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This is a non-exhaustive list of major photo-sharing websites.

Active photo-sharing websites[edit]

Name Location / Owner / Hoster Description/Focus/Registration requirements iOS Android Windows Phone Other Registered users Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard) Global Alexa[1] page ranking
500px Canada / Amazon AWS (hosting) Free, registration required Yes Yes Yes Chrome OS 1,500,000[2] 20 uploads/week free plan, unlimited for paid accounts 1,437[3]
Bayimg Sweden / The Pirate Bay Free image hosting, no registration required, uncensored Unknown Unlimited storage for 547x410 pix reduced images 11,367[4]
Dayviews Sweden / Dayviews AB (Bilddagboken AB) Free image hosting, registration required Yes Yes Yes 1,291,500[5] Unlimited storage for 547×410 pix reduced images, also unlimited resolution and size for paying BDB HD users, costing approximately equivalent to $10.5 a year 67,320[6]
DeviantART United States Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional services, and unlocks hidden features. Generally allows art-specific content only, as the service is not a generic image hosting service. 25,000,000[7] Unlimited uploads with 30 MB limit per image for all account types. 126[8]
Flickr United States / Yahoo! Open (Yahoo! login) Yes Yes Yes[9] 87,000,000 (May 2013)[10] After 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable.

(Old limits: 300MB monthly upload limit (30MB per photo),[11] max 200 images viewable (free account[12]). If a free account is inactive for 90 consecutive days, it may be deleted.[13])

70[14]
Fotki United States[15] / Fotki, Inc. Free registration photo sharing service and communication portal. Yes Yes 1,250,000[16] 50MB for free, unlimited storage for $30/year[17] 8,068[18]
Fotolog United States Photoblogging. Popular in South America. Yes Yes 15,000,000[19] The free version is ad-supported, and limits users to uploading one picture per day

Paying members can upload up to 6 pictures a day

4,398[20]
GifBoom United States / TapMojo LLC[21] Sharing of animated GIFs. Login through twitter or Facebook. Yes Yes Unknown Unknown 48,892[22]
Instagram United States / Facebook Photo sharing service. Registration is required. Yes Yes Yes 100,000,000[23] Owned by Facebook 66[24]
imm.io United States / Autodesk Free image hosting, images removed if not viewed in the last 30 days. Yes
(Pixlr)
Yes
(Pixlr)
Unknown No user registration. 16,952[25]
Imgur United States Free image hosting, no registration required. Yes Yes Unknown 250 visible images for free accounts. Unlimited for pro accounts. If an image does not receive even 1 view in 6 months, it may be removed to make room for new images. Images on pro accounts will never be removed. 85[26]
Ipernity France[27] Photo/video sharing, Groups, Blog Yes Unknown Unlimited image display/storage for paying users (200MB p/month upload, only last 1000 displayed with free account) 20,391[28]
jAlbum Sweden[29] Free hosting of galleries created with Jalbum software Yes 340,000[30] 30MB of space given for free accounts, upgrade to 1gb space for €19/year 21,329[31]
Lafango United States Free Registration, customizable galleries & folders. Unknown Unlimited storage 93,907[32]
Lockerz United States Free registration service Yes 19,000,000[33] Unlimited uploads for all users; 5MB per image 1,669[34]
Panoramio Headquartered in Switzerland / Google Free registration service 4,700,000 Unlimited provided the photos comply with the Google Earth Photo Acceptance Policy 1,655[35]
Phanfare United States / Carbonite Subscription-based photo sharing Unlimited storage. Subscription accounts only. Bought out by Carbonite. 56,296[36]
Photobucket United States Free registration service 50,000,000[37] Unlimited free storage, 1 MB per photo and 10 Min per video (With image size restrictions) No size restrictions with Pro account. With a free account, you can use up to 10GB of bandwidth per month and 2GB storage. 190[38]
Photoshop.com United States / Adobe Systems Focused on for managing, editing, storing, and sharing photos online, with personal URL, Photoshop.com Mobile access, tutorials, help etc. Currently US-only, works from any Flash-enabled browser but Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 users can also use it directly. Unknown Two levels of membership: the Basic level is free with 2GB space and the option to purchase additional storage starting at $19.99 per year. The Plus level costs $69.99 per year with 20 GB included storage space, and $129.99 per year with 100GB and requires either Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 to use Organizer. [2] 8,096[39]
Picasa Web Albums United States / Google Free registration service 500,000[40] 1 GB free storage for photos and videos, then plans start at $2.49/month for additional storage. Photos smaller than 2048×2048 pix (Google+ users only) or 800×800 pix and videos less than 15 minutes in length do not count toward storage limit. Photos uploaded beyond the storage limit will automatically be resized.[41] 256[42]
Pinterest United States Photo sharing/social networking 11,700,000[43] Unknown 34[44]
Pixabay Germany[45] Sharing of high-quality Public Domain photos.
Free to browse and download, registration required to contribute. Includes social networking capabilities.
Unknown Unknown 6,991[46]
Pixorial United States Personal photo and video sharing platform.
Registration required. Free subscription available.
Yes Yes Unknown Free subscription available with 7 GB of storage for photos or videos. No limits on resolution of images or length of videos. Additional paid subscriptions available with increased storage. Unlimited uploads of photos or videos. 127,486[47]
Shutterfly United States Free registration service 2,000,000[48] Free, unlimited picture storage. Full resolution downloads only possible via purchase of archive DVD. 907[49]
SmugMug United States Free search, subscription hosting, $40/year (Standard); $60 (Power); $150 (Pro); too [50] 315,000[50] "unlimited" storage, 12MB per photo (Standard /Power), 24 MB per photo (Pro) Owner control over download of original resolution image. 2,332[51]
Snapfish United States / Hewlett-Packard Free registration service, also provides services for Costco's online photo processing store 90,000,000[52] unlimited, pay per download 3,440[53]
Streamzoo United States Mobile photosocial game, free registration service, unlimited storage and sharing, available on Apple iOS, Android and Web Unknown Unlimited 107,088[54]
TinyPic United States / PhotoBucket Free image hosting, no registration required Unknown No known limit, but largest image dimension limited to 1600 pixels 709[55]
Trovebox United States / Wide Angle Labs, Inc.[56] Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional features. Unknown 100 photo uploads per month for free users, unlimited for Pro accounts. 30MB per photo. 409,288[57]
Woophy Netherlands Free registration service 26,410[58] Unknown 112,950[59]
yfrog United States / ImageShack Twitter photo sharing. Registration required. As of 2011 holds approximately 29% of the twitter photo sharing market.[60][61] Unknown Unknown 3,948[46]
Name Location / Owner / Hoster Description/Focus/Registration requirements iOS Android Windows Phone Other Registered users Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard) Global Alexa[1] page ranking

