Getting started

A guide to getting started with Met Office DataPoint

Registration process

  1. Navigate to Met Office DataPoint homepage 
  2. Read the detailed terms and conditions. By using Met Office DataPoint you are agreeing to the terms and conditions
  3. If you accept the terms and conditions, click the 'Register' link to register with DataPoint to get your developer key.
  4. Fill in your details and submit the form. Registration is free of charge
  5. You will receive an e-mail containing a link. Follow the link in the e-mail, which will result in you being taken back to the DataPoint homepage

Getting your API key

  1. Navigate to Met Office DataPoint homepage
  2. Click the 'Login' link to log in to DataPoint
  3. Enter your username and password and click 'Login' to log in to DataPoint and return to the DataPoint homepage
  4. Click the link from the support page to view your DataPoint API Key. The API key will be displayed on the screen.

Getting data

  1. All DataPoint resources have a base URL of http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/ and must be requested with your API key as a query in the format:
    http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/resource?key=APIkey
  2. For example, to get a three-hourly five-day forecast for Dunkeswell Aerodrome:
    http://datapoint.metoffice.gov.uk/public/data/val/wxfcs/all/xml/3840?res=3hourly&key=01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-456789abcdef

Choose products

  1. Familiarise yourself with Our products
  2. Read the Tutorials and detailed documentation under each one

Getting help

  1. To help you make most of the data provided each product page has links to detailed documentation or you can use the API reference.
  2. There is other documentation available in the form of FAQs, or definitions of codes or you can try asking a question in the User Forum.
  3. If you think there is a problem with the Met Office DataPoint Service, first check the notifications page.
  4. If you still believe there is a problem we are not aware of then please contact us through our service desk.

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