POI Categories

Service version: 2
Last edit: 2022.08.15


The POI Categories service endpoint provides a full list of POI categories and subcategories together with their translations and synonyms.

Run this endpoint

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Request data


For ease of viewing and identification:

  • Constants and parameters enclosed in curly brackets { } must be replaced with their values.
  • Please see the following Request parameters section with the required and optional parameters tables for their values. The generic request format is as follows.

URL format

Request URL

curl command format

Request curl command
curl 'https://{baseURL}/search/{versionNumber}/poiCategories.{ext}?key={Your_API_Key}&language={one_of_the_supported_languages}'

Request parameters

The following table describes the parameters that can be used in a request.

  • Required parameters must be used or the call will fail.
  • Optional parameters may be used.
Required parametersDescription
Base URL for calling the API.
Service version.
Value: The current value is 2.
Endpoint name.
Value: poiCategories
A valid response format.
Values: json, jsonp, js, or xml
An API Key valid for the requested service.
Value: Your valid API Key.
Optional parametersDescription
Language in which the category tree should be returned. When a category in a requested language is not available, the default language is used (English).
Value: One of the TomTom IETF Supported Language Tags except NGT and NGT-Latn.

Request headers

Optional headerDescription
Accept-EncodingEnables response compression.
Value: gzip

Response data

Response body

For illustrative purposes the example below is neatly indented and includes all possible response fields. Actual responses are more compact and the fields present will vary based on the result type and the data available. See the following Response fields section for more information. When requesting JSON output format in the request URL ext parameter, the response has the following structure.

Response structure using {ext} json
2 "poiCategories": [
3 {
4 "id": 7320,
5 "name": "Sports Center",
6 "childCategoryIds": [
7 7320002,
8 7320003,
9 7320004,
10 7320006,
11 7320005
12 ],
13 "synonyms": [
14 "Fitness Center",
15 "Fitness Centre",
16 "Fitness Club",
17 "Gym",
18 "Gymnasium",
19 "Health Club",
20 "Indoor Sports",
21 "Indoors Sports",
22 "Sports Centre",
23 "Wellness Club"
24 ]
25 },
26 {
27 "id": 7374,
28 "name": "Stadium",
29 "childCategoryIds": [
30 7374002,
31 7374009,
32 7374012,
33 7374003,
34 7374010,
35 7374005,
36 7374008,
37 7374011,
38 7374006,
39 7374014,
40 7374013,
41 7374007,
42 7374004
43 ],
44 "synonyms": [
45 "Arena",
46 "Gymnasium",
47 "Indoor Arena",
48 "Sports Field",
49 "Sports Ground",
50 "Sports Stadium",
51 "Sportsfield",
52 "Sportsground",
53 "Velodrome"
54 ]
55 },
56 . . .
57 ]

When requesting XML output format in the request URL ext parameter, the response has the following structure.

Response structure using {ext} xml
1<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
3 <poiCategories>
4 <poiCategory>
5 <id>7320</id>
6 <name>Sports Center</name>
7 <childCategoryIds>
8 <childCategoryId>7320002</childCategoryId>
9 <childCategoryId>7320003</childCategoryId>
10 <childCategoryId>7320005</childCategoryId>
11 </childCategoryIds>
12 <synonyms>
13 <synonym>Gym</synonym>
14 <synonym>Health Club</synonym>
15 <synonym>Indoors Sports</synonym>
16 <synonym>Sports Centre</synonym>
17 <synonym>Wellness Club</synonym>
18 </synonyms>
19 </poiCategory>
20 <poiCategory>
21 <id>7374</id>
22 <name>Stadium</name>
23 <childCategoryIds>
24 <childCategoryId>7374002</childCategoryId>
25 <childCategoryId>7374009</childCategoryId>
26 <childCategoryId>7374012</childCategoryId>
27 <childCategoryId>7374003</childCategoryId>
28 <childCategoryId>7374010</childCategoryId>
29 <childCategoryId>7374005</childCategoryId>
30 <childCategoryId>7374008</childCategoryId>
31 <childCategoryId>7374011</childCategoryId>
32 <childCategoryId>7374006</childCategoryId>
33 <childCategoryId>7374014</childCategoryId>
34 <childCategoryId>7374013</childCategoryId>
35 <childCategoryId>7374007</childCategoryId>
36 <childCategoryId>7374004</childCategoryId>
37 </childCategoryIds>
38 <synonyms>
39 <synonym>Arena</synonym>
40 <synonym>Gymnasium</synonym>
41 <synonym>Indoor Arena</synonym>
42 <synonym>Sports Field</synonym>
43 <synonym>Sports Ground</synonym>
44 <synonym>Sports Stadium</synonym>
45 <synonym>Sportsfield</synonym>
46 <synonym>Sportsground</synonym>
47 <synonym>Velodrome</synonym>
48 </synonyms>
49 </poiCategory>
50 ...
51 </poiCategories>

Response fields

The following table describes all of the fields that can appear in a response. Fields are listed by the response section they belong to and in the order that they appear in the response.

poiCategories array
Category Tree result list.
poiCategory object
Unique ID for the category.
Name of the category.
List of subcategories ids.
List of alternative names of the category.

Response codes

The following table contains response codes signifying successful and failed requests to an API server.

CodeMeaning & possible causes
200OK: The search successfully returned a result.
400Bad Request: One or more parameters were incorrectly specified.
403Forbidden: Possible causes include,
  • Service requires SSL
  • Not authorized
  • Rate or volume limit exceeded
  • Unknown referer
405Method Not Allowed: The HTTP request method GET is not supported for this request.
404/596Not Found: The HTTP request method GET or path is incorrect.
429Too Many Requests: The API Key is over QPS (Queries per second).
5xxServer Error: The service was unable to process your request. Contact support to resolve the issue.

Response headers

The following table contains response headers sent back from an API server.

Access-Control-Allow-OriginEnsures that clients implementing the CORS security model are able to access the response from this service.
Value: An asterisk * that signifies access to the TomTom API using the Access-Control-Allow-Origin (ACAO) header in its response indicating which origin sites are allowed.
Content-TypeIndicates the format of the response, as chosen by the client.
Format: type/subtype; charset=utf-8
Value: type/subtype is one of: application/json, application/javascript, or application/xml
Content-EncodingIf requested by the client, the Search service applies gzip compression to the responses with the Accept-Encoding header.
Value: gzip