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Dear TMDb Community,

In the next few months, you might notice some changes on our site. My primary goal is, and always has been, to build the best media database on the internet and in order for me to stay true to that goal, we will be making these changes to enable TMDb to be more robust and reliable than before.

As you might recall from my 2019 recap, I have some pretty amazing plans for 2020 so stay tuned for some really fantastic launches this year!

If you have any questions please contact us at support@themoviedb.org.

Sincerely,

Travis

Hello all, I'm currently learning to code and such. Something I am currently working on is a project to compare 2 different movies. To do so however, I want/need to be able to import first every movie ever and store it in an array in JS. Is there a way to do this with this API? It seems to me that you can only search for specific movies and pull those results but not search for every movie...

Thanks Aji

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Hi,

The only way to download all movies is to iterate through the list of all TMDb movie IDs and for each entry call movie API method. You can use our daily exports of valid TMDb IDs as a starting point. Just don't forget to properly attribute TMDb as the source of your data (you can read more about attribution requirements here and here).

talestalker

Hey Talestalker,

thanks for getting back to me. I Will definitely take into account the attribution requirements. I did an API call following the correct date format to pull data from the 29th (yesterday).

As per the instructions, I understand that every line of the file is itself a JSON. I selected one line and tried to console.log it but when doing so, I get a white question mark symbol with a black background.

I tried using JSON.parse() method (not that I need to though right? Since each line is already a JSON) also but when I do that, I get the following error Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token � in JSON at position 0

Aji

get a white question mark symbol with a black background.

All file texts should be UTF-8 encoded and question marks seem to be replacement for unsupported or incorrectly decoded non-Latin characters. What do you see if you open the export in text editor? This is what I get in my notepad on Windows 10 (look at the movies TMDb ID 30-32).

I tried using JSON.parse() method (not that I need to though right? Since each line is already a JSON) also but when I do that, I get the following error Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token � in JSON at position 0

I can only help you with python, but as I already said the problem is most likely caused by UTF-8 encoding. Try to decode the string first.

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