12 Top Reverse Image Search Engines 2016

June 8, 2016

Sometimes we tend to find good images when we are surfing on the internet. The image can be that of a celebrity, a car, location or a product you’re keen to have more information about. For different reasons, you may want to know more about an image such as owner details and see similar images. A reverse image search engine enables you to get more details of an image without having to include any keywords in the search engine. All you need to do is to upload the image or put the url of your picture in order find other similar images. Despite the immense benefits associated with this service, a lot of people have no idea you can do image searches once you upload an image to the search engine.

In this regard, we have compiled a list of top reverse image search engines whose performance has been rated highly by users.

  1. Google Imagesgoogle-image

Google images is a popular image search engine tool. Apparently, a lot of internet users who know about reverse image search engines know this platform exists. Started 15 years ago, Google Images hosts the largest database of images compared to other platforms. All you need to do here is to upload an image from your PC or copy paste the image link in the search bar. Both techniques work very well. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the image to the search bar. This tool is free to use and you can upload a file of any size or type.

  1. TinEyeTinEye

TinEye is a search engine owned by Idee Inc, a firm based in Toronto. This reverse image search engine is quite popular with over 13.9 billion users across the globe. To use TinEye, you can either upload a link or copy paste the link to instruct the tool to search for more information and similar pictures. Tin Eye supports GIF, PNG and JPEG images so you don’t need to worry about the format of an image. However, your image size is limited to 20MB. This tool recognizes the entire image as a single entity as opposed to objects or persons in the image. This tool can also be used to check for illegal use of images with copyright protection making it a useful search engine. This platform has browser extensions for Firefox, Google Chrome as well as Safari for users to make use of these services. The free version permits you to do 150 searches per week. If you need extra searches, you need to go for the paid version that costs $200 per year.

  1. Bing Image Matchbing-image-match

Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine has introduced it’s a reverse image search tool by the name Bing Image Match which allows users to upload an image or add an image hyperlink. Bing will then display the relevant search results. Recently, Bing has made this tool available in iOS app and users only need to take a photo using the Bing app to access similar images. Unfortunately, this app is only available in a few countries.

  1. YandexYandex

Russia’s largest and most popular search engine, Yandex has its own reverse image search engine platform. This tool allows you to either upload an image from the computer or paste its URL and search in order to find image related information. This tool can also be used to identify duplicate images and allows users to enjoy it without having to sign in. Yandex is free, effective and has the capability to filter search results according to file size.

  1. Karma DecayKarma

Karma Decay is a platform for users who want reverse image searches and is exclusively designed for Reddit users. It’s a nice tool that saves you the trouble of having re-post the same content because Redditors don’t like reposts. Typically, it searches for images in popular subreddits but you have the choice of limiting your search to a particular subreddit. Karma Decay is a powerful tool for Redditors.

  1. Visual Search Tool for Pinterestpinterest

This is one of the best reverse image tools based on advanced technologies ever developed. Coming into market in November 2015, this tool allows you to search for similar pins (similar images). Unlike other reverse image search tools where you have to search for an entire image, this tool gives you the freedom to zoom in a particular image, drag the zoom over a specific section of the image/pin and then search for it. You’ll be able to see specific searches related to the zoomed in part only. This feature is helpful for pinterest users who come across an exciting image and have no idea what it is called. Using the visual search tool, you can find more details about an image. Aside from a web version, there’s also an iOS and Android app version.

  1. Image Raiderraider-image

Image Raider is a reverse image search tool that is also good at what it does. The difference is this tool relies on Google, Bing as well as Yandex search results to avail results. This tool has nice images that make it a nice choice. For instance, Image Raider allows you to upload more than one image at a time. You can upload upto 20 images per search which saves a great amount of time. unlike other reverse image tools where you can only upload an image or search using an image URL, there are numerous other options which include; Adding an image from XML sitemap and adding images from your personal Flickr, 500px or DevianArt accounts. This is a nice tool for photographers and designers who wish to find websites which have published their work without proper attribution or permission from the owner.

  1. BaiduBaidu

China’s largest search engine king Baidu has a reverse image search feature whose default language is Chinese but users have the authority to change to their language of choice. Even though the site is a good tool, it might be tricky to use for people who don’t understand Chinese because you have to keep setting your language every time you open the tool.

  1. Search By Image (Chrome Extension)

Search By Image is a Google Chrome extension that makes use of Google images to show relevant results associated with an uploaded image. The advantage is when the plug is activated in Google Chrome browser, a tiny icon of a camera appears at the bottom of each page. Click on the icon to access the results within the plugin.

  1. IQDB

IQDB is an excellent platform you can use to search for details of image ownership as well as access a list of related images. However, your image size is limited to 8 MB which isn’t bad because most of the images are sized between 2-4 MB. This tool supports multiple image extensions such as PNG, GIF and JPEG. Even though the platform has an extremely simple user interface, it has high levels of accuracy and speed.

  1. RevIMG

Even though it’s an old image engine, it performs exceptionally well. You can use this tool to search for images according to colors, dimensions and shapes among others. Upload the image or copy paste the image URL; choose the category and search.

  1. Pictriev

Pictriev is a platform where you can either upload an image or copy paste the URL and click search to check for the results. However, this tool is very limited in the image size permitted because you can only upload an image that is no larger than 200 KB.

Reverse Image Search Apps on Smartphone

Just like there are numerous reverse image search platforms, smartphone users haven’t been left behind. Some of the popular reverse image search apps on Android include; Google Googles app which is a Google App that permits image search instead of text search.

On the other hand, a common reverse image search app for iPhone users is Veracity App which performs very well, is easy to use and allows you to select your images from applications such as Dropbox, Photo Library or Camera Roll.

Extensions or Add-ons for Popular Browsers

If you want to do reverse image search, you can find an extension that will perform according to your expectations. Examples of common extensions include Reverse Image Search app which can be used with major search engines such as Google and Bing.

Other examples include Google Reverse Image Seach (Firefox), Search by Image for Google Chrome browsers, Bing Image Match for Chrome, Who Stole My Pictures (Firefox) and TinEye Reverse Image Search Plugin for different internet browsers.

Given the fact that there are many platforms you can use for reverse image search, it is up to you to test them and identify the best platform that satisfies your needs. If you didn’t know you could search for images in search engines, now you know.

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