Quickstart: Analyze an image using the Computer Vision SDK and C#

In this quickstart, you will analyze both a local and a remote image to extract visual features using the Computer Vision client library for C#. If you wish, you can download the code in this guide as a complete sample app from the Cognitive Services Csharp Vision repo on GitHub.


Create and run the sample application

To run the sample, do the following steps:

  1. Create a new Visual C# Console App in Visual Studio.

  2. Install the Computer Vision client library NuGet package.

    1. On the menu, click Tools, select NuGet Package Manager, then Manage NuGet Packages for Solution.
    2. Click the Browse tab, and in the Search box type "Microsoft.Azure.CognitiveServices.Vision.ComputerVision".
    3. Select Microsoft.Azure.CognitiveServices.Vision.ComputerVision when it displays, then click the checkbox next to your project name, and Install.
  3. Replace the contents of Program.cs with the following code. The AnalyzeImageAsync and AnalyzeImageInStreamAsync methods wrap the Analyze Image REST API for remote and local images, respectively.

    using Microsoft.Azure.CognitiveServices.Vision.ComputerVision;
    using Microsoft.Azure.CognitiveServices.Vision.ComputerVision.Models;
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Threading.Tasks;
    namespace ImageAnalyze
        class Program
            // subscriptionKey = "0123456789abcdef0123456789ABCDEF"
            private const string subscriptionKey = "<SubscriptionKey>";
            // localImagePath = @"C:\Documents\LocalImage.jpg"
            private const string localImagePath = @"<LocalImage>";
            private const string remoteImageUrl =
            // Specify the features to return
            private static readonly List<VisualFeatureTypes> features =
                new List<VisualFeatureTypes>()
                VisualFeatureTypes.Categories, VisualFeatureTypes.Description,
                VisualFeatureTypes.Faces, VisualFeatureTypes.ImageType,
            static void Main(string[] args)
                ComputerVisionClient computerVision = new ComputerVisionClient(
                    new ApiKeyServiceClientCredentials(subscriptionKey),
                    new System.Net.Http.DelegatingHandler[] { });
                // You must use the same region as you used to get your subscription
                // keys. For example, if you got your subscription keys from westus,
                // replace "westcentralus" with "westus".
                // Free trial subscription keys are generated in the "westus"
                // region. If you use a free trial subscription key, you shouldn't
                // need to change the region.
                // Specify the Azure region
                computerVision.Endpoint = "https://westcentralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com";
                Console.WriteLine("Images being analyzed ...");
                var t1 = AnalyzeRemoteAsync(computerVision, remoteImageUrl);
                var t2 = AnalyzeLocalAsync(computerVision, localImagePath);
                Task.WhenAll(t1, t2).Wait(5000);
                Console.WriteLine("Press ENTER to exit");
            // Analyze a remote image
            private static async Task AnalyzeRemoteAsync(
                ComputerVisionClient computerVision, string imageUrl)
                if (!Uri.IsWellFormedUriString(imageUrl, UriKind.Absolute))
                        "\nInvalid remoteImageUrl:\n{0} \n", imageUrl);
                ImageAnalysis analysis =
                    await computerVision.AnalyzeImageAsync(imageUrl, features);
                DisplayResults(analysis, imageUrl);
            // Analyze a local image
            private static async Task AnalyzeLocalAsync(
                ComputerVisionClient computerVision, string imagePath)
                if (!File.Exists(imagePath))
                        "\nUnable to open or read localImagePath:\n{0} \n", imagePath);
                using (Stream imageStream = File.OpenRead(imagePath))
                    ImageAnalysis analysis = await computerVision.AnalyzeImageInStreamAsync(
                        imageStream, features);
                    DisplayResults(analysis, imagePath);
            // Display the most relevant caption for the image
            private static void DisplayResults(ImageAnalysis analysis, string imageUri)
                if (analysis.Description.Captions.Count != 0)
                    Console.WriteLine(analysis.Description.Captions[0].Text + "\n");
                    Console.WriteLine("No description generated.");
  4. Replace <Subscription Key> with your valid subscription key.

  5. Change computerVision.Endpoint to the Azure region associated with your subscription keys, if necessary.

  6. Replace <LocalImage> with the path and file name of a local image.

  7. Optionally, set remoteImageUrl to a different image URL.

  8. Run the program.

Examine the response

A successful response displays the most relevant caption for each image. You can change the DisplayResults method to output different image data. See the AnalyzeLocalAsync method to learn more.

See API Quickstarts: Analyze a local image with C# for an example of a raw JSON output.

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Next steps

Explore the Computer Vision APIs used to analyze an image, detect celebrities and landmarks, create a thumbnail, and extract printed and handwritten text.