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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 is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification 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 .

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.

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

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.

Yes. The free for non-commercial use version of TinEye at allows you to do up to 50 searches per day, up to 150 searches per week. If you exceed your search limit, or want to use TinEye for commercial use you may purchase a paid version of TinEye which allows for virtually unlimited search by pre-paid bundles. The paid version of TinEye includes a user interface for easy manual searching. as well as an API for more advanced automated searching.

Note: If you use a shared or dynamic IP address, you may reach your search limit quickly if other people on your connection are using TinEye as well. To avoid this, simply create a TinEye account and make sure you are logged in. This way, only your individual searches are counted by TinEye.

Yes. We have launched a series of image recognition APIs that work with your own image collections. You can find out

more about our APIs, by visiting our products page .

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.

Using TinEye

From the search page. you can either upload an image, or point to a web image or web page by 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 or IE you can install the TinEye browser plugin. which lets you right-click on any web image to search it.

If you use any other javascript-enabled browser, you can install the TinEye bookmarklet. This lets you search for images from any web page that you are viewing.

What kind of images can I search on TinEye?

  • File type: JPEG, PNG and GIF images are all acceptable.
  • 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 .

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' list on the left side of the page. TinEye will remember your selection for the duration of your session.

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!

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

Register for a free TinEye account. Registered users of TinEye can save their search images if history is enabled in their user Profile. Saved searches are always available from the user's private History page, and permanent URL links to any saved search can be bookmarked or shared.

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