Photobucket Releases Public API

Raymond Yee, May 1st, 2008

The popular photo and video hosting site Photobucket have announced a new public API to allow programmatic access to photos and videos hosted on their site. The company blog notes that the API will allow developers to:

  • Securely log into Photobucket accounts
  • Create, edit and access albums
  • Upload new content to their albums (photos, images and videos)
  • Share content from albums via email
  • Search through publicly available content on Photobucket
  • Access and update metadata (titles, descriptions, tags, etc.)

The Photobucket web service is a RESTful API that also happens to be the second API covered this week that supports OAuth (the earlier one being Google’s implementation in the Google Contacts API).

In addition to a “non-commercial API option with open registration,” there is a commercial option “for developers with an approved business plan for their application.” Initial users of the API include Adobe, AOL, FotoFlexer, Intercasting, RockYou, Slide and Snapvine. An Application Gallery includes offerings from Blurb, Eye-Fi, Flektor and TiVo. The TiVo mashup allows users to view Photobucket content directly from their DVRs (more at our mashup profile).

To get started, go to

The Photobucket API joins the very popular photo category: there are currently 39 APIs in ProgrammableWeb tagged with ‘photo’ and 445 ‘photo’ mashups.

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