Quickstart: Analyze a remote image using the Computer Vision REST API and cURL

In this quickstart, you'll analyze a remotely stored image to extract visual features using the Computer Vision REST API. With the Analyze Image method, you can extract visual features based on image content.


  • An Azure subscription - Create one for free
  • cURL
  • Once you have your Azure subscription, create a Computer Vision resource in the Azure portal to get your key and endpoint. After it deploys, click Go to resource.
    • You will need the key and endpoint from the resource you create to connect your application to the Computer Vision service. You'll paste your key and endpoint into the code below later in the quickstart.
    • You can use the free pricing tier (F0) to try the service, and upgrade later to a paid tier for production.

Create and run the sample command

To create and run the sample, do the following steps:

  1. Copy the following command into a text editor.
  2. Make the following changes in the command where needed:
    1. Replace the value of <subscriptionKey> with your subscription key.
    2. Replace the first part of the request URL (westcentralus) with the text in your own endpoint URL.


      New resources created after July 1, 2019, will use custom subdomain names. For more information and a complete list of regional endpoints, see Custom subdomain names for Cognitive Services.

    3. Optionally, change the image URL in the request body (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Shaki_waterfall.jpg\) to the URL of a different image to be analyzed.
  3. Open a command prompt window.
  4. Paste the command from the text editor into the command prompt window, and then run the command.
curl -H "Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: <subscriptionKey>" -H "Content-Type: application/json" "https://westcentralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/vision/v3.1/analyze?visualFeatures=Categories,Description&details=Landmarks" -d "{\"url\":\"http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Shaki_waterfall.jpg\"}"

Examine the response

A successful response is returned in JSON. The sample application parses and displays a successful response in the command prompt window, similar to the following example:

  "categories": [
      "name": "outdoor_water",
      "score": 0.9921875,
      "detail": {
        "landmarks": []
  "description": {
    "tags": [
    "captions": [
        "text": "a large waterfall over a rocky cliff",
        "confidence": 0.916458423253597
  "requestId": "b6e33879-abb2-43a0-a96e-02cb5ae0b795",
  "metadata": {
    "height": 959,
    "width": 1280,
    "format": "Jpeg"

Next steps

Explore the Computer Vision API used to analyze an image, detect celebrities and landmarks, create a thumbnail, and extract printed and handwritten text. To rapidly experiment with the Computer Vision API, try the Open API testing console.