List of image-sharing websites
Active image-sharing websites
|Name||Location / Owner / Hoster||Description/Focus/Registration requirements||Other||Registered users||Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard)||Global Alexa page ranking|
|500px||Canada / Amazon AWS (hosting)||Free, registration required||Yes||Yes||Yes||Chrome OS||1,500,000||20 uploads/week free plan, unlimited for paid accounts||1,359|
|Album2||Oslo, Norway / Sveinung Dammen||Free 30 day trial, registration required||2,000||150 prints/year||19,109,091|
|Dayviews||Sweden / Dayviews AB (Bilddagboken AB)||Free image hosting, registration required||Yes||Yes||Yes||1,291,500||Unlimited storage for 547×410 pix reduced images, also unlimited resolution and size for paying BDB HD users, costing approximately equivalent to $10.50 a year.||31,374|
|DeviantArt||United States||Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional services, and unlocks hidden features. Generally allows art-specific content only, as the service is not a generic image hosting service.||25,000,000||Unlimited uploads with 30 MB limit per image for all account types.||152|
|Directupload||Free image hosting||22,947|
|Dronestagram||France /||Free, Dronestagram is a photo sharing community dedicated to drone photography. The site that has been described as "Instagram for drones", allows hobbyists to share their geo-referenced aerial photos and videos.||Yes||No||No||30,000||171,974|
|Flickr||United States / Yahoo!||Open (Yahoo! login)||Yes||Yes||Yes||87,000,000 (May 2013)||Since 20 May 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable.
Old limits: 300MB monthly upload limit (30MB per photo), max 200 images viewable (free account). If a free account is inactive for 90 consecutive days, it may be deleted.[not in citation given])
|Fotki||Estonia / Fotki, Inc.||Free registration photo sharing service and communication portal.||Yes||Yes||1,250,000||50MB for free, unlimited storage for $30/year.||8,732|
|Fotolog||United States||Photoblogging. Popular in South America.||Yes||Yes||15,000,000||The free version is ad-supported, and limits users to uploading one picture per day. Paying members can upload up to six pictures a day.||5,483|
|Geograph Britain and Ireland||United Kingdom / Geograph Project Limited||Geo-located Geographical Images whole of Britain and Ireland, free, registration required||12,634||Unlimited||71,717|
|GifBoom||United States / TapMojo LLC||Sharing of animated GIFs. Login through Twitter or Facebook.||Yes||Yes||Unknown||Unknown||175,061|
|Google Photos||Image and video storage service. Shared albums possible with Picasa (discontinued) and Google Plus.||500,000,000||Unlimited for small and medium files. Large files (Larger than 16MP and 1080P) use a storage quota, or can be converted to medium size.|
|United States / Facebook||Photo sharing service. Registration is required.||Yes||Yes||Yes||100,000,000||Owned by Facebook||26|
|Imgur||United States||Free image hosting, no registration required.||Yes||Yes||Unknown||From 9 Feb 2015 all Imgur accounts are treated as Imgur pro accounts. No limits.||36|
|Ipernity||France||Photo/video sharing, groups, blog.||Yes||Unknown||Unlimited image display/storage for €25/year (2016); 200MB/month upload, only last 200 displayed with free account.||30,232|
|jAlbum||Sweden||Free hosting of galleries created with Jalbum software.||Yes||340,000||30MB of space given for free accounts, upgrade to 1GB space for €19/year.||42,783|
Paid account: $23 buys 12 credits ($20 if bought 36 credits at a time). Each 1000MB (1GB) storage used (rounded up) uses one credit per month. Unlimited direct linking traffic. Unlimited photo size and resolution (even 60+ megapixel Hubble Space Telescope originals).
|Photobucket||United States||Free registration service. As of July 2017, payment of $400/year required if hosted images are to be displayed on external sites||Yes||Yes||50,000,000||With a free account, the user can use up to 10GB of bandwidth per month and 2GB storage. Unlimited free storage, 1MB per photo and 10 minutes per video (with image size restrictions). No size restrictions with Pro account.||1,798|
|United States||Photo sharing/social networking||11,700,000||Unknown||32|
|Pixabay||Germany||Sharing of high-quality public domain photos.
