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DBpedia Spotlight is a tool for automatically annotating mentions of DBpedia resources in text.

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DBpedia Spotlight

Shedding Light on the Web of Documents

DBpedia Spotlight looks for ~3.5M things of unknown or ~320 known types in text and tries to link them to their global unique identifiers in DBpedia.


Go to our Demonstration page, copy+paste some text and play with the parameters to see how it works.

Call our web service

You can use our demonstration Web Service directly from your application.

curl \
  --data-urlencode "text=President Obama called Wednesday on Congress to extend a tax break
  for students included in last year's economic stimulus package, arguing
  that the policy provides more generous assistance." \
  --data "confidence=0.2" \
  --data "support=20"

Run your own server

If you need service reliability and lower response times, you can run DBpedia Spotlight in your own In-House Server. Try our automated setup script for dpkg:

dpkg -i dbpedia-spotlight-0.6.deb
#Follow the installation assistant

Build from source

We provide a Java/Scala API for you to use our code in your application.

Build Status


All the original code produced for DBpedia Spotlight is licensed under Apache License, 2.0. Some modules have dependencies on LingPipe under the Royalty Free License. Some of our original code (currently) depends on GPL-licensed or LGPL-licensed code and is therefore also GPL or LGPL, respectively. We are currently cleaning up the dependencies to release two builds, one purely GPL and one purely Apache License, 2.0.

The documentation on this website is shared as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


More documentation is available from the DBpedia Spotlight wiki.

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