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Here's an example of the API call that WikiData's search box uses for suggesting entities. The suggestion is based on the text "ch" in the search URL query parameter.
curl --silent 'https://www.wikidata.org/w/api.php?action=wbsearchentities&search=ch&format=json&language=en&type=item&continue=0' | python -m json.tool
{
"search": [
{
"aliases": [
"encyclopaedia",
"encyclop\u00e6dia"
],
"description": "type of reference work",
"id": "Q5292",
"label": "encyclopedia",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q5292"
},
{
"aliases": [
"Encyclopaedia Brittanica",
"Encyclopedia Britannica"
],
"description": "general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia, first published in Scotland in 1768",
"id": "Q455",
"label": "Encyclop\u00e6dia Britannica",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q455"
},
{
"description": "Wikipedia disambiguation page",
"id": "Q1340122",
"label": "Encyclopaedia",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1340122"
},
{
"aliases": [
"Encyclop\u00e9die, ou dictionnaire raisonn\u00e9 des sciences, des arts et des m\u00e9tiers"
],
"description": "general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772",
"id": "Q447",
"label": "Encyclop\u00e9die",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q447"
},
{
"description": "a letter, usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine, sent by the Pope and addressed to the Catholic bishops",
"id": "Q221409",
"label": "encyclical",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q221409"
},
{
"description": "free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science",
"id": "Q82486",
"label": "Encyclopedia of Life",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q82486"
},
{
"id": "Q938726",
"label": "Encyclopaedia Metallum",
"url": "//www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q938726"
}
],
"search-continue": 7,
"searchinfo": {
"search": "encyc"
},
"success": 1
}
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alessandrobenedetti commented Nov 20, 2015

Hey mate,
what about the API request when we click search ?
The full text search in the knowledge base ?
I am struggling to do that in a programmatic way!

Cheers

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