Face API - V1.0

This API is currently available in:

  • West US - westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • West US 2 - westus2.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • East US - eastus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • East US 2 - eastus2.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • West Central US - westcentralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • South Central US - southcentralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • West Europe - westeurope.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • North Europe - northeurope.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Southeast Asia - southeastasia.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • East Asia - eastasia.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Australia East - australiaeast.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Brazil South - brazilsouth.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Canada Central - canadacentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Central India - centralindia.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • UK South - uksouth.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Japan East - japaneast.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Central US - centralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • France Central - francecentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Korea Central - koreacentral.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • Japan West - japanwest.api.cognitive.microsoft.com
  • North Central US - northcentralus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com

PersonGroup - Create

Create a new person group with specified personGroupId, name, user-provided userData and recognitionModel.
A person group is a container holding the uploaded person data, including face recognition features.
After creation, use PersonGroup Person - Create to add persons into the group, and then call PersonGroup - Train to get this group ready for Face - Identify.
No image will be stored. Only the person's extracted face feature(s) and userData will be stored on server until PersonGroup Person - Delete or PersonGroup - Delete is called.

'recognitionModel' should be specified to associate with this person group. The default value for 'recognitionModel' is 'recognition_01', if the latest model needed, please explicitly specify the model you need in this parameter. New faces that are added to an existing person group will use the recognition model that's already associated with the collection. Existing face feature(s) in a person group can't be updated to features extracted by another version of recognition model.

  • 'recognition_01': The default recognition model for PersonGroup - Create. All those person groups created before 2019 March are bonded with this recognition model.
  • 'recognition_02': Recognition model released in 2019 March. 'recognition_02' is recommended since its overall accuracy is improved compared with 'recognition_01'.
Person group quota:
  • Free-tier subscription quota: 1,000 person groups. Each holds up to 1,000 persons.
  • S0-tier subscription quota: 1,000,000 person groups. Each holds up to 10,000 persons.
  • to handle larger scale face identification problem, please consider using LargePersonGroup.

Http Method

PUT

West US West US 2 East US East US 2 West Central US South Central US West Europe North Europe Southeast Asia East Asia Australia East Brazil South Canada Central Central India UK South Japan East Central US France Central Korea Central Japan West North Central US

Request URL

Request parameters

string

User-provided personGroupId as a string. The valid characters include numbers, English letters in lower case, '-' and '_'. The maximum length of the personGroupId is 64.

Request headers

string
Media type of the body sent to the API.
string
Subscription key which provides access to this API. Found in your Cognitive Services accounts.

Request body

JSON fields in request body:

FieldsTypeDescription
nameStringPerson group display name. The maximum length is 128.
userData (optional)StringUser-provided data attached to the person group. The size limit is 16KB.
recognitionModel (optional)StringThe 'recognitionModel' associated with this person group. Supported 'recognitionModel' values include "recognition_01" and "recognition_02". The default value is "recognition_01". "recognition_02" is recommended since its overall accuracy is improved compared with "recognition_01".

{
    "name": "group1",
    "userData": "user-provided data attached to the person group.",
    "recognitionModel": "recognition_02"
}

Response 200

A successful call returns an empty response body.

Response 400

Error code and message returned in JSON:

Error CodeError Message Description
BadArgument'name' is too long.
BadArgument'userData' is too long.
BadArgumentBad and unrecognizable JSON body.
BadArgumentPerson group ID is invalid. Valid format should be a string composed by numbers, English letters in lower case, '-', '_', and no longer than 64 characters.
BadArgument'recognitionModel' is invalid.

{
    "error": {
        "code": "BadArgument",
        "message": "'name' is too long."
    }
}

Response 401

Error code and message returned in JSON:

Error CodeError Message Description
UnspecifiedInvalid subscription Key or user/plan is blocked.

{
    "error": {
        "code": "Unspecified",
        "message": "Access denied due to invalid subscription key. Make sure you are subscribed to an API you are trying to call and provide the right key."
    }
}

Response 403

{
    "error": {
        "statusCode": 403,
        "message": "Out of call volume quota. Quota will be replenished in 2 days."
    }
}

Response 409

Error code and message returned in JSON:

Error CodeError Message Description
PersonGroupExistsPerson group already exists.
ConcurrentOperationConflictConcurrent operation conflict on requested resource.

{
    "error": {
        "code": "PersonGroupExists",
        "message": "Person group already exists."
    }
}

Response 415

Unsupported media type error. Only "application/json" is valid for this API.

{
    "error": {
        "code": "BadArgument",
        "message": "Invalid Media Type."
    }
}

Response 429

{
    "error": {
        "statusCode": 429,
        "message": "Rate limit is exceeded. Try again in 26 seconds."
    }
}

Code samples

@ECHO OFF

curl -v -X PUT "https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}"
-H "Content-Type: application/json"
-H "Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key: {subscription key}"

--data-ascii "{body}" 
using System;
using System.Net.Http.Headers;
using System.Text;
using System.Net.Http;
using System.Web;

namespace CSHttpClientSample
{
    static class Program
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            MakeRequest();
            Console.WriteLine("Hit ENTER to exit...");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
        
        static async void MakeRequest()
        {
            var client = new HttpClient();
            var queryString = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(string.Empty);

            // Request headers
            client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "{subscription key}");

            var uri = "https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}?" + queryString;

            HttpResponseMessage response;

