While we all love "free" on the Internet, operating an API costs money: bandwidth, support, servers, monitoring, not to mention all the person-years of work we've put into it to date. The free developer key is intended to let you discover and experiment with up to 100 requests per hour. Free developer keys will also occasionally (rarely, but occasionally) show a message in the content itself indicating that you're using a free developer key; this message of course goes away for any paid-level plan.
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[a] Recipe-specific nutrition facts include calories, protein, fat, carbs, sodium.
[b] PowerSearch is the ability to exclude ingredients, search by vegan, gluten-free, red meat free, etc. Regular search gives you access to title, keyword, ingredient and tag search.
Do I need a paid plan?
You will need a paid plan if:
- You plan any use of the content beyond personal experimental or educational work
- You plan any commercial or revenue-generating use
- You need recipe nutrition information in your application
- You need more than 100 requests per hour
- You do not wish to see rare messages in the content itself indicating that you're using a free developer key
Paid plans help BigOven offset substantial design, development, bandwidth, and operations cost.
Billing via Credit Card
A credit card is required for API access at any of our paid levels. This credit card is billed on a monthly basis.