News Search Documentation for Yahoo! Search

We’re shutting down this service in April 2011. For further details, please see the Deprecated Services blog post.

Submitting News Queries

The News Search service allows you to search the Internet for news stories.

Request URL

Request parameters

See information on constructing REST queries

Parameter Value Description
appid string (required) The application ID. See Application IDs for more information.
query string (required) The query to search for.
type all (default), any, or phrase

The kind of search to submit:

  • all returns results with all query terms.
  • any returns results with one or more of the query terms.
  • phrase returns results containing the query terms as a phrase.
results integer: default 10, max 50 The number of results to return.
start integer: default 1 The starting result position to return (1-based). The finishing position (start + results - 1) cannot exceed 1000.
sort rank (default) or date Sort articles by relevance or most-recent.
language string The language the results are written in. Supported Languages. Omitting language returns results in any language.
site string: default no value A domain to restrict your searches to (e.g. You may submit up to 30 values (
output string: xml (default), json, php The format for the output. If json is requested, the results will be returned in JSON format. If php is requested, the results will be returned in Serialized PHP format.
callback string The name of the callback function to wrap around the JSON data. The following characters are allowed: A-Z a-z 0-9 . [] and _. If output=json has not been requested, this parameter has no effect. More information on the callback can be found in the Yahoo! Developer Network JSON Documentation.

Sample Request Url:

Response fields

The schema document for this service response is located at

Field Description
ResultSet Contains all of the query responses. Has attributes:

  • totalResultsAvailable: The number of query matches in the database.
  • totalResultsReturned: The number of query matches returned. This may be lower than the number of results requested if there were fewer total results available.
  • firstResultPosition: The position of the first result in the overall search.

Result Contains each individual response.
Title The title of the article.
Summary Summary text associated with the article.
Url The URL for the article.
ClickUrl The URL for linking to the article. See URL linking for more information.
NewsSource The company that distributed the news article, such as API or BBC.
NewsSourceUrl The URL for the news source.

The language the article is written in.

PublishDate The date the article was first published, in unix timestamp format.
ModificationDate The date the article was last modified, in unix timestamp format.
Thumbnail The URL of a thumbnail file associated with the article, if present, and its height and width in pixels.

Sample response

The following is a sample response for the query Madonna:

Rate Limits

The News Search service is limited to 5,000 queries per IP address per day and to noncommercial use. See information on rate limiting.

Terms of Use

Please see our Usage Policy to learn about acceptable uses and how to request additional queries.


The News Search service returns the standard errors. There are no service-specific errors.

Support & Community

The News Search service is discussed on the yws-search-general mailing list.

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