29a.ch by Jonas Wagner

Uploading directly from HTML5 canvas to imgur


For an upcoming canvas project I want to give the users the ability to upload the content of the canvas to an image sharing service. When looking for a suitable API I came across imgur.com the registration was trivial, and they support CORS and base64/dataurl uploads, perfect!

// trigger me onclick
function share(){
    try {
        var img = canvas.toDataURL('image/jpeg', 0.9).split(',')[1];
    } catch(e) {
        var img = canvas.toDataURL().split(',')[1];
    // open the popup in the click handler so it will not be blocked
    var w = window.open();
    // upload to imgur using jquery/CORS
    // https://developer.mozilla.org/En/HTTP_access_control
        url: 'http://api.imgur.com/2/upload.json',
        type: 'POST',
        data: {
            type: 'base64',
            // get your key here, quick and fast http://imgur.com/register/api_anon
            key: 'YOUR-API-KEY',
            name: 'neon.jpg',
            title: 'test title',
            caption: 'test caption',
            image: img
        dataType: 'json'
    }).success(function(data) {
        w.location.href = data['upload']['links']['imgur_page'];
    }).error(function() {
        alert('Could not reach api.imgur.com. Sorry :(');
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