How to Detect Explicit Content (NSFW) in an Image with Python?

How to Detect Explicit Content (NSFW) in an Image with Python?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Explicit Content Detection API in 5 minutes using Python and Eden AI unique API. Eden AI provides an easy and developer-friendly API that allows you to detect explicit contents in images.

What is an Explicit Content Detection API? 

The Explicit Content Detection technology detects adult content in an image or a video considered inappropriate for minors that includes nudity, sexual activity and pornography. This type of content can be detected in pictures, movies, cartoons or animations. The Explicit Content Detection API annotates any object related to adult content with a tag and works on the basis of a probability score between 0 and 1. It also returns an indication of whether the image meets the conditions (true or false).

How to use Explicit Content Detection API with Python

1. Install Python's requests package

To begin with, you'll need to install Python's requests package in order to call Eden AI API.

Next, you'll need to install Python's JSON package that will allow you to read and print the result of the API request.

You are now ready to process images into Eden AI Explicit Content Detection API.

2. Get your API Key on Eden AI

To perform Explicit Content Detection, you need to create an account on Eden AI for free. Then, you will be able to get your API key direclty from the homepage with free credits offered by Eden AI.

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3. Let’s Detect Explicit Content in your images and videos

Now that you have imported packages on Python and got your API key, you will be able to detect explicit content in images. With Eden AI, you can choose from a wide range of engines you want for Explicit Content Detection. Here is the list of Explicit Content Detection APIs available on Eden AI to help you choose the provider that best suits your project and needs.

Here is the Python script you need to write in your notebook:

As shown in the script, we called one Explicit Content Detection engine. Eden AI API will then return in its JSON response results of this provider.

Once the request is done, you will be able to get the result with this print:

Here is an example of a Explicit Content Detection API response:

Benefits of using Explicit Content Detection API with Eden AI

Using Explicit Content Detection with Eden AI API is quick and easy. Plus, by aggregating several Explicit Content Detection engines on a single API, our platform lets you use a number of these engines at the same time depending on the image or video you wish to analyze.

Best Explicit Content Detection engines in one API

Save time and cost

We offer a unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, with a quick switch between providers and an access to the specificic features of each provider

Easy to integrate

The JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardisation work. The response elements are also standardised thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.


With Eden AI you have the possibility to integrate a third party platform: we can quickly develop connectors. To go further and customize your Explicit Content Detection request with specific parameters, check out our documentation.

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