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fal-ai/imageutils/rembg
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1. Calling the API#

Install the client#

The client provides a convenient way to interact with the model API.

npm install --save @fal-ai/serverless-client

Setup your API Key#

Set FAL_KEY as an environment variable in your runtime.

export FAL_KEY="YOUR_API_KEY"

Submit a request#

The client API handles the API submit protocol. It will handle the request status updates and return the result when the request is completed.

import * as fal from "@fal-ai/serverless-client";

const result = await fal.subscribe("fal-ai/imageutils/rembg", {
  input: {
    image_url: "https://storage.googleapis.com/falserverless/model_tests/remove_background/elephant.jpg"
  },
  logs: true,
  onQueueUpdate: (update) => {
    if (update.status === "IN_PROGRESS") {
      update.logs.map((log) => log.message).forEach(console.log);
    }
  },
});

2. Authentication#

The API uses an API Key for authentication. It is recommended you set the FAL_KEY environment variable in your runtime when possible.

API Key#

In case your app is running in an environment where you cannot set environment variables, you can set the API Key manually as a client configuration.
import * as fal from "@fal-ai/serverless-client";

fal.config({
  credentials: "YOUR_FAL_KEY"
});

3. Files#

Some attributes in the API accept file URLs as input. Whenever that's the case you can pass your own URL or a Base64 data URI.

Data URI (base64)#

You can pass a Base64 data URI as a file input. The API will handle the file decoding for you. Keep in mind that for large files, this alternative although convenient can impact the request performance.

Hosted files (URL)#

You can also pass your own URLs as long as they are publicly accessible. Be aware that some hosts might block cross-site requests, rate-limit, or consider the request as a bot.

Uploading files#

We provide a convenient file storage that allows you to upload files and use them in your requests. You can upload files using the client API and use the returned URL in your requests.

import * as fal from "@fal-ai/serverless-client";

// Upload a file (you can get a file reference from an input element or a drag-and-drop event)
const file = new File(["Hello, World!"], "hello.txt", { type: "text/plain" });
const url = await fal.storage.upload(file);

// Use the URL in your request
const result = await fal.subscribe("fal-ai/imageutils/rembg", { image_url: url });

Read more about file handling in our file upload guide.

4. Schema#

Input#

image_url*string

Input image url.

sync_modeboolean

If set to true, the function will wait for the image to be generated and uploaded before returning the response. This will increase the latency of the function but it allows you to get the image directly in the response without going through the CDN.

crop_to_bboxboolean

If set to true, the resulting image be cropped to a bounding box around the subject

{
  "image_url": "https://storage.googleapis.com/falserverless/model_tests/remove_background/elephant.jpg"
}

Output#

image*Image

Background removed image.

{
  "image": {
    "url": "",
    "content_type": "image/png",
    "file_name": "z9RV14K95DvU.png",
    "file_size": 4404019,
    "width": 1024,
    "height": 1024
  }
}