# API reference

Welcome to the Meilisearch API documentation.


Check out the FAQ for answers to some common questions 💡

# Headers

# Content type

Any API request with a payload (--data-binary) requires a Content-Type header. Meilisearch currently supports the following formats:

  • Content-Type: application/json for JSON
  • Content-Type: application/x-ndjson for NDJSON
  • Content-Type: text/csv for CSV

The only endpoints which currently accept NDJSON and CSV Content-Type are the add documents and update documents endpoints. For all others, use Content-Type: application/json.

# Authorization

For almost all routes, you need to be recognized by the server to check your permissions. Add your API key to your headers.

curl \
  -X GET 'http://localhost:7700/keys' \
  -H 'Authorization: Bearer MASTER_KEY'

Please read about security keys and how to manage them for more information.

Authorization: Bearer $API_KEY


v0.24 and below use the X-MEILI-API-KEY: apiKey authorization header.

# Errors & status code

# Success

200 - Ok: Everything worked as expected.

201 - Created: The resource has been created (synchronous)

202 - Accepted: The task has been added to the queue (asynchronous)

204 - No Content: The resource has been deleted or no content has been returned

205 - Reset Content: All the resources have been deleted

# Error

400 - Bad Request: The request was unacceptable, often due to missing a required parameter.

401 - Unauthorized: No valid API key provided.

403 - Forbidden: The API key doesn't have the permissions to perform the request.

404 - Not Found: The requested resource doesn't exist.

All errors contain a JSON body that explains the error.

Response body:

  "message": "Index `movies` not found.",
  "code": "index_not_found",
  "type": "invalid_request",
  "link": "https://docs.meilisearch.com/errors#index_not_found"

If you're having trouble understanding an error, take a look at the complete list of code values and descriptions.

# Asynchronous operations

Meilisearch is an asynchronous API. This means that in response to most write requests, you will receive a summarized version of the task object:

    "uid": 1,
    "indexUid": "movies",
    "status": "enqueued",
    "type": "indexUpdate",
    "enqueuedAt": "2021-08-11T09:25:53.000000Z"

You can use this uid to get more details on the status of the task.

See more information about asynchronous operations.