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Quotable

Quotable is a free, open source quotations API. It was originally built as part of a FreeCodeCamp project. The database includes over 2000 quotes by 900 authors.

Servers

Name URL Description
Production api.quotable.io The public API server
Staging staging.quotable.io The staging server is for testing purposes only. The master branch automatically deploys to the staging server after every commit. Once changes have been tested they will be pushed to the production server.

API Reference

Get random quote

Returns a single random quote from the database

GET /random

Query parameters

param type Description
maxLength Int The maximum Length in characters ( can be combined with minLength )
minLength Int The minimum Length in characters ( can be combined with maxLength )
tags String Filter random quote by tag(s). Takes a list of one or more tag names, separated by a comma (meaning AND) or a pipe (meaning OR). A comma separated list will match quotes that have all of the given tags. While a pipe (|) separated list will match quotes that have either of the provided tags.
author String Get random quote by a specific author(s). The value can be an author name or slug. To include quotes by multiple authors, provide a pipe-separated list of author names/slugs.
authorId String deprecated
Same as author param, except it uses author _id instead of slug

Response

{
  _id: string
  // The quotation text
  content: string
  // The full name of the author
  author: string
  // The `slug` of the quote author
  authorSlug: string
  // The length of quote (number of characters)
  length: number
  // An array of tag names for this quote
  tags: string[]
}

Examples

Random Quote try in browser

GET /random

Random Quote with tags "technology" AND "famous-quotes" try in browser

GET /random?tags=technology,famous-quotes

Random Quote with tags "History" OR "Civil Rights" try in browser

GET /random?tags=history|civil-rights

Random Quote with a maximum length of 50 characters try in browser

GET /random?maxLength=50

Random Quote with a length between 100 and 140 characters try in browser

GET /random?minLength=100&maxLength=140

List Quotes

Get all quotes matching a given query. By default, this will return a paginated list of all quotes, sorted by _id. Quotes can also be filter by author, tag, and length.

GET /quotes

Query parameters

param type Description
maxLength Int The maximum Length in characters ( can be combined with minLength )
minLength Int The minimum Length in characters ( can be combined with maxLength )
tags String Filter quotes by tag(s). Takes a list of one or more tag names, separated by a comma (meaning AND) or a pipe (meaning OR). A comma separated list will match quotes that have all of the given tags. While a pipe (|) separated list will match quotes that have either of the provided tags.
author String Get quotes by a specific author. The value can be an author name or slug. To get quotes by multiple authors, provide a pipe separated list of author names/slugs.
authorId String deprecated
Same as author param, except it uses author _id instead of slug
sortBy enum default: "dateAdded"   values: "dateAdded", "dateModified", "author", "content"
The field used to sort quotes
order enum values: "asc", "desc"
The order in which results are sorted. The default order depends on the sortBy field. For string fields that are sorted alphabetically, the default order is ascending. For number and date fields, the default order is descending.
limit Int Min: 1   Max: 150   Default: 20
Sets the number of results per page.
page Int Min: 1   Default: 1
The page of results to return. If the value is greater than the total number of pages, request will not return any results

Response

{
  // The number of quotes returned in this response
  count: number
  // The total number of quotes matching this query
  totalCount: number
  // The current page number
  page: number
  // The total number of pages matching this request
  totalPages: number
  // The 1-based index of the last result included in the current response.
  lastItemIndex: number
  // The array of quotes
  results: Array<{
    _id: string
    // The quotation text
    content: string
    // The full name of the author
    author: string
    // The `slug` of the quote author
    authorSlug: string
    // The length of quote (number of characters)
    length: number
    // An array of tag names for this quote
    tags: string[]
  }>
}

Examples

Get the first page of quotes, with 20 results per page try in browser

GET /quotes?page=1

Get the second page of quotes, with 20 results per page try in browser

GET /quotes?page=2

Get all quotes with the tags love OR happiness try in browser

GET /quotes?tags=love|happiness

Get all quotes with the tags technology AND famous-quotes try in browser

GET /quotes?tags=technology,famous-quotes

Get all quotes by author, using the author's slug. try in browser

GET /quotes?author=albert-einstein

Get Quote By ID

Get a quote by its ID

GET /quotes/:id

Response

{
  _id: string
  // The quotation text
  content: string
  // The full name of the author
  author: string
  // The length of quote (number of characters)
  length: number
  // An array of tag names for this quote
  tags: string[]
}

List Authors

Get all authors matching the given query. This endpoint can be used to list authors, with several options for sorting and filter. It can also be used to get author details for one or more specific authors, using the author slug or ids.

