Custom Web Search API

The Search API provides a similar (but not exact) experience to Bing.com/Search by returning search results that Bing determines are relevant to the specified query. The results also identify the order that you must display the content in (see Using Ranking to Display Results). The response may also include related search links and suggest a query string that may more accurately represent the user's intent. Typically, you will call this API instead of calling the other APIs in the Bing API family, such as the Image API or News API.

Request URL

Request parameters

string

Query

number

The custom search configuration Id

Request headers

string
Subscription key which provides access to this API. Found in your Cognitive Services accounts.

Request body

Response 200

{
    "_type": "Suggestions",
    "instrumentation": {
        "pingUrlBase": "https://www.bing.com/api/ping?IG=0AE638F758E041DFA1A2B8B39848C280&CID=070910FF0C0362112C11188E0DD06323&ID=",
        "pageLoadPingUrl": "https://www.bing.com/api/ping/pageload?IG=0AE638F758E041DFA1A2B8B39848C280&CID=070910FF0C0362112C11188E0DD06323&Type=Event.CPT&DATA=0"
    },
    "queryContext": {
        "originalQuery": "bill gatis"
    },
    "suggestionGroups": [
        {
            "name": "Web",
            "searchSuggestions": [
                {
                    "url": "https://www.bing.com/search?q=bill+gates+foundation&FORM=USBAPI",
                    "urlPingSuffix": "DevEx,5003.1",
                    "displayText": "bill gates foundation",
                    "query": "bill gates foundation",
                    "searchKind": "WebSearch"
                },
                {
                    "url": "https://www.bing.com/search?q=bill+gates+scholarship&FORM=USBAPI",
                    "urlPingSuffix": "DevEx,5004.1",
                    "displayText": "bill gates scholarship",
                    "query": "bill gates scholarship",
                    "searchKind": "WebSearch"
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
}

Response 401

{
    "error":{
        "statusCode": 401,
        "message": "Access denied due to invalid subscription key. Make sure you are subscribed to an API you are trying to call and provide the right key." 
    }
}

Response 403

{
    "error":{
        "statusCode": 403,
        "message": "Out of call volume quota. Quota will be replenished in 2.12 days." 
    }
}

Response 429

{
    "error":{
        "statusCode": 429,
        "message": "Rate limit is exceeded. Try again in 26 seconds." 
    }
}

Code samples

@ECHO OFF

curl -v -X GET "https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search?q=bill g&customconfig=0"
-H "Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: {subscription key}"

--data-ascii "{body}" 
using System;
using System.Net.Http.Headers;
using System.Text;
using System.Net.Http;
using System.Web;

namespace CSHttpClientSample
{
    static class Program
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            MakeRequest();
            Console.WriteLine("Hit ENTER to exit...");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
        
        static async void MakeRequest()
        {
            var client = new HttpClient();
            var queryString = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(string.Empty);

            // Request headers
            client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "{subscription key}");

            // Request parameters
            queryString["q"] = "bill g";
            queryString["customconfig"] = "0";
            var uri = "https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search?" + queryString;

            var response = await client.GetAsync(uri);
        }
    }
}	
// // This sample uses the Apache HTTP client from HTTP Components (http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/)
import java.net.URI;
import org.apache.http.HttpEntity;
import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.client.HttpClient;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpGet;
import org.apache.http.client.utils.URIBuilder;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.HttpClients;
import org.apache.http.util.EntityUtils;

public class JavaSample 
{
    public static void main(String[] args) 
    {
        HttpClient httpclient = HttpClients.createDefault();

        try
        {
            URIBuilder builder = new URIBuilder("https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search");

            builder.setParameter("q", "bill g");
            builder.setParameter("customconfig", "0");

            URI uri = builder.build();
            HttpGet request = new HttpGet(uri);
            request.setHeader("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "{subscription key}");


            // Request body
            StringEntity reqEntity = new StringEntity("{body}");
            request.setEntity(reqEntity);

            HttpResponse response = httpclient.execute(request);
            HttpEntity entity = response.getEntity();

            if (entity != null) 
            {
                System.out.println(EntityUtils.toString(entity));
            }
        }
        catch (Exception e)
        {
            System.out.println(e.getMessage());
        }
    }
}

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>JSSample</title>
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
</head>
<body>

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function() {
        var params = {
            // Request parameters
            "q": "bill g",
            "customconfig": "0",
        };
      
