API FAQ

What is TMDB's API?

The API service is for those of you interested in using our movie, TV show or actor images and/or data in your application. Our API is a system we provide for you and your team to programmatically fetch and use our data and/or images.

Why would I need an API?

The API provides a fast, consistent and reliable way to get third party data.

What is the difference between a commercial API and a developer API?

A commercial API is for commercial projects and a developer API is for developers. Your project is considered commercial if the primary purpose is to create revenue for the benefit of the owner.

How do I apply for an API key?

You can apply for an API key by clicking the "API" link from the left hand sidebar within your account settings page. You need to have a legitimate business name, address, phone number and description to apply for an API key.

Does the API key cost anything?

Our API is free to use as long as you attribute TMDb as the source of the data and/or images. However, we reserve the right to charge for the commercial API key in the future.

Are there limitations on the number of requests?

We currently rate limit requests to 40 requests every 10 seconds. You can inspect the status of your limits by looking at the X-RateLimit response headers.

Is there an SLA?

We do not currently provide an SLA. However, we make every reasonable attempt to keep our service online and accessible.

Are there any API wrappers or libraries I can use?

There sure is! Check them out here.

What about SSL?

It's available! This includes both the API endpoints and assets served via our CDN. Awesome!

Does the API ever change? How can learn about new features?

Yes, it can from time to time. We maintain a new feature and deprecation feed at our Google+ Community.

What are the attribution requirements?

You shall use the TMDb logo to identify your use of the TMDb APIs. You shall place the following notice prominently on your application: "This product uses the TMDb API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDb." Any use of the TMDb logo in your application shall be less prominent than the logo or mark that primarily describes the application and your use of the TMDb logo shall not imply any endorsement by TMDb. When attributing TMDb, the attribution must be within your application's "About" or "Credits" type section.

When using a TMDb logo, we require you to use one of our approved images.

Where can I find more information on TMDb API?

You can find more information, as well as how to get started by visiting our documentation.

Can I use the API commercially?

Yes.

Can I make changes to the API?

No, you cannot. Our API is closed source.

Are there branding requirements?

Our logo should not be modified in color, aspect ratio, flipped or rotated except where otherwise noted.

Our logo can be white, black or any of the approved colors used throughout our branding. For a list of official logos, see our logos & attribution page.

When referring to TMDb, you should use either the acronym "TMDb" or the full name "The Movie Database". Any other name is not acceptable. When linking back to our website, please point your link to "https://www.themoviedb.org/".

If you are putting our company name or logo on any merchandise or product packaging please consult us beforehand for approval.

API Legal Notice

We do not claim ownership of any of the images or data in the API. We comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and expeditiously remove infringing content when properly notified. Any data and/or images you upload you expressly grant us a license to use. You are prohibited from using the images and/or data in connection with libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise offensive content.