This API works with simple, human-readable URLs ('REST' = Representational State Transfer'). These can be used to resolve and to map identifiers in viruses.STRING, and to directly fetch networks and other data items in a number of formats. For more details, please refer to the API documentation which you can find in the developer section of help pages.
Stable URLs / Permalinks
These URLs are somewhat similar to the REST API; however, they serve to describe an entire STRING page together with all its navigation elements and the data that it is showing. The stable URL corresponding to a given STRING page can be discovered towards the bottom of each page, under the 'Permalink' icon (only available on pages showing actual data).
Cytoscape Backend API
Apart from the current website, viruses.STRING can also be accessed and used from within the Cytoscape application. To make this work, a separate API serves the data to the corresponding 'App' (plugin) in Cytoscape. At present, this API is not yet documented, and we do not recommend it to be used for anything else than the Cytoscape App.
By using the Application Program Interfaces (APIs), it is possible to access viruses.STRING data without using a web browser. Please bear in mind that this mechanism should only be used for limited or occasional database access, in order to avoid overloading the server. If you need larger amounts of data (such as for example all interactions in Homo sapiens), please use the Download page instead - which is also more efficient.
We encourage search engines to index viruses.STRING data and we provide mechanisms for this. Please note that the URLs for use by search engines will look different from the URLs that normal users see, because the latter expire after three days. Please check our configuration files robots.txt and sitemap_index.xml, and please adhere to the settings specified there.
Please do not scrape the HTML page content. This is likely to fail anyhow, as the content is generated dynamically and all interdependencies will expire after a few days. Instead, please use the APIs, Downloads, or the Permalink mechanism that is available at the bottom of most pages.
viruses.STRING Database Version History
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viruses.STRING is available for licensing — both for commercial and for academic institutions.
For non-profit (academic) institutions, the STRING license is free of charge. To acquire an academic license, please download the license form from the link below, fill it electronically, print it, and have it signed by an individual with the authority to bind your institution. Please make sure to provide in the form also the email address of the person who will download the data, since this person will be contacted upon completion of the licensing. Then, scan the signed form, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .