Nudity Detection

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Nudity Detection

This page describes version 2.0 of the Nudity Detection. The latest version is available here.


The Advanced Nudity Detection API is an A.I.-based service to determine the nudity content of images and videos. There are 15 nudity classes and 3 context classes that you can use to automatically understand the content of your images/videos, and set the appropriate rules.

Here are the 15 nudity classes starting with the most explicit ones:

Explicit classesSexual Activitysexual_activity
Sexual Displaysexual_display
Suggestive classesFemale underwearlingerie
Male underwearmale_underwear
Very revealing cleavagecleavage_categories.very_revealing
Revealing cleavagecleavage_categories.revealing
Very revealing male chestmale_chest_categories.very_revealing
Revealing male chestmale_chest_categories.revealing
Slightly revealing male chestmale_chest_categories.slightly_revealing
Other suggestive scene or poseother

Here are the 3 context classes that can be used to further refine your filtering:

Context classesSea, lake, poolsea_lake_pool
Other outdooroutdoor_other
Other indoorindoor_other

Explicit classes

  • Sexual activity: Actual or simulated sexual activity with exposed nudity
    • Sexual intercourse with clear nudity, including genital-genital and oral-genital activity
    • Clear masturbation
    • Direct touching of genitals
    • Sex toys involved in sexual activity: penetrating mouth, anus or genitals. Includes dildos, sex dolls, fleshlights, plugs
    • Semen or vaginal fluids on faces, on body parts, on sextoys or in condoms
  • Sexual display: Explicit exposure of genitals/sexual organs
    • Female genitals: exposed genitalia, vulva or anus, either directly visible or through transparent, see-through or sheer clothing
    • Male genitals, male penises, both erect and non-erect, testicles, either directly visible or through transparent, see-through or sheer clothing
    • The above applies to transgender individuals
  • Sextoy: Sex toys not in use
    • Dildos, plugs and beads
    • Sex dolls, fleshlights
    • This class is for displays of sextoys that are not in use, such as when shown in product listings. Scenes with sex toys that are being used as part of sexual activities will be flagged under the sexual_activity class
  • Erotica: Exposure of breasts, nude buttocks or the pubic region
    • Nude female breasts, female breasts with visible nipples or areola
    • Nude buttocks, both male and female, in a non-sexual setting
    • Pubic region, pubic hair, female crotch region or area around genitals with no genitals visible
    • Genitals clearly visible through opaque clothes or underwear
    • Women or men in underwear with a sexual pose that emphasizes their genital area, without the genitals being visible

Suggestive classes

  • Female underwear and lingerie
    • Women wearing visible underwear bottoms: panties, thongs, etc, with or without lace, including women wearing male underwear
    • Women wearing visible underwear tops: bras, corsets transparent around the belly, with or without lace (sports bras are excluded)
    • Women wearing suggestive nightdresses or bodysuits
  • Male underwear
    • Men wearing boxers, briefs, jockstraps, thongs
  • Bare male chest
    • Shirtless men, men where some or most of the area between the waist and shoulders is visible (bare chest, topless, nude torso, etc.) or where the back is visible
    • Men lifting the shirt to show the belly or chest area
    • Men wearing see-through, sheer, or mesh clothing with torso visible
    • Men wearing clothes exposing a large part of the nipple or belly area, such as crop-tops or very deep tank-tops
    • You can filter shirtless men based on context, for instance to allow bare chests at beaches or pools, but not in other places
    • Note that men wearing regular tank-tops or stringers are considered safe and are not flagged in this category
    • Further subclasses are available to determine how much of the torso or back is visible:
      • Very revealing nudity.suggestive_classes.male_chest_categories.very_revealing
      • Revealing nudity.suggestive_classes.male_chest_categories.revealing
      • Slightly revealing nudity.suggestive_classes.male_chest_categories.slightly_revealing
    Figure showing what the very revealing, revealing and slightly revealing male chest categories correspond to
    very_revealing revealing slightly_revealing safe
    The rating depends on which parts of the torso or back are visible, as shown on this model.
  • Suggestive cleavage / neckline
    • Women wearing a top with a suggestive cleavage / neckline, but where the areola and nipples are not visible
    • Further subclasses are available to determine how much of the cleavage is visible:
      • Very revealing nudity.suggestive_classes.cleavage_categories.very_revealing
      • Revealing nudity.suggestive_classes.cleavage_categories.revealing
    Figure showing what the very revealing and revealing cleavage categories correspond to
    erotica very_revealing revealing safe
    The rating depends on which parts cleavage are visible, as shown on this model. If the nipple (in bright orange) were visible then the rating would be erotica
  • Bikini
    • Women wearing bikinis, microbikinis or two-piece swimsuits
    • You can filter bikinis based on context, for instance to allow bikinis at beaches or pools, but not indoors
  • Miniskirt
    • Women wearing short or very short skirts, that end above the middle of the thigh
  • Other Suggestive poses or scenes
    • Suggestive poses
    • Suggestive zooms
    • Schematic representations of sexual positions. Detailed depictions would fall under the sexual_activity category
  • None: This class includes all cases where none of the above suggestive or explicit situations occur. As an example, this would include situations such as:
    • Exposed arms, legs in a non-sexual setting
    • People hugging or making non-sexual contact
    • People kissing (mouth-mouth)
    • People wearing tank tops or stringers without nipples visible
    • Panties, thongs, bras, swimwear shown but not worn by a person (such as on the floor)
    • Women in one-piece swimsuits
    • Underwear worn such that only the waistband is visible
    • Unclothed dolls with no sexual organs, such as Barbie dolls


Some moderation decisions need to be based on context. As an example, shirtless men or women in bikinis might be moderated differently if they are at the beach or in their bathroom.

