Contains a URL for a picture associated with an item; cannot be empty or null. The picture may be hosted on eBay Picture Services (EPS). Some options require hosting through EPS. Alternatively, the picture may be self-hosted. eBay determines where the picture is hosted by parsing the value specified in the request. On sites with free gallery, if a listing uses a self-hosted picture (except in the case of a multi-variation listing), the picture will be copied to EPS. The PictureDetails.PictureURL value returned by GetItem will be an EPS URL. See ExternalPictureURL above and see the link below titled "Copy of a Self-Hosted Picture To eBay Picture Services." On a free-Gallery site, if there is a PictureURL, the PictureURL fills in or replaces the GalleryURL.
Note: The following sites have free Gallery: US (site ID 0), the Parts & Accessories Category on US Motors (site ID 100), CA (site ID 2), CAFR (site ID 210), ES (site ID 186), FR (site ID 71), IT (site ID 101),and NL (site ID 146).
On free-gallery sites, eBay selects a Gallery thumbnail from picture URLs in the request (i.e., either the GalleryURL or the first PictureURL), with selection rules that consider which URLs were specified and whether an eBay stock photo exists for the item. eBay selects a picture regardless of whether you specified GalleryType or GalleryURL. Note that a stock photo is not generated unless the following are true: UseStockPhotoURLAsGallery and IncludeStockPhotoURL. Therefore, an item that does not have a PictureURL may have no Gallery picture. Note that a Gallery fee applies only if you set GalleryType to Plus or Featured (as basic Gallery is free). As a result of these changes, under certain scenarios the picture at the top of a listing may not be the picture you specified in PictureURL. For information about selection rules for the gallery thumbnail on sites with free Gallery, see "Using Gallery Features on Sites with Free Gallery" in the eBay Web Services Guide.
To specify multiple pictures, send each URL in a separate, adjacent PictureURL element. In most cases, the picture at the first URL is also used for the picture at the top of a listing.
Note: If a URI contains spaces, replace them with
%20. For example,
http://example.com/my image.jpg must be submitted as
http://example.com/my%20image.jpg to replace the space in the image file name.
On the main eBay site, a listing can have up to 12 EPS-hosted pictures, or one self-hosted picture. You cannot mix self-hosted and EPS-hosted pictures in one listing.
On the US eBay Motors site (for all vehicle listings), and on the eBay Canada site for motors, the picture pack of a listing can contain up to 24 pictures.
If you embed pictures in the description (with IMG tags) instead of using PictureURL, but you want a camera icon to appear in the search and listing pages, specify the following "clear picture" URL in PictureURL: http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/dot_clear.gif.
Note: On free-gallery sites, the camera icon doesn't display as a gallery thumbnail (or on a listing page) when the first PictureURL field in the request is set to the "clear picture" URL; instead, eBay tries to use the picture referenced by GalleryURL as the gallery thumbnail. If GalleryURL has not been specified, a blank (camera-less) gallery thumbnail displays in the search results and at the top of the listing page. If you set the first PictureURL to the "clear picture" URL, you can specify Item.ProductListingDetails.UseStockPhotoURLAsGallery or Item.ProductListingDetails.UseStockPhotoURL to true, and eBay will use a stock photo, if available, for the gallery thumbnail and for the picture at the top of a listing.
Note that a gallery picture isn't generated if UseStockPhotoURLAsGallery and IncludeStockPhotoURL are set to false (or not set) and no alternative picture is in PictureURL. A Gallery fee applies only if you have specified GalleryType as either Plus or Featured (see Item.PictureDetails.GalleryType above for information). See "Using Gallery Features on Sites with Free Gallery" in the eBay Web Services Guide for information on eBay's selection rules for Gallery pictures on sites with free Gallery.
For VerifyAddItem only: For VerifyAddItem, you can use the following fake eBay Picture Services URL (http://i2.ebayimg.com/abc/M28/dummy.jpg) to verify that your application is obtaining the correct fees for the quantity of pictures you pass in.
For ReviseItem and RelistItem only: To remove a picture when revising or relisting an item, specify PictureDetails with all the pictures that you want the listing to include. That is, you need to completely replace the original set of URLs with the revised set. To remove all PictureURL fields from a listing, specify item.PictureDetails.PictureURL in DeletedField. However, please note that if the listing also includes a gallery picture that is based on the first picture in the listing, you may need to supply an alternate picture to use as the gallery picture if you delete all PictureURL fields.
There are a number of categories on some eBay sites that always add the Gallery feature (for free) when you include a picture in the listing and you don't specify the Gallery feature yourself. See GalleryType for details about fees that could be charged if you change the category in these cases (or when revising a listing from a site with free gallery to one where free gallery is not yet available.)
See the Field Index
to learn which calls use PictureURL.