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What is the Shutterstock API?

To support developers and creative platforms building innovative products with Shutterstock, we’ve made our API (application programming interface) available for integration.

The Shutterstock API allows third parties to deliver the Shutterstock library, search capabilities, and licensing functionality directly within their applications. A native API integration streamlines creative workflows, increases user retention, and can present an additional revenue stream via in-platform asset resell.

To date, the Shutterstock API powers over 8,000 applications and is natively integrated with Google, Facebook, IBM, Wix,, and more.

Some use cases of the Shutterstock API:

  • Wix users can directly access Shutterstock images and video clips to create stunning websites quickly and easily

  • Google integrated the Shutterstock API to deliver over 250 million royalty-free images for advertisers in-platform to accelerate ad creation and make it easy to A/B test images

  • Promo leverages the Shutterstock API to help businesses of all sizes scale video production by providing over 14 million ready-to-use Shutterstock video clips at their fingertips

Learn more or get started today by visiting our Developer Portal. We can’t wait to see what you’ll build with our API.

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