Most of you have probably heard about the new Geocaching.com API by now. Cachetur.no is now 100% on the new API, and more apps will do the switch over the next 1-2 months.
The old API had a 6000 cache limit per 24 hours, per application. The new API has 16 000 caches per 24 hours across all applications. This means that if you download 16 000 caches in another application (like GSAK), you won’t be able to get geocache data in any other app until the 24 hour period has reset.
Another example: download 15 000 caches in GSAK, and let cachetur refresh 1000 caches for you, and you won’t be able to get caches in Cachly.
So you will need to be a lot more careful with which apps you are using with the new API.
We try to play nice
Cachetur.no have always been developed with the Privacy First principle in mind (we don’t fetch more data than we need), and we have always tried to be as careful as we can with the API and the load we put on it – even though the old quota never required us to do this.
So we don’t expect cachetur.no to cause problems for anyone (unless you have thousands of caches lying around in old lists and draft trips). But if you use a lot of apps, you might find it useful to tweak some settings (both on cachetur.no and in other apps).
How you can control this
First of all, we encourage you to look through your lists and old draft trips, do you need all of them? Or can you archive some old lists? Maybe you should cancel that trip you planned three years ago, that never happened?
You can also use the setting for Cache data refresh in the trip/list settings to disable automatic refresh of caches. Cachetur.no normally refresh caches automatically in the background, to be able to send you change notifications and to show you the correct information when you view the trip. But you can turn this off, if you like.
See your usage
You can also view your current usage on your profile page.
The API has no method to view the usage, so this is unfortunately all we have to show you. We do not have the resources to track all API calls and their results (not all calls are successful).
You can read more about this in our Help Center.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!
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