Canva Developer Terms

Updated September 24 2021.

Welcome to the Canva Developer Terms! This page explains the terms by which you can use the Canva APIs (defined below) to build apps for personal or business use on Canva, or use by Canva users around the world (“Terms”). By accessing the Canva APIs and/or developing an app with us, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Canva’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In these Terms, Canva Pty Ltd is referred to as “Canva”, “we”, “our” or “us”. You are referred to as “you” or “Developer”. If you are entering into these Terms on behalf of a company, organisation or other entity, then (a) “you” includes that entity and (b) you represent and warrant that you are an authorized representative of the entity with the authority to bind the entity to these Terms, and that you agree to these Terms on the entity’s behalf.

1. License to Canva APIs

Canva owns and operates the Canva platform which is published to various endpoints and accessible in different formats via various devices including web, mobile and desktop (“Canva Platform”). We make our application programming interfaces and published software libraries (“Canva APIs”) available to developers for the purpose of enabling applications (“Apps”) to integrate with the Canva Platform.

Subject to the restrictions set out in these Terms, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, worldwide, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, non-assignable and revocable license for the term to use our APIs to develop, test, operate and support an integration of your App with the Canva Platform and to distribute or allow access to your App to end-users. This shall be the sole consideration you receive under these Terms.

2. Permitted Use

You agree to only use the Canva APIs solely in accordance with these Terms and in compliance with all applicable laws. You agree to comply with any technical documentation and usage guidelines made available to you. Remember, you are solely responsible for your Apps and their distribution, operation and support, and your agreements with end users.

3. Restrictions

You agree that you will not:

  1. Copy, sell, distribute or give access to the Canva APIs to any third parties;
  2. Engage in any illegal activities or use the Canva APIs in a way that may harm Canva’s reputation;
  3. Attempt to replicate the Canva Platform or develop any similar or competing service including but not limited to creating an App that enables users of the Canva Platform to bypass the Canva print product flow and order print products from a third party print service provider;
  4. Access the Canva APIs for competitive analysis or to reverse engineer any part of the Canva Platform;
  5. Send any data or store any data via the Canva Platform which, by its nature (e.g. viruses), size or reproduction (e.g. spamming), is intended to impair or endanger the existence or operation of the Canva Platform;
  6. Infringe any third party intellectual property rights (including of Canva);
  7. Use the Canva APIs in excess of any rate limits set by Canva;
  8. Access the Canva APIs in any manner that: (i) compromises, breaks or circumvents any of our technical processes or security measures; (ii) poses a security vulnerability to Canva users; (iii) tests the vulnerability of our systems or networks; (iv) interferes with the Canva APIs or the Canva Platform; or (v) tries to access anything not expressly authorised by Canva.

4. Canva Apps

You agree that the inclusion of your App in Canva Apps shall be subject to the Canva Apps Terms.

5. Right to audit

Canva reserves the right to audit your App to ensure it does not violate these Terms, including but not limited to conducting a security review. You agree to cooperate with such an audit and if requested, provide Canva with proof of compliance with these Terms.

6. Personal Information

If your app will collect, use or disclose personal information protected under applicable data protection laws from other Canva users or third parties ("Data"), then you must: (i) present a privacy policy to those individuals that explains how you will collect, use and disclose their Data and how they can exercise their data protection rights; (ii) collect, use and disclose the Data only for the specific purposes you have explained within your privacy policy, and obtain consent, where required; (iii) implement appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect the Data; and (iv) otherwise comply with applicable data protection laws.

7. Third party development

If you are a Developer who is using the Canva APIs to build apps on behalf of a third party service provider (the App Provider) then, in addition to your own responsibilities under these Terms, you must also ensure that the App Provider will comply with these Terms when it uses the apps you have built on its behalf. Any terms and conditions that apply to you or Developer in these terms shall be deemed to also apply to the App Provider.

8. Warranties

You represent and warrant that (a) your App will not violate any third party rights, including intellectual property rights, or any applicable laws; (b) all information you provide to Canva is true, accurate, and complete; and (c) you will not suggest any affiliation with Canva, including any suggestion that Canva sponsors, endorses or guarantees your App, except for integration relationship expressly contemplated in these Terms. You may not make any representations, warranties or commitments regarding the Canva Platform.

9. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Canva and its subsidiaries, agents, licensors, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Canva APIs; (ii) your violation of any of these Terms, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights; (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule, or regulation; and (v) any claim or damages that arise as a result of your App/s.

10. Changes to Canva APIs

Canva may change the Canva APIs or the Canva Platform from time to time. Future versions of the Canva Platform may not be compatible with Apps developed using previous versions of the Canva APIs. Canva will not have any liability to you for any changes made, but will make a best effort to create changes which are backwards compatible.

11. Termination

You may terminate these Terms at any time by no longer accessing or using the Canva APIs. We may terminate these Terms:

  1. For no reason; or
  2. If you breach any of these Terms and fail to rectify the breach within 30 days after written notice by us (we will work with you to rectify any issues to the extent possible);

We may also suspend your use of the Canva APIs if we are required to do so by law or if we no longer offer the Canva APIs.

Upon termination for any reason, you agree to cease all use of the Canva APIs and to have no further access to them.

12. Disclaimer

The Canva APIs are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Use of the Canva APIs is at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Canva APIs are provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, Canva, its subsidiaries, and its licensors do not warrant that the Canva APIs: (a) will meet your requirements; (b) will be available at any particular time or location, uninterrupted or secure; or (c) that any defects or errors will be corrected. You access and use the Canva APIs at your own risk.

Limitation of liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall Canva, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers or licensors be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, that result from the use of, or inability to use, the Canva Platform or the Canva APIs. Under no circumstances will Canva be responsible for any damage, loss or injury resulting from hacking, tampering or other unauthorized access or use of the Canva APIs or the Canva Platform.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Canva assumes no liability or responsibility for any:

  1. errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of content;
  2. personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to or use of the Canva APIs or the Canva Platform;
  3. any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all personal information stored therein;
  4. any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the API, the API Key or the Canva Platform;
  5. any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like that may be transmitted to or through the API, the API Key or the Canva Platform by any third party;
  6. any errors or omissions in any content or for any loss or damage incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available through the API, the API Key or the Canva Platform; and/or
  7. user content or the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of any third party.

In no event shall Canva, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers, or licensors be liable to you for any claims, proceedings, liabilities, obligations, damages, losses or costs in an amount exceeding the amount you paid to Canva hereunder or $100.00, whichever is greater.

13. General

If any provision of these Terms is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms, which shall remain in full force and effect. You agree that no legal partnership is created between you and Canva under this Agreement and you will not represent otherwise. We reserve the right to amend these Terms from time to time in our sole discretion. We will notify you of any material changes to these Terms by email or in-app notification. Your continued access to, and use of, the Canva APIs shall be deemed acceptance of any such changes. No waiver of any of these Terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. These Terms, and the rights and licenses granted, may not be transferred or assigned by you, by may be assigned by Canva without restriction. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. The parties agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Santa Clara County, California.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding these Terms.