Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos



If you like trawling the internet in search of interesting things, here's a fascinating web site that will help your research significantly.  Tin Eye ( is a reverse image search facility.  Upload a picture, or paste in the URL of an image on an existing site, and Tin Eye will tell you where else that image has been used.  

If you've ever uploaded some of your own photos to a web site, and you want to find out whether anyone else has "borrowed" your images to use for their own purposes, then this site will help you find out.




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There's an addon for Firefox call Fast Image Research that gives you a right-click item to search on both TinEye and Google Image Search at the same time. There are also addons to do each of those individually. But, I find I often end up going to both, anyway.

These reverse image search sites are good for countering the Nigerian "lonely hearts" type fraudsters.

The target's prospective loved one will turn out to be a professional model or a fitness instructor who have advertised online somewhere. Keep the image search sites in mind if one of your friends or family is getting scammed and needs convincing.

I have TinEye and Google Image Search in my Firefox browser: right click on any image on any Web page and at the bottom of the drop down menu are both options: search for identical images with TinEye or search with Google. In practice, I use both because both open up their own search results pages.

I've no idea if this facility is possible with browsers other than Firefox, but I can say I've been using TinEye for a number of years and been more than happy with it (I've only used Google image search for a year or so.)

TinEye's results were of specific assistance three or four years ago (yes, that long) in determining that a fraudster on eBay UK Motors was just that: though his advertisement featured half a dozen high value pre-owned cars situated in various areas of his dealership forecourt, it took TinEye a matter of moments to determine that three of the cars were at one dealership, two at another, and the sixth at a third, the dealerships ranging from south London up to Birmingham up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The TinEye results became part of an immediate criminal investigation, in which all the dealerships were notified that same day of the scam now underway, and eBay UK referred the matter to the police.

Candidly, I wouldn't go anywhere near eBay without first checking that the images I'm looking at are indeed genuine and not images lifted by a fraudulent seller from elsewhere. Using TinEye and Google Image Search is plain commonsense.

Hi Mike,

I use Firefox - could you please tell me how to get TinEye onto my Firefox browser. Thank you

Anyone compared this to Google's Image Search? I used Tineye a year or so back, and at that time it didn't seem to compare.

Great tool to fight against copycats, posers and other pseudo-artists who like to steal another person's work.