TinEye is an image search and recognition company whose mission is to make images searchable. Users are able to submit an image to TinEye to discover where it came from, how it is being used, and if modified versions of the images exist. Rather than using metadata, keywords, or watermarks, TinEye uses image recognition technology to find matching images.
TinEye is continually crawling the web and updating their image database, and as of 10 July 2017, TinEye has indexed 20,294,333,111 images.
TinEye is free for non-commercial use, which allows users to perform up to 60 searches per day and 150 searches per week.
TinEye does not find similar images, such as an image with the same subject matter. Instead, it finds exact matches to the search image, including those that have been cropped, edited, or resized.
- Discover where an image came from
- Track the appearance of an image online
- Find higher resolution versions of an image
- Locate websites that use an image you have created
- Discover modified or edited versions of an image
- Help with image attribution
Things to note
- Must use file formats JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
- Works best with images that are at least 300px in either dimension, but can accept as low as 100px
- 20 MB max file size
- Avoid images that are visibly watermarked
How to use TinEye
You can search TinEye by either uploading an image from your computer or by copy/pasting an image URL into the search box. You can also drag an image from a tab in your browser and drop it in another browser tab where TinEye is open.
When you search TinEye, your image is never saved or indexed. Searching with TinEye is private and secure.
TinEye’s search features make it easy to filter search results to find the image you are looking for. You can filter results by collection, which helps to identify the creator of an image or its copyright holder, or by stock, which tells you if an image is a stock photograph. You can also sort search results by best match, most changed, biggest image, newest, or oldest. You can compare the search and result image by using their compare feature, which highlights any differences between the two images.
Differences with Google reverse image search
- Launched in 2008, before Google reverse image search
- TinEye produces significantly less results than Google
Use TinEye to learn about any of the images below. Clicking the image will open the media file in a new page, and then you can download the image or drag and drop it into TinEye.
Where to go for help