What is the Bing Image Search API?


Bing Search APIs are moving from Cognitive Services to Bing Search Services. Starting October 30, 2020, any new instances of Bing Search need to be provisioned following the process documented here. Bing Search APIs provisioned using Cognitive Services will be supported for the next three years or until the end of your Enterprise Agreement, whichever happens first. For migration instructions, see Bing Search Services.

The Bing Image Search API enables you to use Bing's image search capabilities in your application. By sending search queries to the API, you can get high-quality images similar to bing.com/images.

While the Bing Image Search API provides image-only search results, you can combine or use the other available Bing Search APIs to find many types of content on the web.

Bing Image Search features

Feature Description
Suggest search terms in real-time Improve your app experience by using the Bing Autosuggest API to display suggested search terms as they're typed.
Filter and restrict image results Filter the images that Bing returns by editing query parameters.
Crop, resize, and display thumbnails Edit and display thumbnail previews for the images returned by Bing Image Search.
Pivot & expand user search queries Expand your search capabilities by including and displaying Bing-suggested search terms to queries.
Get trending images Customize a search for trending images from around the world.


The Bing Image Search API is a RESTful web service, making it easy to call from any programming language that can make HTTP requests and parse JSON. You can use the service using either the REST API, or the SDK.

  1. Create a Cognitive Services API account with access to the Bing Search APIs. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can create an account for free.
  2. Send a request to the API, with a valid search query.
  3. Process the API response by parsing the returned JSON message.

Next steps

First, try the Bing Image Search API interactive demo. This demo shows how you can quickly customize a search query and scour the web for images.

To quickly get started with your first API request, you can learn to:

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