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Remove Background

Remove Background API

To remove the background of your pictures, the remove background API is available at The request must be an http POST and its body must be a multipart/form-data that has one image file:

  • a required image_file file field with the original image to process.
    • The original image should be a PNG, a JPG or a WEBP file, with a maximum resolution of 25 megapixels and a max file size of 30 Mb.
  • an optional transparency_handling text enum field with valid values:
    • 'return_input_if_non_opaque' (default): returns the input image if the image has an alpha layer with some transparency (not fully opaque). Useful if some of your images may already have their background removed.
    • 'discard_alpha_layer': discards the alpha (transparency) layer if the image is RGBa, ie removing all transparency information before removing the background.

In case of success:

  • the response mime-type will be either image/png, image/webp or image/jpeg, and the response image will be an image matching the accept header if provided, a PNG otherwise, with the same dimensions as the image_file.

  • the response headers will include a x-remaining-credits property to tell you how many credits you have left and a x-credits-consumed property to tell you how many credits were consumed by your request.

In case of an error:

  • the response mime-type is application/json, error type is indicated by the response status code and details are in the json body, ie
{ "error": "No api key provided" }


Requests are authenticated with an API key. If you need one, please contact us at

If your key has leaked, you can revoke it and request a new one in your account page.


Our API follows the accept header convention. For example, if you want a webp output rather than a PNG (our default), you can add a accept: image/webp header to your request and you will receive a response with content-type: image/webp and a webp binary image.

As of today, the API supports image/png, image/webp and image/jpg accept headers.


1 successful background removal API call = 1 credit.

Once logged in, you can claim 100 free Clipdrop APIs credits that you can use for development and debugging purposes. Once the 100 images have been consumed, further calls will be rejected.

If you need more credits, you can purchase more credits via the following link.

Quota / Rate limiting

By default, each API key has a limit of 60 requests per minute for the remove background API. Please let us know if you'd like higher values.


curl -X POST \
-H 'x-api-key: YOUR_API_KEY' \
-F 'image_file=@car.jpg' \
-o result.png


The result image, e.g. 
Example result the car image where the background has been removed

Examples of input and outputs





Sample integrations


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