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rgbif gives you access to data from GBIF via their REST API. GBIF versions their API - we are currently using v1 of their API. You can no longer use their old API in this package - see ?rgbif-defunct.

Please cite rgbif. Run the following to get the appropriate citation for the version you’re using:

citation(package = "rgbif")

To get started, see:

Check out the rgbif paper for more information on this package and the sister Python, Ruby, and PHP clients.

We strongly recommend that you use occ_download() rather than occ_search() for getting GBIF mediated occurrences. See article Getting Occurrence Data From GBIF.


Or, install development version

# OR
install.packages("rgbif", repos="")



  • Please report any issues or bugs.
  • License: MIT
  • Get citation information for rgbif in R doing citation(package = 'rgbif')
  • Please note that this package is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.

This package is part of spocc, along with several other packages, that provide access to occurrence records from multiple data sources.