, you can “echo” it (e.g. echo $SERVER_URL). See also curl Examples and Environment Variables.

Warning

The Dataverse Software’s API is versioned at the URI - all API calls may include the version number like so: https://server-address/api/v1/.... Omitting the v1 part would default to the latest API version (currently 1). When writing scripts/applications that will be used for a long time, make sure to specify the API version, so they don’t break when the API is upgraded.

Dataverse Collections

Create a Dataverse Collection

A Dataverse collection is a container for datasets and other Dataverse collections as explained in the Dataverse Collection Management section of the User Guide.

The steps for creating a Dataverse collection are:

  • Prepare a JSON file containing the name, description, etc, of the Dataverse collection you’d like to create.

  • Figure out the alias or database id of the “parent” Dataverse collection into which you will be creating your new Dataverse collection.

  • Execute a curl command or equivalent.

Download dataverse-complete.json file and modify it to suit your needs. The fields name, alias, and dataverseContacts are required. The controlled vocabulary for dataverseType is the following:

  • DEPARTMENT

  • JOURNALS

  • LABORATORY

  • ORGANIZATIONS_INSTITUTIONS

  • RESEARCHERS

  • RESEARCH_GROUP

  • RESEARCH_PROJECTS

  • TEACHING_COURSES

  • UNCATEGORIZED

{
  "name": "Scientific Research",
  "alias": "science",
  "dataverseContacts": [
    {
      "contactEmail": "pi@example.edu"
    },
    {
      "contactEmail": "student@example.edu"
    }
  ],
  "affiliation": "Scientific Research University",
  "description": "We do all the science.",
  "dataverseType": "LABORATORY"
}

The curl command below assumes you have kept the name “dataverse-complete.json” and that this file is in your current working directory.

Next you need to figure out the alias or database id of the “parent” Dataverse collection into which you will be creating your new Dataverse collection. Out of the box the top level Dataverse collection has an alias of “root” and a database id of “1” but your installation may vary. The easiest way to determine the alias of your root Dataverse collection is to click “Advanced Search” and look at the URL. You may also choose a parent under the root.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PARENT=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$PARENT" --upload-file dataverse-complete.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root" --upload-file dataverse-complete.json

You should expect an HTTP 200 response and JSON beginning with “status”:”OK” followed by a representation of the newly-created Dataverse collection.

View a Dataverse Collection

CORS View a JSON representation of the Dataverse collection identified by $id. $id can be the database ID of the Dataverse collection, its alias, or the special value :root for the root Dataverse collection.

To view a published Dataverse collection:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root"

If you want to include the Dataverse collections that this collection is part of, you must set returnOwners query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root?returnOwners=true"

To view an unpublished Dataverse collection:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root"

Delete a Dataverse Collection

Before you may delete a Dataverse collection you must first delete or move all of its contents elsewhere.

Deletes the Dataverse collection whose database ID or alias is given:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root"

Show Contents of a Dataverse Collection

CORS Lists all the Dataverse collections and datasets directly under a Dataverse collection (direct children only, not recursive) specified by database id or alias. If you pass your API token and have access, unpublished Dataverse collections and datasets will be included in the response. The list will be ordered by database id within type of object. That is, all Dataverse collections will be listed first and ordered by database id, then all datasets will be listed ordered by database id.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/contents"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/contents"

Report the data (file) size of a Dataverse Collection

Shows the combined size in bytes of all the files uploaded into the Dataverse collection id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/storagesize"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/storagesize"

The size of published and unpublished files will be summed both in the Dataverse collection specified and beneath all its sub-collections, recursively. By default, only the archival files are counted - i.e., the files uploaded by users (plus the tab-delimited versions generated for tabular data files on ingest). If the optional argument includeCached=true is specified, the API will also add the sizes of all the extra files generated and cached by the Dataverse installation - the resized thumbnail versions for image files, the metadata exports for published datasets, etc.

List Roles Defined in a Dataverse Collection

All the roles defined directly in the Dataverse collection identified by id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/roles"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/roles"

List Facets Configured for a Dataverse Collection

CORS List all the facets for a given Dataverse collection id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/facets"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/facets"

Set Facets for a Dataverse Collection

Assign search facets for a given Dataverse collection identified by id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/facets" --upload-file dataverse-facets.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/facets" --upload-file dataverse-facets.json

Where dataverse-facets.json contains a JSON encoded list of metadata keys (e.g. ["authorName","authorAffiliation"]).

List Metadata Block Facets Configured for a Dataverse Collection

CORS List the metadata block facet configuration with all the metadata block configured for a given Dataverse collection id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablockfacets"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablockfacets"

Set Metadata Block Facets for a Dataverse Collection

Sets the metadata blocks that will appear in the Dataset Features facet category for a given Dataverse collection identified by id.

In order to set or clear the metadata blocks for a collection, you must first set the metadata block facet root to true.

To clear the metadata blocks set by a parent collection, submit an empty array (e.g. []):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablockfacets" --upload-file metadata-block-facets.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablockfacets" --upload-file metadata-block-facets.json

Where metadata-block-facets.json contains a JSON encoded list of metadata block names (e.g. ["socialscience","geospatial"]). This endpoint supports an empty list (e.g. [])

Configure a Dataverse Collection to Inherit Its Metadata Block Facets from Its Parent

Set whether the Dataverse collection is a metadata block facet root, or does it uses its parent metadata block facets. Possible values are true and false (both are valid JSON expressions).

When updating the root to false, it will clear any metadata block facets from the collection. When updating to true, it will copy the metadata block facets from the parent collection:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablockfacets/isRoot" -d 'true'

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablockfacets/isRoot" -d 'true'

Create a New Role in a Dataverse Collection

Creates a new role under Dataverse collection id. Needs a json file with the role description:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/roles" --upload-file roles.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/roles" --upload-file roles.json

For roles.json see JSON Representation of a Role

Note

Only a Dataverse installation account with superuser permissions is allowed to create roles in a Dataverse Collection.

List Role Assignments in a Dataverse Collection

List all the role assignments at the given Dataverse collection:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/assignments"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/assignments"

Assign Default Role to User Creating a Dataset in a Dataverse Collection

Assign a default role to a user creating a dataset in a Dataverse collection id where roleAlias is the database alias of the role to be assigned:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root
export ROLE_ALIAS=curator

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/defaultContributorRole/$ROLE_ALIAS"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/defaultContributorRole/curator"

Note: You may use “none” as the ROLE_ALIAS. This will prevent a user who creates a dataset from having any role on that dataset. It is not recommended for Dataverse collections with human contributors.

Assign a New Role on a Dataverse Collection

Assigns a new role, based on the POSTed JSON:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/assignments" --upload-file role.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/assignments" --upload-file role.json

POSTed JSON example (the content of role.json file):

{
  "assignee": "@uma",
  "role": "curator"
}

Delete Role Assignment from a Dataverse Collection

Delete the assignment whose id is $id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root
export ASSIGNMENT_ID=6

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/assignments/$ASSIGNMENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/assignments/6"

List Metadata Blocks Defined on a Dataverse Collection

CORS Get the metadata blocks defined on a Dataverse collection which determine which field are available to authors when they create and edit datasets within that Dataverse collection. This feature is described in General Information section of Dataverse Collection Management of the User Guide.

Please note that an API token is only required if the Dataverse collection has not been published.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablocks"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablocks"

This endpoint supports the following optional query parameters:

  • returnDatasetFieldTypes: Whether or not to return the dataset field types present in each metadata block. If not set, the default value is false.

  • onlyDisplayedOnCreate: Whether or not to return only the metadata blocks that are displayed on dataset creation. If returnDatasetFieldTypes is true, only the dataset field types shown on dataset creation will be returned within each metadata block. If not set, the default value is false.

An example using the optional query parameters is presented below:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablocks?returnDatasetFieldTypes=true&onlyDisplayedOnCreate=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablocks?returnDatasetFieldTypes=true&onlyDisplayedOnCreate=true"

Define Metadata Blocks for a Dataverse Collection

You can define the metadata blocks available to authors within a Dataverse collection.

The metadata blocks that are available with a default Dataverse installation are in define-metadatablocks.json (also shown below) and you should download this file and edit it to meet your needs. Please note that the “citation” metadata block is required. You must have “EditDataverse” permission on the Dataverse collection.

[
  "citation",
  "geospatial",
  "socialscience",
  "astrophysics",
  "biomedical",
  "journal"
]

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablocks" -H \"Content-type:application/json\" --upload-file define-metadatablocks.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file define-metadatablocks.json "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablocks"

Determine if a Dataverse Collection Inherits Its Metadata Blocks from Its Parent

Get whether the Dataverse collection is a metadata block root, or does it uses its parent blocks:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablocks/isRoot"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablocks/isRoot"

Configure a Dataverse Collection to Inherit Its Metadata Blocks from Its Parent

Set whether the Dataverse collection is a metadata block root, or does it uses its parent blocks. Possible values are true and false (both are valid JSON expressions):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/metadatablocks/isRoot"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/metadatablocks/isRoot"

Note

Previous endpoints $SERVER/api/dataverses/$id/metadatablocks/:isRoot and POST https://$SERVER/api/dataverses/$id/metadatablocks/:isRoot?key=$apiKey are deprecated, but supported.

Retrieve a Dataset JSON Schema for a Collection

Retrieves a JSON schema customized for a given collection in order to validate a dataset JSON file prior to creating the dataset. This first version of the schema only includes required elements and fields. In the future we plan to improve the schema by adding controlled vocabulary and more robust dataset field format testing:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/datasetSchema"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/datasetSchema"

Note: you must have “Add Dataset” permission in the given collection to invoke this endpoint.

While it is recommended to download a copy of the JSON Schema from the collection (as above) to account for any fields that have been marked as required, you can also download a minimal dataset-schema.json to get a sense of the schema when no customizations have been made.

Validate Dataset JSON File for a Collection

Validates a dataset JSON file customized for a given collection prior to creating the dataset. The validation only tests for json formatting and the presence of required elements:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/validateDatasetJson" -H 'Content-type:application/json' --upload-file dataset.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/validateDatasetJson" -H 'Content-type:application/json' --upload-file dataset.json

Note: you must have “Add Dataset” permission in the given collection to invoke this endpoint.

Create a Dataset in a Dataverse Collection

A dataset is a container for files as explained in the Dataset + File Management section of the User Guide.

To create a dataset, you must supply a JSON file that contains at least the following required metadata fields:

  • Title

  • Author Name

  • Point of Contact Email

  • Description Text

  • Subject

Submit Incomplete Dataset

Note: This feature requires dataverse.api.allow-incomplete-metadata to be enabled and your Solr Schema to be up-to-date with the datasetValid field. If not done yet with the version upgrade, you will also need to reindex all dataset after enabling the dataverse.api.allow-incomplete-metadata feature.

Providing a .../datasets?doNotValidate=true query parameter turns off the validation of metadata. In this situation, only the “Author Name” is required, except for the case when the setting :MetadataLanguages is configured and the value of “Dataset Metadata Language” setting of a collection is left with the default “Chosen at Dataset Creation” value. In that case, a language that is a part of the :MetadataLanguages list must be declared in the incomplete dataset.

For example, a minimal JSON file, without the language specification, would look like this:

{
  "datasetVersion": {
    "metadataBlocks": {
      "citation": {
        "fields": [
          {
            "value": [
              {
                "authorName": {
                  "value": "Finch, Fiona",
                  "typeClass": "primitive",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "typeName": "authorName"
                }
              }
            ],
            "typeClass": "compound",
            "multiple": true,
            "typeName": "author"
          }
        ],
        "displayName": "Citation Metadata"
      }
    }
  }
}

The following is an example HTTP call with deactivated validation:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export PARENT=root
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$PARENT/datasets?doNotValidate=true" --upload-file dataset-incomplete.json -H 'Content-type:application/json'

Note: You may learn about an instance’s support for deposition of incomplete datasets via Show Support Of Incomplete Metadata Deposition.

Submit Dataset

As a starting point, you can download dataset-finch1.json and modify it to meet your needs. (dataset-finch1_fr.json is a variant of this file that includes setting the metadata language (see :MetadataLanguages) to French (fr). In addition to this minimal example, you can download dataset-create-new-all-default-fields.json which populates all of the metadata fields that ship with a Dataverse installation.)

The curl command below assumes you have kept the name “dataset-finch1.json” and that this file is in your current working directory.

Next you need to figure out the alias or database id of the “parent” Dataverse collection into which you will be creating your new dataset. Out of the box the top level Dataverse collection has an alias of “root” and a database id of “1” but your installation may vary. The easiest way to determine the alias of your root Dataverse collection is to click “Advanced Search” and look at the URL. You may also choose a parent Dataverse collection under the root Dataverse collection.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export PARENT=root
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$PARENT/datasets" --upload-file dataset-finch1.json -H 'Content-type:application/json'

The fully expanded example above (without the environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/datasets" --upload-file "dataset-finch1.json" -H 'Content-type:application/json'

You should expect an HTTP 200 (“OK”) response and JSON indicating the database ID and Persistent ID (PID such as DOI or Handle) that has been assigned to your newly created dataset.

Note

Only a Dataverse installation account with superuser permissions is allowed to include files when creating a dataset via this API. Adding files this way only adds their file metadata to the database, you will need to manually add the physical files to the file system.

Import a Dataset into a Dataverse Collection

Note

This action requires a Dataverse installation account with super-user permissions.

To import a dataset with an existing persistent identifier (PID), the dataset’s metadata should be prepared in Dataverse installation’s native JSON format. The PID is provided as a parameter at the URL. The following line imports a dataset with the PID PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER to the Dataverse installation, and then releases it:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export DATAVERSE_ID=root
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:ZZ7/MOSEISLEYDB94

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$DATAVERSE_ID/datasets/:import?pid=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&release=yes" --upload-file dataset.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/datasets/:import?pid=doi:ZZ7/MOSEISLEYDB94&release=yes" --upload-file dataset.json

The pid parameter holds a persistent identifier (such as a DOI or Handle). The import will fail if no PID is provided, or if the provided PID fails validation.

The optional release parameter tells the Dataverse installation to immediately publish the dataset. If the parameter is changed to no, the imported dataset will remain in DRAFT status.

The JSON format is the same as that supported by the native API’s create dataset command, although it also allows packages. For example:

{
  "datasetVersion": {
    "license": {
      "name": "CC0 1.0",
      "uri": "http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0"
    },
    "protocol":"doi",
    "authority":"10.502",
    "identifier":"ZZ7/MOSEISLEYDB94",
    "metadataBlocks": {
      "citation": {
        "fields": [
          {
            "typeName": "title",
            "multiple": false,
            "value": "Imported dataset with package files No. 3",
            "typeClass": "primitive"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "productionDate",
            "multiple": false,
            "value": "2011-02-23",
            "typeClass": "primitive"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "dsDescription",
            "multiple": true,
            "value": [
              {
                "dsDescriptionValue": {
                  "typeName": "dsDescriptionValue",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "Native Dataset",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                }
              }
            ],
            "typeClass": "compound"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "subject",
            "multiple": true,
            "value": [
              "Medicine, Health and Life Sciences"
            ],
            "typeClass": "controlledVocabulary"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "author",
            "multiple": true,
            "value": [
              {
                "authorAffiliation": {
                  "typeName": "authorAffiliation",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "LibraScholar Medical School",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                },
                "authorName": {
                  "typeName": "authorName",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "Doc, Bob",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                }
              },
              {
                "authorAffiliation": {
                  "typeName": "authorAffiliation",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "LibraScholar Medical School",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                },
                "authorName": {
                  "typeName": "authorName",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "Prof, Arthur",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                }
              }
            ],
            "typeClass": "compound"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "depositor",
            "multiple": false,
            "value": "Prof, Arthur",
            "typeClass": "primitive"
          },
          {
            "typeName": "datasetContact",
            "multiple": true,
            "value": [
              {
                "datasetContactEmail": {
                  "typeName": "datasetContactEmail",
                  "multiple": false,
                  "value": "aprof@mailinator.com",
                  "typeClass": "primitive"
                }
              }
            ],
            "typeClass": "compound"
          }
        ],
        "displayName": "Citation Metadata"
      }
    },
    "files": [
      {
        "description": "",
        "label": "pub",
        "restricted": false,
        "version": 1,
        "datasetVersionId": 1,
        "dataFile": {
          "id": 4,
          "filename": "pub",
          "contentType": "application/vnd.dataverse.file-package",
          "filesize": 1698795873,
          "description": "",
          "storageIdentifier": "162017e5ad5-ee2a2b17fee9",
          "originalFormatLabel": "UNKNOWN",
          "rootDataFileId": -1,
          "checksum": {
            "type": "SHA-1",
            "value": "54bc7ddb096a490474bd8cc90cbed1c96730f350"
          }
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

Before calling the API, make sure the data files referenced by the POSTed JSON are placed in the dataset directory with filenames matching their specified storage identifiers. In installations using POSIX storage, these files must be made readable by the app server user.