Free to browse and download, registration required to contribute. Includes social networking capabilities.
|Shutterfly||United States||Free registration service||2,000,000||Free, unlimited picture storage. Shared Albums are limited to 1,000 photos. Full resolution downloads only possible via purchase of archive DVD.||1,080|
|SmugMug||United States||Free search, subscription hosting||315,000||"unlimited" storage||2,327|
|Snapfish||United States / Hewlett-Packard||Free registration service, also provides services for Costco's online photo processing store.||90,000,000||unlimited, pay per download||5,888|
|TinyPic||United States / PhotoBucket||Free image hosting, no registration required||Yes||Unknown||No known limit, but largest image dimension limited to 1600 pixels.||1,395|
|Unsplash||Montreal, Quebec / Unsplash, Inc.||Free, registration required to upload pictures. Unsplash license only. It's similar to CC0, but the user can't use the pictures to replicate a similar or competing service.||Yes ||Unknown||Unknown||1,942|
|Name||Location / Owner / Hoster||Description/Focus/Registration requirements||Other||Registered users||Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard)||Global Alexa page ranking|
Defunct photo-sharing websites
- These also include sites that may still operate, but do not accept new users. Listed in chronological order of shutdown.
|Description/Focus/Registration requirements||Date closed||Status/Notes||Registered users||Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard)||Global Alexa page ranking|
|GazoPa Bloom||closed||Flower photo sharing service||Unknown||?||323,778|
|Zooomr||United States / BlueBridge Technologies Group||No registration service since 2007.||2007||Users are no longer accepted.||100,000||Unlimited uploads and unlimited storage for ALL users.||215,127|
|Radar.net||Free registration.||May 26, 2010||Radar shut down on May 26, 2010 at noon (PDT).||Unknown||?||1,928,528|
|Fotopic.net||UK/Snappy Designs Ltd||March 8, 2011||Unknown||914,303|
|Ovi Share||Finland / Nokia||Nokia's multimedia sharing service, formerly called Twango.
Service closed on May 30, 2012.
|May 30, 2012||Other Nokia services still available with the registered account.||20,000,000||unlimited, pay per download||3,769|
|MobileMe Web Gallery||United States / Apple Inc.||Subscription service.
Ended June 30, 2012
|June 30, 2012||For an advertised "limited time", data was still able to be retrieved from MobileMe until July 31, 2012, when the site finally closed completely. Services moved to iCloud on June 30.||180,000||10GB (standard level)||31,440|
|Kodak Gallery||United States||Free registration service, archiving photo service for $25/year.||July 2, 2012||(Closed down on July 2, 2012; all accounts moved over to Shutterfly)||20,000,000||Used to be unlimited low-resolution, paid users can download high-res images that they've uploaded. New minimum purchase requirements 3/09: $4.99/yr for 2GB or less, $19.99/yr for more than 2GB.||253,332|
|Webshots||United States||Free registration service.
(Discontinued on December 1, 2012, including paid service.)
|December 1, 2012||All old user photos from accounts not migrated to Shutterfly were deleted. Webshots still operates in other fields, and is owned by Threefold Photos.||32,000,000||One 800×600 image per day||8,647|
|Pixorial||United States||Personal photo and video sharing platform.
Registration required. Free subscription available.
|July 18, 2014||No new accounts being accepted.||636,000||Free subscription available with 7 GB of storage for photos or videos. No limits on resolution of images or length of videos. Additional paid subscriptions available with increased storage. Unlimited uploads of photos or videos.||127,486|
|imm.io||United States / Autodesk||Free image hosting, images removed if not viewed in the last 30 days.||February 3, 2014||Unknown||16,952|
|Lockerz||United States||Free registration service||2014||19,000,000||Unlimited uploads for all users; 5MB per image||1,669|
|Streamzoo||United States||Mobile photosocial game, free registration service, unlimited storage and sharing, available on Apple iOS, Android and Web||March 21, 2014||All services stopped and photos deleted.||Unknown||Unlimited||107,088|
|Trovebox||United States / Wide Angle Labs, Inc.||Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional features.||March 31, 2015||Unknown||100 photo uploads per month for free users, unlimited for Pro accounts. 30MB per photo.||409,288|
|Panoramio||Headquartered in Switzerland / Google||Free registration service||November 4, 2016||4,700,000||Unlimited provided the photos comply with the Google Earth Photo Acceptance Policy.||2,339|
|yfrog||United States / ImageShack||Twitter photo sharing. Registration required. As of 2011[update] holds approximately 29% of the Twitter photo sharing market.||80,152|
|Bayimg||Sweden / The Pirate Bay||Free image hosting, no registration required, uncensored||2014||161,773|
|Phanfare||United States / Carbonite||Subscription-based photo sharing||May 28, 2017||Phanfare and SmugMug have worked out a transition plan.||Unlimited storage. Subscription accounts only. Bought out by Carbonite.||65,346|
Comparison of photo-sharing websites
- File formats: the image or video formats allowed for uploading
- IPTC support: support for the IPTC image header
- Yes - IPTC headers are read upon upload and exposed via the web interface; properties such as captions and keywords are written back to the IPTC header and saved along with the photo when downloading or e-mailing it
- Some - IPTC headers are read but information added via the web interface is not saved back to the IPTC header; or, IPTC headers are lost on resizing
