Wikipedia:Public domain image resources

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Public domain image resources is a copy of the master Wikipedia page at Meta, which lists a number of sources of public domain images on the Web.

Public Domain images should be marked with the Public Domain Mark 1.0. Public Domain Mark enables works that are no longer restricted by copyright to be marked as such in a standard and simple way, making them easily discoverable and available to others. The Public Domain Mark is recommended for works that are free of known copyright around the world. These will typically be very old works.[1] For a creator to release his/her works into the public domain legally they must use the creative commons CC0 license which gives creators a way to waive all their copyright and related rights in their works to the fullest extent allowed by law.[2] The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images before you submit them to Wikipedia.

Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy.

See also:

You can use CCSearch to search for freely licensed images across many of the image sources listed here.
It can also help with finding freely licensed animations, audio and videos.

General collections[edit]

Public Domain resources should have either the Public Domain Mark 1.0 or the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication mark visible. Non-Public Domain resources should not be added to this list. Listing is ordered alphabetically.

  • – More than 155,000 absolutely free photos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • British Library Over a million images, taken mostly from illustrations in 17th, 18th and 19th Century books, released into the public domain, as announced on the British Library blog. Metadata about the images and the books from which they come is also available for download on Github.
  • ClipartSpy – Over 2.9 million public domain/CC0 clipart images from popular galleries.
  • Clker – Easy to search public domain images, directly usable in
  • Pixnio – A large collection of high resolution public domain images. Free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Davalign PDI[dead link] – A growing collection of public domain landscape photographs.
  • Over 160,000 free professional images for commercial use.
  • Dreamstime Public Domain Photos – A selection of 100.000 public domain photos.
  • Archive of pictures, mainly for texture-creation, all Images are under CC0 (Public Domain) license.
  • Flickr Public Domain Search – About 6 million Public Domain images (link is to search filtered by "CC0", "No known copyright restrictions" and "U.S. Gov't Works"). Includes British Library.
  • For Free Photos About 2,000 public domain images.
  • – More than 12 Million Public Domain/CC0 stock images, clip-art, historical photos and more. Excellent Search Results. Commercial use OK. No attribution required. No login required.
  •[dead link] – More than 4000 free high quality photos under Public Domain license CC0.
  • Freejpg – Free Image Bank for Commercial and Editorial Use.
  •[dead link] – Over 2,500,000 public domain(or CC0)images, illustrations and vectors under Creative Commons License CC0. All curated free images are ready for private and commercial use, no attribution required. Also FreeQration has been producing and updating Free, model released images around 200,000 images are available and more than hundreds model released images are updated weekly.
  • Free Stock Photos – Free Stock Photos – licensed with CC0.
  • Free Stock Photos 17 free stock photo sites.
  • A large collection of Public Domain, GNU, Creative Commons & custom licensed stock photos and clip art. (Beware, CC images is not Public Domain).
  • – Free public domain illustrations, postcards, advertisements, and book illustrations produced before 1923.
  • Good Free Photos – All public domain pictures of mainly landscape but wildlife and plants as well
  • – Thousands of absolutely free photos, vectors and videos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • – High-resolution and natural looking photos in Martin Vorel's free stock photo site. Website is divided into several different categories including business, close up, traveling (Mongolia, Thailand, Europe), animals, plants and nature photos. All pictures are licensed under CC0 – Public domain. No need to indicate the source / No registration / For commercial use.
  • - Curated collection of over 900,000 hi-res images from a variety of publicly released collections.
  • MarblePics – All photos can be used for personal, commercial or editorial purposes without attribution (CC0 license).
  • Needpix - library of more than 1.5 million free, or so-called Public Domain Photos and Illustrations licensed with CC0.
  • – Untouched photos under CC0 licence.
  • One Million Free Pictures – All pictures covering various topics are released into public domain. These pictures are originally created by the owner, therefore these pictures can be used for personal and commercial use.
  • Open Galleries A community source of free photography, hosting several galleries with photos from all over the world.
  • Public domain photo collection with about 7400 high resolution pictures up to 6000x4000. All images licensed under CC0 license.
  • PD Poster Public domain posters.
  • PhotoDorks – An exclusive collection of public domain stock images.
  • – Small collection of 5000 images released into the public domain. Mostly textures, other stock images as well.
  • PhotostockEditor Free High-Resolution Images For Personal & Commercial Use. New Pictures added Weekly.
  • Picdrome – growing Public Domain picture collection: no copyright, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication.
  • Large collection of high-quality free stock photos and public domain pictures.
  • Picjumbo — free stock photos Safe source of modern stock photos (updated daily) directly from photographers (no reshared photos from other sources).
  • – Nice collection of mostly outdoor photos that are Public Domain and Royalty Free under the Creative Commons CC0 – free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Pond5 Public Domain project 80.000 photos, videos and sound clips – free for private and commercial use [3].
  • Public Domain Files Public domain pictures and clip art.
  • Public Domain Footage – Public domain archival stock footage and newsreels.
  • About 5.000 public domain images.
  • Smithsonian Institution – Open Access – 2.8 million Free Public Domain images available.
  • Public Domain Pictures A large collection of high-quality pictures for free. Possibility to contact the authors for original files. (For some photo you have to be "premium membership" a.k.a. you have to pay !).
  • Public Domain Review – A Blog by the Open Knowledge Foundation to easily access public domain resources.
  • - has a section where they curate over 7,000+ public domain illustrations. Many are from their own collection of vintage publication. They also dedicate a portion of their photos under CC0, you can find those images using the tag CC0.
  • is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers.
  • Over 800 PBR textures under CC0 (public) license.
  • Daily added free to use and modify photographs, published under Creative Commons CC0 license (no rights reserved).
  • – 13,990,108 Free Public Domain/CC0 Images from multiple sources. Single search for images from Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, Flickr, British Library, NYPL and others. Full image downloads without login or restrictions. Includes a meme maker.
  • SoulPhotos – Continuously growing public domain photo collection, released under Creative Commons CC0 – free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • - is a library of high resolution and quality textures and backgrounds from various categories - signs, fabrics, sky, buildings, ground, roads, nature, sea, wood, water, tiles, soil, walls, rocks, doors, debris, concrete, bricks, bokeh, etc). All licensed Creative Commons CC0.
  • Topers Photos A collection of original and edited photos using various photo applications. These photos are dedicated by the creator into the public domain. It does not require credits but a backlink to the photo blog is appreciated.
  • Wikimedia Commons hosts over 6.2 million public domain or CC0 images. With over 44 million total uploaded files (of all licence types; as of January 2018), it is the largest free "images-only" repository. Commons is the primary repository of media for all Wikimedia projects. Media on Commons can be used readily on all Wikimedia projects, just as if the media were uploaded to the projects directly. Media tagged with the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark can be found here: commons:Category:CC-PD-Mark. CC-Zero marked images can be found here: commons:Category:CC-Zero.

