Frequently asked questions

  • What happens to the images I upload to TinEye?

    When you search with TinEye, your image is never saved or indexed. TinEye adds millions of new images from the web every day—but your images belong to you. Searching with TinEye is private, secure, and always improving.

  • I searched for one of my images and found a website where it's being used without my permission. What should I do?

    If you are concerned about how your images are being used on a particular website, try contacting the site owner directly. Although TinEye can help you locate websites where your images appear, those websites are not owned or controlled by TinEye.

  • Am I free to use images I find using TinEye?

    No. Most images found online are protected by copyright. If you would like to use any image found through TinEye, you will need to find the image owner and contact them directly. Unless an image is identified as a public domain image, you need to ensure that you get in touch with any image copyright holder and secure the rights to use the image you have found.

  • How can I use TinEye to find the copyright owner of an image?

    TinEye doesn’t directly provide information on the owners of an image’s copyright. However, if one of the image results belongs to an Image Collection (indicated by a different colored background) following that link will typically give useful ownership information about an image.

    If that fails, if you sort your results by ‘biggest image,’ you may also find websites that are more likely to contain ownership information.

    For more information on how you can use TinEye to find the copyright owner of an image, see our guide.

  • Can TinEye find this person for me?

    TinEye can recognize particular photos, but it does not recognize faces in the photos. Even if TinEye does find the same photo, it doesn't necessarily have the person's name; all it can tell you is where on the web we found the photo. The page the image came from might be able to tell you more.

    Learn more about TinEye technology.

  • How do I get my image removed from TinEye?

    TinEye simply crawls the web and tells you where an image has appeared online. If you want an image removed from the web, you should contact the webmaster of the site where that image appears.

About TinEye

  • What is TinEye?

    TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye uses image recognition technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. For some real TinEye search examples, check out our Cool Searches page.

    For an overview of how to use TinEye, check out our brief tutorial.

  • How does TinEye work?

    TinEye uses image recognition to search for images and find matches to your search image. It does not use image names or any data associated with your search image. When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or 'fingerprint' for it using image recognition, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to find matches. TinEye uses robust and accurate image recognition and as such can find even partial image matches to your search image.

    TinEye does not typically find similar images (i.e., a different image with the same subject matter); it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.

    Learn more about how TinEye works, or get an overview of our technology.

  • What can I do with TinEye?

    There are many uses for TinEye, but here are a few:

    • Find out where an image came from, or get more information about it
    • Research or track the appearance of an image online
    • Find higher resolution versions of an image
    • Locate web pages that make use of an image you have created
    • Discover modified or edited versions of an image
    • Debunk an image
    • Help with image attribution
  • Is TinEye free to use?

    TinEye is free for non-commercial use.

  • What happened to my TinEye account?

    We made TinEye more private by removing accounts and the need to register for them. Don’t worry! TinEye is still free for non-commercial use: simply go to the homepage and start searching!

  • Can I use TinEye for commercial purposes or high-volume searching?

    Yes, there is a paid version of TinEye for commercial use, which allows you to purchase TinEye searches. The commercial version of TinEye includes a user interface for easy searching, as well as an API for integrating TinEye with your own website or system. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

  • Can TinEye find similar images? Does TinEye do facial recognition?

    TinEye finds exact and altered copies of the images that you search for, including those that have been cropped, colour adjusted, resized, heavily edited or slightly rotated. TinEye does not commonly return similar matches, and it cannot recognize the contents of any image. This means that TinEye cannot find different images with the same people or things in them. The best way to get an idea of what TinEye can recognize, check out some of our cool searches.

  • Can I use TinEye’s image recognition technologies with my own images?

    Yes. We have a set of image recognition APIs that work with your own image collections. You can find out more about our APIs by visiting our technology page.

Using TinEye

  • How do I submit an image to be searched?

    From the search page, you can upload an image, paste an image, or point to a web image by typing or pasting in a URL. You can also use our Drag & Drop feature. This allows you to drag an image, hover it over the tab in which TinEye is open and drop it into the page to do an image search.

    If you use Firefox, Chrome, Edge or Opera you can install the TinEye browser extension, which lets you right-click on any web image to search it.

  • What kinds of images can I search on TinEye?

    • File type: TinEye accepts a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and WebP images.
    • Image dimensions: TinEye works best with images that are at least 300 pixels in either dimension, but can accept images as low as 100 pixels in either dimension.
    • File size: 20 megabytes is the maximum file size.
    • Watermarked images: For best results, visibly watermarked images should be avoided as TinEye may search for the watermark and not the image itself.
    • Subject matter: Submitted images must adhere to our Terms of Service.
  • Can I sort my results?

    By default, your results are sorted by 'best match'. However, you can also sort by 'biggest image', 'most changed' (which is usually the most heavily edited image result), 'newest' or 'oldest' crawled image.

    Just select your preferred option from the 'Sort by' dropdown list above your results. TinEye will remember your selection for the duration of your session. For more information, see our guide on using TinEye like an expert.

  • What do the ‘Newest’ and ‘Oldest’ sort orders do?

    The 'Newest' sort order displays the images most recently found by TinEye's web-crawlers at the top. The 'Oldest' does the opposite, showing the earliest crawled images at the top.

    It is important to understand that the date TinEye crawled an image isn't the date that it first appeared on the webpage - we don't know that date. So we can't tell you when an image first appeared on the internet, only the first date TinEye found it on!

  • How can I compare my image with modified images?

    Our ‘compare’ function allows you to compare a result with the image used to perform your search. In your search results, click on “Compare” to go back and forth between images. This is extremely useful when identifying cropped, resized, skewed or photoshopped images.

  • What does it mean when a result is not available?

    The web is constantly changing, and over time some sites change or are taken offline. When we determine that a website is no longer accessible and is unlikely to return, we hide those search results by default. If you’re interested in these matches, you can include them in your results by checking the “Include results not available” checkbox.

  • What are image collections?

    Collection images are images that TinEye has crawled from specific websites (e.g., etc) that can often help you identify the origin of an image. We highlight Collection images in search results to make it easier for you to find more about the image's owner and use permissions. For more information on how you can use TinEye to find the copyright owner of an image, see our guide.

  • What are stock images?

    Stock images are images that are available from stock photography companies, for example ShutterStock, Alamy, 123RF. Stock images are tagged and are filterable in the TinEye search results. This allows you to easily find out if the image you are searching for is a stock photograph, who holds the copyright to the image, and how to license it.

TinEye crawlers and index

  • How many images are in TinEye’s search index?

    TinEye is constantly crawling the web and updating our image database regularly. To date, TinEye has indexed images from the web. We add hundreds of millions of new images to TinEye every month, and our index is constantly growing.

  • Why can’t TinEye find my image?

    TinEye’s web crawlers are working every day to add more images to our index. If we missed your image, it may be because we haven’t yet crawled the page where it appears. Check back; we may find it soon!

    However, there are some images that we can't find:

    • Most social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram, restrict us from crawling their images
    • Images that are on password-protected pages or pages that are not publicly accessible
    • Personal photographs that are only on your device
    • Some small or simple images may not have enough detail for us to make a fingerprint
    • Similar images
  • How do I get my site added to TinEye’s index?

    TinEye does not at this time take crawl requests for websites.

    But don’t worry! TinEye is constantly crawling and indexing the web, with an ever-growing number of images.

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