Get Activity Goals
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Get Activity Goals

Retrieves a user's current daily or weekly activity goals.

It uses units that correspond to the Accept-Language header provided.

Scope: activity


GET /1/user/[user-id]/activities/goals/[period].json

URI Arguments
user-id required The encoded ID of the user. Use "-" (dash) for current logged-in user.
period required Supported: daily| weekly

Request Headers
authorization required Specify the token type and Fitbit user’s access token.
Token type: Bearer
accept optional The media type of the response content the client is expecting.
Supported: application/json
accept-language optional The measurement unit system to use for response values. See Localization.
accept-locale optional The locale to use for response values. See Localization.

curl -X GET "" \
-H "accept: application/json" \
-H "authorization: Bearer <access_token>"


Element Name Description
goals : activeMinutes Daily active minutes goal. A value is not returned for weekly goals.
goals : activeZoneMinutes Daily or weekly active zone minutes goal.
goals : caloriesOut Daily calories burned goal. A value is not returned for weekly goals.
goals : distance Daily or weekly distance goal.
goals : floors Daily or weekly floors climbed goal.
goals : steps Daily or weekly steps taken goal.

The following is an example of a response for daily activity goals.

    "goals": {
        "activeMinutes": 55,
        "activeZoneMinutes": 21,
        "caloriesOut": 3500,
        "distance": 5,
        "floors": 10,
        "steps": 10000

The following is an example of a response for weekly activity goals.

    "goals": {
        "activeZoneMinutes": 150,
        "distance": 56.33,
        "floors": 70,
        "steps": 70000

Response Headers
content-type The media type of the response content being sent to the client.
Supported: application/json
fitbit-rate-limit-limit The quota number of calls.
fitbit-rate-limit-remaining The number of calls remaining before hitting the rate limit.
fitbit-rate-limit-reset The number of seconds until the rate limit resets.

Note: The rate limit headers are approximate and asynchronously updated. This means that there may be a minor delay in the decrementing of remaining requests. This could result in your application receiving an unexpected 429 response if you don't track the total number of requests you make yourself.

Response Type

HTTP Status Code HTTP response code. List of codes are found in the Troubleshooting Guide.
Status Message Description of the status code.
Response Body Contains the JSON response to the API call. When errors are returned by the API call, the errorType, fieldName and message text will provide more information to the cause of the failure.

Response Codes
200 A successful request.
400 The request had bad syntax or was inherently impossible to be satisfied.
401 The request requires user authentication.

Note: For a complete list of response codes, please refer to the Troubleshooting Guide.

Additional Information

The response uses the measurement units as defined in the unit system, which corresponds to the Accept-Language header provided.


  • Only the current goals are returned.
  • Floors goal only returned for users who currently or have previously paired a Fitbit device with an altimeter.
  • Calories out goal represents either dynamic daily target from the Premium trainer plan or manual calorie burn goal.

The default daily goal values are:

  • 10 floors;
  • 30 active minutes; and
  • Calories out is user specific, which accounts for BMR.

Distance, pace and speed

The Fitbit devices use the following formulas to calculate distance, pace and speed. Please note, stride length is approximated by the person's height and gender.

distance = steps * stride length
pace = time(sec) / distance
speed = distance / time(hour)

Daily activity summary and auto-detected exercises' (recorded using Smart Track) distance are estimated values based on steps and stride length. Devices that support on-device or connected GPS will record distance, pace and speed from the GPS data when the exercise is initiated using the on-device Exercise application. If the person begins moving before receiving a GPS signal, steps and stride length are used to calculate distance until the GPS connects. Intraday distance values, returned by the Intraday endpoints or Activity TCX endpoint, can be more accurate since they use the GPS data. To determine how the exercise was recorded, see "logType" values.

Some people have noticed that the standard formula for calculating pace and speed doesn't always provide accurate results. That's because pace and speed are calculated from the GPS data, while the total distance is an approximate value based on how the tracker calculates distance (GPS vs steps & stride length). The mobile application duplicates the tracker distance value by displaying the exercise summary view. This is done to provide a better user experience for the consumer. When the user drills down into the exercise details, like data charts or maps, they should see the more accurate data coming from the GPS or Intraday data.

Developers who need to display the most accurate distance values, we suggest using only the intraday distance data points instead of the activity summary.

See How does my Fitbit device calcuate my daily activity? for more information.