A Java client library to access Imgur API V3

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Baringo, an Imgur Client Library

Baringo is an implementation of Imgur API 3 as a Java client library.

Baringo himself!

Why Use Baringo?

Too much API documentation dives straight into usage instead of stopping to explain why you're here. Presumably, you're here because you have a Java project and you need it to be able to interface with's API. Maybe you're writing an Android client, maybe you're making a desktop application, or maybe you're writing a server that uses Imgur as a resource.

Using Baringo is easy:

  1. Register your application there (Mandatory; Imgur requires this). You will receive a clientId key and a clientSecret key. As noted, keep these secret. Read the documentation below before doing this!
  2. Set up your Java project to include this library.
  3. In your code, create a client and start calling services.

Here's an example:

import com.github.kskelm.baringo.BaringoClient;
import com.github.kskelm.baringo.model.Image;
import com.github.kskelm.baringo.util.BaringoApiException;

class ShowBaringo {

  public static void main( String[] args ) { 
    String clientId = "PUT YOUR CLIENT ID HERE!"; // from registration
    String clientSecret = "PUT YOUR CLIENT SECRET HERE!"; // from registration

    // Set up an authenticated APIClient with your clientKey and 
    // clientSecret as issued by Imgur.
    try {
        client = new BaringoClient.Builder()
                .clientAuth( clientId, clientSecret )
    } catch (BaringoApiException e) {

    // Get the info about an image
    try {
      Image image = client.imageService().getImageInfo( "v24g7o7" );
      System.out.println( image );
    } catch (BaringoApiException e) {

There are two modes in which services can be called.

Some services behave differently depending on whether a user is logged in. For instance deleteAlbum() will work if the user owns the album in question, but if there is no logged in user, it will only work if the deleteHash is set.


Services on the client are broken up into domain-specific categories to keep things simple:

Imgur actually has a number of different endpoints in multiple services that acheive the same thing. For instance adding a comment on an image or album has an image service endpoint, an album service endpoint, and a comment service endpoint. I've simplified it to just one for clarity. In this case, you'll find client.commentService().addComment() is what you're looking for.


In order to access the authenticated operations, your client (registered with Imgur at ) needs to gain the user's permission to access the site on their behalf.

If you already know how to deal with OAuth2, you can skip this introductory "Getting Started With OAuth2" section below.

Authorizing as a user is simple with Baringo. After setting up the BaringoClient, just call client.authService().setRefreshToken().

For an example, see the source at com.github.kskelm.baringo.test.Setup#switchToUserAuth().

Alternatively, if you've received an Authorization Code from Imgur, client.authService().tradeAuthCodeForTokens() will fetch the access token and refresh token for you, and simultaneously ensure that it has a current access token with a known expiration. You should immediately call client.authService().getRefreshToken() and store the token somewhere-- encrypted-- so you can henceforth call setRefreshToken() instead during startup. Auth codes only live a few minutes.

Baringo uses passive access code maintenance; when you pass it a refresh token, it immediately asks for a new access token so it knows the expiration date. This allows it to request a new one as necessary, rather than use OkHttp interceptors to automatically update tokens and retry calls. We can do this in the future if the current approach turns out to be problematic.

Getting Started With OAuth2

Basically, OAuth2 is a mechanism for allowing applications to operate on various websites without having to manage accounts everywhere. does a good job explaining in more depth. You'll need this in order to access Imgur resources associated with specific user accounts.

Once you've got an Imgur account and you've gone through registering your application, log into your Imgur account and go to the settings menu item from the upper right. Select "applications" from the sections on the left and click "edit" on the app client you've set up.

This will give you a dialog that lets you set the redirect URL users go to once they've authorized your application to use their account. For now this is just a test, so enter http://localhost:54321/test . Ultimately you'll change this to point to some page on your internet-accessible application site. Enter this URL and click the 'update' button.

Baringo includes a totally simple, bare-bones test HTTP server meant for experimentation with receiving OAuth2 authorization codes and tokens. This should help get you started.

To use it, run the application on your localhost machine. Find the Baringo jar file and execute it as follows (the name and version may be different from below):

java -classpath baringo-1.0.0-jar-with-dependencies.jar com.github.kskelm.baringo.testauth.BaringoAuthDemo

This starts a simple HTTP server on your computer running on http://localhost:54321/

Visit it in your browser to get started with understanding how to use OAuth2 with Imgur via Baringo.

Data Consistency

Imgur's systems seem to be eventually-consistent in a number of scenarios.

This means that if-- for example-- you update an album's title and immediately re-fetch that album from Imgur, the new object may or may not include the changes you made. I've seen it take several minutes in some circumstances.

Occasional Test Issues

A persistent issue with our Imgur access has been calls sporadically failing during tests. One run will be all green, and the next will see one or two of the calls go red. The next run might bring them green again.

This may be due to throttling/rate limiting, but the jury is still out. It's probably going to be fine if you use it in normal application circumstances. I've added a 1 second delay between tests to attempt to solve this.

Running Tests

Currently the JUnit tests are all end-to-end in the sense tht they require a functioning client id and client secret, and (account-specific) refresh token in order to run. Pass these on the command line as -D parameters like so:

    "-Dbaringoclient.clientid=YOUR_CLIENT_ID_HERE" \
    "-Dbaringoclient.clientsecret=YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET_HERE" \