Tip

If possible, it’s best to avoid spaces and special characters in the storage identifier in order to avoid potential portability problems. The storage identifier corresponds with the filesystem name (or bucket identifier) of the data file, so these characters may cause unpredictability with filesystem tools.

Warning

  • This API does not cover staging files (with correct contents, checksums, sizes, etc.) in the corresponding places in the Dataverse installation’s filestore.

  • This API endpoint does not support importing files’ persistent identifiers.

  • A Dataverse installation can import datasets with a valid PID that uses a different protocol or authority than said server is configured for. However, the server will not update the PID metadata on subsequent update and publish actions.

Import a Dataset into a Dataverse Installation with a DDI file

Note

This action requires a Dataverse installation account with super-user permissions.

To import a dataset with an existing persistent identifier (PID), you have to provide the PID as a parameter at the URL. The following line imports a dataset with the PID PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER to the Dataverse installation, and then releases it:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export DATAVERSE_ID=root
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:ZZ7/MOSEISLEYDB94

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$DATAVERSE_ID/datasets/:importddi?pid=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&release=yes" --upload-file ddi_dataset.xml

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/datasets/:importddi?pid=doi:ZZ7/MOSEISLEYDB94&release=yes" --upload-file ddi_dataset.xml

The optional pid parameter holds a persistent identifier (such as a DOI or Handle). The import will fail if the provided PID fails validation.

The optional release parameter tells the Dataverse installation to immediately publish the dataset. If the parameter is changed to no, the imported dataset will remain in DRAFT status.

The file is a DDI XML file. A sample DDI XML file may be downloaded here: ddi_dataset.xml

Note that DDI XML does not have a field that corresponds to the “Subject” field in Dataverse. Therefore the “Import DDI” API endpoint populates the “Subject” field with N/A. To update the “Subject” field one will need to call the Edit Dataset Metadata API with a JSON file that contains an update to “Subject” such as subject-update-metadata.json. Alternatively, the web interface can be used to add a subject.

Warning

  • This API does not handle files related to the DDI file.

  • A Dataverse installation can import datasets with a valid PID that uses a different protocol or authority than said server is configured for. However, the server will not update the PID metadata on subsequent update and publish actions.

Publish a Dataverse Collection

In order to publish a Dataverse collection, you must know either its “alias” (which the GUI calls an “identifier”) or its database ID.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/actions/:publish"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/actions/:publish"

You should expect a 200 (“OK”) response and JSON output.

Retrieve Guestbook Responses for a Dataverse Collection

For more about guestbooks, see Dataset Guestbooks in the User Guide.

In order to retrieve the Guestbook Responses for a Dataverse collection, you must know either its “alias” (which the GUI calls an “identifier”) or its database ID. If the Dataverse collection has more than one guestbook you may provide the id of a single guestbook as an optional parameter. If no guestbook id is provided the results returned will be the same as pressing the “Download All Responses” button on the Manage Dataset Guestbook page. If the guestbook id is provided then only those responses from that guestbook will be included. The FILENAME parameter is optional, and if it is not included, the responses will be displayed in the console.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root
export GUESTBOOK_ID=1
export FILENAME=myResponses.csv

curl -H  "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/guestbookResponses?guestbookId=$GUESTBOOK_ID" -o $FILENAME

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/root/guestbookResponses?guestbookId=1" -o myResponses.csv

Change Collection Attributes

curl -X PUT -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/attribute/$ATTRIBUTE?value=$VALUE"

The following attributes are supported:

  • alias Collection alias

  • name Name

  • description Description

  • affiliation Affiliation

  • filePIDsEnabled (“true” or “false”) Restricted to use by superusers and only when the :AllowEnablingFilePIDsPerCollection setting is true. Enables or disables registration of file-level PIDs in datasets within the collection (overriding the instance-wide setting).

Collection Storage Quotas

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/storage/quota"

Will output the storage quota allocated (in bytes), or a message indicating that the quota is not defined for the specific collection. The user identified by the API token must have the Manage permission on the collection.

To set or change the storage allocation quota for a collection:

curl -X PUT -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/storage/quota/$SIZE_IN_BYTES"

This is API is superuser-only.

To delete a storage quota configured for a collection:

curl -X DELETE -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/storage/quota"

This is API is superuser-only.

Use the /settings API to enable or disable the enforcement of storage quotas that are defined across the instance via the following setting. For example,

curl -X PUT -d 'true' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/settings/:UseStorageQuotas

Datasets

Note Creation of new datasets is done with a POST onto a Dataverse collection. See the Dataverse Collections section above.

Dataset Version Specifiers

In all commands below, dataset versions can be referred to as:

  • :draft the draft version, if any

  • :latest either a draft (if exists) or the latest published version.

  • :latest-published the latest published version

  • x.y a specific version, where x is the major version number and y is the minor version number.

  • x same as x.0

Get JSON Representation of a Dataset

Note

Datasets can be accessed using persistent identifiers. This is done by passing the constant :persistentId where the numeric id of the dataset is expected, and then passing the actual persistent id as a query parameter with the name persistentId.

Example: Getting the dataset whose DOI is 10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Getting its draft version:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "https://$SERVER/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

CORS Show the dataset whose database id is passed:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24"

The dataset id can be extracted from the response retrieved from the API which uses the persistent identifier (/api/datasets/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER).

If you want to include the Dataverse collections that this dataset is part of, you must set returnOwners query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24?returnOwners=true"

List Versions of a Dataset

CORS List versions of the dataset:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions"

It returns a list of versions with their metadata, and file list:

{
  "status": "OK",
  "data": [
    {
      "id": 7,
      "datasetId": 24,
      "datasetPersistentId": "doi:10.5072/FK2/U6AEZM",
      "storageIdentifier": "file://10.5072/FK2/U6AEZM",
      "versionNumber": 2,
      "versionMinorNumber": 0,
      "versionState": "RELEASED",
      "lastUpdateTime": "2015-04-20T09:58:35Z",
      "releaseTime": "2015-04-20T09:58:35Z",
      "createTime": "2015-04-20T09:57:32Z",
      "license": {
        "name": "CC0 1.0",
        "uri": "http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0"
      },
      "termsOfAccess": "You need to request for access.",
      "fileAccessRequest": true,
      "metadataBlocks": {...},
      "files": [...]
    },
    {
      "id": 6,
      "datasetId": 24,
      "datasetPersistentId": "doi:10.5072/FK2/U6AEZM",
      "storageIdentifier": "file://10.5072/FK2/U6AEZM",
      "versionNumber": 1,
      "versionMinorNumber": 0,
      "versionState": "RELEASED",
      "UNF": "UNF:6:y4dtFxWhBaPM9K/jlPPuqg==",
      "lastUpdateTime": "2015-04-20T09:56:34Z",
      "releaseTime": "2015-04-20T09:56:34Z",
      "createTime": "2015-04-20T09:43:45Z",
      "license": {
        "name": "CC0 1.0",
        "uri": "http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0"
      },
      "termsOfAccess": "You need to request for access.",
      "fileAccessRequest": true,
      "metadataBlocks": {...},
      "files": [...]
    }
  ]
}

The optional excludeFiles parameter specifies whether the files should be listed in the output. It defaults to true, preserving backward compatibility. (Note that for a dataset with a large number of versions and/or files having the files included can dramatically increase the volume of the output). A separate /files API can be used for listing the files, or a subset thereof in a given version.

The optional offset and limit parameters can be used to specify the range of the versions list to be shown. This can be used to paginate through the list in a dataset with a large number of versions.

Get Version of a Dataset

CORS Show a version of the dataset. The output includes any metadata blocks the dataset might have:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION?excludeFiles=false"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0?excludeFiles=false"

The optional excludeFiles parameter specifies whether the files should be listed in the output (defaults to true). Note that a separate /files API can be used for listing the files, or a subset thereof in a given version.

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a “not found” error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the includeDeaccessioned option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must set includeDeaccessioned query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0?includeDeaccessioned=true"

If you want to include the Dataverse collections that this dataset version is part of, you must set returnOwners query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0?returnOwners=true"

Export Metadata of a Dataset in Various Formats

CORS Export the metadata of the current published version of a dataset in various formats.

See also Batch Exports Through the API and the note below:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export METADATA_FORMAT=ddi

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/export?exporter=$METADATA_FORMAT&persistentId=PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/export?exporter=ddi&persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Note

Supported exporters (export formats) are ddi, oai_ddi, dcterms, oai_dc, schema.org , OAI_ORE , Datacite, oai_datacite and dataverse_json. Descriptive names can be found under Supported Metadata Export Formats in the User Guide.

Schema.org JSON-LD

Please note that the schema.org format has changed in backwards-incompatible ways after Dataverse Software version 4.9.4:

  • “description” was a single string and now it is an array of strings.

  • “citation” was an array of strings and now it is an array of objects.

Both forms are valid according to Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool at https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool . (This tool will report “The property affiliation is not recognized by Google for an object of type Thing” and this known issue is being tracked at https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse/issues/5029 .) Schema.org JSON-LD is an evolving standard that permits a great deal of flexibility. For example, https://schema.org/docs/gs.html#schemaorg_expected indicates that even when objects are expected, it’s ok to just use text. As with all metadata export formats, we will try to keep the Schema.org JSON-LD format your Dataverse installation emits backward-compatible to made integrations more stable, despite the flexibility that’s afforded by the standard.

List Files in a Dataset

CORS Lists all the file metadata, for the given dataset and version:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION/files"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files"

This endpoint supports optional pagination, through the limit and offset query parameters.

To aid in pagination the JSON response also includes the total number of rows (totalCount) available.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?limit=10&offset=20"

Category name filtering is also optionally supported. To return files to which the requested category has been added.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?categoryName=Data"

Tabular tag name filtering is also optionally supported. To return files to which the requested tabular tag has been added.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?tabularTagName=Survey"

Content type filtering is also optionally supported. To return files matching the requested content type.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?contentType=image/png"

Filtering by search text is also optionally supported. The search will be applied to the labels and descriptions of the dataset files, to return the files that contain the text searched in one of such fields.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?searchText=word"

File access filtering is also optionally supported. In particular, by the following possible values:

  • Public

  • Restricted

  • EmbargoedThenRestricted

  • EmbargoedThenPublic

If no filter is specified, the files will match all of the above categories.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?accessStatus=Public"

Ordering criteria for sorting the results is also optionally supported. In particular, by the following possible values:

  • NameAZ (Default)

  • NameZA

  • Newest

  • Oldest

  • Size

  • Type

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?orderCriteria=Newest"

Please note that both filtering and ordering criteria values are case sensitive and must be correctly typed for the endpoint to recognize them.

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a “not found” error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the includeDeaccessioned option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must set includeDeaccessioned query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files?includeDeaccessioned=true"

Note

Keep in mind that you can combine all of the above query parameters depending on the results you are looking for.

Get File Counts in a Dataset

Get file counts, for the given dataset and version.

The returned file counts are based on different criteria:

  • Total (The total file count)

  • Per content type

  • Per category name

  • Per tabular tag name

  • Per access status (Possible values: Public, Restricted, EmbargoedThenRestricted, EmbargoedThenPublic)

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION/files/counts"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts"

Category name filtering is optionally supported. To return counts only for files to which the requested category has been added.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?categoryName=Data"

Tabular tag name filtering is also optionally supported. To return counts only for files to which the requested tabular tag has been added.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?tabularTagName=Survey"

Content type filtering is also optionally supported. To return counts only for files matching the requested content type.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?contentType=image/png"

Filtering by search text is also optionally supported. The search will be applied to the labels and descriptions of the dataset files, to return counts only for files that contain the text searched in one of such fields.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?searchText=word"

File access filtering is also optionally supported. In particular, by the following possible values:

  • Public

  • Restricted

  • EmbargoedThenRestricted

  • EmbargoedThenPublic

If no filter is specified, the files will match all of the above categories.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?accessStatus=Public"

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not supported by this endpoint and will be ignored in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a not found error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must specify this through the includeDeaccessioned query parameter.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/files/counts?includeDeaccessioned=true"

Please note that filtering values are case sensitive and must be correctly typed for the endpoint to recognize them.

Keep in mind that you can combine all of the above query parameters depending on the results you are looking for.

View Dataset Files and Folders as a Directory Index

CORS Provides a crawlable view of files and folders within the given dataset and version:

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/${ID}/dirindex/"
# or
curl "${SERVER_URL}/api/datasets/:persistentId/dirindex?persistentId=doi:${PERSISTENT_ID}"

Optional parameters:

  • folder - A subfolder within the dataset (default: top-level view of the dataset)

  • version - Specifies the version (default: latest published version)

  • original=true - Download original versions of ingested tabular files.

This API outputs a simple html listing, based on the standard Apache directory index, with Access API download links for individual files, and recursive calls to the API above for sub-folders.

Using this API, wget --recursive (or a similar crawling client) can be used to download all the files in a dataset, preserving the file names and folder structure; without having to use the download-as-zip API. In addition to being faster (zipping is a relatively resource-intensive operation on the server side), this process can be restarted if interrupted (with wget --continue or equivalent) - unlike zipped multi-file downloads that always have to start from the beginning.

On a system that uses S3 with download redirects, the individual file downloads will be handled by S3 directly, without having to be proxied through the Dataverse application.

For example, if you have a dataset version with 2 files, one with the folder named “subfolder”:

image1

or, as viewed as a tree on the dataset page:

image2

The output of the API for the top-level folder (/api/datasets/{dataset}/dirindex/) will be as follows:

image3

with the underlying html source:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2 Final//EN">
<html><head><title>Index of folder /</title></head>
<body><h1>Index of folder / in dataset doi:XXX/YY/ZZZZ (v. MM)</h1>
<table>
<tr><th>Name</th><th>Last Modified</th><th>Size</th><th>Description</th></tr>
<tr><th colspan="4"><hr></th></tr>
<tr><td><a href="/api/datasets/NNNN/dirindex/?folder=subfolder">subfolder/</a></td><td align="right"> - </td><td align="right"> - </td><td align="right">&nbsp;</td></tr>
<tr><td><a href="/api/access/datafile/KKKK">testfile.txt</a></td><td align="right">13-January-2021 22:35</td><td align="right">19 B</td><td align="right">&nbsp;</td></tr>
</table></body></html>

The /dirindex/?folder=subfolder link above will produce the following view:

image4

with the html source as follows:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2 Final//EN">
<html><head><title>Index of folder /subfolder</title></head>
<body><h1>Index of folder /subfolder in dataset doi:XXX/YY/ZZZZ (v. MM)</h1>
<table>
<tr><th>Name</th><th>Last Modified</th><th>Size</th><th>Description</th></tr>
<tr><th colspan="4"><hr></th></tr>
<tr><td><a href="/api/access/datafile/subfolder/LLLL">50by1000.tab</a></td><td align="right">11-January-2021 09:31</td><td align="right">102.5 KB</td><td align="right">&nbsp;</td></tr>
</table></body></html>

An example of a wget command line for crawling (“recursive downloading”) of the files and folders in a dataset:

wget -r -e robots=off -nH --cut-dirs=3 --content-disposition https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/${ID}/dirindex/
# or
wget -r -e robots=off -nH --cut-dirs=3 --content-disposition https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/dirindex?persistentId=doi:${PERSISTENT_ID}

Note

In addition to the files and folders in the dataset, the command line above will also save the directory index of each folder, in a separate folder “dirindex”.

