TinEye Commercial API FAQ

For more information about TinEye itself, please visit our FAQ page at tineye.com

How do I get the API?

Simply create an API account using our sign up form. Once you're signed up you will receive access to a special user interface to perform your searches, as well as a unique API key which provides access to the API. You must purchase a pre-paid search bundle in order to search. Search bundles expire after one year and unused searches may not be carried forward.

How do I use the API?

There are two ways to use the API to search TinEye:

Can the API find images that aren't on the web?

The TinEye Commercial API can only show you matches that exist in the TinEye database of images. If you need reverse image search for your own private images, we have a separate solution for that.

How much does the API cost?

For pricing and payment information please see our pricing page.

Is there a non-commercial API?

Not at the moment. However this is something we are considering in the future, and we would like your feedback. If you would like to see a non-commercial API, please send us an email and let us know how you would be using it.

What are the terms of service?

Please see our API terms of service page. For the general TinEye terms of service, please visit tineye.com.

How is the API delivered?

This is a REST API delivered over HTTP in JSON format. The API is completely independent of your operating system, database system or development language. Libraries and language bindings to support REST and JSON are available in all major languages and platforms. Please see our technical documentation for further information.

Where can I find technical documentation for the API?

Please see our documentation page for complete technical documentation.

Where can I get support for the API or ask questions?

For support issues, questions about the API or general discussion, please contact us.

How do I buy API searches?

TinEye Commercial API searches are performed using pre-paid search bundles. To purchase a TinEye Commercial API bundle, please log in to your API account, or sign up if you do not have an API account. Once you are logged in, click the Buy Searches tab and follow the instructions.

How do I see how many searches I have left?

To check your search balance, please log in to your API account, then click the Account tab. The Account Summary page shows key information about your search bundle(s) including the expiry date, how many searches have been done, and how many searches remain.

What can the API be used for?

Professionals, commercial websites, avid TinEye users, and mobile applications use the TinEye API for:

Can the API access images that are on private servers?

TinEye can not accept query URLs from password protected or restricted access servers. TinEye can not find matches on websites that are password protected or have restricted access.

If you need reverse image search for your own private images, we have a separate solution for that.

How should I format my search images?

Images should be JPEG, PNG or GIF with a maximum file size of 1 megabyte. TinEye works best with images that are at least 300 pixels in either dimension, but can work with images as low as 100 pixels in either dimension. For best results, avoid visibly watermarked images as TinEye may search for the watermark and not the image itself.

For more information about TinEye itself, please visit our FAQ page at tineye.com

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