Open Technology

We partner with organizations to make the most of their institutional investments in technology, data, and analysis. To help you maximize the value of your legacy investments, we designed Palantir to be interoperable with the broadest range of technologies across your data landscape. Palantir accomplishes this by using open data formats that align with common data standards to ensure that data seamlessly flows in and out of Palantir, facilitating unencumbered data integration, analysis, and enrichment.

By using open data formats and providing multiple options to export any data or analysis that exists in the system, Palantir guarantees you unfettered control of your data. You own your data. You control who can access your data. And you can easily export your data in easy-to-use, open, non-proprietary, industry standard formats at any time.

As an open data management platform that uses non-proprietary data formats, Palantir can accommodate an evolving technology landscape.

Open, non-proprietary data and file formats

Palantir uses XML as its default file format. Because XML is an open standard, data integrated into Palantir is easily exportable and accessible to other software systems.

Public and open application programming interfaces (APIs)

Palantir’s open APIs allow customers to leverage Palantir's infrastructure to meet new and evolving customer needs. Our APIs support a variety of technologies and integration models from a Java API to REST web services.

Extensibility points

Palantir includes numerous points where the product is designed to be extended. Customers can add applications, helpers, servers, and ontology elements on top of Palantir's existing capability suite.

Plug-in architecture

Palantir supports the addition of plug-ins developed by customers and third party vendors, which can range from helpers to full-fledged applications. There are hundreds of plug-ins in the Palantir ecosystem that our customers can choose from.

Data agnostic

Palantir can integrate structured and unstructured data of any size, type, or format. This includes common file types (e.g., XML, CSV, PDF, TIFF, DOC, JSON) and common data stores (e.g., PostgreSQL, Oracle, HDFS, NoSQL).

Highly configurable

Palantir is highly configurable, enabling customers to adjust Palantir to accommodate a variety of specialized user workflows and customer needs.

Palantir is open

Some technology companies build systems that have closed APIs or use proprietary data formats that limit or prevent interactions with other tools. In contrast, Palantir uses standard, open data exchange formats and APIs to enable easy ingest and export (e.g., XML, Web Services, JDBC/SQL) and can be configured to work with almost any other source or legacy system.

Ingested data is stored in an XML format that enables simple import from a source system and simple export to other systems. XML (extensible markup language) is an open standard format commonly used to represent data as both human and machine-readable. XML exports can be configured to include all data within Palantir, including back end imported data, front end imported data, and data enriched or created within Palantir itself. Because XML is a commonly used standard data format in enterprise software, XML exported from Palantir can be easily ingested into other software solutions that support this open standard. In some cases, data from Palantir can also be exported into other commonly used formats, such as:

  • Dossier views and reports (HTML, Word, PDF document reports)
  • Data summaries (Excel and CSV spreadsheets)
  • Investigation histories and graph visualizations (PowerPoint)
  • Geospatial data (OGC, WMS, KML)
  • Other raw data formats

Customers retain ownership of data imported into Palantir and the analysis and enrichment created in Palantir. For U.S. Government customers, Palantir's standard commercial licensing agreement is included with our GSA Schedule and is consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR 12.212; 27.405-3,52.227-19).


Unlike closed, bespoke systems, Palantir is built on principles of openness. As a commercial data management platform, Palantir is aligned with numerous government and commercial data interoperability standards, and our engineers actively participate in the development of these standards within governmental and industry communities. We have implemented a variety of data discovery and exchange standards, including standards from the W3C, OGC, and U.S. DOD/IC. These range from implementation of industry standard formats like OpenSearch, to U.S. Government standards such as those found in DI2E. As part of our commitment to openness and interoperability, we participate in annual events focused on interoperability and extensibility, and regularly receive recognition as an early adopter and leading organization in our alignment to U.S. Government standards such as IC ITE, DI2E, and DIB.