List All Metadata Blocks for a Dataset

CORS Lists all the metadata blocks and their content, for the given dataset and version:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION/metadata"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/metadata"

List Single Metadata Block for a Dataset

CORS Lists the metadata block named METADATA_BLOCK, for the given dataset and version:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0
export METADATA_BLOCK=citation

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION/metadata/$METADATA_BLOCK"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/metadata/citation"

Update Metadata For a Dataset

Updates the metadata for a dataset. If a draft of the dataset already exists, the metadata of that draft is overwritten; otherwise, a new draft is created with this metadata.

You must download a JSON representation of the dataset, edit the JSON you download, and then send the updated JSON to the Dataverse installation.

For example, after making your edits, your JSON file might look like dataset-update-metadata.json which you would send to the Dataverse installation like this:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" --upload-file dataset-update-metadata.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z" --upload-file dataset-update-metadata.json

Note that in the example JSON file above, there are only two JSON objects with the license and metadataBlocks keys respectively. When you download a representation of your latest dataset version in JSON format, these objects will be nested inside another object called data in the API response. Note that there may be more objects in there, in addition to the license and metadataBlocks that you may need to preserve and re-import as well. Basically, you need everything in there except for the files. This can be achived by downloading the metadata and selecting the sections you need with a JSON tool such as jq, like this:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:latest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" | jq '.data | del(.files)' > dataset-update-metadata.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/:latest?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z" | jq '.data | {metadataBlocks: .metadataBlocks}' > dataset-update-metadata.json

Now you can edit the JSON produced by the command above with a text editor of your choice. For example, with vi in the example below.

Note that you don’t need to edit the top-level fields such as versionNumber, minorVersonNumber, versionState or any of the time stamps - these will be automatically updated as needed by the API:

vi dataset-update-metadata.json

Now that you’ve made edits to the metadata in your JSON file, you can send it to a Dataverse installation as described above.

Edit Dataset Metadata

Alternatively to replacing an entire dataset version with its JSON representation you may add data to dataset fields that are blank or accept multiple values with the following:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/editMetadata/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" --upload-file dataset-add-metadata.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/editMetadata/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z" --upload-file dataset-add-metadata.json

You may also replace existing metadata in dataset fields with the following (adding the parameter replace=true):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/editMetadata?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&replace=true" --upload-file dataset-update-metadata.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/editMetadata/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z&replace=true" --upload-file dataset-update-metadata.json

For these edits your JSON file need only include those dataset fields which you would like to edit. A sample JSON file may be downloaded here: dataset-edit-metadata-sample.json

Delete Dataset Metadata

You may delete some of the metadata of a dataset version by supplying a file with a JSON representation of dataset fields that you would like to delete with the following:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/deleteMetadata/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" --upload-file dataset-delete-author-metadata.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/deleteMetadata/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/BCCP9Z" --upload-file dataset-delete-author-metadata.json

For these deletes your JSON file must include an exact match of those dataset fields which you would like to delete. A sample JSON file may be downloaded here: dataset-delete-author-metadata.json

Publish a Dataset

When publishing a dataset it’s good to be aware of the Dataverse Software’s versioning system, which is described in the Dataset + File Management section of the User Guide.

If this is the first version of the dataset, its version number will be set to 1.0. Otherwise, the new dataset version number is determined by the most recent version number and the type parameter. Passing type=minor increases the minor version number (2.3 is updated to 2.4). Passing type=major increases the major version number (2.3 is updated to 3.0). (Superusers can pass type=updatecurrent to update metadata without changing the version number.)

This call also supports an optional boolean query parameter: assureIsIndexed. If true, the call will fail with a 409 (“CONFLICT”) response if the dataset is awaiting re-indexing. If indexing occurs during publishing it could cause the publish request to fail, after a 202 response has been received. Using this parameter allows the caller to wait for indexing to occur and avoid this possibility. It is most useful in situations where edits are made immediately before publication.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export MAJOR_OR_MINOR=major

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/actions/:publish?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID&type=$MAJOR_OR_MINOR"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/actions/:publish?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&type=major"

The quotes around the URL are required because there is more than one query parameter separated by an ampersand (&), which has special meaning to Unix shells such as Bash. Putting the & in quotes ensures that “type” is interpreted as one of the query parameters.

You should expect JSON output and a 200 (“OK”) response in most cases. If you receive a 202 (“ACCEPTED”) response, this is normal for installations that have workflows configured. Workflows are described in the Workflows section of the Developer Guide. A 409 (“CONFLICT”) response is also possible if you set assureIsIndexed=true. (In this case, one could then repeat the call until a 200/202 response is sent.)

Note

POST should be used to publish a dataset. GET is supported for backward compatibility but is deprecated and may be removed: https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse/issues/2431

Delete Dataset Draft

Deletes the draft version of dataset $ID. Only the draft version can be deleted:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/:draft"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/:draft"

Deaccession Dataset

Given a version of a dataset, updates its status to deaccessioned.

The JSON body required to deaccession a dataset (deaccession.json) looks like this:

{
  "deaccessionReason": "Description of the deaccession reason.",
  "deaccessionForwardURL": "https://demo.dataverse.org"
}

Note that the field deaccessionForwardURL is optional.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSIONID=1.0
export FILE_PATH=deaccession.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSIONID/deaccession" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/deaccession" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file deaccession.json

Note

You cannot deaccession a dataset more than once. If you call this endpoint twice for the same dataset version, you will get a not found error on the second call, since the dataset you are looking for will no longer be published since it is already deaccessioned.

Set Citation Date Field Type for a Dataset

Sets the dataset citation date field type for a given dataset. :publicationDate is the default. Note that the dataset citation date field type must be a date field. This change applies to all versions of the dataset that have an entry for the new date field. It also applies to all file citations in the dataset.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DATASET_FIELD_TYPE_NAME=dateOfDeposit

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/citationdate?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" --data "$DATASET_FIELD_TYPE_NAME"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/citationdate?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB" --data "dateOfDeposit"

Revert Citation Date Field Type to Default for Dataset

Restores the default citation date field type, :publicationDate, for a given dataset.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/citationdate?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/citationdate?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

List Role Assignments in a Dataset

Lists all role assignments on a given dataset:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=2347

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/assignments"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/2347/assignments"

Assign a New Role on a Dataset

Assigns a new role, based on the POSTed JSON:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=2347

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/assignments" --upload-file role.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/2347/assignments" --upload-file role.json

POSTed JSON example (the content of role.json file):

{
  "assignee": "@uma",
  "role": "curator"
}

Delete Role Assignment from a Dataset

Delete the assignment whose id is $id:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=2347
export ASSIGNMENT_ID=6

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/assignments/$ASSIGNMENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/2347/assignments/6"

Create a Private URL for a Dataset

Create a Private URL (must be able to manage dataset permissions):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/privateUrl"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/privateUrl"

If Anonymized Access has been enabled on a Dataverse installation (see the :AnonymizedFieldTypeNames setting), an optional ‘anonymizedAccess’ query parameter is allowed. Setting anonymizedAccess=true in your call will create a PrivateURL that only allows an anonymized view of the Dataset (see Private URL to Review Unpublished Dataset).

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/privateUrl?anonymizedAccess=true"

Get the Private URL for a Dataset

Get a Private URL from a dataset (if available):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/privateUrl"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/privateUrl"

Delete the Private URL from a Dataset

Delete a Private URL from a dataset (if it exists):

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/privateUrl"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/privateUrl"

Add a File to a Dataset

When adding a file to a dataset, you can optionally specify the following:

  • A description of the file.

  • The “File Path” of the file, indicating which folder the file should be uploaded to within the dataset.

  • Whether or not the file is restricted.

  • Whether or not the file skips tabular ingest. If the tabIngest parameter is not specified, it defaults to true.

Note that when a Dataverse installation is configured to use S3 storage with direct upload enabled, there is API support to send a file directly to S3. This is more complex and is described in the Direct DataFile Upload/Replace API guide.

In the curl example below, all of the above are specified but they are optional.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export FILENAME='data.tsv'
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -F "file=@$FILENAME" -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description.","directoryLabel":"data/subdir1","categories":["Data"], "restrict":"false", "tabIngest":"false"}' "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/add?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -F file=@data.tsv -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description.","directoryLabel":"data/subdir1","categories":["Data"], "restrict":"false", "tabIngest":"false"}' "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/add?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

You should expect a 201 (“CREATED”) response and JSON indicating the database id that has been assigned to your newly uploaded file.

Please note that it’s possible to “trick” a Dataverse installation into giving a file a content type (MIME type) of your choosing. For example, you can make a text file be treated like a video file with -F 'file=@README.txt;type=video/mpeg4', for example. If the Dataverse installation does not properly detect a file type, specifying the content type via API like this a potential workaround.

The curl syntax above to upload a file is tricky and a Python version is provided below. (Please note that it depends on libraries such as “requests” that you may need to install but this task is out of scope for this guide.) Here are some parameters you can set in the script:

  • dataverse_server - e.g. https://demo.dataverse.org

  • api_key - See the top of this document for a description

  • persistentId - Example: doi:10.5072/FK2/6XACVA

  • dataset_id - Database id of the dataset

In practice, you only need one the dataset_id or the persistentId. The example below shows both uses.

from datetime import datetime
import json
import requests  # http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/

# --------------------------------------------------
# Update the 4 params below to run this code
# --------------------------------------------------
dataverse_server = 'https://your dataverse installation' # no trailing slash
api_key = 'api key'
dataset_id = 1  # database id of the dataset
persistentId = 'doi:10.5072/FK2/6XACVA' # doi or hdl of the dataset

# --------------------------------------------------
# Prepare "file"
# --------------------------------------------------
file_content = 'content: %s' % datetime.now()
files = {'file': ('sample_file.txt', file_content)}

# --------------------------------------------------
# Using a "jsonData" parameter, add optional description + file tags
# --------------------------------------------------
params = dict(description='Blue skies!',
            categories=['Lily', 'Rosemary', 'Jack of Hearts'])

params_as_json_string = json.dumps(params)

payload = dict(jsonData=params_as_json_string)

# --------------------------------------------------
# Add file using the Dataset's id
# --------------------------------------------------
url_dataset_id = '%s/api/datasets/%s/add?key=%s' % (dataverse_server, dataset_id, api_key)

# -------------------
# Make the request
# -------------------
print '-' * 40
print 'making request: %s' % url_dataset_id
r = requests.post(url_dataset_id, data=payload, files=files)

# -------------------
# Print the response
# -------------------
print '-' * 40
print r.json()
print r.status_code

# --------------------------------------------------
# Add file using the Dataset's persistentId (e.g. doi, hdl, etc)
# --------------------------------------------------
url_persistent_id = '%s/api/datasets/:persistentId/add?persistentId=%s&key=%s' % (dataverse_server, persistentId, api_key)

# -------------------
# Update the file content to avoid a duplicate file error
# -------------------
file_content = 'content2: %s' % datetime.now()
files = {'file': ('sample_file2.txt', file_content)}


# -------------------
# Make the request
# -------------------
print '-' * 40
print 'making request: %s' % url_persistent_id
r = requests.post(url_persistent_id, data=payload, files=files)

# -------------------
# Print the response
# -------------------
print '-' * 40
print r.json()
print r.status_code

Add a Remote File to a Dataset

If your Dataverse installation has been configured to support Trusted Remote Storage you can add files from remote URLs to datasets. These remote files appear in your Dataverse installation as if they were ordinary files but are stored remotely.

The location of the remote file is specified in the storageIdentifier field in JSON you supply. The base URL of the file is contained in the “store” (e.g. “trsa” in the example below) and is followed by the path to the file (e.g. “themes/custom…”).

In the JSON example below, all fields are required except for description. Other optional fields are shown under Add a File to a Dataset.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export JSON_DATA='{"description":"A remote image.","storageIdentifier":"trsa://themes/custom/qdr/images/CoreTrustSeal-logo-transparent.png","checksumType":"MD5","md5Hash":"509ef88afa907eaf2c17c1c8d8fde77e","label":"testlogo.png","fileName":"testlogo.png","mimeType":"image/png"}'

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/add?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID" -F "jsonData=$JSON_DATA"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/add?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB" -F 'jsonData={"description":"A remote image.","storageIdentifier":"trsa://themes/custom/qdr/images/CoreTrustSeal-logo-transparent.png","checksumType":"MD5","md5Hash":"509ef88afa907eaf2c17c1c8d8fde77e","label":"testlogo.png","fileName":"testlogo.png","mimeType":"image/png"}'

Cleanup storage of a Dataset

This is an experimental feature and should be tested on your system before using it in production. Also, make sure that your backups are up-to-date before using this on production servers. It is advised to first call this method with the dryrun parameter set to true before actually deleting the files. This will allow you to manually inspect the files that would be deleted if that parameter is set to false or is omitted (a list of the files that would be deleted is provided in the response).

If your Dataverse installation has been configured to support direct uploads, or in some other situations, you could end up with some files in the storage of a dataset that are not linked to that dataset directly. Most commonly, this could happen when an upload fails in the middle of a transfer, i.e. if a user does a UI direct upload and leaves the page without hitting cancel or save, Dataverse doesn’t know and doesn’t clean up the files. Similarly in the direct upload API, if the final /addFiles call isn’t done, the files are abandoned.

All the files stored in the Dataset storage location that are not in the file list of that Dataset (and follow the naming pattern of the dataset files) can be removed, as shown in the example below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DRYRUN=true

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/cleanStorage?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID&dryrun=$DRYRUN"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/cleanStorage?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&dryrun=true"

Adding Files To a Dataset via Other Tools

In some circumstances, it may be useful to move or copy files into Dataverse’s storage manually or via external tools and then add then to a dataset (i.e. without involving Dataverse in the file transfer itself). Two API calls are available for this use case to add files to a dataset or to replace files that were already in the dataset. These calls were developed as part of Dataverse’s direct upload mechanism and are detailed in Direct DataFile Upload/Replace API.

Report the data (file) size of a Dataset

Shows the combined size in bytes of all the files uploaded into the dataset id.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/storagesize"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/storagesize"

The size of published and unpublished files will be summed in the dataset specified. By default, only the archival files are counted - i.e., the files uploaded by users (plus the tab-delimited versions generated for tabular data files on ingest). If the optional argument includeCached=true is specified, the API will also add the sizes of all the extra files generated and cached by the Dataverse installation - the resized thumbnail versions for image files, the metadata exports for published datasets, etc. Because this deals with unpublished files the token supplied must have permission to view unpublished drafts.

Get the size of Downloading all the files of a Dataset Version

Shows the combined size in bytes of all the files available for download from version versionId of dataset id.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSIONID=1.0

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSIONID/downloadsize"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize"

The size of all files available for download will be returned. If :draft is passed as versionId the token supplied must have permission to view unpublished drafts. A token is not required for published datasets. Also restricted files will be included in this total regardless of whether the user has access to download the restricted file(s).

There is an optional query parameter mode which applies a filter criteria to the operation. This parameter supports the following values:

  • All (Default): Includes both archival and original sizes for tabular files

  • Archival: Includes only the archival size for tabular files

  • Original: Includes only the original size for tabular files

Usage example:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?mode=Archival"

Category name filtering is also optionally supported. To return the size of all files available for download matching the requested category name.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?categoryName=Data"

Tabular tag name filtering is also optionally supported. To return the size of all files available for download for which the requested tabular tag has been added.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?tabularTagName=Survey"

Content type filtering is also optionally supported. To return the size of all files available for download matching the requested content type.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?contentType=image/png"

Filtering by search text is also optionally supported. The search will be applied to the labels and descriptions of the dataset files, to return the size of all files available for download that contain the text searched in one of such fields.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?searchText=word"

File access filtering is also optionally supported. In particular, by the following possible values:

  • Public

  • Restricted

  • EmbargoedThenRestricted

  • EmbargoedThenPublic

If no filter is specified, the files will match all of the above categories.

