Terms & Guidelines

How may I use the API?


We encourage you to build applications that extend Dribbble to platforms beyond the web and offer services that Dribbble does not.


Don’t build what we’re building. We’ve invested a lot of time, money and hard work in Dribbble. Our team and many of our members rely on Dribbble for income. As such, do not build an application, website, product, or business that attempts to harm, compete with, or replace Dribbble, our website, or our services.

In particular, do not use the API, or any Dribbble data, to build the following:

  • A website that replicates or replaces the essential user experience of
  • A website that attempts to replace as a destination for Dribbble content
  • A community or social network for designers
  • A search service for finding designers or designers for hire
  • Tools for hiring designers or contacting designers for hire
  • A job advertising or job search service
  • A website or service that displays member profiles or portfolios except where the conditions above are met and a member has authorized the use of their data for such a service via OAuth.

We’ll do our best to communicate fair use of the Dribbble API in this space and others, but the onus is on you to contact us and inquire whether your use of the API is permitted.


Don’t use the Dribbble name, logo or other marks to brand your application, or register a url containing the word ‘dribbble’ (or a variant of it). Give your application an original name to make it clear that it’s owned and operated by someone other than Dribbble.

Please see our Brand Guidelines for more information.

Members and Content

Dribbble members own all rights to their content and it is your responsibility to make sure your use of the API does not contravene those rights. You are solely responsible for making use of Dribbble images and other member data in compliance with members’ requirements and/or restrictions.

You must remove from your application, within 24 hours, any Dribbble shot or personal information that the owner, or Dribbble, asks you to remove.

Commercial Use

You are free to use the Dribbble API for commercial use, provided that you abide by these terms and do not build an application or business that attempts to harm, compete with or replace Dribbble, our website, or our services.


We do not allow you to automate actions on the behalf of users, unless they specifically request it. For example, an authenticated user may request that you post a shot at a certain time in the future. But a client may not automatically like recently posted shots or comments, or automatically follow a user unless the authenticated user manually requests it.

API Only

The only Dribbble data you may use in your product or application is that which is exposed via our API. Scraping, copying, saving, or storing our data is strictly prohibited and against our Terms of Service.

Be Gentle

Don’t overburden our servers. We’ve published some specifics with regard to rate limiting, but we reserve the right to determine abuse or excessive usage of the API and throttle or block any service accordingly. Attempts to circumvent rate limiting, such as leveraging multiple applications or generating bogus user accounts, are strictly prohibited.


Dribbble can refuse API access at any time for any reason. This is not a card we hope to play often, but it’s impossible to anticipate every situation. We reserve the right to decline any request for API usage and block access to the API.


Dribbble is not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages arising from your use of the API. These include, but are not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, resulting from your API usage or third-party products that access data via the API.

Your use of the Dribbble API is at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage that results its use, including, but not limited to, any damage to computer systems or loss of data incurred by you, your users, or your customers.

Terms Can Change

Dribbble reserves the right to update and change these terms at any time without notice.