An API to programmatically generate memes based solely on requested URLs.

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Images

The API is stateless so URLs contain all the information necessary to generate meme images. For example, https://api.memegen.link/images/buzz/memes/memes_everywhere.png produces:

Example Image

Available Formats

Clients can request .jpg instead of .png for smaller files or .gif if an animated background is available:

Format Example
PNG /images/ds/small_file/high_quality.png
JPEG /images/ds/high_quality/small_file.jpg
GIF /images/oprah/you_get/animated_text.gif

Custom Dimensions

Images can be scaled to a specific width or height using the width=<int> and height=<int> query parameters. If both are provided (width=<int>&height=<int>), the image will be padded to the exact dimensions.

For example, https://api.memegen.link/images/both/width_or_height/why_not_both~q.png?height=350&width=600 produces:

Custom Size

Special Characters

In URLs, spaces can be inserted using underscores or dashes:

  • underscore (_) → space ()
  • dash (-) → space ()
  • 2 underscores (__) → underscore (_)
  • 2 dashes (--) → dash (-)
  • tilde + N (~n) → newline character

Reserved URL characters can be included using escape patterns:

  • tilde + Q (~q) → question mark (?)
  • tilde + A (~a) → ampersand (&)
  • tilde + P (~p) → percentage (%)
  • tilde + H (~h) → hashtag/pound (#)
  • tilde + S (~s) → slash (/)
  • tilde + B (~b) → backslash (\)
  • tilde + L (~l) → less-than sign (<)
  • tilde + G (~g) → greater-than sign (>)
  • 2 single quotes ('') → double quote (")

For example, https://api.memegen.link/images/doge/~hspecial_characters~q/underscore__-dash--.png produces:

Escaped Characters

All of the POST endpoints will return image URLs with speical characters replaced with these alternatives.

Templates

The list of predefined meme templates is available here: https://api.memegen.link/templates/

Alternate Styles

Some memes come in multiple forms, which can be selected using the style=<str> query parameter.

For example, the https://api.memegen.link/templates/ds/ template provides these styles:

/images/ds.png /images/ds.png?style=maga
Default Style Alternate Style

Custom Overlays

The style=<str> query parameter can also be an image URL to overlay on the default background image.

For example, https://api.memegen.link/images/pigeon/Engineer/_/Is_this_Photoshop~q.png?style=https://i.imgur.com/W0NXFpQ.png produces:

Custom Overlay

Custom Backgrounds

You can also use your own image URL as the background.

For example, https://api.memegen.link/images/custom/_/my_background.png?background=http://www.gstatic.com/webp/gallery/1.png produces:

Custom Background