Please note that filtering query parameters are case sensitive and must be correctly typed for the endpoint to recognize them.

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a “not found” error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the includeDeaccessioned option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must set includeDeaccessioned query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/downloadsize?includeDeaccessioned=true"

Note

Keep in mind that you can combine all of the above query parameters depending on the results you are looking for.

Submit a Dataset for Review

When dataset authors do not have permission to publish directly, they can click the “Submit for Review” button in the web interface (see Dataset + File Management), or perform the equivalent operation via API:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/submitForReview?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/submitForReview?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

The people who need to review the dataset (often curators or journal editors) can check their notifications periodically via API to see if any new datasets have been submitted for review and need their attention. See the Notifications section for details. Alternatively, these curators can simply check their email or notifications to know when datasets have been submitted (or resubmitted) for review.

Return a Dataset to Author

After the curators or journal editors have reviewed a dataset that has been submitted for review (see “Submit for Review”, above) they can either choose to publish the dataset (see the :publish “action” above) or return the dataset to its authors. In the web interface there is a “Return to Author” button (see Dataset + File Management), but the interface does not provide a way to explain why the dataset is being returned. There is a way to do this outside of this interface, however. Instead of clicking the “Return to Author” button in the UI, a curator can write a “reason for return” into the database via API.

Here’s how curators can send a “reason for return” to the dataset authors. First, the curator creates a JSON file that contains the reason for return:

{
  "reasonForReturn": "You forgot to upload any files."
}

In the example below, the curator has saved the JSON file as reason-for-return.json in their current working directory. Then, the curator sends this JSON file to the returnToAuthor API endpoint like this:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/returnToAuthor?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID" -H "Content-type: application/json" -d @reason-for-return.json

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/returnToAuthor?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB" -H "Content-type: application/json" -d @reason-for-return.json

The review process can sometimes resemble a tennis match, with the authors submitting and resubmitting the dataset over and over until the curators are satisfied. Each time the curators send a “reason for return” via API, that reason is sent by email and is persisted into the database, stored at the dataset version level. The reason is required, please note that you can still type a creative and meaningful comment such as “The author would like to modify his dataset”, “Files are missing”, “Nothing to report” or “A curation report with comments and suggestions/instructions will follow in another email” that suits your situation.

The Send Feedback To Contact(s) API call may be useful as a way to move the conversation to email. However, note that these emails go to contacts (versus authors) and there is no database record of the email contents. (dataverse.mail.cc-support-on-contact-email will send a copy of these emails to the support email address which would provide a record.)

Dataset Locks

Manage Locks on a Specific Dataset

To check if a dataset is locked:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/locks"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/locks"

Optionally, you can check if there’s a lock of a specific type on the dataset:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export LOCK_TYPE=Ingest

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/locks?type=$LOCK_TYPE"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/locks?type=Ingest"

Currently implemented lock types are Ingest, Workflow, InReview, DcmUpload, finalizePublication, EditInProgress and FileValidationFailed.

The API will output the list of locks, for example:

{"status":"OK","data":
  [
    {
      "lockType":"Ingest",
      "date":"Fri Aug 17 15:05:51 EDT 2018",
      "user":"dataverseAdmin",
      "dataset":"doi:12.34567/FK2/ABCDEF"
    },
    {
      "lockType":"Workflow",
      "date":"Fri Aug 17 15:02:00 EDT 2018",
      "user":"dataverseAdmin",
      "dataset":"doi:12.34567/FK2/ABCDEF"
    }
  ]
}

If the dataset is not locked (or if there is no lock of the requested type), the API will return an empty list.

The following API end point will lock a Dataset with a lock of specified type. Note that this requires “superuser” credentials:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export LOCK_TYPE=Ingest

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/lock/$LOCK_TYPE"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/lock/Ingest"

Use the following API to unlock the dataset, by deleting all the locks currently on the dataset. Note that this requires “superuser” credentials:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/locks"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/locks"

Or, to delete a lock of the type specified only. Note that this requires “superuser” credentials:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export LOCK_TYPE=finalizePublication

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/locks?type=$LOCK_TYPE"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/locks?type=finalizePublication"

If the dataset is not locked (or if there is no lock of the specified type), the API will exit with a warning message.

(Note that the API calls above all support both the database id and persistent identifier notation for referencing the dataset)

List Locks Across All Datasets

Note that this API requires “superuser” credentials. You must supply the X-Dataverse-key header with the api token of an admin user (as in the example below).

The output of this API is formatted identically to the API that lists the locks for a specific dataset, as in one of the examples above.

Use the following API to list ALL the locks on all the datasets in your installation:

/api/datasets/locks

The listing can be filtered by specific lock type and/or user, using the following optional query parameters:

  • userIdentifier - To list the locks owned by a specific user

  • type - To list the locks of the type specified. If the supplied value does not match a known lock type, the API will return an error and a list of valid lock types. As of writing this, the implemented lock types are Ingest, Workflow, InReview, DcmUpload, finalizePublication, EditInProgress and FileValidationFailed.

For example:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxx" "http://localhost:8080/api/datasets/locks?type=Ingest&userIdentifier=davis4ever"

Dataset Metrics

Please note that these dataset level metrics are only available if support for Make Data Count has been enabled in your Dataverse installation. See the Dataset Metrics in the Dataset + File Management section of the User Guide and the Make Data Count section of the Admin Guide for details.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

To confirm that the environment variable was set properly, you can use echo like this:

echo $SERVER_URL

Please note that for each of these endpoints except the “citations” endpoint, you can optionally pass the query parameter “country” with a two letter code (e.g. “country=us”) and you can specify a particular month by adding it in yyyy-mm format after the requested metric (e.g. “viewsTotal/2019-02”).

Retrieving Total Views for a Dataset

Please note that “viewsTotal” is a combination of “viewsTotalRegular” and “viewsTotalMachine” which can be requested separately.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/viewsTotal?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/viewsTotal?persistentId=10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Retrieving Unique Views for a Dataset

Please note that “viewsUnique” is a combination of “viewsUniqueRegular” and “viewsUniqueMachine” which can be requested separately.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/viewsUnique?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/viewsUnique?persistentId=10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Retrieving Total Downloads for a Dataset

Please note that “downloadsTotal” is a combination of “downloadsTotalRegular” and “downloadsTotalMachine” which can be requested separately.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/downloadsTotal?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/downloadsTotal?persistentId=10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Retrieving Unique Downloads for a Dataset

Please note that “downloadsUnique” is a combination of “downloadsUniqueRegular” and “downloadsUniqueMachine” which can be requested separately.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/downloadsUnique?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/downloadsUnique?persistentId=10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Retrieving Citations for a Dataset

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/citations?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/makeDataCount/citations?persistentId=10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Delete Unpublished Dataset

Delete the dataset whose id is passed:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24"

Delete Published Dataset

Normally published datasets should not be deleted, but there exists a “destroy” API endpoint for superusers which will act on a dataset given a persistent ID or dataset database ID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/destroy/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/destroy/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Delete with dataset identifier:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/destroy"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/destroy"

Calling the destroy endpoint is permanent and irreversible. It will remove the dataset and its datafiles, then re-index the parent Dataverse collection in Solr. This endpoint requires the API token of a superuser.

Configure a Dataset to Use a Specific File Store

/api/datasets/$dataset-id/storageDriver can be used to check, configure or reset the designated file store (storage driver) for a dataset. Please see the Managing Datasets and Dataverse Collections section of the guide for more information on this API.

View the Timestamps on a Dataset

/api/datasets/$dataset-id/timestamps can be used to view timestamps associated with various events in the dataset’s lifecycle. For published datasets, this API call provides the createTime, publicationTime, lastMetadataExportTime and lastMajorVersionReleaseTime, as well as two booleans - hasStaleIndex and hasStalePermissionIndex - which, if false, indicate the Dataverse displays for the dataset are up-to-date. The response is application/json with the timestamps included in the returned data object.

When called by a user who can view the draft version of the dataset, additional timestamps are reported: lastUpdateTime, lastIndexTime, lastPermissionUpdateTime, and globalIdCreateTime.

One use case where this API call could be useful is in allowing an external application to poll and wait for changes being made by the Dataverse software or other external tool to complete prior to continuing its own processing.

Set an Embargo on Files in a Dataset

/api/datasets/$dataset-id/files/actions/:set-embargo can be used to set an embargo on one or more files in a dataset. Embargoes can be set on files that are only in a draft dataset version (and are not in any previously published version) by anyone who can edit the dataset. The same API call can be used by a superuser to add an embargo to files that have already been released as part of a previously published dataset version.

The API call requires a Json body that includes the embargo’s end date (dateAvailable), a short reason (optional), and a list of the fileIds that the embargo should be set on. The dateAvailable must be after the current date and the duration (dateAvailable - today’s date) must be less than the value specified by the :MaxEmbargoDurationInMonths setting. All files listed must be in the specified dataset. For example:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export JSON='{"dateAvailable":"2021-10-20", "reason":"Standard project embargo", "fileIds":[300,301,302]}'

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Content-Type:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/files/actions/:set-embargo?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" -d "$JSON"

Remove an Embargo on Files in a Dataset

/api/datasets/$dataset-id/files/actions/:unset-embargo can be used to remove an embargo on one or more files in a dataset. Embargoes can be removed from files that are only in a draft dataset version (and are not in any previously published version) by anyone who can edit the dataset. The same API call can be used by a superuser to remove embargos from files that have already been released as part of a previously published dataset version.

The API call requires a Json body that includes the list of the fileIds that the embargo should be removed from. All files listed must be in the specified dataset. For example:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export JSON='{"fileIds":[300,301]}'

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Content-Type:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/files/actions/:unset-embargo?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" -d "$JSON"

Get the Archival Status of a Dataset By Version

Archival BagIt Export is an optional feature that may be configured for a Dataverse installation. When that is enabled, this API call be used to retrieve the status. Note that this requires “superuser” credentials.

GET /api/datasets/$dataset-id/$version/archivalStatus returns the archival status of the specified dataset version.

The response is a JSON object that will contain a “status” which may be “success”, “pending”, or “failure” and a “message” which is archive system specific. For “success” the message should provide an identifier or link to the archival copy. For example:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export VERSION=1.0

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/$VERSION/archivalStatus?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

Set the Archival Status of a Dataset By Version

Archiving is an optional feature that may be configured for a Dataverse installation. When that is enabled, this API call be used to set the status. Note that this is intended to be used by the archival system and requires “superuser” credentials.

PUT /api/datasets/$dataset-id/$version/archivalStatus sets the archival status of the specified dataset version.

The body is a JSON object that must contain a “status” which may be “success”, “pending”, or “failure” and a “message” which is archive system specific. For “success” the message should provide an identifier or link to the archival copy. For example:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export VERSION=1.0
export JSON='{"status":"failure","message":"Something went wrong"}'

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/$VERSION/archivalStatus?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER" -d "$JSON"

Note that if the configured archiver only supports archiving a single version, the call may return 409 CONFLICT if/when another version already has a non-null status.

Delete the Archival Status of a Dataset By Version

Archiving is an optional feature that may be configured for a Dataverse installation. When that is enabled, this API call be used to delete the status. Note that this is intended to be used by the archival system and requires “superuser” credentials.

DELETE /api/datasets/$dataset-id/$version/archivalStatus deletes the archival status of the specified dataset version.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export VERSION=1.0

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/$VERSION/archivalStatus?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

Get External Tool Parameters

This API call is intended as a callback that can be used by External Tools to retrieve signed Urls necessary for their interaction with Dataverse. It can be called directly as well.

The response is a JSON object described in the Building External Tools section of the API guide.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/7U7YBV
export VERSION=1.0
export TOOL_ID=1

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/$VERSION/toolparams/$TOOL_ID?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

Retrieve Signposting Information

Dataverse supports Signposting as a discovery mechanism. Signposting involves the addition of a Link HTTP header providing summary information on GET and HEAD requests to retrieve the dataset page and a separate /linkset API call to retrieve additional information.

Here is an example of a “Link” header:

Link: <https://doi.org/10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG>;rel="cite-as", <https://doi.org/10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG>;rel="describedby";type="application/vnd.citationstyles.csl+json",<https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/export?exporter=schema.org&persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG>;rel="describedby";type="application/ld+json", <https://schema.org/AboutPage>;rel="type",<https://schema.org/Dataset>;rel="type", <https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/1.0/customlicense?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG>;rel="license", <https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/1.0/linkset?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG> ; rel="linkset";type="application/linkset+json"

The URL for linkset information is discoverable under the rel="linkset";type="application/linkset+json entry in the “Link” header, such as in the example above.

The reponse includes a JSON object conforming to the Signposting specification. As part of this conformance, unlike most Dataverse API responses, the output is not wrapped in a {"status":"OK","data":{ object. Signposting is not supported for draft dataset versions.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG
export VERSION=1.0

curl -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/$VERSION/linkset?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

Get Dataset By Private URL Token

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PRIVATE_URL_TOKEN=a56444bc-7697-4711-8964-e0577f055fd2

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/privateUrlDatasetVersion/$PRIVATE_URL_TOKEN"

If you want to include the Dataverse collections that this dataset is part of, you must set returnOwners query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/privateUrlDatasetVersion/a56444bc-7697-4711-8964-e0577f055fd2?returnOwners=true"

Get Citation

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG
export VERSION=1.0

curl -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/$VERSION/{version}/citation?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a “not found” error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the includeDeaccessioned option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must set includeDeaccessioned query parameter to true.

Usage example:

curl -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/versions/$VERSION/{version}/citation?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&includeDeaccessioned=true"

Get Citation by Private URL Token

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PRIVATE_URL_TOKEN=a56444bc-7697-4711-8964-e0577f055fd2

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/privateUrlDatasetVersion/$PRIVATE_URL_TOKEN/citation"

Get Summary Field Names

See :CustomDatasetSummaryFields in the Installation Guide for how the list of dataset fields that summarize a dataset can be customized. Here’s how to list them:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/summaryFieldNames"

Configure When a Dataset Guestbook Appears (If Enabled)

By default, users are asked to fill out a configured Guestbook when they down download files from a dataset. If enabled for a given Dataverse instance (see XYZ), users may instead be asked to fill out a Guestbook only when they request access to restricted files. This is configured by a global default, collection-level settings, or directly at the dataset level via these API calls (superuser access is required to make changes).

To see the current choice for this dataset:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/guestbookEntryAtRequest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"


The response will be true (guestbook displays when making a request), false (guestbook displays at download), or will indicate that the dataset inherits one of these settings.

To set the behavior for this dataset:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG

curl -X PUT -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -H Content-type:application/json -d true "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/guestbookEntryAtRequest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"


This example uses true to set the behavior to guestbook at request. Note that this call will return a 403/Forbidden response if guestbook at request functionality is not enabled for this Dataverse instance.

The API can also be used to reset the dataset to use the default/inherited value:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG

curl -X DELETE -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -H Content-type:application/json "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/guestbookEntryAtRequest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

Get User Permissions on a Dataset

This API call returns the permissions that the calling user has on a particular dataset.

