An interface for retrieving and displaying the information returned online by Google Trends is provided. Trends (number of hits) over the time as well as geographic representation of the results can be displayed.
gtrendsR provides an interface for retrieving and displaying Google Trends information.
Trends (number of hits) over time as well as geographic representation of the results can be displayed.
Due to recent changes to Google Trends API, the CRAN version of the package is no longer working. If you wan to continue to query Google Trends, you have to install the development version of the package. This will be soon deployed on CRAN.
In this simple example, trends for keywords
nba are retrieved for Canada and USA and then plotted from R.
library(gtrendsR)res <- gtrends(c("nhl", "nba"), geo = c("CA", "US"))plot(res)
Since release 1.3.0, the package is on CRAN and can be installed via
Release-candidate packages are available in the ghrr drat repository and can installed via
install.packages("drat") # easier repo access + creationdrat:::add("ghrr") # make it knowninstall.packages("gtrendsR") # install it
Development version (which may be less stable) can be installed directly from this repository via
if (!require("devtools")) install.packages("devtools")devtools::install_github("PMassicotte/gtrendsR")
If gtrendsR should be used behind a proxy, especially with NTLM authentication mode, you need to set the proxy parameters using "setHandleParameters" function
library(gtrendsR)setHandleParameters(user = "xxxx", password = "*******", domain = "mydomain", proxyhost = "10.111.124.113", proxyport = 8080)res <- gtrends(c("nhl", "nba"), geo = c("CA", "US"))
Philippe Massicotte and Dirk Eddelbuettel
GPL (>= 2)
gtrendsR can now be used behind a proxy, see
setHandleParameters() (#245) @VictorYammouni
Fixes breaking changes introduced by Google Trends (#273, #274)
Now able to search with "&" character (#267).
gtrends("A&W", geo = "CA")
gtrendsR now depends on R >= 3.2.0 (#264)
It is now possible to use DMA (
Added missing country codes (#213).
Can now mix both country and sub country codes (
plot(gtrends("pizza", geo = c("CA", "GB-ENG")))) (#218).
low_search_volume allowing low search volume regions (#229).
Fixing breaking changes that were introduced by Google Trends (#252) @kevinmager65.
Can now search without keywords (
gtrends(geo = c("CA"), category = 20)).
gtrendsRhas been almost re-written form scratch. One big visible change is that signing into a Google account is no longer required to download data from Google Trends.
Added missing all DMAs within the US (#146).
gtrendsR now correctly use the
hl (local) parameter to retrieve data (@antaldaniel).
Better support for queries using non-ascii keywords (
Added some missing country codes (#94).
Now able to specify for which Google products the request is performed using the
gprop parameter (#112). Possible values are
froogle for Google shopping,
new for Google news,
youtube for YouTube videos and
images for Google images.
Now able to query using Google categories
Returned data is now tidy (#110). The
trend object now contains
location header (
Fixing a bug where overriding
countries variable was breaking package's functionalities (#109).
Correct default fallback for querying for google.user and google.password in gconnect (#121)
Fixing login issue due to backend changes made by Google (#103). Thanks to @MrLoh for initial implementation and suggestions.
Fixing crash occurring when monthly data was returned (#81).
gtrends() will throw a warning if data is returned monthly (#80).
gtrends() is now correctly detecting when quota limit is reached (#90).
A ggplot2 object can now be returned for further customization.
plot(gtrends("NHL")) + ggtitle("NHL trend") + theme(legend.position="none")
Support for hourly and daily data (#67). For example, it is now possible to have hourly data for the last seven days with
gtrends("nhl", geo = "CA", res = "7d"). Use
?gtrends for more information about the time resolution supported by the package.
Support for categories (#46). Ex.:
gtrends("NHL", geo = "US", cat = "0-20") will search only in the sport category.
Some countries (ex: Hong Kong) were missing from the list (#69).
Various typos and documentation work.
Added support for sub-countries (#25). Ex.:
gtrends("NHL", geo = "CA-QC") will return trends data for Québec province in Canada. The list of supported sub-countries can be obtained via
Data parsing should work for any data returned by Google Trends (i.e. countries independent).
Better support for queries using keywords in different languages (#50, #57). Ex.:
gtrends("蘋果", geo = "TW")
Now able to specify up to five countries (#53) via
gtrends("NHL", geo = c("CA", "US"))
Fixing issue #51 allowing UK-based queries via
geo = "GB"