API General Information

An API is an application programming interface - simply put, how two programs talk to each other.

The Bigstock API allows partners to seamlessly integrate our collection of images within their platforms & workflows. With our API, a partner's customers can search, preview, download, and pay for an image at checkout without having to leave the partner platform.

Click here for a video demo of our API powering the Emma email platform.


Who is the API for?
We created the API for any product or service that has a need for images, including:

Print on Demand services
Email Service Providers
Website Builders
Ad Creation Tools
Ecommerce Platforms
Content Marketing Services
App Developers


How do I integrate The Bigstock API?
Our API is self-serve. You can sign up for a Bigstock account or log-in to your existing account and then get an API key here to begin testing right away.

How can I test image purchases in the API?
We offer a free testing environment. While developing and learning how to interact with the API, the test interface is testapi.bigstockphoto.com. All commands and functionality are the same as it will be in production. Purchases can be made and downloads tested, but there will be no charges made against your account. 

The downloaded image will be this fixed-resolution test image instead of the actual image requested:

User-added image

If you have not funded your account, all requests will default to the test interface automatically.  Make sure to use the correct account ID and the secret key which you can also find in the Bigstock API account otherwise you will receive an error.

Does the API work with international websites?
Our API supports 10 different languages.  You can specify the search language as one of the following: 

en: (English)
es: (Spanish)
de: (German)
pt: (Portuguese)
it: (Italian)
nl: (Dutch)
fr: (French)
ja: (Japanese)
zh: (Chinese)
ru: (Russian)


What are the Bigstock image use guidelines?
Images licensed via Bigstock partners are governed by the below restrictions.

Users shall not:

(1) Use an Image in a way that places any person depicted in the Image in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive - this includes, but is not limited to the use of Images: a) in pornography, "adult videos" or the like; b) in ads for tobacco products or other addictive substances; c) in ads or promotional materials for adult entertainment clubs or similar venues, or for escort, dating or similar services; d) in connection with political endorsements; e) in advertisements and/or promotional materials for pharmaceutical, healthcare, herbal or medical products (including, but not limited to dietary supplements, digestive aids, herbal supplements, personal hygiene or birth control products), if the use implies that the depicted person suffers from a physical or mental infirmity, ailment or condition or engages in any immoral or illegal activity; and f) in any manner that is defamatory, or contains unlawful or offensive content.

(2) Use an Image (in whole or in part) as a trademark, service mark, logo, or other indication of origin, or as part thereof, or to otherwise endorse or imply the endorsement of any goods and/or services.

(3) Use an Image in a manner that is knowingly infringing upon any third party's trademark or other intellectual property.

(4) Display any Image at a pixel resolution that exceeds 1200 x 800, unless i) the Image is materially overlaid by text, CSS elements, or other imagery; and ii) the Image cannot be readily unincorporated from the template.


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