This is the 500px API documentation.
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500px API

500px API provides programmatic access to 500px functionality and content. Version 1 of the API is limited to the essentials of the website's functionality: viewing feature streams, photo information and comments, as well as user profiles.

The API is REST API and uses OAuth 1.0a for user authentication purposes. Currently, return format for all endpoints is JSON.

You can try our API in console (

See for API status updates, outages, and scheduled maintenance.





  • 2014-03-27 Deprecated photo object's image_url key.



Photo Resources

Upload Method

User Resources

Gallery Resources

Collections/Sets Resources

Comment Resources



What do I need to know before I start using the API?

Got rust on your skills? No worries. Here are the docs you might need to get started:

How do I connect to the API?

The API is only available to authenticated clients. Clients should authenticate users using OAuth. Once authenticated, you need to request a resource from one of the endpoints using HTTPS. Generally, reading any data is done through a request with GET method. If you want our server to create, update or delete a given resource, POST or PUT methods are required.

What return formats do you support?

500px API currently returns data in JSON format.

What kind of authentication is required?

Applications must identify themselves to access any resource. If your application only needs read-only access and does not authenticate the user, consumer_key containing a valid Consumer Key parameter should be specified in the query string. Otherwise, OAuth or upload key authentication takes care of identifying the application as well as the user accessing the API.

Is there a request rate limit?

There is a rate limit of 1,000,000 API requests per month per account. We will contact you and if required disable your application if we find that your application is exceeding this limit or interfering with our system's stability.This revised rate limit will come into effect May 1, 2014.