In particular, the user permissions that this API call checks, returned as booleans, are the following:

  • Can view the unpublished dataset

  • Can edit the dataset

  • Can publish the dataset

  • Can manage the dataset permissions

  • Can delete the dataset draft

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/userPermissions"

Know If a User Can Download at Least One File from a Dataset Version

This API endpoint indicates if the calling user can download at least one file from a dataset version. Note that permissions based on Institution-Wide Shibboleth Groups are not considered.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export VERSION=1.0

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/$ID/versions/$VERSION/canDownloadAtLeastOneFile"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/datasets/24/versions/1.0/canDownloadAtLeastOneFile"

Configure The PID Generator a Dataset Uses (If Enabled)

Dataverse can be configured to use multiple PID Providers (see the Persistent Identifiers and Publishing Datasets section for more information). When there are multiple PID Providers and File PIDs are enabled, it is possible to set which provider will be used to generate (mint) those PIDs. While it usually makes sense to use the same PID Provider that manages the dataset PID, there are cases, specifically if the PID Provider for the dataset PID cannot generate other PIDs with the same authority/shoulder, etc. as in the dataset PID, where another Provider is needed. Dataverse has a set of API calls to see what PID provider will be used to generate datafile PIDs and, as a superuser, to change it (to a new one or back to a default).

To see the current choice for this dataset:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/pidGenerator?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The response will be the id of the PID Provider that will be used. Details of that provider’s configration can be obtained via the Get Information about Configured PID Providers.

To set the behavior for this dataset:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG
export GENERATOR_ID=perma1

curl -X PUT -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -H Content-type:application/json -d $GENERATOR_ID "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/pidGenerator?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The PID Provider id used must be one of the those configured - see Get Information about Configured PID Providers. The return status code may be 200/OK, 401/403 if an api key is not sent or the user is not a superuser, or 404 if the dataset or PID provider are not found. Note that using a PIDProvider that generates DEPENDENT datafile PIDs that doesn’t share the dataset PID’s protocol/authority/separator/shoulder is not supported. (INDEPENDENT should be used in this case see the Persistent Identifiers and Publishing Datasets section for more information).

The API can also be used to reset the dataset to use the default/inherited value:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/YD5QDG

curl -X DELETE -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -H Content-type:application/json "$SERVER_URL/api/datasets/:persistentId/pidGenerator?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The default will always be the same provider as for the dataset PID if that provider can generate new PIDs, and will be the PID Provider set for the collection or the global default otherwise.

Files

Get JSON Representation of a File

Note

When a file has been assigned a persistent identifier, it can be used in the API. This is done by passing the constant :persistentId where the numeric id of the file is expected, and then passing the actual persistent id as a query parameter with the name persistentId.

This endpoint returns the file metadata present in the latest dataset version.

Example: Getting the file whose DOI is 10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

You may get its draft version of an unpublished file if you pass an api token with view draft permissions:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

CORS Show the file whose id is passed:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=408730

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/file/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/408730"

You may get its draft version of an published file if you pass an api token with view draft permissions and use the draft path parameter:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER/api/files/:persistentId/draft/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/draft/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

The file id can be extracted from the response retrieved from the API which uses the persistent identifier (/api/datasets/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER).

By default, files from deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search. If no accessible dataset draft version exists, the search of the latest published file will ignore dataset deaccessioned versions unless includeDeaccessioned query parameter is set to true.

Usage example:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&includeDeaccessioned=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&includeDeaccessioned=true"

If you want to include the dataset version of the file in the response, there is an optional parameter for this called returnDatasetVersion whose default value is false.

Usage example:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&returnDatasetVersion=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&returnDatasetVersion=true"

Get JSON Representation of a File given a Dataset Version

Note

When a file has been assigned a persistent identifier, it can be used in the API. This is done by passing the constant :persistentId where the numeric id of the file is expected, and then passing the actual persistent id as a query parameter with the name persistentId.

This endpoint returns the file metadata present in the requested dataset version. To specify the dataset version, you can use :latest-published, or :latest, or :draft or 1.0 or any other style listed under Dataset Version Specifiers.

Example: Getting the file whose DOI is 10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB present in the published dataset version 1.0:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DATASET_VERSION=1.0
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/versions/$DATASET_VERSION?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/versions/1.0?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

You may obtain a not found error depending on whether or not the specified version exists or you have permission to view it.

By default, files from deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search unless includeDeaccessioned query parameter is set to true.

Usage example:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DATASET_VERSION=:latest-published
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/versions/$DATASET_VERSION?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&includeDeaccessioned=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/versions/:latest-published?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&includeDeaccessioned=true"

If you want to include the dataset version of the file in the response, there is an optional parameter for this called returnDatasetVersion whose default value is false.

Usage example:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DATASET_VERSION=:draft
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/versions/$DATASET_VERSION?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&returnDatasetVersion=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&returnDatasetVersion=true"

If you want to include the dataset and collections that the file is part of in the response, there is an optional parameter for this called returnOwners whose default value is false.

Usage example:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB
export DATASET_VERSION=:draft
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/versions/$DATASET_VERSION?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_IDENTIFIER&returnOwners=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/versions/:draft?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB&returnOwners=true"

Adding Files

Note

Files can be added via the native API but the operation is performed on the parent object, which is a dataset. Please see the Datasets endpoint above for more information.

Accessing (downloading) files

Note

Access API has its own section in the Guide: Data Access API

Note Data Access API calls can now be made using persistent identifiers (in addition to database ids). This is done by passing the constant :persistentId where the numeric id of the file is expected, and then passing the actual persistent id as a query parameter with the name persistentId.

Example: Getting the file whose DOI is 10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/access/datafile/:persistentId/?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/access/datafile/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Note: you can use the combination of cURL’s -J (--remote-header-name) and -O (--remote-name) options to save the file in its original file name, such as

curl -J -O "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/access/datafile/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB"

Restrict Files

Restrict or unrestrict an existing file where id is the database id of the file or pid is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file to restrict. Note that some Dataverse installations do not allow the ability to restrict files.

A curl example using an id

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT -d true "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/restrict"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT -d true "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/restrict"

A curl example using a pid

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT -d true "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/restrict?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT -d true "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/restrict?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Uningest a File

Reverse the tabular data ingest process performed on a file where ID is the database id or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file to process.

Note that this requires “superuser” credentials to undo a successful ingest and remove the variable-level metadata and .tab version of the file. It can also be used by a user who can publish the dataset to clear the error from an unsuccessful ingest.

A curl example using an ID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/uningest"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/uningest"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/uningest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/uningest?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Reingest a File

Attempt to ingest an existing datafile as tabular data. This API can be used on a file that was not ingested as tabular back when it was uploaded. For example, a Stata v.14 file that was uploaded before ingest support for Stata 14 was added (in Dataverse Software v.4.9). It can also be used on a file that failed to ingest due to a bug in the ingest plugin that has since been fixed (hence the name “reingest”).

Note that this requires “superuser” credentials.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/reingest"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/reingest"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/reingest?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/reingest?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Note: at present, the API cannot be used on a file that’s already successfully ingested as tabular.

Redetect File Type

The Dataverse Software uses a variety of methods for determining file types (MIME types or content types) and these methods (listed below) are updated periodically. If you have files that have an unknown file type, you can have the Dataverse Software attempt to redetect the file type.

When using the curl command below, you can pass dryRun=true if you don’t want any changes to be saved to the database. Change this to dryRun=false (or omit it) to save the change.

A curl example using an id

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/redetect?dryRun=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/redetect?dryRun=true"

A curl example using a pid

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/redetect?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID&dryRun=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/redetect?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000&dryRun=true"

Currently the following methods are used to detect file types:

  • The file type detected by the browser (or sent via API).

  • JHOVE: https://jhove.openpreservation.org

  • The file extension (e.g. “.ipybn”) is used, defined in a file called MimeTypeDetectionByFileExtension.properties.

  • The file name (e.g. “Dockerfile”) is used, defined in a file called MimeTypeDetectionByFileName.properties.

Extract NcML

As explained in the NetCDF and HDF5 section of the User Guide, when those file types are uploaded, an attempt is made to extract an NcML file from them and store it as an auxiliary file.

This happens automatically but superusers can also manually trigger this NcML extraction process with the API endpoint below.

Note that “true” will be returned if an NcML file was created. “false” will be returned if there was an error or if the NcML file already exists (check server.log for details).

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/extractNcml"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/extractNcml"

A curl example using a PID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/extractNcml?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/extractNcml?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Replacing Files

Replace an existing file where ID is the database id of the file to replace or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file. Requires the file to be passed as well as a jsonString expressing the new metadata. Note that metadata such as description, directoryLabel (File Path) and tags are not carried over from the file being replaced.

Note that when a Dataverse installation is configured to use S3 storage with direct upload enabled, there is API support to send a replacement file directly to S3. This is more complex and is described in the Direct DataFile Upload/Replace API guide.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -F 'file=@file.extension' -F 'jsonData={json}' "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/replace"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -F 'file=@data.tsv' \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description.","categories":["Data"],"forceReplace":false}' \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/replace"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -F 'file=@file.extension' -F 'jsonData={json}' \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/replace?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -F 'file=@data.tsv' \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description.","categories":["Data"],"forceReplace":false}' \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/replace?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Deleting Files

Delete an existing file where ID is the database id of the file to delete or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle, if it exists) of the file.

Note that the behavior of deleting files depends on if the dataset has ever been published or not.

  • If the dataset has never been published, the file will be deleted forever.

  • If the dataset has published, the file is deleted from the draft (and future published versions).

  • If the dataset has published, the deleted file can still be downloaded because it was part of a published version.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Getting File Metadata

Provides a json representation of the file metadata for an existing file where ID is the database id of the file to get metadata from or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/metadata"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/metadata"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/metadata?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/metadata?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

The current draft can also be viewed if you have permissions and pass your API token

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/metadata/draft"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/metadata/draft"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/draft?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/draft?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Note: The id returned in the json response is the id of the file metadata version.

Getting File Data Tables

This endpoint is oriented toward tabular files and provides a JSON representation of the file data tables for an existing tabular file. ID is the database id of the file to get the data tables from or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl $SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/dataTables

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/dataTables

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/dataTables?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/dataTables?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Note that if the requested file is not tabular, the endpoint will return an error.

Getting File Download Count

Provides the download count for a particular file, where ID is the database id of the file to get the download count from or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/downloadCount"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/downloadCount"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/downloadCount?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/downloadCount?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

If you are interested in download counts for multiple files, see Metrics API.

File Has Been Deleted

Know if a particular file that existed in a previous version of the dataset no longer exists in the latest version.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/hasBeenDeleted"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/hasBeenDeleted"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/hasBeenDeleted?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/hasBeenDeleted?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Updating File Metadata

Updates the file metadata for an existing file where ID is the database id of the file to update or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file. Requires a jsonString expressing the new metadata. No metadata from the previous version of this file will be persisted, so if you want to update a specific field first get the json with the above command and alter the fields you want.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description bbb.","provFreeform":"Test prov freeform","categories":["Data"],"dataFileTags":["Survey"],"restrict":false}' \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/metadata"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description bbb.","provFreeform":"Test prov freeform","categories":["Data"],"dataFileTags":["Survey"],"restrict":false}' \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/metadata"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description bbb.","provFreeform":"Test prov freeform","categories":["Data"],"dataFileTags":["Survey"],"restrict":false}' \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/metadata?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  -F 'jsonData={"description":"My description bbb.","provFreeform":"Test prov freeform","categories":["Data"],"dataFileTags":["Survey"],"restrict":false}' \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/metadata?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Note: To update the ‘tabularTags’ property of file metadata, use the ‘dataFileTags’ key when making API requests. This property is used to update the ‘tabularTags’ of the file metadata.

Also note that dataFileTags are not versioned and changes to these will update the published version of the file.

Updating File Metadata Categories

Updates the categories for an existing file where ID is the database id of the file to update or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file. Requires a jsonString expressing the category names.

Although updating categories can also be done with the previous endpoint, this has been created to be more practical when it is only necessary to update categories and not other metadata fields.

The JSON representation of file categories (categories.json) looks like this:

{
  "categories": [
    "Data",
    "Custom"
  ]
}

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export FILE_PATH=categories.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/metadata/categories" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  "http://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/metadata/categories" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file categories.json

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000
export FILE_PATH=categories.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/categories?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/categories?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file categories.json

Note that if the specified categories do not exist, they will be created.

Updating File Tabular Tags

Updates the tabular tags for an existing tabular file where ID is the database id of the file to update or PERSISTENT_ID is the persistent id (DOI or Handle) of the file. Requires a jsonString expressing the tabular tag names.

The JSON representation of tabular tags (tags.json) looks like this:

{
  "tabularTags": [
    "Survey",
    "Genomics"
  ]
}

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export FILE_PATH=tags.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/metadata/tabularTags" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  "http://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/metadata/tabularTags" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file tags.json

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000
export FILE_PATH=tags.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST \
  "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/tabularTags?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST \
  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/metadata/tabularTags?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000" \
  -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file tags.json

Note that the specified tabular tags must be valid. The supported tags are:

  • Survey

  • Time Series

  • Panel

  • Event

  • Genomics

  • Network

  • Geospatial

Editing Variable Level Metadata

Updates variable level metadata using ddi xml FILE, where ID is file id.

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export FILE=dct.xml

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/edit/$ID" --upload-file $FILE

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/edit/24" --upload-file dct.xml

You can download dct.xml from the example above to see what the XML looks like.

Get File Citation as JSON

This API is for getting the file citation as it appears on the file landing page. It is formatted in HTML and encoded in JSON.

To specify the version, you can use :latest-published or :draft or 1.0 or any other style listed under Dataset Version Specifiers.

When the dataset version is published, authentication is not required:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export FILE_ID=42
export DATASET_VERSION=:latest-published

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$FILE_ID/versions/$DATASET_VERSION/citation"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/42/versions/:latest-published/citation"

When the dataset version is a draft or deaccessioned, authentication is required.

By default, deaccessioned dataset versions are not included in the search when applying the :latest or :latest-published identifiers. Additionally, when filtering by a specific version tag, you will get a “unauthorized” error if the version is deaccessioned and you do not enable the includeDeaccessioned option described below.

If you want to include deaccessioned dataset versions, you must set includeDeaccessioned query parameter to true.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export FILE_ID=42
export DATASET_VERSION=:draft
export INCLUDE_DEACCESSIONED=true

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$FILE_ID/versions/$DATASET_VERSION/citation?includeDeaccessioned=$INCLUDE_DEACCESSIONED"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/42/versions/:draft/citation?includeDeaccessioned=true"

If your file has a persistent identifier (PID, such as a DOI), you can pass it using the technique described under Get JSON Representation of a File.

This API is not for downloading various citation formats such as EndNote XML, RIS, or BibTeX. This functionality has been requested in https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse/issues/3140 and https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse/issues/9994.

Provenance

Get Provenance JSON for an uploaded file

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/prov-json"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/prov-json"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/prov-json?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/prov-json?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Get Provenance Description for an uploaded file

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/prov-freeform"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/prov-freeform"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/prov-freeform?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/prov-freeform?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Create/Update Provenance Description for an uploaded file

Requires a JSON file with the description connected to a key named “text”

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24
export FILE_PATH=provenance.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/prov-freeform" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/prov-freeform" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file provenance.json

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000
export FILE_PATH=provenance.json

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/prov-freeform?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file $FILE_PATH

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/prov-freeform?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000" -H "Content-type:application/json" --upload-file provenance.json

See a sample JSON file file-provenance.json from https://openprovenance.org (c.f. Huynh, Trung Dong and Moreau, Luc (2014) ProvStore: a public provenance repository. At 5th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW’14), Cologne, Germany, 09-13 Jun 2014. pp. 275-277).

Delete Provenance JSON for an uploaded file

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$ID/prov-json"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/24/prov-json"

A curl example using a PERSISTENT_ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PERSISTENT_ID=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/files/:persistentId/prov-json?persistentId=$PERSISTENT_ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/files/:persistentId/prov-json?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/AAA000"

Datafile Integrity

Starting with the release 4.10 the size of the saved original file (for an ingested tabular datafile) is stored in the database. The following API will retrieve and permanently store the sizes for any already existing saved originals:

export SERVER_URL=https://localhost

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/datafiles/integrity/fixmissingoriginalsizes"

with limit parameter:

export SERVER_URL=https://localhost
export LIMIT=10

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/datafiles/integrity/fixmissingoriginalsizes?limit=$LIMIT"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://localhost/api/admin/datafiles/integrity/fixmissingoriginalsizes"

with limit parameter:

curl "https://localhost/api/admin/datafiles/integrity/fixmissingoriginalsizes?limit=10"

Note the optional “limit” parameter. Without it, the API will attempt to populate the sizes for all the saved originals that don’t have them in the database yet. Otherwise it will do so for the first N such datafiles.

