Quickstart: Suggest search queries with the Bing Autosuggest REST API and Python

Use this quickstart to begin making calls to the Bing Autosuggest API and getting the JSON response. This simple Python application sends a partial search query to the API, and returns suggestions for searches. While this application is written in Python, the API is a RESTful Web service compatible with most programming languages. The source code for this sample is available on GitHub

Prerequisites

Create an Azure resource

Start using the Bing Autosuggest API by creating one of the Azure resources below.

  • Create a trial resource:

    • No Azure subscription needed.
    • Valid for seven days, for free. After signing up, a trial key and endpoint will be available on the Azure website.
  • Create a Bing Autosuggest resource:

    • Available through the Azure portal until you delete the resource.
    • Use the free pricing tier to try the service, and upgrade later to a paid tier for production.
    • Bing Autosuggest is also offered in paid tiers of the Bing Search v7 resource.
  • Create a Multi-Service resource:

    • Available through the Azure portal until you delete the resource.
    • Use the same key and endpoint for your applications, across multiple Cognitive Services.

Create a new application

  1. Create a new Python file in your favorite IDE or editor. Add the following imports:

    import http.client, urllib.parse, json
    
  2. Create variables for your API host and path, market code, and a partial search query. You can use the global endpoint below, or the custom subdomain endpoint displayed in the Azure portal for your resource.

    subscriptionKey = 'enter key here'
    host = 'api.cognitive.microsoft.com'
    path = '/bing/v7.0/Suggestions'
    mkt = 'en-US'
    query = 'sail'
    
  3. Create a parameters string by appending your market code to the ?mkt= parameter, and appending your query to the &q= parameter.

    params = '?mkt=' + mkt + '&q=' + query
    

Create and send an API request

  1. Add your subscription key to a Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key header.

    headers = {'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key': subscriptionKey}
    
  2. Connect to the API using HTTPSConnection(), and send the GET request containing your request parameters.

    conn = http.client.HTTPSConnection(host)
    conn.request ("GET", path + params, None, headers)
    response = conn.getresponse ()
    return response.read ()
    
  3. Get and print the JSON response.

    result = get_suggestions ()
    print (json.dumps(json.loads(result), indent=4))
    

Example JSON response

A successful response is returned in JSON, as shown in the following example:

{
  "_type": "Suggestions",
  "queryContext": {
    "originalQuery": "sail"
  },
  "suggestionGroups": [
    {
      "name": "Web",
      "searchSuggestions": [
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dgvtP9TS9NwhajSapY2Se6y1eCbP2fq_GiP2n-cxi6OY\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailrite%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5003.1",
          "displayText": "sailrite",
          "query": "sailrite",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dBTS0G6AakxntIl9rmbDXtk1n6rQpsZZ99aQ7ClE7dTY\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsail%2bsand%2bpoint%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5004.1",
          "displayText": "sail sand point",
          "query": "sail sand point",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dc0QOA_j6swCZJy9FxqOwke2KslJE7ZRmMooGClAuCpY\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailboats%2bfor%2bsale%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5005.1",
          "displayText": "sailboats for sale",
          "query": "sailboats for sale",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dmnMdREUH20SepmHQH1zlh9Hy_w7jpOlZFm3KG2R_BoA\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailing%2banarchy%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5006.1",
          "displayText": "sailing anarchy",
          "query": "sailing anarchy",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dWLFO-B1GG5qtBGnoU1Bizz02YKkg5fgAQtHwhXn4z8I\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailpoint%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5007.1",
          "displayText": "sailpoint",
          "query": "sailpoint",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003dquBMwmKlGwqC5wAU0K7n416plhWcR8zQCi7r-Fw9Y0w\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailflow%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5008.1",
          "displayText": "sailflow",
          "query": "sailflow",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003d0udadFl0gCTKCp0QmzQTXS3_y08iO8FpwsoKPHPS6kw\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailboatdata%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5009.1",
          "displayText": "sailboatdata",
          "query": "sailboatdata",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        },
        {
          "url": "https://www.bing.com/cr?IG\u003d2ACC4FE8B02F4AACB9182A6502B0E556\u0026CID\u003d1D546424A4CB64AF2D386F26A5CD6583\u0026rd\u003d1\u0026h\u003deSSt0MRSbl2V0RFPSuVd-gC7fGOT4717pz55EBUgPec\u0026v\u003d1\u0026r\u003dhttps%3a%2f%2fwww.bing.com%2fsearch%3fq%3dsailor%2b2025%26FORM%3dUSBAPI\u0026p\u003dDevEx,5010.1",
          "displayText": "sailor 2025",
          "query": "sailor 2025",
          "searchKind": "WebSearch"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Next steps

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