Quickstart: Analyze an image with JavaScript

In this quickstart, you analyze an image using Computer Vision.


To use Computer Vision, you need a subscription key; see Obtaining Subscription Keys.

Analyze Image request

With the Analyze Image method, you can extract visual features based on image content. You can upload an image or specify an image URL and choose which features to return, including:

  • A detailed list of tags related to the image content.
  • A description of image content in a complete sentence.
  • The coordinates, gender, and age of any faces contained in the image.
  • The ImageType (clip art or a line drawing).
  • The dominant color, the accent color, or whether an image is black & white.
  • The category defined in this taxonomy.
  • Does the image contain adult or sexually suggestive content?

To run the sample, do the following steps:

  1. Copy the following and save it to a file such as analyze.html.
  2. Replace <Subscription Key> with your valid subscription key.
  3. Change the uriBase value to the location where you obtained your subscription keys, if necessary.
  4. Drag-and-drop the file into your browser.
  5. Click the Analyze image button.

This sample uses jQuery 1.9.0. For a sample that uses JavaScript without jQuery, see Intelligently generate a thumbnail.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Analyze Sample</title>
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.0/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
    function processImage() {
        // **********************************************
        // *** Update or verify the following values. ***
        // **********************************************

        // Replace <Subscription Key> with your valid subscription key.
        var subscriptionKey = "<Subscription Key>";

        // You must use the same region in your REST call as you used to get your
        // subscription keys. For example, if you got your subscription keys from
        // westus, replace "westcentralus" in the URI below with "westus".
        // Free trial subscription keys are generated in the westcentralus region.
        // If you use a free trial subscription key, you shouldn't need to change
        // this region.
        var uriBase =

        // Request parameters.
        var params = {
            "visualFeatures": "Categories,Description,Color",
            "details": "",
            "language": "en",

        // Display the image.
        var sourceImageUrl = document.getElementById("inputImage").value;
        document.querySelector("#sourceImage").src = sourceImageUrl;

        // Make the REST API call.
            url: uriBase + "?" + $.param(params),

            // Request headers.
            beforeSend: function(xhrObj){
                    "Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", subscriptionKey);

            type: "POST",

            // Request body.
            data: '{"url": ' + '"' + sourceImageUrl + '"}',

        .done(function(data) {
            // Show formatted JSON on webpage.
            $("#responseTextArea").val(JSON.stringify(data, null, 2));

        .fail(function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) {
            // Display error message.
            var errorString = (errorThrown === "") ? "Error. " :
                errorThrown + " (" + jqXHR.status + "): ";
            errorString += (jqXHR.responseText === "") ? "" :

<h1>Analyze image:</h1>
Enter the URL to an image, then click the <strong>Analyze image</strong> button.
Image to analyze:
<input type="text" name="inputImage" id="inputImage"
    value="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Shaki_waterfall.jpg" />
<button onclick="processImage()">Analyze image</button>
<div id="wrapper" style="width:1020px; display:table;">
    <div id="jsonOutput" style="width:600px; display:table-cell;">
        <textarea id="responseTextArea" class="UIInput"
                  style="width:580px; height:400px;"></textarea>
    <div id="imageDiv" style="width:420px; display:table-cell;">
        Source image:
        <img id="sourceImage" width="400" />

Analyze Image response

A successful response is returned in JSON, for example:

  "categories": [
      "name": "outdoor_water",
      "score": 0.9921875,
      "detail": {
        "landmarks": []
  "description": {
    "tags": [
    "captions": [
        "text": "a large waterfall over a rocky cliff",
        "confidence": 0.916458423253597
  "color": {
    "dominantColorForeground": "Grey",
    "dominantColorBackground": "Green",
    "dominantColors": [
    "accentColor": "4D5E2F",
    "isBwImg": false
  "requestId": "73ef10ce-a4ea-43c6-aee7-70325777e4b3",
  "metadata": {
    "height": 959,
    "width": 1280,
    "format": "Jpeg"

Next steps

Explore a JavaScript application that uses Computer Vision to perform optical character recognition (OCR); create smart-cropped thumbnails; plus detect, categorize, tag, and describe visual features, including faces, in an image.