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Pixabay GmbH
Type of site
Stock photography, stock footage, stock vector graphics, stock music
Available inMultilingual (26)
OwnerCanva Pty Ltd, Hans Braxmeier, Simon Steinberger
Created by
  • Hans Braxmeier,
  • Simon Steinberger
Launched24 November 2010; 10 years ago (2010-11-24)

Pixabay.com is a website for sharing photos, illustrations, vector graphics, film footage and music, exclusively under the custom Pixabay license, a modified and somewhat more restrictive version of the Creative Commons CC0 license.[1][2][3]

The overall quality of the photos on the service has been described as "mediocre for the most part"[4] and "variable" but covering a "wide range of subjects".[5]

The site was founded in November 2010 in Ulm, Germany by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger.[6]

In November 2018, Pixabay was acquired by the Australian design and publishing platform Canva.[7]

On 9 January 2019, Pixabay left CC0[8] and changed its license to the "Pixabay License", which prohibits the sale of unaltered copies of the licensed works, or distribution as stock images or wallpapers.[9]


  1. ^ "Pixabay home page". Pixabay.com. Archived from the original on 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2018-10-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Terms of Service". web.archive.org. 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  3. ^ "Pixabay - Terms of Service". Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  4. ^ "Shooting down the idea of free stock photos". The Straits Times. 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "The best free stock videos 2020: high quality free videos for all your projects". TechRadar. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  6. ^ ""Pixabay ist die größte Bilddatenbank" – Hans Braxmeier im Interview | Investorszene". Investorszene (in German). 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Australia's design unicorn, Canva, picks up two free image-sharing services, and launches new photo product". TechCrunch. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Pixabay License Change – No Longer a CC0 License – SugarFire". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  9. ^ "Pixabay Images are not allowed". Theme Review Team. WordPress.org. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-10-29.

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