By default, the admin API calls are blocked and can only be called from localhost. See more details in :BlockedApiEndpoints and :BlockedApiPolicy settings in Configuration.

Get External Tool Parameters

This API call is intended as a callback that can be used by External Tools to retrieve signed Urls necessary for their interaction with Dataverse. It can be called directly as well. (Note that the required FILEMETADATA_ID is the “id” returned in the JSON response from the /api/files/$FILE_ID/metadata call.)

The response is a JSON object described in the Building External Tools section of the API guide.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export FILE_ID=3
export FILEMETADATA_ID=1
export TOOL_ID=1

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -H "Accept:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/files/$FILE_ID/metadata/$FILEMETADATA_ID/toolparams/$TOOL_ID"

Get Fixity Algorithm

This API call can be used to discover the configured fixity/checksum algorithm being used by a Dataverse installation (as configured by - :FileFixityChecksumAlgorithm). Currently, the possible values are MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, and SHA-512. This algorithm will be used when the Dataverse software manages a file upload and should be used by external clients uploading files to a Dataverse instance. (Existing files may or may not have checksums with this algorithm.)

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/files/fixityAlgorithm"

Users Token Management

The following endpoints will allow users to manage their API tokens.

Find a Token’s Expiration Date

In order to obtain the expiration date of a token use:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/users/token"

Recreate a Token

In order to obtain a new token use:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/users/token/recreate"

Delete a Token

In order to delete a token use:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/users/token"

Builtin Users

Builtin users are known as “Username/Email and Password” users in the Account Creation + Management of the User Guide. The Dataverse installation stores a password (encrypted, of course) for these users, which differs from “remote” users such as Shibboleth or OAuth users where the password is stored elsewhere. See also Auth Modes: Local vs. Remote vs. Both section of Configuration in the Installation Guide. It’s a valid configuration of a Dataverse installation to not use builtin users at all.

Create a Builtin User

For security reasons, builtin users cannot be created via API unless the team who runs the Dataverse installation has populated a database setting called BuiltinUsers.KEY, which is described under Securing Your Installation and Database Settings sections of Configuration in the Installation Guide. You will need to know the value of BuiltinUsers.KEY before you can proceed.

To create a builtin user via API, you must first construct a JSON document. You can download user-add.json or copy the text below as a starting point and edit as necessary.

{
  "firstName": "Lisa",
  "lastName": "Simpson",
  "userName": "lsimpson",
  "affiliation": "Springfield",
  "position": "Student",
  "email": "lsimpson@mailinator.com"
}

Place this user-add.json file in your current directory and run the following curl command, substituting variables as necessary. Note that both the password of the new user and the value of BuiltinUsers.KEY are passed as query parameters:

curl -d @user-add.json -H "Content-type:application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/builtin-users?password=$NEWUSER_PASSWORD&key=$BUILTIN_USERS_KEY"

Optionally, you may use a third query parameter “sendEmailNotification=false” to explicitly disable sending an email notification to the new user.

Roles

A role is a set of permissions.

JSON Representation of a Role

The JSON representation of a role (roles.json) looks like this:

{
  "alias": "sys1",
  "name": “Restricted System Role”,
  "description": “A person who may only add datasets.”,
  "permissions": [
    "AddDataset"
  ]
}

Note

alias is constrained to a length of 16 characters

Create Role

Roles can be created globally (Create Global Role) or for individual Dataverse collections (Create a New Role in a Dataverse Collection).

Show Role

Shows the role with id:

GET http://$SERVER/api/roles/$id

Delete Role

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/roles/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/roles/24"

A curl example using a Role alias ALIAS

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ALIAS=roleAlias

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/roles/:alias?alias=$ALIAS"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/roles/:alias?alias=roleAlias"

Explicit Groups

Create New Explicit Group

Explicit groups list their members explicitly. These groups are defined in Dataverse collections, which is why their API endpoint is under api/dataverses/$id/, where $id is the id of the Dataverse collection.

Create a new explicit group under Dataverse collection $id:

POST http://$server/api/dataverses/$id/groups

Data being POSTed is json-formatted description of the group:

{
 "description":"Describe the group here",
 "displayName":"Close Collaborators",
 "aliasInOwner":"ccs"
}

A curl example:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/groups" --data '{"description":"Describe the group here","displayName":"Close Collaborators", "aliasInOwner":"ccs"}'

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/24/groups" --data '{"description":"Describe the group here","displayName":"Close Collaborators", "aliasInOwner":"ccs"}'

List Explicit Groups in a Dataverse Collection

List explicit groups under Dataverse collection ID. A curl example using an ID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$ID/groups"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/24/groups"

Show Single Group in a Dataverse Collection

Show group $GROUP_ALIAS under dataverse $DATAVERSE_ID and a $GROUP_ALIAS:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export GROUP_ALIAS=ccs
export DATAVERSE_ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$DATAVERSE_ID/groups/$GROUP_ALIAS"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/24/groups/ccs"

Update Group in a Dataverse Collection

Show group $GROUP_ALIAS under dataverse $DATAVERSE_ID and a $GROUP_ALIAS. The request body is the same as the create group one, except that the group alias cannot be changed. Thus, the field aliasInOwner is ignored.:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export GROUP_ALIAS=ccs
export DATAVERSE_ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$DATAVERSE_ID/groups/$GROUP_ALIAS" --data '{"description":"Describe the group here","displayName":"Close Collaborators"}'

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/24/groups/ccs" --data '{"description":"Describe the group here","displayName":"Close Collaborators"}'

Delete Group from a Dataverse Collection

Delete group $GROUP_ALIAS under Dataverse collection $DATAVERSE_ID:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export GROUP_ALIAS=ccs
export DATAVERSE_ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/dataverses/$DATAVERSE_ID/groups/$GROUP_ALIAS"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/dataverses/24/groups/ccs"

Add Multiple Role Assignees to an Explicit Group

Bulk add role assignees to an explicit group. The request body is a JSON array of role assignee identifiers, such as @admin, &ip/localhosts or :authenticated-users:

POST http://$server/api/dataverses/$dv/groups/$groupAlias/roleAssignees

Add a Role Assignee to an Explicit Group

Add a single role assignee to a group. Request body is ignored:

PUT http://$server/api/dataverses/$dv/groups/$groupAlias/roleAssignees/$roleAssigneeIdentifier

Remove a Role Assignee from an Explicit Group

Remove a single role assignee from an explicit group:

DELETE http://$server/api/dataverses/$dv/groups/$groupAlias/roleAssignees/$roleAssigneeIdentifier

Shibboleth Groups

Management of Shibboleth groups via API is documented in the Shibboleth section of the Installation Guide.

Info

Show Dataverse Software Version and Build Number

CORS Get the Dataverse installation version. The response contains the version and build numbers:

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/version"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/version"

Show Dataverse Installation Server Name

Get the server name. This is useful when a Dataverse installation is composed of multiple app servers behind a load balancer:

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/server"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/server"

Show Custom Popup Text for Publishing Datasets

For now, only the value for the :DatasetPublishPopupCustomText setting from the Configuration section of the Installation Guide is exposed:

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/settings/:DatasetPublishPopupCustomText"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/settings/:DatasetPublishPopupCustomText"

Get API Terms of Use URL

Get API Terms of Use. The response contains the text value inserted as API Terms of use which uses the database setting :ApiTermsOfUse:

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/apiTermsOfUse"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/apiTermsOfUse"

Show Support Of Incomplete Metadata Deposition

Learn if an instance has been configured to allow deposition of incomplete datasets via the API. See also Create a Dataset in a Dataverse Collection and dataverse.api.allow-incomplete-metadata

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/settings/incompleteMetadataViaApi"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/settings/incompleteMetadataViaApi"

Get Zip File Download Limit

Get the configured zip file download limit. The response contains the long value of the limit in bytes.

This limit comes from the database setting :ZipDownloadLimit if set, or the default value if the database setting is not set, which is 104857600 (100MB).

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/zipDownloadLimit"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/zipDownloadLimit"

Get Maximum Embargo Duration In Months

Get the maximum embargo duration in months, if available, configured through the database setting :MaxEmbargoDurationInMonths from the Configuration section of the Installation Guide.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/info/settings/:MaxEmbargoDurationInMonths"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/info/settings/:MaxEmbargoDurationInMonths"

Metadata Blocks

See also Exploring Metadata Blocks.

Show Info About All Metadata Blocks

CORS Lists brief info about all metadata blocks registered in the system.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/metadatablocks"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/metadatablocks"

This endpoint supports the following optional query parameters:

  • returnDatasetFieldTypes: Whether or not to return the dataset field types present in each metadata block. If not set, the default value is false.

  • onlyDisplayedOnCreate: Whether or not to return only the metadata blocks that are displayed on dataset creation. If returnDatasetFieldTypes is true, only the dataset field types shown on dataset creation will be returned within each metadata block. If not set, the default value is false.

An example using the optional query parameters is presented below:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/metadatablocks?returnDatasetFieldTypes=true&onlyDisplayedOnCreate=true"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/metadatablocks?returnDatasetFieldTypes=true&onlyDisplayedOnCreate=true"

Show Info About Single Metadata Block

CORS Return data about the block whose identifier is passed, including allowed controlled vocabulary values. identifier can either be the block’s database id, or its name (i.e. “citation”).

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export IDENTIFIER=citation

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/metadatablocks/$IDENTIFIER"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/metadatablocks/citation"

Notifications

See Notifications in the User Guide for an overview. For a list of all the notification types mentioned below (e.g. ASSIGNROLE), see Letting Users Manage Notifications in the Admin Guide.

Get All Notifications by User

Each user can get a dump of their notifications by passing in their API token:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/all"

Delete Notification by User

Each user can delete notifications by passing in their API token and specifying notification ID (e.g., 555):

export NOTIFICATION_ID=555

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/$NOTIFICATION_ID"

Get All Muted In-app Notifications by User

Each user can get a list of their muted in-app notification types by passing in their API token:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedNotifications"

Mute In-app Notification by User

Each user can mute in-app notifications by passing in their API token and specifying notification type to be muted (e.g., ASSIGNROLE):

export NOTIFICATION_TYPE=ASSIGNROLE

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedNotifications/$NOTIFICATION_TYPE"

Unmute In-app Notification by User

Each user can unmute in-app notifications by passing in their API token and specifying notification type to be unmuted (e.g., ASSIGNROLE):

export NOTIFICATION_TYPE=ASSIGNROLE

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedNotifications/$NOTIFICATION_TYPE"

Get All Muted Email Notifications by User

Each user can get a list of their muted email notification types by passing in their API token:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedEmails"

Mute Email Notification by User

Each user can mute email notifications by passing in their API token and specifying notification type to be muted (e.g., ASSIGNROLE):

export NOTIFICATION_TYPE=ASSIGNROLE

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedEmails/$NOTIFICATION_TYPE"

Unmute Email Notification by User

Each user can unmute email notifications by passing in their API token and specifying notification type to be unmuted (e.g., ASSIGNROLE):

export NOTIFICATION_TYPE=ASSIGNROLE

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/notifications/mutedEmails/$NOTIFICATION_TYPE"

User Information

Get User Information in JSON Format

Each user can get a dump of their basic information in JSON format by passing in their API token:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/users/:me"

Managing Harvesting Server and Sets

This API can be used to manage the Harvesting sets that your installation makes available over OAI-PMH. For more information, see the Managing Harvesting Server and Sets section of the Admin Guide.

List All Harvesting Sets

Shows all Harvesting Sets defined in the installation:

GET http://$SERVER/api/harvest/server/oaisets/

List A Specific Harvesting Set

Shows a Harvesting Set with a defined specname:

GET http://$SERVER/api/harvest/server/oaisets/$specname

Create a Harvesting Set

To create a harvesting set you must supply a JSON file that contains the following fields:

  • Name: Alpha-numeric may also contain -, _, or %, but no spaces. Must also be unique in the installation.

  • Definition: A search query to select the datasets to be harvested. For example, a query containing authorName:YYY would include all datasets where ‘YYY’ is the authorName.

  • Description: Text that describes the harvesting set. The description appears in the Manage Harvesting Sets dashboard and in API responses. This field is optional.

An example JSON file would look like this:

{
 "name":"ffAuthor",
 "definition":"authorName:Finch, Fiona",
 "description":"Fiona Finch’s Datasets"
}

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/harvest/server/oaisets/add" --upload-file harvestset-finch.json

The fully expanded example above (without the environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/harvest/server/oaisets/add" --upload-file "harvestset-finch.json"

Only users with superuser permissions may create harvesting sets.

Modify an Existing Harvesting Set

To modify a harvesting set, you must supply a JSON file that contains one or both of the following fields:

  • Definition: A search query to select the datasets to be harvested. For example, a query containing authorName:YYY would include all datasets where ‘YYY’ is the authorName.

  • Description: Text that describes the harvesting set. The description appears in the Manage Harvesting Sets dashboard and in API responses. This field is optional.

Note that you may not modify the name of an existing harvesting set.

An example JSON file would look like this:

{
 "definition":"authorName:Finch, Fiona AND subject:trees",
 "description":"Fiona Finch’s Datasets with subject of trees"
}

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export SPECNAME=ffAuthor

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X PUT "$SERVER_URL/api/harvest/server/oaisets/$SPECNAME" --upload-file modify-harvestset-finch.json

The fully expanded example above (without the environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X PUT "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/harvest/server/oaisets/ffAuthor" --upload-file "modify-harvestset-finch.json"

Only users with superuser permissions may modify harvesting sets.

Delete an Existing Harvesting Set

To delete a harvesting set, use the set’s database name. For example, to delete an existing harvesting set whose database name is “ffAuthor”:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export SPECNAME=ffAuthor

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/harvest/server/oaisets/$SPECNAME"

The fully expanded example above (without the environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/harvest/server/oaisets/ffAuthor"

Only users with superuser permissions may delete harvesting sets.

Managing Harvesting Clients

The following API can be used to create and manage “Harvesting Clients”. A Harvesting Client is a configuration entry that allows your Dataverse installation to harvest and index metadata from a specific remote location, either regularly, on a configured schedule, or on a one-off basis. For more information, see the Managing Harvesting Clients section of the Admin Guide.

List All Configured Harvesting Clients

Shows all the Harvesting Clients configured:

GET http://$SERVER/api/harvest/clients/

Show a Specific Harvesting Client

Shows a Harvesting Client with a defined nickname:

GET http://$SERVER/api/harvest/clients/$nickname
curl "http://localhost:8080/api/harvest/clients/myclient"

{
  "status":"OK",
  {
    "data": {
      "lastDatasetsFailed": "22",
      "lastDatasetsDeleted": "0",
      "metadataFormat": "oai_dc",
      "archiveDescription": "This Dataset is harvested from our partners. Clicking the link will take you directly to the archival source of the data.",
      "archiveUrl": "https://dataverse.foo.edu",
      "harvestUrl": "https://dataverse.foo.edu/oai",
      "style": "dataverse",
      "type": "oai",
      "dataverseAlias": "fooData",
      "nickName": "myClient",
      "set": "fooSet",
      "schedule": "none",
      "status": "inActive",
      "lastHarvest": "Thu Oct 13 14:48:57 EDT 2022",
      "lastResult": "SUCCESS",
      "lastSuccessful": "Thu Oct 13 14:48:57 EDT 2022",
      "lastNonEmpty": "Thu Oct 13 14:48:57 EDT 2022",
      "lastDatasetsHarvested": "137"
    }
  }

Create a Harvesting Client

To create a new harvesting client:

POST http://$SERVER/api/harvest/clients/$nickname

nickName is the name identifying the new client. It should be alpha-numeric and may also contain -, _, or %, but no spaces. Must also be unique in the installation.

