Similarly to regular Google Search and Google News, Google Images and Video also have multiple filtering options to help users find the results they are looking for. In this blog post, we will try to cover most of them with live examples from our APIs.

Common filtering options

Several filtering options work for both Google Images and Google Videos APIs. Those include:

The in-depth explanation for each of the mentioned parameters is linked above, as they were covered in the previous blog post about filtering options in Google Search and Google News APIs. You can also test them using our Playground, where you can choose both Google Images and Google Videos APIs.

Using tbs parameter to display certain results

While we already covered how to set the date using the tbs parameter in the Google Search and Google News APIs filtering blog, it's the same in Google Images and Google Videos. We will focus on the different values of the tbs parameter to get certain results.

Google Videos tbs values

You can filter Google Videos in many ways. Below you can find a couple of them. Please note that Google evolves dynamically, and while writing this blog post, those values are relevant; they might not be in the future if Google decides so.

Google allows filtering videos by duration. Specifically, there are three video durations that you can set for your search:

Options for the duration parameter in Google Videos

On top of the duration filter, you can search for high-quality videos or videos with closed captions. Below you can find examples from our Playground with the correct tbs parameter used for each:

There is one more filter for Google Videos: the source filter. However, using it is more complex, as the tbs values are encrypted for each website. The easiest way to get the results from a specific source is to go to search with Google Videos and copy the tbs value from the URL once the correct source is set:

How to find source value for the tbs parameter

Below you can find a couple of examples with the most popular sources. You can use them as a reference for your API calls with Google Videos API or find the value for another source using the abovementioned method.

Google Images tbs values

Just like with Google Videos, you can filter Google Images with the tbs filter in various ways. Below you will find examples of valid tbs values.

The first filter I'd like to discuss is the size filter. It's commonly used with Google Images, and you can set it generally with small, medium, and large images, but you can also set specific sizes:

Size filter

Another filter you can use is color. You can set your tbs parameter to only search images with a certain color theme or with transparent background:

Color filter

The next filter we're going to discuss is the Type. You can search for specific kinds of images, including GIFs, Clip art, and more. As always, please refer to the examples below to learn more about how to use those filters with SerpApi:

Type filter

The last type of the tbs parameter specific to Google Images is Use Rights. There are two options you can choose from; Creative Common Licenses and Commercial & other licenses:

Usage Rights filter

While we discussed examples with each of the tbs parameters used alone, you can combine multiple options in one if you'd like to filter results more narrowly. For example, you can search for blue Football GIFs with Commercial & other licenses.

Using the chips parameter with Google Images

While tbs parameter allows you to filter results to your needs, you can also use the chips parameter to search images within specific categories:

Categories accessible through chips parameter

No list specifies values for all categories, and the easiest way to find categories for your search is to make an API call with SerpApi and see in the JSON response what values are available under the suggested_searches block:

suggested_searches block with specific chips values

Below you can find a couple of examples from our Playground:


As mentioned before, we already discussed tbs values for Time filters in the Google Search and Google News blog post. If you notice that some filters are not covered by this blog post, please contact us at or report the issue yourself on our Public Roadmap.

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