Generate Thumbnail from Video API

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This API generates image thumbnails from any input video file, in the desired size (pixels). The API supports multiple video formats including MP4, WEBM, FLV, AVI, MKV, MOV and 3GP.
Ideal for applications that require quick and efficient extraction of thumbnails from video files for previews, galleries, or video editing.
Try out the Video Thumbnail API in the API playground for free, improve your workflow, and reduce video thumbnail generation errors with a simple API call.
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input file: output file

Request example

curl --location --request POST 'https://api.apyhub.com/generate/image-thumbnail/file?output=test-sample.png' \
--header 'apy-token: {{token}}' \
--form 'video=@"sample.mp4"'
--form 'time="1"'
--form 'size="400x300"'
Method: POST
Content Type: multipart/form-data
Query Parameter(s)
outputStringNoThe name of the output file, defaults to test-sample.png
Request Body
videoFileYesthe source video file in any of supported formats (mp4,webm,flv,avi,mkv,mov,3gp)
timeStringNothe time in seconds at which you want to generate the thumbnail. For example: if a video is 3 minutes long and you want to generate thumbnail at 90th second then this will be as time: 90 and it defaults to 1 (generate thumbnail at 1st second of the video)
sizeStringNothe dimensions of the generated image file, should be in WidthxHeight format and it defaults to original_size
Sample Response
A successful request returns the image file in the output parameter specified. If the request fails, the response contains an error code and a message to help determine what went wrong.

HTTP Response Codes

The method may return one of the following HTTP status codes:
Status CodeDescription
200The request was successful.
400Invalid input - the video file is corrupt or the supported inputs are not provided.
401Required authentication information is either missing or not valid for the resource.
500If any unexpected error occurs while processing the request.


All API requests to ApyHub services need to be authenticated. Currently we support tokens or basic authentication mechanisms. You can generate and view your existing credentials from your workspace settings (on the left side of the navbar) and go to “API Keys".
Points to note:
  • Credential secrets are generated on the fly and are not stored in plain text, so on generating a credential please save the secrets somewhere safe.
  • Use the apy-token as the header parameter to pass the token.
  • Use the Authorization header to send the basic authentication credentials.

Error codes

"error": {
"code": 105,
"message": "Invalid URL"
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