Defunct photo-sharing websites[edit]

These also include sites that may still operate, but do not accept new users. Listed in chronological order of shutdown.
Name Location/Owner
(if any)
Description/Focus/Registration requirements Date closed Status/Notes Registered users Storage Space Allowed Per User (standard) Global Alexa[1] page ranking
GazoPa Bloom closed Flower photo sharing service Unknown  ? 323,778
Zooomr United States / BlueBridge Technologies Group No registration service since 2007. 2007 Users are no longer accepted. 100,000[62] Unlimited uploads and unlimited storage for ALL users. 215,127[63]
Radar.net Free registration. May 26, 2010 Radar shut down on May 26, 2010 at noon (PDT).[64] Unknown  ? 1,928,528[65]
Ovi Share Finland / Nokia Nokia's multimedia sharing service, formerly called Twango.
Service closed on May 30, 2012.
May 30, 2012 Other Nokia services still available with the registered account.[66] 20,000,000 unlimited, pay per download 3,769[67]
Memeo Share United States Free photo and video exchanging software, files are shared desktop to desktop without being resized. June 3, 2012 Memeo Share service was shut down on June 3, 2012.[68] Unknown 1GB is free, Premium account is $4.95 a month 53,930[69]
MobileMe Web Gallery United States / Apple Inc. Subscription service.
Ended June 30, 2012
June 30, 2012 For an advertised "limited time", data was still able to be retrieved from MobileMe until July 31, 2012, when the site finally closed completely. Services moved to iCloud on June 30. 180,000[70] 10GB (standard level) 31,440[71]
Kodak Gallery (Closed 7/2/2012) United States Free registration service, archiving photo service for $25/year. July 2, 2012 (Closing-down on July 2, 2012; all accounts being moved over to Shutterfly) 20,000,000[72] Used to be unlimited low-resolution, paid users can download high-res images that they've uploaded. New minimum purchase requirements 3/09: $4.99/yr for 2GB or less, $19.99/yr for more than 2GB. 253,332[73]
Webshots United States Free registration service.
(Discontinued on December 1, 2012, including paid service.)
December 1, 2012 All old user photos from accounts not migrated to Shutterfly were deleted. Webshots still operates in other fields, and is owned by Threefold Photos. 32,000,000[74] One 800×600 image per day 8,647[75]
Selfportrait.net United States / SWIB Corp. 2013 Domain is expired as of 2013 Unknown  ? 1,632,594

Comparison of photo-sharing websites[edit]

Legend:

