Hi! There's a new version available (api2), recommended for all new and future development.

We plan to continue to support the legacy version of the API well into 2017 (and later if you let us know), but we do recommend all developers migrate to the new api2 format as your development cycle allows. We strongly recommend that all new recipe and grocery API developers begin with https://api2.bigoven.com

Common Bigoven URLs

BigOven uses a set of URLs to describe the location of common resources.

How Can I Link to a BigOven user?

Many of the API queries result in usernames being returned. For example, when a set of recipe reviews is returned, a "Poster" object is included with the following format:

How Can I Link to a BigOven glossary entry?


Can I easily link to a BigOven recipe on www.bigoven.com?

Absolutely. The full web Url is provided in the recipe record and recipe search results. Or, you can rely upon our redirector as follows:


Note how the above will redirect to the canonical url.

How Can I Get Image Thumbnails for Recipes and User Avatars?

The Recipe Results and Recipe Images API calls will give you the name of the JPG. You can get pre-scaled thumbnails in various sizes as follows:

256x256:  http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/rs/256/250208124756.jpg
128x128:  http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/rs/128/250208124756.jpg
64x64:  http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/rs/64/250208124756.jpg
48x48:  http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/rs/48/250208124756.jpg
36x36:  http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/rs/36/250208124756.jpg

Similiarly, for Users:

128x128: http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/avatarsquare/128/16090810314829.jpg
64x64:   http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/avatarsquare/64/16090810314829.jpg
48x48:   http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/avatarsquare/48/16090810314829.jpg
36x36:   http://redirect.bigoven.com/pics/avatarsquare/36/16090810314829.jpg