Yahoo Flickr API

Flickr is a photo-sharing community that enables users to upload, tag and comment on their photos and other users photos. The Flickr API provides the ability to view, manipulate, and search photo tags, display photos from a specific user or group, retrieve tags to construct URLs to particular photos or photo group. Flickr also provides an Authentication API for applications that need to perform restricted actions.

You can find more information about the Flickr developer community at, including detailed API documentation.

Accessing the Data

Using the data in your application

In order to access Flickr data in your application, you’ll need to get a Flickr API key. You can do this by creating an app here

Create an App

Rate Limits

Use of the Flickr developer service should not exceed reasonable request volume. Access through YQL is limited to 20,000 signed calls per hour and 2,000 unsigned calls per hour, as defined in the YQL Terms of Use.

Request higher rate limits

If you believe your application will exceed the rate limit, please contact us to request a higher rate limit for your application.


By using the Flickr developer service, you agree to the Terms of Use.


Learn how to use the Flickr API through descriptions of its queries and parameters. In addition, the documentation also inculdes sample code to help get you started.



Join the conversation on the Flickr developer forum to get help and touch base with other developers.