Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Open Data API Client

The data and meta data from Statistics Netherlands ( can be browsed and downloaded. The client uses the open data API of Statistics Netherlands.

the url of the CBS Open Data api will change from "http" to "https"

cbsodataR version 2.4 and later will use https by default.

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Retrieve data from the open data interface (dutch) of Statistics Netherlands ( with R.

Python user? Use cbsodata.




The latest development version of cbsodata can installed using devtools.



Retrieve list a tables.

Use the Identifier from tables to retrieve table information

> get_meta('71509ENG')
71509ENG: 'Yield apples and pears', 2013
  FruitFarmingRegions: 'Fruit farming regions'
  Periods: 'Periods' 

Or download data

> library(dplyr) # to help select data and use the %>% operator
> get_data('71509ENG') %>% select(2:5) %>% head

Source: local data frame [6 x 4]

  FruitFarmingRegions Periods TotalAppleVarieties_1 CoxSOrangePippin_2
1   Total Netherlands    1997                   420                 43
2   Total Netherlands    1998                   518                 40
3   Total Netherlands    1999                   568                 39
4   Total Netherlands    2000                   461                 27
5   Total Netherlands    2001                   408                 30
6   Total Netherlands    2002                   354                 17



  • added with strip.whitespace to get_data (issue #4), suggestion of Jonathan de Bruin
  • changed address of opendata to https variant.

version 0.2.2

  • used httr: better performance and error handling of failed connections.
  • add get_tables_themes : suggestion of Wietse Dol.

Reference manual

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0.3 by Edwin de Jonge, 25 days ago

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Browse source code at

Authors: Edwin de Jonge [aut, cre]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

Task views: Official Statistics & Survey Methodology

GPL-2 license

Imports whisker, jsonlite, utils, httr

Suggests knitr, rmarkdown, dplyr, shiny

See at CRAN