  • File formats: the image or video formats allowed for uploading
  • IPTC support: support for the IPTC image header
    • Yes - IPTC headers are read upon upload and exposed via the web interface; properties such as captions and keywords are written back to the IPTC header and saved along with the photo when downloading or e-mailing it
    • Some - IPTC headers are read but information added via the web interface is not saved back to the IPTC header; or, IPTC headers are lost on resizing[76]
  • Tags/keywords: the ability to add to and search by tags or keywords
  • Comments: the ability of users to leave comments on the photo
    • Yes - full control over who can leave comments (friends, registered users, non-registered users)
    • Some - users must register with the website to leave comments
  • Rating:
    • Yes - star rating: the ability to rate photos numerically, usually on a scale from 1 to 5
    • Some - thumbs up/down rating, "mark as favorite", or a rating system accessible only to logged-in users
  • Download originals:
    • Yes - anyone can download the original photo
    • Some - only photos of "pro" members can be downloaded
  • Notes/annotations: the ability to overlay textual notes to areas of a photo
  • Friendly URLs: human-readable URLs (e.g. /photos/greece_album/athens.jpg) vs. numeric identifiers (MemViewImage.asp?AID=5610943&IID=205062034&INUM=5&ICT=5&IPP=16)
  • Subscriptions
    • Some - RSS feeds (example) and web interface (example)
    • Yes - RSS feeds, web interface, plus photo updates can be sent by e-mail to non-registered members (example)
Name File formats Upload Folder/ album structure Limitations IPTC support Tags/ keywords Comments Rating Download originals Notes Geo- tagging Friendly URLs API Custom layout Subscriptions
Flickr JPEG, GIF, PNG, (TIFF, ? are converted to JPEG) collections contain albums After 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable. Some[77] Yes Some Some[78] Some[79] arbitrary notes Yes No Flickr Services No RSS
Fotki Animated GIF,[80] JPEG, PNG;[81] BMP and TIFF are converted to JPEG e-mail, FTP, Java, browser (mass/fetch from URL; upload one photo at a time), desktop app (basic), desktop image viewers hierarchical folders contain folders or albums 50MB for non-paying users; can get 20MB extra/month; filenames are truncated to 34 characters Some[77] Yes Yes[82] No Some[83] No Yes Some[84] Fotki full help registered users[85] RSS,[86] Web [87]
ImageShack JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, mkv, mp4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, wm, 3gp, flv browser (one at a time), browser (multiple, zipped) flat slideshows free users: 5GB storage 5MB/image limit; subscribers: 3MB/image limit No[88] Some[89] Some Yes No No Some
Memeo GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, RAW, TIFF; MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, M4V Free up to 1GB, $4.95 a month for Premium Version No ? Yes[82] Yes Yes No ?
Photoshop.com JPEG, (any file format supported by Elements 7 or later when using the software to upload incl. RAW, TIFF, PSD, AVI) flash, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 or later galleries, albums free 2 GB storage (20 GB $19.99 and higher additional storage available) YesUnknown Yes Some Yes YesUnknown YesUnknown ? No ? ? ?
Picasa Web Albums Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG browser, Google+, Picasa, Exporter for iPhoto, the Aperture to Picasa Web Albums plug-in, Uploader on Mac OS X,[90] or F-Spot on Linux flat albums Unlimited for photos smaller than a certain resolution; 1GB free for larger photos; Additional storage for monthly fee.[41] Some[77][91] Yes Some No Yes[92] face recognition Yes friendly album/path, numeric filename No RSS
Shutterfly JPEG only Flash batch flat albums No, even Exif support is incomplete via desktop app (Shutterfly Studio) Some No No multiple templates
SkyDrive JPEG, ? HTTP, Silverlight albums 100MB per photo[citation needed] (7GB total) No Yes Some[93] Some Yes[94] Yes No No Yes[95] No No
SmugMug JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, Video 12MB per Photo (Standard/Power), 24MB per Photo (Pro and during 14 day trial) Some[77] Yes Yes[96] Yes[97] Yes[98] No Yes Yes Yes[99] Yes
Snapfish JPEG only No No ? No $0.25/photo No
Webshots JPEG, ? 5,400 photos, 540 videos No Yes Some[93] Some[100] Some[101] No No No
Zooomr JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF browser, flash smartset unlimited photos Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Some

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  77. ^ a b c d tags added via the web interface are not written back to the IPTC header; Exif and IPTC headers are lost when saving resized versions of the image
  78. ^ members can mark an image as favorite
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  82. ^ a b no CAPTCHA
  83. ^ anyone can download photos uploaded by Premium members
  84. ^ Fotki limits the length of the file portion of the URL to 24 characters
  85. ^ Fotki: paying users can edit the HTML of their album layout (Co-branding. Non-paying users can only select the photo frame style.
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  89. ^ The user can add tags, but they are not displayed on the photo page
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  92. ^ filenames are preserved
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  94. ^ Originals"
  95. ^ "RSS feeds"
  96. ^ CAPTCHA-protected for anonymous users
  97. ^ both star-rating and thumbs up/down
  98. ^ files get renamed to unique ID
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  100. ^ only Pro or Premium photos can be star-rated; rating by members or anonymous users
  101. ^ attempting to download the full-size version of a photo produces a Flash file of the photo and the message "This photo may only be saved by friends"