You must supply a JSON file that describes the configuration, similarly to the output of the GET API above. The following fields are mandatory:

  • dataverseAlias: The alias of an existing collection where harvested datasets will be deposited

  • harvestUrl: The URL of the remote OAI archive

  • archiveUrl: The URL of the remote archive that will be used in the redirect links pointing back to the archival locations of the harvested records. It may or may not be on the same server as the harvestUrl above. If this OAI archive is another Dataverse installation, it will be the same URL as harvestUrl minus the “/oai”. For example: https://demo.dataverse.org/ vs. https://demo.dataverse.org/oai

  • metadataFormat: A supported metadata format. As of writing this the supported formats are “oai_dc”, “oai_ddi” and “dataverse_json”.

The following optional fields are supported:

  • archiveDescription: What the name suggests. If not supplied, will default to “This Dataset is harvested from our partners. Clicking the link will take you directly to the archival source of the data.”

  • set: The OAI set on the remote server. If not supplied, will default to none, i.e., “harvest everything”.

  • style: Defaults to “default” - a generic OAI archive. (Make sure to use “dataverse” when configuring harvesting from another Dataverse installation).

  • customHeaders: This can be used to configure this client with a specific HTTP header that will be added to every OAI request. This is to accommodate a use case where the remote server requires this header to supply some form of a token in order to offer some content not available to other clients. See the example below. Multiple headers can be supplied separated by \n - actual “backslash” and “n” characters, not a single “new line” character.

  • allowHarvestingMissingCVV: Flag to allow datasets to be harvested with Controlled Vocabulary Values that existed in the originating Dataverse Project but are not in the harvesting Dataverse Project. (Default is false). Currently only settable using API.

Generally, the API will accept the output of the GET version of the API for an existing client as valid input, but some fields will be ignored. For example, as of writing this there is no way to configure a harvesting schedule via this API.

An example JSON file would look like this:

{
  "nickName": "zenodo",
  "dataverseAlias": "zenodoHarvested",
  "harvestUrl": "https://zenodo.org/oai2d",
  "archiveUrl": "https://zenodo.org",
  "archiveDescription": "Moissonné depuis la collection LMOPS de l'entrepôt Zenodo. En cliquant sur ce jeu de données, vous serez redirigé vers Zenodo.",
  "metadataFormat": "oai_dc",
  "customHeaders": "x-oai-api-key: xxxyyyzzz",
  "set": "user-lmops",
  "allowHarvestingMissingCVV":true
}

Something important to keep in mind about this API is that, unlike the harvesting clients GUI, it will create a client with the values supplied without making any attempts to validate them in real time. In other words, for the harvestUrl it will accept anything that looks like a well-formed url, without making any OAI calls to verify that the name of the set and/or the metadata format entered are supported by it. This is by design, to give an admin an option to still be able to create a client, in a rare case when it cannot be done via the GUI because of some real time failures in an exchange with an otherwise valid OAI server. This however puts the responsibility on the admin to supply the values already confirmed to be valid.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=http://localhost:8080

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "$SERVER_URL/api/harvest/clients/zenodo" --upload-file client.json

The fully expanded example above (without the environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" "http://localhost:8080/api/harvest/clients/zenodo" --upload-file "client.json"

{
  "status": "OK",
  "data": {
    "metadataFormat": "oai_dc",
    "archiveDescription": "Moissonné depuis la collection LMOPS de l'entrepôt Zenodo. En cliquant sur ce jeu de données, vous serez redirigé vers Zenodo.",
    "archiveUrl": "https://zenodo.org",
    "harvestUrl": "https://zenodo.org/oai2d",
    "style": "default",
    "type": "oai",
    "dataverseAlias": "zenodoHarvested",
    "nickName": "zenodo",
    "set": "user-lmops",
    "schedule": "none",
    "status": "inActive",
    "lastHarvest": "N/A",
    "lastSuccessful": "N/A",
    "lastNonEmpty": "N/A",
    "lastDatasetsHarvested": "N/A",
    "lastDatasetsDeleted": "N/A"
  }
}

Only users with superuser permissions may create or configure harvesting clients.

Modify a Harvesting Client

Similar to the API above, using the same JSON format, but run on an existing client and using the PUT method instead of POST.

Delete a Harvesting Client

Self-explanatory:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "http://localhost:8080/api/harvest/clients/$nickName"

Only users with superuser permissions may delete harvesting clients.

PIDs

PIDs is short for Persistent IDentifiers. Examples include DOI or Handle. There are some additional PID operations listed in the Managing Datasets and Dataverse Collections section of the Admin Guide.

Get Info on a PID

Get information on a PID, especially its “state” such as “draft” or “findable”. Currently, this API only works on DataCite DOIs. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PID=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/pids?persistentId=$PID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids?persistentId=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O"

List Unreserved PIDs

Get a list of PIDs that have not been reserved on the PID provider side. This can happen, for example, if a dataset is created while the PID provider is down. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/pids/unreserved"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids/unreserved"

Reserve a PID

Reserved a PID for a dataset. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PID=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/pids/:persistentId/reserve?persistentId=$PID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids/:persistentId/reserve?persistentId=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O"

Delete a PID

Delete PID (this is only possible for PIDs that are in the “draft” state) and within a Dataverse installation, set globalidcreatetime to null and identifierregistered to false. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PID=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/pids/:persistentId/delete?persistentId=$PID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids/:persistentId/delete?persistentId=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O"

Get Information about Configured PID Providers

Dataverse can be configured with one or more PID Providers that it uses to create new PIDs and manage existing ones. This API call returns a JSONObject listing the configured providers and details about the protocol/authority/separator/shoulder they manage, along with information about about how new dataset and datafile PIDs are generated. See the Persistent Identifiers and Publishing Datasets section for more information.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/pids/providers"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids/providers"

Get the id of the PID Provider Managing a Given PID

Dataverse can be configured with one or more PID Providers that it uses to create new PIDs and manage existing ones. This API call returns the string id of the PID Provider than manages a given PID. See the Persistent Identifiers and Publishing Datasets section for more information. Delete PID (this is only possible for PIDs that are in the “draft” state) and within a Dataverse installation, set globalidcreatetime to null and identifierregistered to false. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export PID=doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/pids/providers/$PID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/pids/providers/doi:10.70122/FK2/9BXT5O"
If the PID is not managed by Dataverse, this call will report if the PID is recognized as a valid PID for a given protocol (doi, hdl, or perma)

or will return a 400/Bad Request response if it is not.

Admin

This is the administrative part of the API. For security reasons, it is absolutely essential that you block it before allowing public access to a Dataverse installation. Blocking can be done using settings. See the post-install-api-block.sh script in the scripts/api folder for details. See Blocking API Endpoints in Securing Your Installation section of the Configuration page of the Installation Guide.

List All Database Settings

List all settings:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/settings

Configure Database Setting

Sets setting name to the body of the request:

PUT http://$SERVER/api/admin/settings/$name

Get Single Database Setting

Get the setting under name:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/settings/$name

Delete Database Setting

Delete the setting under name:

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/settings/$name

Manage Banner Messages

Communications to users can be handled via banner messages that are displayed at the top of all pages within your Dataverse installation. Two types of banners can be configured:

  • A banner message where dismissibleByUser is set to false will be displayed to anyone viewing the application. These messages will be dismissible for a given session but will be displayed in any subsequent session until they are deleted by the Admin. This type of banner message is useful for situations such as upcoming maintenance windows and other downtime.

  • A banner message where dismissibleByUser is set to true is intended to be used in situations where the Admin wants to make sure that all logged in users see a certain notification. These banner messages will only be displayed to users when they are logged in and can be dismissed by the logged in user. Once they have been dismissed by a user, that user will not see the message again. This type of banner message is useful for situations where a message needs to communicated once, such as a minor terms of use update or an update about a new workflow in your Dataverse installation.

Note that HTML can be included in banner messages.

Add a Banner Message:

curl -H "Content-type:application/json" -X POST "http://$SERVER/api/admin/bannerMessage" --upload-file messages.json

Where messages.json looks like this:

{
  "dismissibleByUser": "true",
  "messageTexts": [
  {
    "lang": "en",
    "message": "Dismissible Banner Message added via API"
  },
  {
    "lang": "fr",
    "message": "Message de bannière ajouté via l'API"
  }
  ]
}

Get a list of active Banner Messages:

curl  -X GET "http://$SERVER/api/admin/bannerMessage"

Delete a Banner Message by its id:

curl  -X DELETE "http://$SERVER/api/admin/bannerMessage/$id"

Deactivate a Banner Message by its id (allows you to hide a message while retaining information about which users have dismissed the banner):

curl  -X PUT "http://$SERVER/api/admin/bannerMessage/$id/deactivate"

List Authentication Provider Factories

List the authentication provider factories. The alias field of these is used while configuring the providers themselves.

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviderFactories

List Authentication Providers

List all the authentication providers in the system (both enabled and disabled):

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders

Add Authentication Provider

Add new authentication provider. The POST data is in JSON format, similar to the JSON retrieved from this command’s GET counterpart.

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders

Show Authentication Provider

Show data about an authentication provider:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders/$id

Enable or Disable an Authentication Provider

Enable or disable an authentication provider (denoted by id):

PUT http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders/$id/enabled

Note

The former endpoint, ending with :enabled (that is, with a colon), is still supported, but deprecated.

Check If an Authentication Provider is Enabled

Check whether an authentication proider is enabled:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders/$id/enabled

The body of the request should be either true or false. Content type has to be application/json, like so:

curl -H "Content-type: application/json"  -X POST -d"false" "http://localhost:8080/api/admin/authenticationProviders/echo-dignified/:enabled"

Delete an Authentication Provider

Deletes an authentication provider from the system. The command succeeds even if there is no such provider, as the postcondition holds: there is no provider by that id after the command returns.

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticationProviders/$id/

List Global Roles

List all global roles in the system.

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/roles

Create Global Role

Creates a global role in the Dataverse installation. The data POSTed are assumed to be a role JSON.

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/roles
export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=root

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/roles" --upload-file roles.json

roles.json see JSON Representation of a Role

Delete Global Role

A curl example using an ID

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/roles/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/admin/roles/24"

A curl example using a Role alias ALIAS

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ALIAS=roleAlias

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/roles/:alias?alias=$ALIAS"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/admin/roles/:alias?alias=roleAlias"

List Users

List users with the options to search and “page” through results. Only accessible to superusers. Optional parameters:

  • searchTerm A string that matches the beginning of a user identifier, first name, last name or email address.

  • itemsPerPage The number of detailed results to return. The default is 25. This number has no limit. e.g. You could set it to 1000 to return 1,000 results

  • selectedPage The page of results to return. The default is 1.

  • sortKey A string that represents a field that is used for sorting the results. Possible values are “id”, “useridentifier” (username), “lastname” (last name), “firstname” (first name), “email” (email address), “affiliation” (affiliation), “superuser” (flag that denotes if the user is an administrator of the site), “position”, “createdtime” (created time), “lastlogintime” (last login time), “lastapiusetime” (last API use time), “authproviderid” (the authentication provider ID). To sort in reverse order you can add “ desc” e.g. “id desc”. The default value is “useridentifier”.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/list-users"

# sort by createdtime (the creation time of the account)
curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/list-users?sortKey=createdtime"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/admin/list-users"

# sort by createdtime (the creation time of the account)
curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/admin/list-users?sortKey=createdtime"

Sample output appears below.

  • When multiple pages of results exist, the selectedPage parameters may be specified.

  • Note, the resulting pagination section includes pageCount, previousPageNumber, nextPageNumber, and other variables that may be used to re-create the UI.

{
    "status":"OK",
    "data":{
        "userCount":27,
        "selectedPage":1,
        "pagination":{
            "isNecessary":true,
            "numResults":27,
            "numResultsString":"27",
            "docsPerPage":25,
            "selectedPageNumber":1,
            "pageCount":2,
            "hasPreviousPageNumber":false,
            "previousPageNumber":1,
            "hasNextPageNumber":true,
            "nextPageNumber":2,
            "startResultNumber":1,
            "endResultNumber":25,
            "startResultNumberString":"1",
            "endResultNumberString":"25",
            "remainingResults":2,
            "numberNextResults":2,
            "pageNumberList":[
                1,
                2
            ]
        },
        "bundleStrings":{
            "userId":"ID",
            "userIdentifier":"Username",
            "lastName":"Last Name ",
            "firstName":"First Name ",
            "email":"Email",
            "affiliation":"Affiliation",
            "position":"Position",
            "isSuperuser":"Superuser",
            "authenticationProvider":"Authentication",
            "roles":"Roles",
            "createdTime":"Created Time",
            "lastLoginTime":"Last Login Time",
            "lastApiUseTime":"Last API Use Time"
        },
        "users":[
            {
                "id":8,
                "userIdentifier":"created1",
                "lastName":"created1",
                "firstName":"created1",
                "email":"created1@g.com",
                "affiliation":"hello",
                "isSuperuser":false,
                "authenticationProvider":"BuiltinAuthenticationProvider",
                "roles":"Curator",
                "createdTime":"2017-06-28 10:36:29.444"
            },
            {
                "id":9,
                "userIdentifier":"created8",
                "lastName":"created8",
                "firstName":"created8",
                "email":"created8@g.com",
                "isSuperuser":false,
                "authenticationProvider":"BuiltinAuthenticationProvider",
                "roles":"Curator",
                "createdTime":"2000-01-01 00:00:00.0"
            },
            {
                "id":1,
                "userIdentifier":"dataverseAdmin",
                "lastName":"Admin",
                "firstName":"Dataverse",
                "email":"dataverse@mailinator2.com",
                "affiliation":"Dataverse.org",
                "position":"Admin",
                "isSuperuser":true,
                "authenticationProvider":"BuiltinAuthenticationProvider",
                "roles":"Admin, Contributor",
                "createdTime":"2000-01-01 00:00:00.0",
                "lastLoginTime":"2017-07-03 12:22:35.926",
                "lastApiUseTime":"2017-07-03 12:55:57.186"
            }

            // ... 22 more user documents ...
        ]
    }
}

Note

“List all users” GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticatedUsers is deprecated, but supported.

List Single User

List user whose identifier (without the @ sign) is passed:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/$identifier

Sample output using “dataverseAdmin” as the identifier:

{
  "authenticationProviderId": "builtin",
  "persistentUserId": "dataverseAdmin",
  "position": "Admin",
  "id": 1,
  "identifier": "@dataverseAdmin",
  "displayName": "Dataverse Admin",
  "firstName": "Dataverse",
  "lastName": "Admin",
  "email": "dataverse@mailinator.com",
  "superuser": true,
  "affiliation": "Dataverse.org"
}

Create an Authenticated User

Create an authenticatedUser:

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticatedUsers

POSTed JSON example:

{
  "authenticationProviderId": "orcid",
  "persistentUserId": "0000-0002-3283-0661",
  "identifier": "@pete",
  "firstName": "Pete K.",
  "lastName": "Dataversky",
  "email": "pete@mailinator.com"
}

Merge User Accounts

If a user has created multiple accounts and has been performed actions under both accounts that need to be preserved, these accounts can be combined. One account can be merged into another account and all data associated with both accounts will be combined in the surviving account. Only accessible to superusers.:

POST https://$SERVER/api/users/$toMergeIdentifier/mergeIntoUser/$continuingIdentifier

Example: curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST "http://demo.dataverse.org/api/users/jsmith2/mergeIntoUser/jsmith"

This action moves account data from jsmith2 into the account jsmith and deletes the account of jsmith2.

Note: User accounts can only be merged if they are either both active or both deactivated. See deactivate a user.

