Gravatar::URL - Make URLs for Gravatars from an email address


        use Gravatar::URL;
        my $gravatar_id  = gravatar_id($email);
        my $gravatar_url = gravatar_url(email => $email);


    A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar for a given email address.
    This allows you to have a global picture associated with your email
    address. You can look up the Gravatar for any email address by
    constructing a URL to get the image from This module does

    Examples of use include the author faces on

    See for more info.



        # By email
        my $url = gravatar_url( email => $email, %options );
        # By gravatar ID
        my $url = gravatar_url( id => $id, %options );

    Constructs a URL to fetch the gravatar for a given $email or $id.

    $id is a gravatar ID. See "gravatar_id" for more information.

    %options are optional and are...


    A user can rate how offensive the content of their gravatar is, like a
    movie. The ratings are g, pg, r and x. If you specify a rating it is
    the highest rating that will be given.

        rating => "r"   # includes g, pg and r


    Specifies the desired width and height of the gravatar (gravatars are

    Valid values are from 1 to 512 inclusive. Any size other than 80 may
    cause the original gravatar image to be downsampled using bicubic
    resampling before output.

        size    => 40,  # 40 x 40 image


    The url to use if the user has no gravatar or has none that fits your
    rating requirements.

        default => ""

    Relative URLs will be relative to the base (ie., not your
    web site.

    Gravatar defines special values that you may use as a default to
    produce dynamic default images. These are "identicon", "monsterid",
    "wavatar" and "retro". "404" will cause the URL to return an HTTP 404
    "Not Found" error instead whereas "mm" will display the same "mystery
    man" image for all missing people. See for more info.

    If omitted, Gravatar will serve up their default image, the blue G.


    DEPRECATED! This key has been removed from the Gravatar protocol. It
    will be removed from future versions of Gravatar::URL.

    Gravatars can be requested to have a 1 pixel colored border. If you'd
    like that, pass in the color to border as a 3 or 6 digit hex string.

        border => "000000",  # a black border, like my soul
        border => "000",     # black, but in 3 digits


    This is the URL of the location of the Gravatar server you wish to grab
    Gravatars from. Defaults to" for HTTP
    and for HTTPS.


    If true, use short key names when constructing the URL. "s" instead of
    "size", "r" instead of "ratings" and so on.

    short_keys defaults to true.


    If true, serve avatars over HTTPS instead of HTTP.

    You should select this option if your site is served over HTTPS to
    avoid browser warnings about the presence of insecure content.

    https defaults to false.


        my $id = gravatar_id($email);

    Converts an $email address into its Gravatar $id.


    Thanks to for coming up with the whole idea and Ashley
    Pond V from whose Template::Plugin::Gravatar I took most of the
    original code.


    Copyright 2007 - 2009, Michael G Schwern <>. Copyright
    2011, Francois Marier <>.

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
    under the same terms as Perl itself.



    Template::Plugin::Gravatar - a Gravatar plugin for Template Toolkit - The Gravatar web site - The Gravatar URL
    implementor's guide