List of photo-sharing websites

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

Active photo-sharing websites

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 1,359[3]
Bayimg Sweden / The Pirate Bay Free image hosting, no registration required, uncensored Unknown Unlimited storage for 547x410 pix reduced images 161,773[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 31,374[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. 152[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][not in citation given])

Fotki Estonia[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] 8,732[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

GifBoom United States / TapMojo LLC[21] Sharing of animated GIFs. Login through Twitter or Facebook. Yes Yes Unknown Unknown 175,061[22]
Instagram United States / Facebook Photo sharing service. Registration is required. Yes Yes Yes 100,000,000[23] Owned by Facebook 26[24]
Imgur United States Free image hosting, no registration required. Yes Yes Unknown From 9th Feb 2015 onwards all the imgur accounts would be treated as Imgur pro accounts. No Limits.[25] 36[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) 30,232[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 42,783[31]
Lafango United States Free Registration, customizable galleries & folders. Unknown Unlimited storage 304,391[32]
Panoramio Headquartered in Switzerland / Google Free registration service 4,700,000 Unlimited provided the photos comply with the Google Earth Photo Acceptance Policy 2,339[33]
Phanfare United States / Carbonite Subscription-based photo sharing Unlimited storage. Subscription accounts only. Bought out by Carbonite. 65,346[34]
Photobucket United States Free registration service 50,000,000[35] With a free account, you can use up to 10GB of bandwidth per month and 2GB storage. Unlimited free storage, 1 MB per photo and 10 Min per video (With image size restrictions) No size restrictions with Pro account. 347[36]
Pinterest United States Photo sharing/social networking 11,700,000[37] Unknown 32[38]
Pixabay Germany[39] Sharing of high-quality Public Domain photos.
Free to browse and download, registration required to contribute. Includes social networking capabilities.
Unknown Unknown 1,235[40]
Shutterfly United States Free registration service 2,000,000[41] Free, unlimited picture storage. Full resolution downloads only possible via purchase of archive DVD. 1,080[42]
SmugMug United States Free search, subscription hosting 315,000[43] "unlimited" storage 2,327[44]
Snapfish United States / Hewlett-Packard Free registration service, also provides services for Costco's online photo processing store 90,000,000[45] unlimited, pay per download 5,888[46]
TinyPic United States / PhotoBucket Free image hosting, no registration required Unknown No known limit, but largest image dimension limited to 1600 pixels 1,395[47]
Vhoto Seattle Photo discovery from video frame processing, Photo sharing Yes Unknown Unknown 1,113,798[48]
yfrog United States / ImageShack Twitter photo sharing. Registration required. As of 2011 holds approximately 29% of the Twitter photo sharing market.[49][50] Unknown Unknown 80,152[51]
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

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[52] Unlimited uploads and unlimited storage for ALL users. 215,127[53] Free registration. May 26, 2010 Radar shut down on May 26, 2010 at noon (PDT).[54] Unknown  ? 1,928,528[55]
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.[56] 20,000,000 unlimited, pay per download 3,769[57]
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[58] 10GB (standard level) 31,440[59]
Kodak Gallery United States Free registration service, archiving photo service for $25/year. July 2, 2012 (Closed down on July 2, 2012; all accounts moved over to Shutterfly) 20,000,000[60] 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[61]
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[62] One 800×600 image per day 8,647[63]
Pixorial United States Personal photo and video sharing platform.
Registration required. Free subscription available.
July 18, 2014 No new accounts being accepted. 636,000 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[64] United States / Autodesk Free image hosting, images removed if not viewed in the last 30 days. October 29, 2014 Unknown 16,952[65]
Lockerz United States Free registration service 2014 19,000,000[66] Unlimited uploads for all users; 5MB per image 1,669[67]
Streamzoo United States Mobile photosocial game, free registration service, unlimited storage and sharing, available on Apple iOS, Android and Web March 21, 2014 All services stopped and photos deleted. Unknown Unlimited 107,088[68]
Trovebox United States / Wide Angle Labs, Inc.[69] Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional features. March 31, 2015 Unknown 100 photo uploads per month for free users, unlimited for Pro accounts. 30MB per photo. 409,288[70]
Woophy Netherlands Free registration service December 24, 2014 26,410[71] Unknown 112,950[72]

Comparison of photo-sharing websites


  • 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[73]
  • 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 displayed as JPEG, compressed up to 58:1 for a 16bpc TIFF) collections contain albums After 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable. Some[74] Yes Some Some[75] Some[76] arbitrary notes Yes No Flickr Services No RSS
Fotki Animated GIF,[77] JPEG, PNG;[78] 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[74] Yes Yes[79] No Some[80] No Yes Some[81] Fotki full help registered users[82] RSS,[83] Web [84]
ImageShack [needs update] 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[85] Some[86] Some Yes No No Some
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,[87] 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.[88] Some[74][89] Yes Some No Yes[90] 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[91] Some Yes[92] Yes No No Yes[93] No No
SmugMug JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, Video 12MB per Photo (Standard/Power), 24MB per Photo (Pro and during 14 day trial) Some[74] Yes Yes[94] Yes[95] Yes[96] No Yes Yes Yes[97] Yes
Snapfish JPEG only No No ? No $0.25/photo No
Webshots JPEG, ? 5,400 photos, 540 videos No Yes Some[91] Some[98] Some[99] 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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  43. ^ 315,000 paying customers
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  74. ^ 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
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  79. ^ no CAPTCHA
  80. ^ anyone can download photos uploaded by Premium members
  81. ^ Fotki limits the length of the file portion of the URL to 24 characters
  82. ^ 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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  86. ^ The user can add tags, but they are not displayed on the photo page
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  90. ^ filenames are preserved
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  92. ^ Originals"
  93. ^ "RSS feeds"
  94. ^ CAPTCHA-protected for anonymous users
  95. ^ both star-rating and thumbs up/down
  96. ^ files get renamed to unique ID
  97. ^ "SmugMug API". 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  98. ^ only Pro or Premium photos can be star-rated; rating by members or anonymous users
  99. ^ 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"