Note: This call can return a large payload, so the call returns the response as a gzipped JSON file. The open source Taxonomy SDK can be used to compare the aspect metadata that is returned in this response. The bulk download capability that this method provides, when combined with the Taxonomy SDK, brings transparency to the evolution of the metadata.
Resource URI (production)
HTTP request headers
This request requires an access token created with the client credentials grant flow, using one or more scopes from the following list (please check your Application Keys page for a list of OAuth scopes available to your application):
See OAuth access tokens for more information.
Important: The response for this call is always a JSON GZIP file. The response is shown as JSON fields so that they can be explained.
|categoryTreeId||string||The unique identifier of the eBay category tree being requested. |
|categoryTreeVersion||string||The version of the category tree that is returned in the categoryTreeId field. |
|categoryAspects||array of CategoryAspect||An array of aspects that are appropriate or necessary for accurately describing items in a particular leaf category. |
|categoryAspects.category||Category||The details that are appropriate or necessary to accurately define the category. |
|categoryAspects.category.categoryId||string||The unique identifier of the eBay category within its category tree.|
Note: The root node of a full default category tree includes the categoryId field, but its value should not be relied upon. It provides no useful information for application development.
|categoryAspects.category.categoryName||string||The name of the category identified by categoryId. |
|categoryAspects.aspects||array of Aspect||A list of aspect metadata that is used to describe the items in a particular leaf category. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint||AspectConstraint||Information about the formatting, occurrence, and support of this aspect. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectApplicableTo||array of AspectApplicableToEnum||This value indicate if the aspect identified by the aspects.localizedAspectName field is a product aspect (relevant to catalog products in the category) or an item/instance aspect, which is an aspect whose value will vary based on a particular instance of the product. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectDataType||AspectDataTypeEnum||The data type of this aspect. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectEnabledForVariations||boolean||A value of |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectFormat||string||Returned only if the value of aspectDataType identifies a data type that requires specific formatting. Currently, this field provides formatting hints as follows: |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectMaxLength||integer||The maximum length of the item/instance aspect's value. The seller must make sure not to exceed this length when specifying the instance aspect's value for a product. This field is only returned for instance aspects. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectMode||AspectModeEnum||The manner in which values of this aspect must be specified by the seller (as free text or by selecting from available options). |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectRequired||boolean||A value of |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.aspectUsage||AspectUsageEnum||The enumeration value returned in this field will indicate if the corresponding aspect is recommended or optional. |
Note: This field is always returned, even for hard-mandated/required aspects (where
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.expectedRequiredByDate||string||The expected date after which the aspect will be required.|
Note: The value returned in this field specifies only an approximate date, which may not reflect the actual date after which the aspect is required.
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectConstraint.itemToAspectCardinality||ItemToAspectCardinalityEnum||Indicates whether this aspect can accept single or multiple values for items in the specified category. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectValues||array of AspectValue||A list of valid values for this aspect (for example: |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectValues.localizedValue||string||The localized value of this aspect.|
Note: This value is always localized for the specified marketplace.
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectValues.valueConstraints||array of ValueConstraint||Not returned if the value of the localizedValue field can always be selected for this aspect of the specified category.|
Contains a list of the dependencies that identify when the value of the localizedValue field is available for the current aspect. Each dependency specifies the values of another aspect of the same category (a control aspect), for which the current value of the current aspect can also be selected by the seller.
Example: A shirt is available in three sizes and three colors, but only the Small and Medium sizes come in Green. Thus for the Color aspect, the value Green is constrained by its dependency on Size (the control aspect). Only when the Size aspect value is Small or Medium, can the Color aspect value of Green be selected by the seller.
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectValues.valueConstraints.applicableForLocalizedAspectName||string||The name of the control aspect on which the current aspect value depends. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.aspectValues.valueConstraints.applicableForLocalizedAspectValues||array of string||Contains a list of the values of the control aspect on which this aspect's value depends. When the control aspect has any of the specified values, the current value of the current aspect will also be available. |
|categoryAspects.aspects.localizedAspectName||string||The localized name of this aspect (for example: |
Note: This name is always localized for the specified marketplace.
For more on errors, plus the codes of other common errors, see Handling errors.
|62000||API_TAXONOMY||APPLICATION||There was a problem with an eBay internal system or process. Contact eBay developer support for assistance.|
|62004||API_TAXONOMY||REQUEST||The specified category tree ID was not found.|
New to making API calls? Please see Making a Call.
Note: Identifiers, such as order IDs or user IDs, and personal data in these samples might be anonymized or may no longer be active on eBay. If necessary, substitute current, relevant eBay data in your requests.