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The official JavaScript client library for the Tumblr API. Check out the detailed documentation here.


Install this package from npm:

npm install --save tumblr.js



Different API methods use different kinds of authentication.

Most of them require at least an API key, which will require you to register an application. The OAuth Consumer Key is your API key.

For methods that require a fully signed request, you'll need OAuth tokens as well, which you get from authenticating as a Tumblr user and allowing access to your API application. Here's the easy way to do it with our own account:

  1. Visit the OAuth applications page
  2. Click "Explore API" on the application you want to authorize
  3. Click the "Allow" button, which will take you to the API console
  4. Click the "Show keys" button, which will show you the credentials you can use to make signed requests.

If you're building an application of your own for users out in the world, you'll need to go through the 3-legged OAuth flow. See the help docs for more info.

In Node.js

var tumblr = require('tumblr.js');
var client = tumblr.createClient({
  consumer_key: '<consumer key>',
  consumer_secret: '<consumer secret>',
  token: '<oauth token>',
  token_secret: '<oauth token secret>'

Or, if you prefer:

var tumblr = require('tumblr.js');
var client = new tumblr.Client({
  // ...

The request methods return Request objects by default, but you can have it return Promise objects instead, if that's more your thing. Pass returnPromises: true in the options to createClient:

var tumblr = require('tumblr.js');
var client = tumblr.createClient({
  credentials: {
    // ...
  returnPromises: true,

In the Browser

Due to CORS restrictions, you're going to have a really hard time using this library in the browser. Although GET endpoints on the Tumblr API support JSONP, this library is not intended for in-browser use. Sorry!


// Show user's blog names
client.userInfo(function(err, data) {
  data.user.blogs.forEach(function(blog) {

Supported Methods

Below is a list of available methods and their purpose. Available options are documented in the API Docs and are specified as a JavaScript object.

client.blogPosts('blogName', {type: 'photo', tag: ['multiple','tags','likethis']}, function(err, resp) {
  resp.posts; // use them for something

In most cases, since options are optional (heh) they are also an optional argument, so there is no need to pass an empty object when supplying no options, like:

client.blogPosts('blogName', function(err, resp) {
  resp.posts; // now we've got all kinds of posts

If you're using Promises, use then and/or catch instead of a callback:

  .then(function(resp) {
  .catch(function(err) {
    // oops

User Methods

// Get information about the authenticating user & their blogs

// Get dashboard for authenticating user
client.userDashboard(options, callback);

// Get likes for authenticating user
client.userLikes(options, callback);

// Get followings for authenticating user
client.userFollowing(options, callback);

// Follow or unfollow a given blog
client.followBlog(blogURL, callback);
client.unfollowBlog(blogURL, callback);

// Like or unlike a given post
client.likePost(id, reblogKey, callback);
client.unlikePost(id, reblogKey, callback);

Blog Methods

// Get information about a given blog
client.blogInfo(blogName, callback);

// Get a list of posts for a blog (with optional filtering)
client.blogPosts(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogPosts(blogName, callback);

// Get the avatar URL for a blog
client.blogAvatar(blogName, size, callback);
client.blogAvatar(blogName, callback);

// Get the likes for a blog
client.blogLikes(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogLikes(blogName, callback);

// Get the followers for a blog
client.blogFollowers(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogFollowers(blogName, callback);

// Get the queue for a blog
client.blogQueue(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogQueue(blogName, callback);

// Get the drafts for a blog
client.blogDrafts(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogDrafts(blogName, callback);

// Get the submissions for a blog
client.blogSubmissions(blogName, options, callback);
client.blogSubmissions(blogName, callback);

Post Methods

// Edit a given post
client.editPost(blogName, options, callback);

// Reblog a given post
client.reblogPost(blogName, options, callback);

// Delete a given post
client.deletePost(blogName, id, callback);

// Convenience methods for creating post types
client.createTextPost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createPhotoPost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createQuotePost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createLinkPost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createChatPost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createAudioPost(blogName, options, callback);
client.createVideoPost(blogName, options, callback);

Tagged Methods

// View posts tagged with a certain tag
client.taggedPosts(tag, options, callback);
client.taggedPosts(tag, callback);

Unsupported Methods

You can make GET and POST requests to any endpoint directly. These methods are used internally by the methods listed above:

// GET requests
client.getRequest(apiPath, params, callback);

// POST requests
client.postRequest(apiPath, params, callback);

In the unlikely event that we add a bunch of methods to the API docs and don't update this client, you can map new client methods to API endpoints. URL and query parameters are automatically turned into arguments to these methods. It's a little weird to explain, so just look at these examples:

// GET methods
  // creates client.userInfo(params, callback)
  userInfo: '/user/info',
  // client.blogInfo(blogIdentifier, params, callback)
  blogInfo: '/blog/:blogIdentifier/info',
  // Creates client.taggedPosts(tag, params, callback)
  taggedPosts: ['/tagged', ['tag']],

// POST methods
  // client.deletePost(blogIdentifier, id, params, callback)
  deletePost: ['/blog/:blogIdentifier/post/delete', ['id']],
  // Creates client.likePost(tag, id, reblog_key, params, callback)
  likePost: ['/user/like', ['id', 'reblog_key']],

Running Tests

npm test # linter and tests
npm run lint # linter
npm run mocha # just the tests

Copyright and license

Copyright 2013-2016 Tumblr, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations.