Media Delivery API

Using the Media Delivery API.
The Media Delivery API allows for accessing the Umbraco media items in a headless manner. This API applies many of the same concepts as its content counterpart, although with fewer options. If you haven't already, please familiarize yourself with the Content Delivery API before reading this article.
The Media Delivery API specification is created to mimic that of the Content Delivery API. However, the default implementation of this specification is limited and does not support the entire specification.
Unlike the Content Delivery API, the Media Delivery API does not feature an extension model for querying.
The reasoning behind is that third-party media systems might support a complete implementation of the specification. If the demand rises, the default implementation might eventually cover the entire specification.

Getting Started

To use the Media Delivery API you must first enable it. Even if the Content Delivery API is enabled, the Media Delivery API remains disabled by default.
The Media Delivery API is enabled by adding the Media section to the DeliveryApi configuration in appsettings.json:
"Umbraco": {
"CMS": {
"DeliveryApi": {
"Enabled": true,
"PublicAccess": true,
"Media": {
"Enabled": true,
"PublicAccess": false
As this configuration sample illustrates, it is possible to restrict public access to media independently from content. As with the Content Delivery API, media is publicly accessible by default when the Media Delivery API is enabled.
The Media configuration can only become more restrictive than the DeliveryApi configuration:
  • If DeliveryApi:Enabled is false, the DeliveryApi:Media:Enabled configuration option has no effect. The Media Delivery API cannot be enabled on its own.
  • If DeliveryApi:PublicAccess is false, the DeliveryApi:Media:PublicAccess configuration option has no effect. The Media Delivery API cannot be publicly available if the Content Delivery API is not.


The Media Delivery API can either be queried for a specific media item or a paged list of multiple items.
In the Media Delivery API, id parameters always refer to media item keys (Guid), not node ids (integer).
Gets a media item by id
Gets a media item by path
Gets media item(s) by id
Gets media item(s) from a query

Request samples

Fetch a media item by its ID:
GET /umbraco/delivery/api/v1/media/item/3fa85f64-5717-4562-b3fc-2c963f66afa6
Fetch a media item inside a folder structure by its full path, and expand its author property:
GET /umbraco/delivery/api/v1/media/item/root level folder/child folder/media item name/&expand=property:author
Fetch two media items by their ids:
GET /umbraco/delivery/api/v1/media/item?id=11178b4f-f8e2-4686-9697-6d990851a081&id=7cd00706-de93-4db8-8fc2-4b20e8419c30
Fetch the first 10 media items of type Image at root level. Return the found items sorted by name ascending:
GET /umbraco/delivery/api/v1/media?fetch=children:/&filter=mediaType:Image&sort=name:asc&skip=0&take=10
Fetch the first 5 media items inside a folder structure. Return only items of type Image whose item names contain "size".
GET /umbraco/delivery/api/v1/media?fetch=children:/root level folder/child folder/&filter=mediaType:Image&filter=name:size&skip=0&take=5

Media item JSON structure

The Media Delivery API outputs the JSON structure outlined below to represent media items:
  • Item path, createDate, updateDate, id, name, and mediaType are always included in the response.
  • url, extension and the size in bytes are included for all files (not for folders).
  • width and height (in pixels) are included for most images.
  • Depending on Umbraco Data Type configuration, focalPoint and crops are included for most images.
  • Additional editorial properties from the media type can be found in the properties collection.
"path": "string",
"createDate": "2023-08-22T08:13:57.510Z",
"updateDate": "2023-08-22T08:13:57.510Z",
"id": "3fa85f64-5717-4562-b3fc-2c963f66afa6",
"name": "string",
"mediaType": "string",
"url": "string",
"extension": "string",
"width": 0,
"height": 0,
"bytes": 0,
"properties": {
"property1Alias": "string",
"property2Alias": 0,
"property3Alias": true,
"property4Alias": [],
"property5Alias": {},
"property6Alias": null
"focalPoint": {
"left": 0,
"top": 0
"crops": [
"alias": "string",
"width": 0,
"height": 0,
"coordinates": {
"x1": 0,
"y1": 0,
"x2": 0,
"y2": 0