Product Advertising API
Developer Guide (API Version 2013-08-01)

Browse Node Properties

Browse nodes properties include the following elements:


Describes the items associated with the browse node, such as Mystery & Thrillers.


A positive integer that identifies the browse node. For example: Literature & Fiction: (17), Medicine: (13996), Mystery & Thrillers: (18), Nonfiction: (53), Outdoors & Nature (290060).

Child nodes

Nodes that are subsets of the current node.

Parent nodes

Nodes that are supersets of the current node.

The following example response shows that the browse node ID for Comedy is 163357. Comedy has two child browse nodes, Boxed Sets and African American Comedy, and one parent node, Performing Arts.

<BrowseNode> <BrowseNodeId>163357</BrowseNodeId> <Name>Comedy</Name> <Children> <BrowseNode> <BrowseNodeId>599826</BrowseNodeId> <Name>Boxed Sets</Name> </BrowseNode> <BrowseNode> <BrowseNodeId>538712</BrowseNodeId> <Name>African American Comedy</Name> </BrowseNode> </Children> <Item> <Ancestors> <BrowseNode> <BrowseNodeId>549726</BrowseNodeId> <Name>Performing Arts</Name> </BrowseNode> </Ancestors> </Item>

Root Category

Search results can return items listed under multiple browse nodes. However, some nodes are more relevant than others. The IsCategoryRoot element identifies which browse node is the most relevant for an item in a specific marketplace. This functionality helps sellers classify items for sale.

The IsCategoryRoot element applies to the marketplace specified in the request, so the value for IsCategoryRoot can be different for each marketplace.

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