Get user profile picture by Id


I'm now working on a web application which is mostly based of facebook graph api. I hold some data about users - actually , the possible public data available - such as name and id. I also know that a profile picture is a part of the public data, and I wondered how I'll be able to get a direct link to a profile picture of a user only by using his id?

Thanks in advance

This question is tagged with facebook facebook-graph-api

~ Asked on 2012-07-11 22:26:26

The Best Answer is

302" + facebookId + "/picture?type=square For instance:

There are also more sizes besides "square". See the docs.

Update September 2020
As Facebook have updated their docs this method is not working anymore without a token. You need to append some kind of access_token. You can find further information and how to do it correctly in the fb docs to the graph api of user picture

Requirements Change This endpoint supports App-Scoped User IDs (ASID), User IDs (UID), and Page-Scoped User IDs (PSID). Currently you can query ASIDs and UIDs with no requirements. However, beginning October 24, 2020, an access token will be required for all UID-based queries. If you query a UID and thus must include a token:

use a User access token for Facebook Login authenticated requests
use a Page access token for page-scoped requests
use an App access token for server-side requests
use a Client access token for mobile or web client-side requests

Quote of fb docs

~ Answered on 2012-07-11 22:31:36


You can use following urls to obtain different sizes of profile images. Please make sure to add Facebook id to url.

Large size photo{facebookId}/picture?type=large

Medium size photo{facebookId}/picture?type=normal

Small size photo{facebookId}/picture?type=small

Square photo{facebookId}/picture?type=square

~ Answered on 2014-01-13 04:45:31

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