            // Request body
            byte[] byteData = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("{body}");

            using (var content = new ByteArrayContent(byteData))
            {
                content.Headers.ContentType = new MediaTypeHeaderValue("< your content type, i.e. application/json >");
                response = await client.PutAsync(uri, content);
            }
        }
    }
}	
// // This sample uses the Apache HTTP client from HTTP Components (http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/)
import java.net.URI;
import org.apache.http.HttpEntity;
import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.client.HttpClient;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpGet;
import org.apache.http.client.utils.URIBuilder;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.HttpClients;
import org.apache.http.util.EntityUtils;

public class JavaSample 
{
    public static void main(String[] args) 
    {
        HttpClient httpclient = HttpClients.createDefault();

        try
        {
            URIBuilder builder = new URIBuilder("https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}");


            URI uri = builder.build();
            HttpPut request = new HttpPut(uri);
            request.setHeader("Content-Type", "application/json");
            request.setHeader("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key", "{subscription key}");


            // Request body
            StringEntity reqEntity = new StringEntity("{body}");
            request.setEntity(reqEntity);

            HttpResponse response = httpclient.execute(request);
            HttpEntity entity = response.getEntity();

            if (entity != null) 
            {
                System.out.println(EntityUtils.toString(entity));
            }
        }
        catch (Exception e)
        {
            System.out.println(e.getMessage());
        }
    }
}

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>JSSample</title>
    <script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
</head>
<body>

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function() {
        var params = {
            // Request parameters
        };
      
        $.ajax({
            url: "https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}?" + $.param(params),
            beforeSend: function(xhrObj){
                // Request headers
                xhrObj.setRequestHeader("Content-Type","application/json");
                xhrObj.setRequestHeader("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key","{subscription key}");
            },
            type: "PUT",
            // Request body
            data: "{body}",
        })
        .done(function(data) {
            alert("success");
        })
        .fail(function() {
            alert("error");
        });
    });
</script>
</body>
</html>
#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

int main(int argc, const char * argv[])
{
    NSAutoreleasePool * pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];
    
    NSString* path = @"https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}";
    NSArray* array = @[
                         // Request parameters
                         @"entities=true",
                      ];
    
    NSString* string = [array componentsJoinedByString:@"&"];
    path = [path stringByAppendingFormat:@"?%@", string];

    NSLog(@"%@", path);

    NSMutableURLRequest* _request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:path]];
    [_request setHTTPMethod:@"PUT"];
    // Request headers
    [_request setValue:@"application/json" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Type"];
    [_request setValue:@"{subscription key}" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key"];
    // Request body
    [_request setHTTPBody:[@"{body}" dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]];
    
    NSURLResponse *response = nil;
    NSError *error = nil;
    NSData* _connectionData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:_request returningResponse:&response error:&error];

    if (nil != error)
    {
        NSLog(@"Error: %@", error);
    }
    else
    {
        NSError* error = nil;
        NSMutableDictionary* json = nil;
        NSString* dataString = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:_connectionData encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
        NSLog(@"%@", dataString);
        
        if (nil != _connectionData)
        {
            json = [NSJSONSerialization JSONObjectWithData:_connectionData options:NSJSONReadingMutableContainers error:&error];
        }
        
        if (error || !json)
        {
            NSLog(@"Could not parse loaded json with error:%@", error);
        }
        
        NSLog(@"%@", json);
        _connectionData = nil;
    }
    
    [pool drain];

    return 0;
}
<?php
// This sample uses the Apache HTTP client from HTTP Components (http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/)
require_once 'HTTP/Request2.php';

$request = new Http_Request2('https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}');
$url = $request->getUrl();

$headers = array(
    // Request headers
    'Content-Type' => 'application/json',
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key' => '{subscription key}',
);

$request->setHeader($headers);

$parameters = array(
    // Request parameters
);

$url->setQueryVariables($parameters);

$request->setMethod(HTTP_Request2::METHOD_PUT);

// Request body
$request->setBody("{body}");

try
{
    $response = $request->send();
    echo $response->getBody();
}
catch (HttpException $ex)
{
    echo $ex;
}

?>
########### Python 2.7 #############
import httplib, urllib, base64

headers = {
    # Request headers
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key': '{subscription key}',
}

params = urllib.urlencode({
})

try:
    conn = httplib.HTTPSConnection('westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com')
    conn.request("PUT", "/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}?%s" % params, "{body}", headers)
    response = conn.getresponse()
    data = response.read()
    print(data)
    conn.close()
except Exception as e:
    print("[Errno {0}] {1}".format(e.errno, e.strerror))

####################################

########### Python 3.2 #############
import http.client, urllib.request, urllib.parse, urllib.error, base64

headers = {
    # Request headers
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    'Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key': '{subscription key}',
}

params = urllib.parse.urlencode({
})

try:
    conn = http.client.HTTPSConnection('westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com')
    conn.request("PUT", "/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}?%s" % params, "{body}", headers)
    response = conn.getresponse()
    data = response.read()
    print(data)
    conn.close()
except Exception as e:
    print("[Errno {0}] {1}".format(e.errno, e.strerror))

####################################
require 'net/http'

uri = URI('https://westus.api.cognitive.microsoft.com/face/v1.0/persongroups/{personGroupId}')
uri.query = URI.encode_www_form({
})

request = Net::HTTP::Put.new(uri.request_uri)
# Request headers
request['Content-Type'] = 'application/json'
# Request headers
request['Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key'] = '{subscription key}'
# Request body
request.body = "{body}"

response = Net::HTTP.start(uri.host, uri.port, :use_ssl => uri.scheme == 'https') do |http|
    http.request(request)
end

puts response.body