How to Detect Objects in an Image with JavaScript?

How to Detect Objects in an Image with JavaScript?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Object Detection API in 5 minutes using JavaScript. Eden AI provides an easy and developer-friendly API that allows you to detect objects in images.

What is Object Detection?

Object Detection API uses Machine Learning and Computer Vision techniques to analyze an image and detect objects within it, returning the location and type of objects detected. It can be used to detect a variety of objects such as cars, people, animals, and many more.

Object Detection API result on Eden AI

This API can be trained on custom datasets to detect specific objects and can be used in various applications such as surveillance, self-driving cars, robotics, and image search. 

Get Started with Object Detection API using JavaScript

The first step is to set Axios, a promise-based HTTP client for the browser and Node.js, that will allow you to call Eden AI API.

Next, you'll need to initialize the File System module in order to access local files on your computer.

Finally, you'll need to create your multipart/formdata parameters form:

How to use Object Detection API with JavaScript

You are now ready to process your images into Eden AI Object Detection API.

1. Get an Object Detection API Key on Eden AI

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

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2. Let’s Detect Objects in your images

Now that you have initialized the required JavaScript modules and got your API key, you will be able to detect objects in images. With Eden AI, you can choose from a wide range of engines you want for Object Detection. You can access the list of Object Detection providers available on Eden AI.

Here is the JavaScript code to add the formdata parameters values for your request:

As shown above, we have called two different Object Detection engines in the script. Once the parameters values are passed, you can configure your request:

Then, you'll need to launch the request and print the result:

Here is an example of an Object Detection API response:

Example of a Object Detection API response

Benefits of using Object Detection API with Eden AI

Using Object Detection with Eden AI API is quick and easy.

Multiple AI 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 specific 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 Object Detection request with specific parameters, check out our documentation.

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