        $.ajax({
            url: "https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search?" + $.param(params),
            beforeSend: function(xhrObj){
                // Request headers
                xhrObj.setRequestHeader("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key","{subscription key}");
            },
            type: "GET",
            // Request body
            data: "{body}",
        })
        .done(function(data) {
            alert("success");
        })
        .fail(function() {
            alert("error");
        });
    });
</script>
</body>
</html>
#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

int main(int argc, const char * argv[])
{
    NSAutoreleasePool * pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];
    
    NSString* path = @"https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search";
    NSArray* array = @[
                         // Request parameters
                         @"entities=true",
                         @"q=bill g",
                         @"customconfig=0",
                      ];
    
    NSString* string = [array componentsJoinedByString:@"&"];
    path = [path stringByAppendingFormat:@"?%@", string];

    NSLog(@"%@", path);

    NSMutableURLRequest* _request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:path]];
    [_request setHTTPMethod:@"GET"];
    // Request headers
    [_request setValue:@"{subscription key}" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key"];
    // Request body
    [_request setHTTPBody:[@"{body}" dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]];
    
    NSURLResponse *response = nil;
    NSError *error = nil;
    NSData* _connectionData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:_request returningResponse:&response error:&error];

    if (nil != error)
    {
        NSLog(@"Error: %@", error);
    }
    else
    {
        NSError* error = nil;
        NSMutableDictionary* json = nil;
        NSString* dataString = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:_connectionData encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
        NSLog(@"%@", dataString);
        
        if (nil != _connectionData)
        {
            json = [NSJSONSerialization JSONObjectWithData:_connectionData options:NSJSONReadingMutableContainers error:&error];
        }
        
        if (error || !json)
        {
            NSLog(@"Could not parse loaded json with error:%@", error);
        }
        
        NSLog(@"%@", json);
        _connectionData = nil;
    }
    
    [pool drain];

    return 0;
}
<?php
// This sample uses the Apache HTTP client from HTTP Components (http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/)
require_once 'HTTP/Request2.php';

$request = new Http_Request2('https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search');
$url = $request->getUrl();

$headers = array(
    // Request headers
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key' => '{subscription key}',
);

$request->setHeader($headers);

$parameters = array(
    // Request parameters
    'q' => 'bill g',
    'customconfig' => '0',
);

$url->setQueryVariables($parameters);

$request->setMethod(HTTP_Request2::METHOD_GET);

// Request body
$request->setBody("{body}");

try
{
    $response = $request->send();
    echo $response->getBody();
}
catch (HttpException $ex)
{
    echo $ex;
}

?>
########### Python 2.7 #############
import httplib, urllib, base64

headers = {
    # Request headers
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key': '{subscription key}',
}

params = urllib.urlencode({
    # Request parameters
    'q': 'bill g',
    'customconfig': '0',
})

try:
    conn = httplib.HTTPSConnection('francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com')
    conn.request("GET", "/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search?%s" % params, "{body}", headers)
    response = conn.getresponse()
    data = response.read()
    print(data)
    conn.close()
except Exception as e:
    print("[Errno {0}] {1}".format(e.errno, e.strerror))

####################################

########### Python 3.2 #############
import http.client, urllib.request, urllib.parse, urllib.error, base64

headers = {
    # Request headers
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key': '{subscription key}',
}

params = urllib.parse.urlencode({
    # Request parameters
    'q': 'bill g',
    'customconfig': '0',
})

try:
    conn = http.client.HTTPSConnection('francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com')
    conn.request("GET", "/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search?%s" % params, "{body}", headers)
    response = conn.getresponse()
    data = response.read()
    print(data)
    conn.close()
except Exception as e:
    print("[Errno {0}] {1}".format(e.errno, e.strerror))

####################################
require 'net/http'

uri = URI('https://francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/bingcustomsearch/v7.0/suggestions/search')
uri.query = URI.encode_www_form({
    # Request parameters
    'q' => 'bill g',
    'customconfig' => '0'
})

request = Net::HTTP::Get.new(uri.request_uri)
# Request headers
request['Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key'] = '{subscription key}'
# Request body
request.body = "{body}"

response = Net::HTTP.start(uri.host, uri.port, :use_ssl => uri.scheme == 'https') do |http|
    http.request(request)
end

puts response.body