according to the documentation, a User object has an attribute view_count, indicating the number of views of the user's profile. An example is also given there. However, when I sent a request /2.0/users/1?order=desc&sort=reputation&site=stackoverflow I got the following returned. Where is view_count?

  "items": [
      "user_id": 1,
      "user_type": "moderator",
      "creation_date": 1217514151,
      "display_name": "Jeff Atwood",
      "profile_image": "http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/51d623f33f8b83095db84ff35e15dbe8?d=identicon&r=PG",
      "reputation": 21911,
      "reputation_change_day": 20,
      "reputation_change_week": 73,
      "reputation_change_month": 98,
      "reputation_change_quarter": 528,
      "reputation_change_year": 3122,
      "age": 41,
      "last_access_date": 1344378892,
      "last_modified_date": 1344439260,
      "is_employee": true,
      "link": "http://stackoverflow.com/users/1/jeff-atwood",
      "website_url": "http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/",
      "location": "El Cerrito, CA",
      "account_id": 1,
      "badge_counts": {
        "gold": 29,
        "silver": 97,
        "bronze": 111
      "accept_rate": 100
  "quota_remaining": 9985,
  "quota_max": 10000,
  "has_more": false

1 Answer 1


View count is not returned by default (see the list of default fields here). It's excluded in the default filter.

Try adding this: &filter=!9hnGsu7zN


The filters can be generated using the API's filter create method https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/create-filter.

Or manually using the 'default filter [edit]' drop down found on each method's docs page.

  • Great! And how to use other non-default filters, such as about_me or up_vote_count?
    – G.Z.
    Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 9:14

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