Endpoint

GET https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories

Request Parameters

Header Fields

Header Field Value
Authorization Required. A valid access token from the Spotify Accounts service: see the Web API Authorization Guide for details.

Query Parameters

Query Parameter Value
country Optional. A country: an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code. Provide this parameter if you want to narrow the list of returned categories to those relevant to a particular country. If omitted, the returned items will be globally relevant.
locale Optional. The desired language, consisting of an ISO 639-1 language code and an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code, joined by an underscore. For example: es_MX, meaning “Spanish (Mexico)”. Provide this parameter if you want the category metadata returned in a particular language. Note that, if locale is not supplied, or if the specified language is not available, all strings will be returned in the Spotify default language (American English). The locale parameter, combined with the country parameter, may give odd results if not carefully matched. For example country=SE&locale=de_DE will return a list of categories relevant to Sweden but as German language strings.
limit Optional. The maximum number of categories to return. Default: 20. Minimum: 1. Maximum: 50.
offset Optional. The index of the first item to return. Default: 0 (the first object). Use with limit to get the next set of categories.

Response Format

On success, the HTTP status code in the response header is 200 OK and the response body contains an object with a categories field, with an array of category objects (wrapped in a paging object) in JSON format. On error, the header status code is an error code and the response body contains an error object.

Once you have retrieved the list, you can use Get a Category to drill down further.

Example

curl -i -X GET "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories" -H "Authorization: Bearer {your access token}"
{
  "categories" : {
    "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories?offset=0&limit=20",
    "items" : [ {
      "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories/toplists",
      "icons" : [ {
        "height" : 275,
        "url" : "https://datsnxq1rwndn.cloudfront.net/media/derived/toplists_11160599e6a04ac5d6f2757f5511778f_0_0_275_275.jpg",
        "width" : 275
      } ],
      "id" : "toplists",
      "name" : "Top Lists"
    }, {
      "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories/mood",
      "icons" : [ {
        "height" : 274,
        "url" : "https://datsnxq1rwndn.cloudfront.net/media/original/mood-274x274_976986a31ac8c49794cbdc7246fd5ad7_274x274.jpg",
        "width" : 274
      } ],
      "id" : "mood",
      "name" : "Mood"
    }, {
      "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories/party",
      "icons" : [ {
        "height" : 274,
        "url" : "https://datsnxq1rwndn.cloudfront.net/media/derived/party-274x274_73d1907a7371c3bb96a288390a96ee27_0_0_274_274.jpg",
        "width" : 274
      } ],
      "id" : "party",
      "name" : "Party"
    }, {
      "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories/pop",
      "icons" : [ {
        "height" : 274,
        "url" : "https://datsnxq1rwndn.cloudfront.net/media/derived/pop-274x274_447148649685019f5e2a03a39e78ba52_0_0_274_274.jpg",
        "width" : 274
      } ],
      "id" : "pop",
      "name" : "Pop"
    }, {
      "href" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories/workout",
      "icons" : [ {
        "height" : 275,
        "url" : "https://datsnxq1rwndn.cloudfront.net/media/derived/workout_856581c1c545a5305e49a3cd8be804a0_0_0_275_275.jpg",
        "width" : 275
      } ],
      "id" : "workout",
      "name" : "Workout"
    }, ... ],
    "limit" : 20,
    "next" : "https://api.spotify.com/v1/browse/categories?offset=20&limit=20",
    "offset" : 0,
    "previous" : null,
    "total" : 31
  }
}

Try it

category object

Key Value Type Value Description
href string A link to the Web API endpoint returning full details of the category.
icons an array of image objects The category icon, in various sizes.
id string TheSpotify category ID of the category.
name string The name of the category.

paging object

Key Value Type Value Description
href string A link to the Web API endpoint returning the full result of the request.
items an array of objects The requested data.
limit integer The maximum number of items in the response (as set in the query or by default).
next string URL to the next page of items. (null if none)
offset integer The offset of the items returned (as set in the query or by default).
previous string URL to the previous page of items. (null if none)
total integer The total number of items available to return.