API Keys

Before you can access the endpoints of the OpenRouteService API to their full extent you will have to contact us to obtain an API-Key.

This key is a 32-character identifier, made of letters and numbers, which relates the request to the user. We utilize these keys in order to monitor miss- or overuse of the services (see Terms of Service)

For a small number of requests (below 2500/day) we offer an example API-Key:


We reserve the right to automatically ban you for exceeding the limitation. In that case you have to contact us to get access to the API again.

How to use an API key

To use your API key simply add it as a parameter in your request URL with:


Here you can see an example with an API key appended to the end of the request.