Introduction

The Pexels API provides a way for you to access all free videos and photos from Pexels.

You can interact with the API directly or alternatively use one of the language libraries. If you don't see a library for the language you use you can search Github for an unofficial one or write your own!

Photo Base URL
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https://api.pexels.com/v1
Video Base URL
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https://api.pexels.com/videos
Client Libraries
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javascript: https://github.com/pexels/pexels-javascript
ruby: https://github.com/pexels/pexels-ruby
.Net: https://github.com/pexels/PexelsDotNetSDK

Guidelines

Whenever you are doing an API request make sure to show a prominent link to Pexels. You can use a text link (e.g. "Photos provided by Pexels") or a link with our logo.

Always credit our photographers when possible (e.g. "Photo by John Doe on Pexels" with a link to the photo page on Pexels).

Do not copy core functionality of Pexels.

Do not abuse the API. By default, the API is rate-limited to 200 requests per hour and 20,000 requests per month. Please contact us for higher limits. If you meet our API terms, you can get unlimited requests for free.

Linking back to Pexels
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<a href="https://www.pexels.com">Photos provided by Pexels</a>

<!-- or show our white logo -->

<a href="https://www.pexels.com">
  <img src="https://images.pexels.com/lib/api/pexels-white.png" />
</a>

<!-- or show our black logo -->

<a href="https://www.pexels.com">
  <img src="https://images.pexels.com/lib/api/pexels.png" />
</a>
Linking back to the Photo
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This <a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/food-dinner-lunch-meal-4147875">Photo</a> was taken by <a href="https://www.pexels.com/@daria">Daria</a> on Pexels.

Request Statistics

To see how many requests you have left in this current period, you can look at the HTTP response header called X-Ratelimit-Remaining that comes with every response you receive.

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X-Ratelimit-Limit: 20000
X-Ratelimit-Remaining: 19684
X-Ratelimit-Reset: 1590529646

Authorization

You will first need to request a free API key from here in order to access the Pexels API. You will receive it instantly.

All requests you make to the API will need to include your key. This is provided by adding an Authorization header.

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curl -H "Authorization: YOUR_API_KEY" \
  "https://api.pexels.com/v1/search?query=people"

The Photo Object

The Photo object is a JSON formatted version of a Pexels photo. The Photo API endpoints respond with the photo data formatted in this shape.

Response

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{
  "id": 2014422,
  "width": 3024,
  "height": 3024,
  "url": "https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-rocks-during-golden-hour-2014422/",
  "photographer": "Joey Farina",
  "photographer_url": "https://www.pexels.com/@joey",
  "photographer_id": 680589,
  "src": {
    "original": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg",
    "large2x": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=2&h=650&w=940",
    "large": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=650&w=940",
    "medium": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=350",
    "small": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=130",
    "portrait": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=1200&w=800",
    "landscape": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=627&w=1200",
    "tiny": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=1&fit=crop&h=200&w=280"
  }
}

https://api.pexels.com/v1/curated

Curated Photos

This endpoint enables you to receive real-time photos curated by the Pexels team.

We add at least one new photo per hour to our curated list so that you always get a changing selection of trending photos.

Parameters

Response

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  "https://api.pexels.com/v1/curated?per_page=1"
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{
  "page": 1,
  "per_page": 1,
  "photos": [
    {
      "id": 2880507,
      "width": 4000,
      "height": 6000,
      "url": "https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-in-white-long-sleeved-top-and-skirt-standing-on-field-2880507/",
      "photographer": "Deden Dicky Ramdhani",
      "photographer_url": "https://www.pexels.com/@drdeden88",
      "photographer_id": 1378810,
      "src": {
        "original": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg",
        "large2x": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=2&h=650&w=940",
        "large": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=650&w=940",
        "medium": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=350",
        "small": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=130",
        "portrait": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=1200&w=800",
        "landscape": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=627&w=1200",
        "tiny": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2880507/pexels-photo-2880507.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=1&fit=crop&h=200&w=280"
      },
      "liked": false
    }
  ],
  "next_page": "https://api.pexels.com/v1/curated/?page=2&per_page=1"
}

https://api.pexels.com/v1/photos/:id

Get a Photo

Retrieve a specific Photo from its id.

Parameters

Response

Returns a Photo object

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  "https://api.pexels.com/v1/photos/2014422"
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{
  "id": 2014422,
  "width": 3024,
  "height": 3024,
  "url": "https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-rocks-during-golden-hour-2014422/",
  "photographer": "Joey Farina",
  "photographer_url": "https://www.pexels.com/@joey",
  "photographer_id": 680589,
  "src": {
    "original": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg",
    "large2x": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=2&h=650&w=940",
    "large": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=650&w=940",
    "medium": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=350",
    "small": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&h=130",
    "portrait": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=1200&w=800",
    "landscape": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&fit=crop&h=627&w=1200",
    "tiny": "https://images.pexels.com/photos/2014422/pexels-photo-2014422.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&dpr=1&fit=crop&h=200&w=280"
  },
  "liked": false
}

The Video Object

The Video object is a JSON formatted version of a Pexels video. The Video API endpoints respond with the video data formatted in this shape.

