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The @uppy/unsplash plugin lets users search and select photos from Unsplash.

A Companion instance is required for the Unsplash plugin to work. Companion handles authentication with Unsplash, downloads the files, and uploads them to the destination. This saves the user bandwidth, especially helpful if they are on a mobile connection.

import Uppy from '@uppy/core'
import Unsplash from '@uppy/unsplash'

const uppy = new Uppy()

uppy.use(Unsplash, {
  // Options

Try it live


This plugin is published as the @uppy/unsplash package.

Install from NPM:

npm install @uppy/unsplash

In the CDN package, the plugin class is available on the Uppy global object:

const { Unsplash } = Uppy

Setting Up

To use the Unsplash provider, you need to configure the Unsplash keys that Companion should use. With the standalone Companion server, specify environment variables:

export COMPANION_UNSPLASH_KEY="Unsplash API key"
export COMPANION_UNSPLASH_SECRET="Unsplash API secret"

When using the Companion Node.js API, configure these options:

  providerOptions: {
    unsplash: {
      key: 'Unsplash API key',
      secret: 'Unsplash API secret',

You can create a Unsplash App on the Unsplash Developers site.

You’ll be redirected to the app page. This page lists the app key and app secret, which you should use to configure Companion as shown above.


Dashboard plugin is recommended as a container to all Provider plugins, including Unsplash. If you are using Dashboard, it comes with all the nessesary styles for Unsplash as well.

⚠️ If you are feeling adventurous, and want to use Unsplash plugin separately, without Dashboard, make sure to include @uppy/provider-views/dist/style.css (or style.min.css) CSS file. This is experimental, not officially supported and not recommended.


The @uppy/dropbox plugin has the following configurable options:

uppy.use(Unsplash, {
  target: Dashboard,
  companionUrl: 'https://companion.uppy.io/',

id: 'Unsplash'

A unique identifier for this plugin. It defaults to 'Unsplash'.

title: 'Unsplash'

Title / name shown in the UI, such as Dashboard tabs. It defaults to 'Unsplash'.

target: null

DOM element, CSS selector, or plugin to mount the Unsplash provider into. This should normally be the @uppy/dashboard plugin.

companionUrl: null

URL to a Companion instance.

companionHeaders: {}

Custom headers that should be sent along to Companion on every request.

companionAllowedHosts: companionUrl

The valid and authorised URL(s) from which OAuth responses should be accepted.

This value can be a String, a Regex pattern, or an Array of both.

This is useful when you have your Companion running on several hosts. Otherwise, the default value should do fine.

companionCookiesRule: 'same-origin'

This option correlates to the RequestCredentials value, which tells the plugin whether to send cookies to Companion.