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May 23, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 2:29pm

Top 5 reverse image search engines

Whether you need to track down the perfect photo or you need to find out who's been using your photo without permission, these five reverse image tools will get the job done.

By Ben Sullivan

Reverse image searching is similar to regular web searching, but instead of key words, phrases, or questions, you provide the search engine with an example of an image, and it will search for similar images to the one that you have provided.

Many people are not yet aware that this feature is available, and many different reverse image search engines use different algorithms, but here are five of the best reverse image search engines that we’ve found.


TinEye

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TinEye is a browser plugin that works on Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. When the plugin is installed, you can right click on any image you see on the web and search for it on TinEye.

A wide range of preferences is available on TinEye such as hiding the TinEye icon in context menu, setting an order of preference or opening searches in the background, foreground, or the current tab.

RevIMG

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RevIMG is a browser-based reverse image search engine that finds images from an example image’s shape, dimension, and colour.

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There are multiple categories in which you can search for images, and you can either upload a photo or paste in a URL address.

Google Search

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Not many people know that you can actually reverse image search on Google. There four ways to do this:

1) Drag and drop an image into the search box on Google images
2) On images.google.com, click the camera icon the press ‘upload an image’
3) Copy and paste the URL of the image you want to reverse search when you press the camera icon on images.google.com
4) Download the Search by Image extension for Chrome or Firefox, then you can right click on any image to search Google for similar images

ImgSeek

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ImgSeek is perhaps the coolest reverse image searcher in this list. This is because Imgseek lets users search for images by reference of a roughly painted sketch!

Image Raider

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Image Raider has some noteworthy features, including the ability to search for more than one image at a time. Furthermore, you can add images from XML sitemap, or drop images in from Flickr or DevianArt. Many people use Image Raider to find out if their photographs have been published without permission or attribution.

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