Response

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{
  "id": 2499611,
  "width": 1080,
  "height": 1920,
  "url": "https://www.pexels.com/video/2499611/",
  "image": "https://images.pexels.com/videos/2499611/free-video-2499611.jpg?fit=crop&w=1200&h=630&auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb",
  "full_res": null,
  "tags": [],
  "duration": 22,
  "user": {
    "id": 680589,
    "name": "Joey Farina",
    "url": "https://www.pexels.com/@joey"
  },
  "video_files": [
    {
      "id": 125004,
      "quality": "hd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 1080,
      "height": 1920,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.hd.mp4?s=6aa6f164de3812abadff3dde86d19f7a074a8a66&profile_id=175&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125005,
      "quality": "sd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 540,
      "height": 960,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.sd.mp4?s=e0df43853c25598dfd0ec4d3f413bce1e002deef&profile_id=165&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125006,
      "quality": "sd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 240,
      "height": 426,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.sd.mp4?s=e0df43853c25598dfd0ec4d3f413bce1e002deef&profile_id=139&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    }
    ...
  ],
  "video_pictures": [
    {
      "id": 308178,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-0.jpg",
      "nr": 0
    },
    {
      "id": 308179,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-1.jpg",
      "nr": 1
    },
    {
      "id": 308180,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-2.jpg",
      "nr": 2
    },
    {
      "id": 308181,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-3.jpg",
      "nr": 3
    }
    ...
  ]
}

https://api.pexels.com/videos/videos/:id

Get a Video

Retrieve a specific Video from its id.

Parameters

Response

Returns a Video object

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  "https://api.pexels.com/videos/videos/2499611"
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{
  "id": 2499611,
  "width": 1080,
  "height": 1920,
  "url": "https://www.pexels.com/video/2499611/",
  "image": "https://images.pexels.com/videos/2499611/free-video-2499611.jpg?fit=crop&w=1200&h=630&auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb",
  "duration": 22,
  "user": {
    "id": 680589,
    "name": "Joey Farina",
    "url": "https://www.pexels.com/@joey"
  },
  "video_files": [
    {
      "id": 125004,
      "quality": "hd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 1080,
      "height": 1920,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.hd.mp4?s=6aa6f164de3812abadff3dde86d19f7a074a8a66&profile_id=175&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125005,
      "quality": "sd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 540,
      "height": 960,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.sd.mp4?s=e0df43853c25598dfd0ec4d3f413bce1e002deef&profile_id=165&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125006,
      "quality": "sd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 240,
      "height": 426,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.sd.mp4?s=e0df43853c25598dfd0ec4d3f413bce1e002deef&profile_id=139&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125007,
      "quality": "hd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 720,
      "height": 1280,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.hd.mp4?s=6aa6f164de3812abadff3dde86d19f7a074a8a66&profile_id=174&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125008,
      "quality": "sd",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": 360,
      "height": 640,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.sd.mp4?s=e0df43853c25598dfd0ec4d3f413bce1e002deef&profile_id=164&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    },
    {
      "id": 125009,
      "quality": "hls",
      "file_type": "video/mp4",
      "width": null,
      "height": null,
      "link": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/342571552.m3u8?s=53433233e4176eead03ddd6fea04d9fb2bce6637&oauth2_token_id=57447761"
    }
  ],
  "video_pictures": [
    {
      "id": 308178,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-0.jpg",
      "nr": 0
    },
    {
      "id": 308179,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-1.jpg",
      "nr": 1
    },
    {
      "id": 308180,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-2.jpg",
      "nr": 2
    },
    {
      "id": 308181,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-3.jpg",
      "nr": 3
    },
    {
      "id": 308182,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-4.jpg",
      "nr": 4
    },
    {
      "id": 308183,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-5.jpg",
      "nr": 5
    },
    {
      "id": 308184,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-6.jpg",
      "nr": 6
    },
    {
      "id": 308185,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-7.jpg",
      "nr": 7
    },
    {
      "id": 308186,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-8.jpg",
      "nr": 8
    },
    {
      "id": 308187,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-9.jpg",
      "nr": 9
    },
    {
      "id": 308188,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-10.jpg",
      "nr": 10
    },
    {
      "id": 308189,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-11.jpg",
      "nr": 11
    },
    {
      "id": 308190,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-12.jpg",
      "nr": 12
    },
    {
      "id": 308191,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-13.jpg",
      "nr": 13
    },
    {
      "id": 308192,
      "picture": "https://static-videos.pexels.com/videos/2499611/pictures/preview-14.jpg",
      "nr": 14
    }
  ]
}
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