To help you perform such fine-grained decisions, additional context information is available with the following classes:

  • Beach, sea, lake, swimming pool
    • Scenes at the beach, near or on the sea, near or on lakes
    • Scenes near or in swimming pools whether outdoor or indoor
  • Other outdoor locations
    • Other outdoor locations such as in parks, gardens, cities, nature
  • Other indoor locations
    • Other indoor locations such as private homes and public buildings

Understanding the scoring

The scores are returned in a way that puts the emphasis on the most explicit class corresponding to the image/video. As an example, the class sexual_display shouldn't be understood as "is there sexual display in the image?" but rather "is there sexual display AND no sexual activity in the image?".

As an illustration, an image of a woman in lingerie will score highly on the suggestive class. But if that woman is engaged in a sexual act, the API will focus on the most explicit class (sexual_activity) and return a very low score for the less explicit one (suggestive and suggestive.lingerie), because the image as a whole is explicit and should not be labelled as simply "suggestive" or "lingerie".

Code Examples

The Nudity Detection model works with Images, GIFs and Videos. Most types and formats of images or videos are supported.

Getting started

If you haven't already, create an account to get your own API keys.

Detecting nudity

Let's say you want to moderate the following image:

Safe image of woman

You can either share a URL to the image, or upload the raw binary image.


Here's how to proceed if you choose to share the image URL:

curl -X GET -G '' \
    -d 'models=nudity-2.0' \
    -d 'api_user={api_user}&api_secret={api_secret}' \
    --data-urlencode 'url='

# this example uses requests
import requests
import json

params = {
  'url': '',
  'models': 'nudity-2.0',
  'api_user': '{api_user}',
  'api_secret': '{api_secret}'
r = requests.get('', params=params)

output = json.loads(r.text)

$params = array(
  'url' =>  '',
  'models' => 'nudity-2.0',
  'api_user' => '{api_user}',
  'api_secret' => '{api_secret}',

// this example uses cURL
$ch = curl_init(''.http_build_query($params));
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$response = curl_exec($ch);

$output = json_decode($response, true);

// this example uses axios
const axios = require('axios');

axios.get('', {
  params: {
    'url': '',
    'models': 'nudity-2.0',
    'api_user': '{api_user}',
    'api_secret': '{api_secret}',
.then(function (response) {
  // on success: handle response
.catch(function (error) {
  // handle error
  if (error.response) console.log(;
  else console.log(error.message);

Raw image-based

Here's how to proceed if you choose to upload the raw image:

curl -X POST '' \
    -F 'media=@/path/to/image.jpg' \
    -F 'models=nudity-2.0' \
    -F 'api_user={api_user}' \
    -F 'api_secret={api_secret}'

# this example uses requests
import requests
import json

params = {
  'models': 'nudity-2.0',
  'api_user': '{api_user}',
  'api_secret': '{api_secret}'
files = {'media': open('/path/to/image.jpg', 'rb')}
r ='', files=files, data=params)

output = json.loads(r.text)

$params = array(
  'media' => new CurlFile('/path/to/image.jpg'),
  'models' => 'nudity-2.0',
  'api_user' => '{api_user}',
  'api_secret' => '{api_secret}',

// this example uses cURL
$ch = curl_init('');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $params);
$response = curl_exec($ch);

$output = json_decode($response, true);

// this example uses axios and form-data
const axios = require('axios');
const FormData = require('form-data');
const fs = require('fs');

data = new FormData();
data.append('media', fs.createReadStream('/path/to/image.jpg'));
data.append('models', 'nudity-2.0');
data.append('api_user', '{api_user}');
data.append('api_secret', '{api_secret}');

  method: 'post',
  data: data,
  headers: data.getHeaders()
.then(function (response) {
  // on success: handle response
.catch(function (error) {
  // handle error
  if (error.response) console.log(;
  else console.log(error.message);

API response

The API will then return a JSON response with the following structure:

    "status": "success",
    "request": {
        "id": "req_1SJJxJjUHnSVWreApx9fF",
        "timestamp": 1693574119.571633,
        "operations": 1
    "nudity": {
        "sexual_activity": 0.01,
        "sexual_display": 0.01,
        "erotica": 0.01,
        "sextoy": 0.01,
        "suggestive": 0.01,
        "suggestive_classes": {
            "bikini": 0.01,
            "cleavage": 0.01,
            "cleavage_categories": {
                "very_revealing": 0.01,
                "revealing": 0.01,
                "none": 0.99
            "lingerie": 0.01,
            "male_chest": 0.01,
            "male_chest_categories": {
                "very_revealing": 0.01,
                "revealing": 0.01,
                "slightly_revealing": 0.01,
                "none": 0.99
            "male_underwear": 0.01,
            "miniskirt": 0.01,
            "other": 0.01
        "none": 0.99,
        "context": {
            "sea_lake_pool": 0.01,
            "outdoor_other": 0.99,
            "indoor_other": 0.01
    "media": {
        "id": "med_1SJJEFuLqeSedThQjhNoS",
        "uri": ""

You can use the classes under the nudity object to determine the nudity level of the image. In the above example the winning class is nudity.none with a confidence of 0.99, meaning that the API is very confident in its classification.

Any other needs?

See our full list of Image/Video models for details on other filters and checks you can run on your images and videos. You might also want to check our Text models to moderate text-based content: messages, reviews, comments, usernames...

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