Goodbye avatars .io – hello unavatar!

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment | Read ~428 times.

Given a social media user’s username, how do you get a picture of their avatar?

I always used avatars.io – but sadly that service has bitten the dust. So I’ve switched to unavatar.

It’s dead easy to use. https://unavatar.now.sh/twitter/edent will return @edent’s avatar. You can use GitHub, Facebook, Gravatar, Instagram, Telegram, YouTube, SoundCloud, and a couple of other providers.

Simple to use, and easy to embed in an <img> element.

It’s also open source and looks pretty easy to deploy if you want to host it yourself.

Why is this needed?

In an ideal world, there would be a standard for where to find a user’s avatar. Possibly a .well-known resource. Until then, we have to make do with 3rd party services playing intermediary.

One thought on “Goodbye avatars .io – hello unavatar!

  1. Kai Hendry says:

    What happened to the OSS https://www.libravatar.org/ ?

    On the topic of Avatars, I’ve been frustrated that it appears impossible to find out how to set the Gmail avatar from a non-Google account! https://support.google.com/mail/thread/56463134?hl=en

    What a mess.

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