New: Index Files per Vertical

Manual- index files per vertical

From April 13 onward, Icecat publishes index files per vertical for the EN and NL locales. A Vertical is defined here as a root category, such as Computers & Peripherals, Lighting, or Fashion. Due to the increased size of Icecat, it is more efficient for specialist retailers to process a single Vertical. Instead of the full index with all products. Because it is much faster to process, for example, 100K Fashion product references than 10M. Therefore Icecat has started publishing Index files per Vertical. At the same time, the structure of the Indexes stayed the same. And, Full Index files with products from all verticals are still available. During coming sprints, we will publish Index files per vertical also for other locales.

The generic Full Icecat call looks as follows:<lang>/<verticalID>.vertical.files.index.xml.gz


  • <lang> stands for language or locale code.
  • level4 – to access Full Icecat. In case of Open Icecat, use freexml.
  • <verticalID> stands for the ID of a root category.

You can find the complete overview of verticals and their corresponding vertical IDs below:

Vertical IDVertical name
107Telecom & Navigation
1058AV & Photo
1265Food, Beverages & Tobacco
1280Health, Beauty & Personal Care
1314Domestic Appliances
1575Fashion & Lifestyle
1960Sports & Recreation
1980Baby & Children
2248Pet Care
2833Computers & Peripherals
2835Industrial & Lab Equipment
2836Entertainment & Hobby
3877Online Data Services
4776Building & Construction
4860Drugs & Pharmaceutics
5401Medical Equipment
7775Defense, Police & Safety

More information about the Index files.

  • commented on July 2, 2021 by Linden Sims

    This is very good news. Do you expect to add the language US any time soon? It would be a great help to us.

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