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Type of site
Public domain imagery
Available inMultilingual (26)
OwnerHans Braxmeier & Simon Steinberger GbR
Created by
  • Hans Braxmeier,
  • Simon Steinberger
Alexa rankIncrease 398 (january 2019)[1]
Launched24 November 2010; 8 years ago (2010-11-24)
Current statusActive

Pixabay.com is an international website for sharing photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage under a proprietary license[2]. As of November 2017, Pixabay offers over 1,188,454 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and videos.[3]


The enterprise was founded in November 2011 in Ulm, Germany by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger. In March 2012, Pixabay was redesigned, switching from a personal image collection into an interactive online community, supporting 20 languages. In May of the same year, a public Application Programming Interface (API) was launched, allowing third party users and website developers to search Pixabay's image database. Today, the API is being used by the designer community Psykopaint, and inside Jimdo's WYSIWYG homepage editor. Along with Flickr, YouTube and Wikimedia Commons, in June 2012, Pixabay was included on Creative Commons' official CC search site.[4] On a regular basis, Pixabay received attention in international print and online magazines.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] In 2014, six additional interface languages were implemented (Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Slovak, Bulgarian, Danish) and in 2015, Pixabay started offering film footage in addition to images - all of which released under Creative Commons license CC0.


On Pixabay, users can find and contribute quality images and footage films free of copyrights. For uploading files and downloading full sized images, a free registration is required. By uploading files, the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights under Creative Commons deed CC0, thus permitting free usage of their work. Consequently, anyone is allowed to use, modify and redistribute the images freely - even in commercial applications - without asking for permission and without accreditation.

Depicted content may yet be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.[12] To ensure a high quality standard and avoid legal issues, all uploaded images are checked manually by Pixabay's staff members.

Quality standards for contributors[edit]

Image contributors must respect Pixabay's quality standards: The image file format must be JPEG, PNG, PSD, AI, or SVG and the file size may not be over 40 MB. Furthermore, all newly submitted images must have at least 3000 px at one side; they must show something useful and have no obvious technical flaws.[13]

Footage can be uploaded in MPEG, MOV and AVI format and file sizes may not surpass 300 MB. A minimum resolution of 1280×800 pixels is required, and clips should not exceed 60 seconds.[14]


In January 2016, there were about 33,200 active image authors. Hans Braxmeier himself contributed over 20,000 images, which were downloaded over two million times. The second most active contributor was geralt, who uploaded 10,000 images (over 4,5 million downloads).[15]


Hans Braxmeier - founder and CEO of Pixabay - has studied computer science in Ulm, Germany. During and after his studies, he launched several other web projects.

Simon Steinberger - co-founder and also CEO of Pixabay - studied chemistry in Ulm and finished his PhD in 2011. During this time, he started working in the IT sector and developed various other websites.

Achim Thiemermann is responsible for social media marketing and Olga Foma focuses on image quality control.[16]


Pixabay was ranked 501st on Alexa on September 14, 2017.[17] Google assigned the domain a PageRank of six.

Visitors and users[edit]

About 27% of Pixabay's visitors speak English, 20% Spanish, 11% Portuguese, 7% German, and 5% speak French. Users are mainly bloggers, graphics designers, authors, journalists and advertisers.[18]


Pixabay's backend is written in the Python based web framework Django, running on an Nginx server with PostgreSQL as database system. The internal search is working on a Lucene based ElasticSearch server.[19][20]


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  2. ^ "Pixabay home page". Pixabay.com. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ "Pixabay home page". Pixabay.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  4. ^ "CC Search".
  5. ^ "Pixabay: More Than 40,000 Completely Free Photos And Illustrations". Noupe. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  6. ^ "商用・非商用を問わず完全フリーで使えるハイクオリティな画像検索サイト「Pixabay」". Gigazine. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  7. ^ "HVG - 65 ezer ingyenes, korlátozás nélkül letölthető fantasztikus kép". Hvg.hu. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  8. ^ "Das sind die besten kostenlosen Fotodatenbanken". Welt.de. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  9. ^ Von Rainer Schuldt, 14.06.2012, 19:00 Uhr (2012-06-20). "Tolle Bilder zum Nulltarif". Computerbild.de. Retrieved 2014-05-30.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Yahoo Nachrichten - 6 Datenbanken mit Gratis-Bildern". De.nachrichten.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  11. ^ Page 12/2012, "Low-Budget-Bildquellen", p. 70-74, www.page-online.de
  12. ^ "Public Domain Images - What is allowed and what is not?".
  13. ^ "Autentificare".
  14. ^ "Video Quality Guidelines".
  15. ^ "Top 100 photographers".
  16. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  17. ^ "pixabay.com Site Overview".
  18. ^ "Alexa / Unpublished data based on Google Analytics". Alexa.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  19. ^ "Pixabay powered by new server" (in German). Pixabay.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  20. ^ "Pixabay.com Technology Profile". WebTechster. Retrieved 2014-03-27.


External links[edit]

Media related to Pixabay at Wikimedia Commons