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What is the API?
Who should use the API?
What other options do I have?
Is the API free to use?
How do I use the API?
How do I know if I need a commercial key?
What kind of support does Photobucket provide for the API?
How often is the API updated, and how do I know there are updates?
Do I have to submit my application to Photobucket before I use it?
Can I use the API as a white-box media host, without referencing or linking back to Photobucket
How do I request API functionality?
The Photobucket API is an application programming interface that enables software developers to give Photobucket users access to their online images and videos from environments outside of Photobucket, including other Web sites, Web applications, desktop applications, browser plug-ins, and devices that go beyond the desktop, such as mobile phones, home-entertainment systems, digital photo frames, and digital cameras.
The API allows you to programmatically access much of the functionality of the Photobucket site. This includes Search, Uploading, User Albums, and Media Tagging and Titling. See Methods in the API Documentation.
You should consider using the API for your application if:
In addition to the API, Photobucket provides two additional options:
The API is free to use with a non-commercial key. If you expect to exceed the Method Throttle Limits, expect your application to generate more than $5000 USD/month, or you are writing a mobile or consumer electronic application, you may require a commercial key.
Before you can use the API, you must:
Information about the requirements listed in steps 3 to 7 is provided in the API Documentation.
The API is accessed via HTTP commands to the API, as outlined in the documentation, and produces responses in your specified format (e.g., XML or JSON). Access is controlled via OAuth authentication.
You need a commercial key if you:
When you sign up as a Developer to use the API, you can access the Developer forum where many common questions are answered. Additionally, Photobucket provides client libraries and help documentation. Although Photobucket makes the best effort to help whenever possible, our resources are limited. As much as Photobucket would like to write more code samples and correct code that you write, support at that level is not guaranteed.
The API is updated as needed to support new functionality or fix defects. When the API and the API documentation are updated, an entry is published on the Developer Blog on the Developer forum. Subscribe to the RSS feed for the Developer Blog to receive prompt notification of new entries.
You do not have to submit your application to Photobucket unless you want it considered for inclusion in the Application Gallery.
No. The API is meant to augment the features on the Photobucket service, not replace the site.
If there is functionality you want to see in the API, post your request on the Photobucket API Support forum. If another developer has already requested the functionality, add your request for functionality to the existing thread.
|Published 25-June-10. See developer.photobucket.com for additional resources.|
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