- Tags/keywords: the ability to add to and search by tags or keywords
- Comments: the ability of users to leave comments on the photo
- Yes - full control over who can leave comments (friends, registered users, non-registered users)
- Some - users must register with the website to leave comments
- Yes - star rating: the ability to rate photos numerically, usually on a scale from 1 to 5
- Some - thumbs up/down rating, "mark as favorite", or a rating system accessible only to logged-in users
- Download originals:
- Yes - anyone can download the original photo
- Some - only photos of "pro" members can be downloaded
- Notes/annotations: the ability to overlay textual notes to areas of a photo
- Friendly URLs: human-readable URLs (e.g. /photos/greece_album/athens.jpg) vs. numeric identifiers (MemViewImage.asp?AID=5610943&IID=205062034&INUM=5&ICT=5&IPP=16)
|Name||File formats||Upload||Folder/ album structure||Limitations||IPTC support||Tags/ keywords||Comments||Rating||Download originals||Notes||Geo- tagging||Friendly URLs||API||Custom layout||Subscriptions|
|Flickr||JPEG, GIF, PNG, (TIFF displayed as JPEG, compressed up to 58:1 for a 16bpc TIFF)||collections contain albums||After 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable.||Some||Yes||Some||Some||Some||arbitrary notes||Yes||No||Flickr Services||No||RSS|
|Fotki||Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG; BMP and TIFF are converted to JPEG||e-mail, FTP, Java, browser (mass/fetch from URL; upload one photo at a time), desktop app (basic), desktop image viewers||hierarchical folders contain folders or albums||50MB for non-paying users; can get 20MB extra/month; filenames are truncated to 34 characters||Some||Yes||Yes||No||Some||No||Yes||Some||Fotki full help||registered users||RSS, Web |
|ImageShack [needs update]||JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, mkv, mp4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, wm, 3gp, flv||browser (one at a time), browser (multiple, zipped)||flat slideshows||free users: 5GB storage 5MB/image limit; subscribers: 3MB/image limit||No||Some||Some||Yes||No||No||Some|
|OneDrive||JPEG, ?||HTTP, Silverlight||albums||100MB per photo (7GB total)||No||Yes||Some||Some||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|PBase||JPEG, PNG, TIFF||browser (one at a time), browser (multiple, zipped)||flat albums and sub-albums||Reduced size views are on very old standards / too small. Only Original size is practical. Trial / free accounts are very limited.||No, only EXIF||Yes||Yes||No||Yes, plus direct linking to image files||No||No||only album URL||No||No||No|
|Picasa Web Albums||Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG||browser, Google+, Picasa, Exporter for iPhoto, the Aperture to Picasa Web Albums plug-in, Uploader on Mac OS X, or F-Spot on Linux||flat albums||Unlimited for photos smaller than a certain resolution; 1GB free for larger photos; Additional storage for monthly fee.||Some||Yes||Some||No||Yes||face recognition||Yes||friendly album/path, numeric filename||No||RSS|
|Shutterfly||JPEG only||Flash batch||flat albums||No, even Exif support is incomplete||via desktop app (Shutterfly Studio)||Some||No||No||multiple templates|
|SmugMug||JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, Video||12MB per Photo (Standard/Power), 24MB per Photo (Pro and during 14 day trial)||Some||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Webshots||JPEG, ?||5,400 photos, 540 videos||No||Yes||Some||Some||Some||No||No||No|
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- 315,000 paying customers
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- tags added via the web interface are not written back to the IPTC header; Exif and IPTC headers are lost when saving resized versions of the image
- members can mark an image as favorite
- "If you have a free Flickr account, no one (including you) can access your original file". Flickr.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "animated GIF hosted on Fotki.com". Public.fotki.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "PNG file hosted on Fotki.com". Public.fotki.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- no CAPTCHA
- anyone can download photos uploaded by Premium members
- Fotki limits the length of the file portion of the URL to 24 characters
- Fotki: paying users can edit the HTML of their album layout (Co-branding. Non-paying users can only select the photo frame style.
- "Wikipedia's "Test album" album". Feeds.fotki.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "What's new on Wikipedia's "Photo Albums" pages | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy". Whatsnew.fotki.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "No support for description or tags". Img510.imageshack.us. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- The user can add tags, but they are not displayed on the photo page
- "To be able to leave a comment please Log in or Sign up."
- "RSS feeds"
- "Picasa Web Albums". Picasa.google.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "Free storage limits - Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help". Support.google.com. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- Picasa Help on Google Groups, Other edits: creating captions (Picasa Help)
- filenames are preserved
- CAPTCHA-protected for anonymous users
- both star-rating and thumbs up/down
- files get renamed to unique ID
- "SmugMug API". Wiki.smugmug.net. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- only Pro or Premium photos can be star-rated; rating by members or anonymous users
- attempting to download the full-size version of a photo produces a Flash file of the photo and the message "This photo may only be saved by friends"