GET /authors

Query parameters

param type Description
slug string Filter authors by slug. The value can be one or more author slugs. To get multiple authors by slug, the value should be a pipe separated list of slugs.
sortBy enum Default: "name"   values: "dateAdded", "dateModified", "name", "quoteCount"
The field used to sort authors.
order enum values: "asc", "desc"
The order in which results are sorted. The default order depends on the sortBy field. For string fields that are sorted alphabetically (ie name), the default order is ascending. For number and date fields (ie quoteCount) the default order is descending.
limit Int Min: 1   Max: 150   Default: 20
Sets the number of results per page.
page Int Min: 1   Default: 1
The page of results to return. If the value is greater than the total number of pages, request will not return any results

Response

{
  // The number of results included in this response.
  count: number
  // The total number of results matching this request.
  totalCount: number
  // The current page number
  page: number
  // The total number of pages matching this request
  totalPages: number
  // The 1-based index of the last result included in this response. This shows the
  // current pagination offset.
  lastItemIndex: number | null
  // The array of authors
  results: Array<{
    // A unique id for this author
    _id: string
    // A brief, one paragraph bio of the author. Source: wiki API
    bio: string
    // A one-line description of the author. Typically it is the person's primary
    // occupation or what they are know for.
    description: string
    // The link to the author's wikipedia page or official website
    link: string
    // The authors full name
    name: string
    // A slug is a URL-friendly ID derived from the authors name. It can be used as
    slug: string
    // The number of quotes by this author
    quoteCount: string
  }>
}

Examples

Get all authors, sorted alphabetically by name try in browser

GET /authors?sortBy=name

Get all authors, sorted by number of quotes in descending order try in browser

GET /authors?sortBy=quoteCount&order=desc

Get a single author by slug. try in browser

GET /authors?slug=albert-einstein

Get multiple authors by slug. In this case, you provide a pipe-separated list of slugs try in browser

GET /authors?slug=albert-einstein|abraham-lincoln

Get Author By ID

Get details about a specific author by _id.

GET /authors/:id

Response

{
  // A unique id for this author
  _id: string
  // A brief, one paragraph bio of the author. Source wiki API.
  bio: string
  // A one-line description of the author.
  description: string
  // The link to the author's wikipedia page or official website
  link: string
  // The authors full name
  name: string
  // A slug is a URL-friendly ID derived from the authors name. It can be used as
  slug: string
  // The number of quotes by this author
  quoteCount: string
  // The array of quotes by this author (not paginated)
  // @deprecated
  quotes: Array<{
    _id: string
    // The quotation text
    content: string
    // The full name of the author
    author: string
    // The `slug` of the quote author
    authorSlug: string
    // An array of tag names for this quote
    tags: string[]
    // The length of quote (number of characters)
    length: number
  }>
}

List Tags

GET /tags

Get a list of all tags

Query parameters

param type Description
sortBy enum Default: "name"   values: "dateAdded", "dateModified", "name", "quoteCount"
The field used to sort tags.
order enum values: "asc", "desc"
The order in which results are sorted. The default order depends on the sortBy field. For string fields that are sorted alphabetically, the default order is ascending. For number and date fields, the default order is descending.

Response

{
  // The number of all tags by this request
  count: number
  // The array of tags
  results: Array<{
    _id: string
    name: string
  }>
}

Usage

Get a random quote (fetch)

fetch('https://api.quotable.io/random')
  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(data => {
    console.log(`${data.content}${data.author}`)
  })

Get a random quote (async/await)

async function randomQuote() {
  const response = await fetch('https://api.quotable.io/random')
  const data = await response.json()
  console.log(`${data.content}${data.author}`)
}
randomQuote()

Get a random quote (JQuery)

$.getJSON('https://api.quotable.io/random', function (data) {
  console.log(`${data.content}${data.author}`)
})

Live Examples

Basic Random Quote (CodePen)

React Random Quote (CodeSandbox)

Contributing

All contributions are welcome! For more info on how to contribute, check out the Contributors Guide