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A RESTful API for Pokémon



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Fair use policy

PokéAPI is open and free to use. However, we will ban IP addresses that abuse this privilege. This API is used primarily for educational purposes, and we do not want people inhibiting the education of others. See the fair use guide on the docs for more information. Moreover, we strongly suggest to cache request made, see the Wrapper section below.

Join Us On Slack!

Have a question or just want to discuss new ideas and improvements? Hit us up on slack. Consider talking with us here before creating new issue. This way we can keep issues here a bit more organized and helpful in the long run. Be excellent to eachother :)

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Once you've signed up visit PokeAPI on Slack


Help to keep PokéAPI running! If you're using PokéAPI as a teaching resource or for a project, consider sending us a $10 donation to help keep the server up. We get over 2 million requests a month and it's quite costly!

Thank you to all our backers! [Become a backer]


Ask your company to also support this open source project by becoming a sponsor.

Official Wrappers


Quite a lot of data is missing from the V1 API.

As of January 2015, no new data will be added to the v1 API, you will have to use the V2 API instead.

See This blog post for more information.

Setup pyVersion27

  • Download this source code into a working directory.

  • Install the requirements using pip:

$ make install

This will install all the required packages and libraries for using PokeAPI

  • Set up the local developer environment using the following command:
$ make setup
  • Run the server using the following command::
$ make serve

Visit localhost:8000 to see the running website!

If you ever need to wipe the database use this command:

$ make wipe_db

V1 Database setup

Start Django shell

$ python manage.py shell --settings=config.local

import build functions

$ from data.v1.build import *

run the functions in order to populate v1 tables

$ build_pokes()
$ build_abilities()
$ build moves()

V2 Database setup

Start Django shell

$ python manage.py shell --settings=config.local

Run the build script with

$ from data.v2.build import build_all
$ build_all()

Each time the build script is run, it will iterate over each table in the database, wipe it, and rewrite each row using the data found in data/v2/csv.

In informal tests on a Windows PC with a SSD and a 2.50 GHz processor, building against a PostgresQL database took approximately 6 minutes, and building against a SQLite database took about 7.5 minutes or longer, with some varying results.

The option to build individual portions of the database was removed in order to increase performance of the build script.


The application can be built and run as a Docker container for easy deployments

From the root directory of the cloned repo

docker build -t pokeapi .

Run the container on host port 8000

docker run -d -p 8000:8000 pokeapi

Docker Compose

There is also a multi-container setup, managed by Docker Compose. This setup allow you to deploy a production-like environment, with separate containers for each services.

Create data volumes for Redis and Postgres

docker volume create --name=redis_data
docker volume create --name=pg_data

Start the process using

docker-compose up

You can specify the -d switch to start in detached mode. This will bind port 80 and 443. Unfortunately, unlike the docker command, there is no command line arguments to specify ports. If you want to change them, edit the docker-compose.yml file.

After that, start the migration process

docker-compose exec app python manage.py migrate

And then, import the data using the shell

docker-compose exec app python manage.py shell

You can use the build_all() method, or individuals data building functions (See V2 Database setup)

from data.v2.build import build_all

For the moment, this setup doesn't allow you to use the scale command.


This project exists thanks to all the people who contribute. [Contribute].

All contributions are welcome: bug fixes, data contributions, recommendations.

Please see the issues on GitHub before you submit a pull request or raise an issue, someone else might have beat you to it.

To contribute to this repository:

git clone git@github.com:<YOUR_USERNAME>/pokeapi.git
  • Create a new branch with a descriptive name:
git checkout -b my_new_branch
  • Write some code, fix something, and add a test to prove that it works. No pull request will be accepted without tests passing, or without new tests if new features are added.

  • Commit your code and push it to GitHub

  • Open a new pull request and describe the changes you have made.

  • We'll accept your changes after review.