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We aim to make it as easy as possible to use the data stored in BookBrainz. If you’re a developer wanting to make programs that depend on BookBrainz, we have a web service available, and are planning to release database dumps regularly at a later stage in the project.

Web Service

The web service is the primary way of getting BookBrainz data. The key advantage of using the web service over the dumps is that you don’t need to install any database engine — you can access the data through the internet. The web service is documented in our Developer Documentation..

Database Dumps

The database dumps will be useful if you need to process a lot of data quickly — in cases where the web service is not able to respond quickly enough. Unfortunately, we’re not currently ready to provide database dumps, since BookBrainz is at a very early stage. However, when they are published, you’ll be able to download them from this page, so be sure to check back occaisonally if this is something you’re interested in.

Source Code

BookBrainz runs on open source software. If you wish to access the source, even contribute to the project, please see our github page.