Is there a free open database of all companies/businesses in the world? If not, how would you go about building one, what would you need to do?
1Does this answer your question? Seeking global list of registered businesses– Joe GermuskaNov 5, 2020 at 22:31
Not really, as far as I can tell the data there is not free.– LanceNov 5, 2020 at 22:33
1Your approach would likely start at supporting the major countries. Australia, US (state-wise...), etc, and for all the work required it'd likely require remuneration to sell-on or make worth it. I once did a project for a specific state to capture business registrations, and I ended up having to learn how to parse old COBOL data formats, so the project would be scattered as far as resources would go. Write a generalized data capture library. Just some ideas.– Jack HalesNov 12, 2020 at 9:15
1No, there isn't. Still, I think you should specify what data you need on those companies, as the question is a vague. Some data is available, but you need to clarify– famargarOct 12, 2022 at 14:42
You can scrape the following Wikipedia-pages and use the opencorporate-API to build your own/ custom database. Otherwise, here are some limited but yet useful resources/ datasets:
Yes, you can download companies databases in Europe in excel format for free here:
3If you are part of the team behind companiesdata.cloud (I'm wondering with your name) you can add a disclaimer on the message.– TerpoMay 19, 2022 at 8:54