US government resources[edit]

If any page or image seems missing, replace in its URI with

Subject-based collections[edit]

Ordered by subject, alphabetically:


Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the artwork's copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.


  • The Crittenden Automotive Library. Not all are PD! The image detail page will state the status, PD images will be marked "Public domain" or by year of publication if before 1922.

Clip art[edit]

Clip art, in the graphic arts, refers to pre-made images used to illustrate any medium. Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography.

  • – exists to maintain and grow an online collection of artwork for schoolkids and others that is free of copyright concerns as well as safe from inappropriate images. To ensure these qualities, no direct user-uploaded images are allowed. This is one of the largest collections of public domain images online (clip art and photos), and the fastest-loading. Maintainer vets all images and promptly answers email inquiries.
  • Open Clip Art – This project is an archive of public domain clip art. The clip art is stored in the W3C scalable vector graphics (SVG) format.
  • Public Domain Clip Art- 25,000+ Public Domain Clip Arts (good for printing). Categorized & searchable.
  • Public Domain Vectors- Categorized and searchable vector graphics in public domain
  • Clip Art/Public Domain at Curlie (a list of links to sites with public domain clip art)



Specific periods[edit]


  • Thousands of Public domain photographs of Ireland, Irish history, scenery, castles, landscapes, etc. as well as photos of items that can be applied to any project: animals, houses, buildings, etc.
  • The National Library of Ireland on Flickr Uploads hundreds of public domain historic images of Ireland. Much greater ease of use for Wikipedia needs than the actual National Library of Ireland website.
  • The House of the Oireachtas on Flickr uploads hundreds of images from Ireland's two houses of government under creative commons licenses.
  • uploads "official" portraits of Irish Teachtai Dala and Senators under creative commons licenses. Unfortunately, as of 2021, these images are rarely, if ever, in high resolution.


Logos and flags[edit]



New Zealand[edit]

Postage stamps[edit]


United States[edit]


Search engines[edit]

  • – Has an Advanced Image Search that offers images in different resolutions and also categorizes images. Allows free querying of the bing Image Search API up to a certain limit per day.
  • – Searching over 4.3 million public domain and creative commons photos including Wikipedia and NASA. Free user accounts with drag and drop collections, and other features.
  • Google Image Search – Advanced search can search for free licensed or PD works. By default, Google does not filter based on license. Add the following (without quotes) to your search URL to display only images with licensing appropriate for Wikipedia: "&tbs=sur:fmc"
  • – Collection of Free Stock Resources
  • Wayback Machine Search 150 Billion web pages preserved by the Internet Archive.


  1. ^ "About the Public Domain Mark — "No Known Copyright" – Creative Commons". Creative Commons.
  2. ^ "About CC0 — "No Rights Reserved" – Creative Commons". Creative Commons.
  3. ^ Jonathan Shieber. "Pond5 Issues 80,000 Free Media Assets With The Launch Of Its Public Domain Project". TechCrunch. AOL.
  4. ^ "Open Content Program (The Getty)". Retrieved 2013-11-14.