Reverse Image Search

07 May 2010

Do you ever wanted to find a photograph's subject, to see where else is posted on the internet, to find out that someone else had used/re-posted your photograph, to search for similar photos, to ... etc etc

Reverse Image Search is the answer and four web-gui (websites) software are already here to serve you.


Idée’s Visual Search Technology

Idée Labs is Idée’s technology playground for visual search and image recognition. Here you will be able to experiment and play with various implementations of Idée’s visual search technologies.

Visual search is a method of searching through a collection of images by visual attributes such as shape, colour, texture, etc. Visual search does not rely on the use of keywords or any other metadata–it relies strictly on the appearance of the image. Unlike traditional search methods, visual search uses a query image rather than a keyword as the search input.

The Visual Search Lab is a part of Idée Labs—Idée’s technology playground for visual search. With the Visual Search Lab, you can browse through nearly 3 million stock photographs from Alamy, and find images that look visually similar just by clicking on them. Combine keywords with your visual search to return never-before-seen combinations of images.

The Multicolr Search Lab is a part of Idée Labs—Idée’s technology playground for visual search. With the Multicolr Search Lab, you can browse through 10 million of Flickr’s most 'interesting' Creative Commons images, and find ones that share the same colours. Choose up to 10 colours from our palette of 120 different shades.

The BYO (‘Bring Your Own’) Image Search Lab is a part of Idée Labs—Idée’s technology playground for visual search. With the BYO Image Search Lab, you can upload an image or point to one on the Internet, and find similar looking images in Alamy’s collection of nearly 3 million stock photographs.



GazoPa is a similar image search service on the web in open beta by Hitachi.

Users can search images from the web based on user’s own photo, drawings, images found on the web and keywords. GazoPa enables users to search for a similar image from characteristics such as a color or a shape extracted from an image itself.

There are abundant quantities of images on the web, however many of these simply cannot be described by keywords. Since GazoPa uses image features to search other similar images, a vast range of images can be retrieved from the web.

GazoPa is a new visual search service that can navigate users to new territories on the web.



RevIMG is a reverse image search engine.

Traditional image search engine systems allow you to find images starting from a text, RevIMG works the opposite way: start the search from an image and returns you as result a list of links to web pages where the image or similar ones are contained.

Used in combination with a traditional search engine like Google search could make your search more accurate.

RevIMG engine finds images according to its matching algorithm based on shape, dimensions and colors likelihood. The resulting links are listed by matching percentage.



TinEye is a reverse image search engine by the previous mentioned Idée Labs. 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.

When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match.

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