Change User Identifier

Changes identifier for user in AuthenticatedUser, BuiltinUser, AuthenticatedUserLookup & RoleAssignment. Allows them to log in with the new identifier. Only accessible to superusers.:

POST http://$SERVER/api/users/$oldIdentifier/changeIdentifier/$newIdentifier

Example: curl -H "X-Dataverse-key: $API_TOKEN" -X POST  "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/users/johnsmith/changeIdentifier/jsmith"

This action changes the identifier of user johnsmith to jsmith.

Make User a SuperUser

Toggles superuser mode on the AuthenticatedUser whose identifier (without the @ sign) is passed.

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/superuser/$identifier

Delete a User

Deletes an AuthenticatedUser whose identifier (without the @ sign) is passed.

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/$identifier

Deletes an AuthenticatedUser whose id is passed.

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/id/$id

Note: If the user has performed certain actions such as creating or contributing to a Dataset or downloading a file they cannot be deleted. To see where in the database these actions are stored you can use the Show User Traces API. If a user cannot be deleted for this reason, you can choose to deactivate a user.

Deactivate a User

Deactivates a user. A superuser API token is not required but the command will operate using the first superuser it finds.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export SERVER_URL=http://localhost:8080
export USERNAME=jdoe

curl -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/$USERNAME/deactivate"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -X POST "http://localhost:8080/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/jdoe/deactivate"

The database ID of the user can be passed instead of the username.

export SERVER_URL=http://localhost:8080
export USERID=42

curl -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/authenticatedUsers/id/$USERID/deactivate"

Note: A primary purpose of most Dataverse installations is to serve an archive. In the archival space, there are best practices around the tracking of data access and the tracking of modifications to data and metadata. In support of these key workflows, a simple mechanism to delete users that have performed edit or access actions in the system is not provided. Providing a Deactivate User endpoint for users who have taken certain actions in the system alongside a Delete User endpoint to remove users that haven’t taken certain actions in the system is by design.

This is an irreversible action. There is no option to undeactivate a user.

Deactivating a user with this endpoint will:

  • Deactivate the user’s ability to log in to the Dataverse installation. A message will be shown, stating that the account has been deactivated. The user will not able to create a new account with the same email address, ORCID, Shibboleth, or other login type.

  • Deactivate the user’s ability to use the API

  • Remove the user’s access from all Dataverse collections, datasets and files

  • Prevent a user from being assigned any roles

  • Cancel any pending file access requests generated by the user

  • Remove the user from all groups

  • No longer have notifications generated or sent by the Dataverse installation

  • Prevent the account from being converted into an OAuth or Shibboleth account.

  • Prevent the user from becoming a superuser.

Deactivating a user with this endpoint will keep:

  • The user’s contributions to datasets, including dataset creation, file uploads, and publishing.

  • The user’s access history to datafiles in the Dataverse installation, including guestbook records.

  • The user’s account information (specifically name, email, affiliation, and position)

Show User Traces

Show the traces that the user has left in the system, such as datasets created, guestbooks filled out, etc. This can be useful for understanding why a user cannot be deleted. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export USERNAME=jdoe

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X GET "$SERVER_URL/api/users/$USERNAME/traces"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X GET "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/users/jdoe/traces"

Remove All Roles from a User

Removes all roles from the user. This is equivalent of clicking the “Remove All Roles” button in the superuser dashboard. Note that you can preview the roles that will be removed with the Show User Traces API. A superuser API token is required.

Note

See curl Examples and Environment Variables if you are unfamiliar with the use of export below.

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export USERNAME=jdoe

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/users/$USERNAME/removeRoles"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" -X POST "http://localhost:8080/api/users/jdoe/removeRoles"

List Role Assignments of a Role Assignee

List all role assignments of a role assignee (i.e. a user or a group):

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/assignments/assignees/$identifier

Note that identifier can contain slashes (e.g. &ip/localhost-users).

List Permissions a User Has on a Dataverse Collection or Dataset

List permissions a user (based on API Token used) has on a Dataverse collection or dataset:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/permissions/$identifier

The $identifier can be a Dataverse collection alias or database id or a dataset persistent ID or database id.

Show Role Assignee

List a role assignee (i.e. a user or a group):

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/assignee/$identifier

The $identifier should start with an @ if it’s a user. Groups start with &. “Built in” users and groups start with :. Private URL users start with #.

Dataset Integrity

Recalculate the UNF value of a dataset version, if it’s missing, by supplying the dataset version database id:

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/datasets/integrity/{datasetVersionId}/fixmissingunf

Datafile Integrity

Recalculate the check sum value value of a datafile, by supplying the file’s database id and an algorithm (Valid values for $ALGORITHM include MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, and SHA-512):

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/computeDataFileHashValue/{fileId}/algorithm/$ALGORITHM"

Validate an existing check sum value against one newly calculated from the saved file:

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" -X POST "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/validateDataFileHashValue/{fileId}"

Physical Files Validation in a Dataset

The following validates all the physical files in the dataset specified, by recalculating the checksums and comparing them against the values saved in the database:

$SERVER_URL/api/admin/validate/dataset/files/{datasetId}

It will report the specific files that have failed the validation. For example:

curl "http://localhost:8080/api/admin/validate/dataset/files/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/XXXXX"
  {"dataFiles": [
               {"datafileId":2658,"storageIdentifier":"file://123-aaa","status":"valid"},
               {"datafileId":2659,"storageIdentifier":"file://123-bbb","status":"invalid","errorMessage":"Checksum mismatch for datafile id 2669"},
               {"datafileId":2659,"storageIdentifier":"file://123-ccc","status":"valid"}
               ]
   }

These are only available to super users.

Update Checksums To Use New Algorithm

The fixity algorithm used on existing files can be changed by a superuser using this API call. An optional query parameter (num) can be used to limit the number of updates attempted (i.e. to do processing in batches). The API call will only update the algorithm and checksum for a file if the existing checksum can be validated against the file. Statistics concerning the updates are returned in the response to the API call with details in the log. The primary use for this API call is to update existing files after the algorithm used when uploading new files is changes - see - :FileFixityChecksumAlgorithm. Allowed values are MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, and SHA-512

export ALG=SHA-256
export BATCHSIZE=1

curl "http://localhost:8080/api/admin/updateHashValues/$ALG"
curl "http://localhost:8080/api/admin/updateHashValues/$ALG?num=$BATCHSIZE"

Dataset Validation

Validate the dataset and its components (DatasetVersion, FileMetadatas, etc.) for constraint violations:

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/validate/dataset/{datasetId}"

if validation fails, will report the specific database entity and the offending value. For example:

{"status":"OK","data":{"entityClassDatabaseTableRowId":"[DatasetVersion id:73]","field":"archiveNote","invalidValue":"random text, not a url"}}

If the optional argument variables=true is specified, the API will also validate the metadata associated with any tabular data files found in the dataset specified. (For example: an invalid or empty variable name).

Validate all the datasets in the Dataverse installation, report any constraint violations found:

curl "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/validate/datasets"

If the optional argument variables=true is specified, the API will also validate the metadata associated with any tabular data files. (For example: an invalid or empty variable name). Note that validating all the tabular metadata may significantly increase the run time of the full validation pass.

This API streams its output in real time, i.e. it will start producing the output immediately and will be reporting on the progress as it validates one dataset at a time. For example:

{"datasets": [
             {"datasetId":27,"status":"valid"},
             {"datasetId":29,"status":"valid"},
             {"datasetId":31,"status":"valid"},
             {"datasetId":33,"status":"valid"},
             {"datasetId":35,"status":"valid"},
             {"datasetId":41,"status":"invalid","entityClassDatabaseTableRowId":"[DatasetVersion id:73]","field":"archiveNote","invalidValue":"random text, not a url"},
             {"datasetId":57,"status":"valid"}
             ]
 }

Note that if you are attempting to validate a very large number of datasets in your Dataverse installation, this API may time out - subject to the timeout limit set in your app server configuration. If this is a production Dataverse installation serving large amounts of data, you most likely have that timeout set to some high value already. But if you need to increase it, it can be done with the asadmin command. For example:

asadmin set server-config.network-config.protocols.protocol.http-listener-1.http.request-timeout-seconds=3600

Workflows

List all available workflows in the system:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows

Get details of a workflow with a given id:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/$id

Add a new workflow. Request body specifies the workflow properties and steps in JSON format. Sample json files are available at scripts/api/data/workflows/:

POST http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows

Delete a workflow with a specific id:

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/$id

Warning

If the workflow designated by $id is a default workflow, a 403 FORBIDDEN response will be returned, and the deletion will be canceled.

List the default workflow for each trigger type:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/default/

Set the default workflow for a given trigger. This workflow is run when a dataset is published. The body of the PUT request is the id of the workflow. Trigger types are PrePublishDataset, PostPublishDataset:

PUT http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/default/$triggerType

Get the default workflow for triggerType. Returns a JSON representation of the workflow, if present, or 404 NOT FOUND.

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/default/$triggerType

Unset the default workflow for triggerType. After this call, dataset releases are done with no workflow.

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/default/$triggerType

Set the whitelist of IP addresses separated by a semicolon (;) allowed to resume workflows. Request body is a list of IP addresses allowed to send “resume workflow” messages to this Dataverse installation:

PUT http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/ip-whitelist

Get the whitelist of IP addresses allowed to resume workflows:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/ip-whitelist

Restore the whitelist of IP addresses allowed to resume workflows to default (localhost only):

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/workflows/ip-whitelist

Metrics

Clear all cached metric results:

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/clearMetricsCache

Clear a specific metric cache. Currently this must match the name of the row in the table, which is named metricName*_*metricYYYYMM (or just metricName if there is no date range for the metric). For example dataversesToMonth_2018-05:

DELETE http://$SERVER/api/admin/clearMetricsCache/$metricDbName

Inherit Dataverse Collection Role Assignments

Recursively applies the role assignments of the specified Dataverse collection, for the roles specified by the :InheritParentRoleAssignments setting, to all Dataverse collections contained within it:

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/dataverse/{dataverse alias}/addRoleAssignmentsToChildren

Note: setting :InheritParentRoleAssignments will automatically trigger inheritance of the parent Dataverse collection’s role assignments for a newly created Dataverse collection. Hence this API call is intended as a way to update existing child Dataverse collections or to update children after a change in role assignments has been made on a parent Dataverse collection.

Manage Available Standard License Terms

For more context about configuring licenses, see Configuring Licenses in the Installation Guide.

View the list of standard license terms that can be selected for a dataset:

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
curl "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses"

View the details of the standard license with the database ID specified in $ID:

export ID=1
curl "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses/$ID"

Superusers can add a new license by posting a JSON file adapted from this example add-license.json. The name and uri of the new license must be unique. Sort order field is mandatory. If you are interested in adding a Creative Commons license, you are encouarged to use the JSON files under Adding Creative Common Licenses:

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" --data-binary @add-license.json "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses"

Superusers can change whether an existing license is active (usable for new dataset versions) or inactive (only allowed on already-published versions) specified by the license $ID:

export STATE=true
curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses/$ID/:active/$STATE"

Superusers may change the default license by specifying the license $ID:

curl -X PUT -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses/default/$ID"

Superusers can delete a license, provided it is not in use, by the license $ID:

curl -X DELETE -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses/$ID"

Superusers can change the sorting order of a license specified by the license $ID:

export SORT_ORDER=100
curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/licenses/$ID/:sortOrder/$SORT_ORDER"

List Dataset Templates

List all templates in the system.

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/templates

List templates in a given dataverse by the dataverse’s alias or id.

GET http://$SERVER/api/admin/templates/{alias or id}

Delete Dataset Template

A curl example using an ID

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ID=24

curl -X DELETE "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/template/$ID"

The fully expanded example above (without environment variables) looks like this:

curl -X DELETE "https://demo.dataverse.org/api/admin/template/24"

Request Signed URL

Dataverse has the ability to create signed URLs for it’s API calls. A signature, which is valid only for the specific API call and only for a specified duration, allows the call to proceed with the authentication of the specified user. It is intended as an alternative to the use of an API key (which is valid for a long time period and can be used with any API call). Signed URLs were developed to support External Tools but may be useful in other scenarios where Dataverse or a third-party tool needs to delegate limited access to another user or tool. This API call allows a Dataverse superUser to generate a signed URL for such scenarios. The JSON input parameter required is an object with the following keys:

  • url - the exact URL to sign, including api version number and all query parameters

  • timeOut - how long in minutes the signature should be valid for, default is 10 minutes

  • httpMethod - which HTTP method is required, default is GET

  • user - the user identifier for the account associated with this signature, the default is the superuser making the call. The API call will succeed/fail based on whether the specified user has the required permissions.

A curl example using allowing access to a dataset’s metadata

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export API_KEY=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export JSON='{"url":"https://demo.dataverse.org/api/v1/datasets/:persistentId/?persistentId=doi:10.5072/FK2/J8SJZB","timeOut":5,"user":"alberteinstein"}'

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_KEY" -H 'Content-Type:application/json' -d "$JSON" "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/requestSignedUrl"

Please see dataverse.api.signature-secret for the configuration option to add a shared secret, enabling extra security.

Send Feedback To Contact(s)

This API call allows sending an email to the contacts for a collection, dataset, or datafile or to the support email address when no object is specified. The call is protected by the normal /admin API protections (limited to localhost or requiring a separate key), but does not otherwise limit the sending of emails. Administrators should be sure only trusted applications have access to avoid the potential for spam.

The call is a POST with a JSON object as input with four keys: - “targetId” - the id of the collection, dataset, or datafile. Persistent ids and collection aliases are not supported. (Optional) - “subject” - the email subject line - “body” - the email body to send - “fromEmail” - the email to list in the reply-to field. (Dataverse always sends mail from the system email, but does it “on behalf of” and with a reply-to for the specified user.)

A curl example using an ID

export SERVER_URL=http://localhost
export JSON='{"targetId":24, "subject":"Data Question", "body":"Please help me understand your data. Thank you!", "fromEmail":"dataverseSupport@mailinator.com"}'

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type:application/json' -d "$JSON" "$SERVER_URL/api/admin/feedback"

Note that this call could be useful in coordinating with dataset authors (assuming they are also contacts) as an alternative/addition to the functionality provided by Return a Dataset to Author.

Reset Thumbnail Failure Flags

If Dataverse attempts to create a thumbnail image for an image or PDF file and the attempt fails, Dataverse will set a flag for the file to avoid repeated attempts to generate the thumbnail. For cases where the problem may have been temporary (or fixed in a later Dataverse release), the API calls below can be used to reset this flag for all files or for a given file.

export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export FILE_ID=1234

curl -X DELETE $SERVER_URL/api/admin/clearThumbnailFailureFlag

curl -X DELETE $SERVER_URL/api/admin/clearThumbnailFailureFlag/$FILE_ID

Download File from /tmp

As a superuser:

GET /api/admin/downloadTmpFile?fullyQualifiedPathToFile=/tmp/foo.txt

Note that this API is probably only useful for testing.

MyData

The MyData API is used to get a list of just the datasets, dataverses or datafiles an authenticated user can edit.

A curl example listing objects

export API_TOKEN=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
export SERVER_URL=https://demo.dataverse.org
export ROLE_IDS=6
export DVOBJECT_TYPES=Dataset
export PUBLISHED_STATES=Unpublished
export PER_PAGE=10

curl -H "X-Dataverse-key:$API_TOKEN" "$SERVER_URL/api/mydata/retrieve?role_ids=$ROLE_IDS&dvobject_types=$DVOBJECT_TYPES&published_states=$PUBLISHED_STATES&per_page=$PER_PAGE"

Parameters:

role_id Roles are customizable. Standard roles include:

  • 1 = Admin

  • 2 = File Downloader

  • 3 = Dataverse + Dataset Creator

  • 4 = Dataverse Creator

  • 5 = Dataset Creator

  • 6 = Contributor

  • 7 = Curator

  • 8 = Member

dvobject_types Type of object, several possible values among: DataFile , Dataset & Dataverse .

published_states State of the object, several possible values among:Published , Unpublished , Draft , Deaccessioned & In+Review .

per_page Number of results returned per page.