How To Find Where An Image Came From

3 Reverse Image Search Tips Worth Trying.

Reverse image search engines search the web using an image and show you where the image appears online.

Reverse image search engines are really really handy if you want to locate the source of an image, track down the content creator, or get information about an image.

I use reverse image searching techniques to find the source of images I have downloaded and can’t remember the specfic website address to credit the source (although I have organised my files to make this easier). Below are my top 3 tips:

  1. The most popular reverse image search engine is Google Images. It is super easy (instructions and video) but the results are variable.

    Images that have been widely used are easy to find, those that haven’t been widely used don’t often come up in the search results.

  2. If you have downloaded Flickr images, the following tip is 99% guaranteed. Flickr images that you have saved on your computer use filenames similar to this: 19650629011_01026f145f_b. The first part of the file name, 19650629011 is the photo id. Knowing the photo id enables you to find the source of any Flickr file by taking the photo id and adding it to the following website address:{photo-id}. For example: shows the source of the image at the top of this post. More Flickr url hacks can be found here.
  3. Tin Eye doesn’t have the same depth as Google Images reverse image searching but it does have the ability to sort the results by date, size etc which I find useful every now and again.

Reverse image searching has a versatile set of other uses,  such as finding the names of unlabelled products, finding recipes from images, or identifying plants and animals. Lifehacker has more clever uses for reverse image searching.

Have you tried reverse image searches?