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Google Data Protocol

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Stable release
2.0.17 / April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
Written inJava, JavaScript, .NET, PHP, Python[1] and Objective-C.[2]
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeSoftware development tools

GData (Google Data Protocol) provides a simple protocol for reading and writing data on the Internet, designed by Google. GData combines common XML-based syndication formats (Atom and RSS) with a feed-publishing system based on the Atom Publishing Protocol, plus some extensions for handling queries. It relies on XML or JSON as a data format.

According to the Google Developers portal, "The Google Data Protocol is a REST-inspired technology for reading, writing, and modifying information on the web. It is used in some older Google APIs."[3] However, "Most Google APIs are not Google Data APIs."[3]

Google provides GData client libraries for Java, JavaScript, .NET, PHP, Python,[1] and Objective-C.[2]


An implementation called libgdata written in C is available under the LGPL license.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google Data Home Page
  2. ^ a b GData Client Libraries Documentation
  3. ^ a b "Google Data APIs". Google Developers. Retrieved 2023-04-13.

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