API command to know URL Category

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API command to know URL Category

L2 Linker

Hi Team,


I would like to know is there a command from the API where we can export all the Allowed Categories or List of All Categories in URL categories.


The issue is when trying /config/predefined/url-categories it only gives partial data which looks like only for alert and block category while the remaining categories are not listed. As the command says it is only for pre-define, anything for custom

category is not shown.


Any thoughts on this will be of much appreciated.



Sriram M


L1 Bithead

This will show all pre-defined as well as custom categories for a URL profile:


https://<firewall IP or URL>/api/?&type=config&action=get&xpath=/config/devices/entry[@name='localhost.localdomain']/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/profiles/url-filtering/entry[@name='<URL profile name>']&key=<API key>


If you need a list of all available categories, you can use this instead:


https://<firewall IP or URL>/api/?&type=config&action=get&xpath=/config/predefined/url-categories


It spits out the following:


<response status="success" code="19">
<result total-count="1" count="1">
<entry name="sports" id="10"/>
<entry name="travel" id="11"/>
<entry name="hobbies-and-recreation" id="12"/>
<entry name="gambling" id="13"/>
<entry name="health-and-medicine" id="14">
<entry name="news" id="20"/>
<entry name="finance-and-investment" id="25">
<entry name="government" id="40"/>
<entry name="arts" id="50"/>
<entry name="entertainment" id="51"/>
<entry name="job-search-and-career-development" id="60"/>
<entry name="education" id="70"/>
<entry name="computing-and-internet" id="75"/>
<entry name="advertisements-and-popups" id="76"/>
<entry name="shopping" id="80">
<entry name="adult-or-sexually-explicit" id="90"/>
<entry name="criminal-activity" id="91"/>
<entry name="intolerance-and-hate" id="92"/>
<entry name="violence" id="93"/>
<entry name="weapons" id="94"/>
<entry name="intimate-apparel-and-swimwear" id="95"/>
<entry name="personals-and-dating" id="96"/>
<entry name="photo-searches" id="97"/>
<entry name="proxies-and-translators" id="98"/>
<entry name="hosting-sites" id="99"/>
<entry name="business" id="100"/>
<entry name="motor-vehicles" id="1101"/>
<entry name="games" id="1202"/>
<entry name="illegal-drugs" id="1403"/>
<entry name="alcohol-and-tobacco" id="1404"/>
<entry name="sex-education" id="1490"/>
<entry name="blogs-and-forums" id="2002"/>
<entry name="chat" id="3001"/>
<entry name="society-and-culture" id="3003"/>
<entry name="food-and-dining" id="3004"/>
<entry name="religion" id="3006"/>
<entry name="real-estate" id="3010"/>
<entry name="reference" id="7001"/>
<entry name="kids-sites" id="7003"/>
<entry name="downloads" id="7501"/>
<entry name="search-engines" id="7503"/>
<entry name="hacking" id="7504">
<entry name="spyware" id="7505"/>
<entry name="web-based-e-mail" id="7507"/>
<entry name="streaming-media" id="7509"/>
<entry name="phising-and-fraud" id="9101"/>
<entry name="tasteless-and-offensive" id="9301"/>
<entry name="fashion-and-beauty" id="9501"/>
<entry name="peer-to-peer" id="9801"/>
<entry name="infrastructure" id="9802"/>
<entry name="philanthropic-and-professional-orgs" id="9803"/>
<entry name="ringtones-or-mobile-phone-downloads" id="9804"/>
<entry name="spam-urls" id="9805"/>
<entry name="politics" id="9806"/>
<entry name="allow-list" id="14000"/>
<entry name="block-list" id="15000"/>
<entry name="not-resolved" id="16380"/>
<entry name="none" id="16381"/>
<entry name="license-expired" id="16382"/>
<entry name="unknown" id="16383"/>

L2 Linker

I have a need to get the PA categories - I thought they would be from content, but the above list (from 2016) looks like what I'm getting today as well.  The above include categories like "illegal-drugs", but the PA category is "abused-drugs".  Is there another API call to get the PA categories, so I would have the newly added ones from content, like encrypted-dns?

L5 Sessionator

Hi @pataylor and all,


This should work to get the predefined URL categories:



Hope that helps!

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