Getting Started with SODA

So you want to win that hackathon or build the next hot open data app? Follow the Getting Started guide for App Developers at to get yourself started. Learn about finding the API endpoint, building filters and queries, and getting set up with an App Token.

Access Start Guide

Additional API Documentation

Ready to start exploring the libraries and more in-depth examples? Check out the libraries at, for languages like Java, Ruby, and Scala. Explore the API Docs to learn about the output formats and RESTful verbs. Ready to get dive into examples? Check out the example of building a column chart in D3.


Submit Your App

If you have created an app with the open data on this site, we'd love to know about it! Submit your app here, and we will feature it on the site below. Looking for ideas for an app to build? Check out the library below to see what projects people are working on.

Submit App


The Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative provides the public with easy online access to records and information about County business and operations. The Initiative aims to enhance the County’s commitment to transparent government and to encourage civic engagement. Learn more about the initiative and Alameda County’s commitment to open data and open government.

How do I access an API?

Find the API Access Endpoint

Under SODA API, you will find the link for the API Endpoint as well as each column id for that dataset.

Find API information through the Export button.

Every dataset, map, chart, and filtered view has an API! Find the API endpoints and column names through the Export button, under SODA API.

Test drive a live example now!

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Community Apps

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