List of photo-sharing websites

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This is a non-exhaustive list of major photo-sharing websites.

Active photo-sharing websites

NameLocation / Owner / HosterDescription/Focus/Registration requirementsiOSAndroidWindows PhoneOtherRegistered usersStorage Space Allowed Per User (standard)Global Alexa[1] page ranking
500pxCanada / Amazon AWS (hosting)Free, registration requiredYesYesYesChrome OS1,500,000[2]20 uploads/week free plan, unlimited for paid accounts1,437[3]
BayimgSweden / The Pirate BayFree image hosting, no registration required, uncensoredUnknownUnlimited storage for 547x410 pix reduced images11,367[4]
DayviewsSweden / Dayviews AB (Bilddagboken AB)Free image hosting, registration requiredYesYesYes1,291,500[5]Unlimited storage for 547×410 pix reduced images, also unlimited resolution and size for paying BDB HD users, costing approximately equivalent to $10.5 a year67,320[6]
DeviantARTUnited StatesFree image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional services, and unlocks hidden features. Generally allows art-specific content only, as the service is not a generic image hosting service.25,000,000[7]Unlimited uploads with 30 MB limit per image for all account types.126[8]
FlickrUnited States / Yahoo!Open (Yahoo! login)YesYesYes[9]87,000,000 (May 2013)[10]After 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable.

(Old limits: 300MB monthly upload limit (30MB per photo),[11] max 200 images viewable (free account[12]). If a free account is inactive for 90 consecutive days, it may be deleted.[13])

70[14]
FotkiEstonia[15] / Fotki, Inc.Free registration photo sharing service and communication portal.YesYes1,250,000[16]50MB for free, unlimited storage for $30/year[17]8,068[18]
FotologUnited StatesPhotoblogging. Popular in South America.YesYes15,000,000[19]The free version is ad-supported, and limits users to uploading one picture per day

Paying members can upload up to 6 pictures a day

4,398[20]
GifBoomUnited States / TapMojo LLC[21]Sharing of animated GIFs. Login through twitter or Facebook.YesYesUnknownUnknown48,892[22]
InstagramUnited States / FacebookPhoto sharing service. Registration is required.YesYesYes100,000,000[23]Owned by Facebook66[24]
imm.ioUnited States / AutodeskFree image hosting, images removed if not viewed in the last 30 days.Yes
(Pixlr)
Yes
(Pixlr)
UnknownNo user registration.16,952[25]
ImgurUnited StatesFree image hosting, no registration required.YesYesUnknown250 visible images for free accounts. Unlimited for pro accounts. If an image does not receive even 1 view in 6 months, it may be removed to make room for new images. Images on pro accounts will never be removed.85[26]
IpernityFrance[27]Photo/video sharing, Groups, BlogYesUnknownUnlimited image display/storage for paying users (200MB p/month upload, only last 1000 displayed with free account)20,391[28]
jAlbumSweden[29]Free hosting of galleries created with Jalbum softwareYes340,000[30]30MB of space given for free accounts, upgrade to 1gb space for €19/year21,329[31]
LafangoUnited StatesFree Registration, customizable galleries & folders.UnknownUnlimited storage93,907[32]
LockerzUnited StatesFree registration serviceYes19,000,000[33]Unlimited uploads for all users; 5MB per image1,669[34]
PanoramioHeadquartered in Switzerland / GoogleFree registration service4,700,000Unlimited provided the photos comply with the Google Earth Photo Acceptance Policy1,655[35]
PhanfareUnited States / CarboniteSubscription-based photo sharingUnlimited storage. Subscription accounts only. Bought out by Carbonite.56,296[36]
PhotobucketUnited StatesFree registration service50,000,000[37]With a free account, you can use up to 10GB of bandwidth per month and 2GB storage. Unlimited free storage, 1 MB per photo and 10 Min per video (With image size restrictions) No size restrictions with Pro account.190[38]
Photoshop.comUnited States / Adobe SystemsFocused on for managing, editing, storing, and sharing photos online, with personal URL, Photoshop.com Mobile access, tutorials, help etc. Currently US-only, works from any Flash-enabled browser but Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 users can also use it directly.UnknownTwo levels of membership: the Basic level is free with 2GB space and the option to purchase additional storage starting at $19.99 per year. The Plus level costs $69.99 per year with 20 GB included storage space, and $129.99 per year with 100GB and requires either Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 to use Organizer. [2]8,096[39]
PinterestUnited StatesPhoto sharing/social networking11,700,000[40]Unknown34[41]
PixabayGermany[42]Sharing of high-quality Public Domain photos.
Free to browse and download, registration required to contribute. Includes social networking capabilities.
UnknownUnknown6,991[43]
PixorialUnited StatesPersonal photo and video sharing platform.
Registration required. Free subscription available.
YesYesUnknownFree subscription available with 7 GB of storage for photos or videos. No limits on resolution of images or length of videos. Additional paid subscriptions available with increased storage. Unlimited uploads of photos or videos.127,486[44]
ShutterflyUnited StatesFree registration service2,000,000[45]Free, unlimited picture storage. Full resolution downloads only possible via purchase of archive DVD.907[46]
SmugMugUnited StatesFree search, subscription hosting, $40/year (Standard); $60 (Power); $150 (Pro); too [47]315,000[47]"unlimited" storage, 12MB per photo (Standard /Power), 24 MB per photo (Pro) Owner control over download of original resolution image.2,332[48]
SnapfishUnited States / Hewlett-PackardFree registration service, also provides services for Costco's online photo processing store90,000,000[49]unlimited, pay per download3,440[50]
StreamzooUnited StatesMobile photosocial game, free registration service, unlimited storage and sharing, available on Apple iOS, Android and WebUnknownUnlimited107,088[51]
TinyPicUnited States / PhotoBucketFree image hosting, no registration requiredUnknownNo known limit, but largest image dimension limited to 1600 pixels709[52]
TroveboxUnited States / Wide Angle Labs, Inc.[53]Free image hosting, registration required. Subscription option provides additional features.Unknown100 photo uploads per month for free users, unlimited for Pro accounts. 30MB per photo.409,288[54]
VhotoSeattlePhoto discovery from video frame processing, Photo sharingYesUnknownUnknown489,441[55]
WoophyNetherlandsFree registration service26,410[56]Unknown112,950[57]
yfrogUnited States / ImageShackTwitter photo sharing. Registration required. As of 2011 holds approximately 29% of the twitter photo sharing market.[58][59]UnknownUnknown3,948[60]
NameLocation / Owner / HosterDescription/Focus/Registration requirementsiOSAndroidWindows PhoneOtherRegistered usersStorage Space Allowed Per User (standard)Global Alexa[1] page ranking

Defunct photo-sharing websites

These also include sites that may still operate, but do not accept new users. Listed in chronological order of shutdown.
NameLocation/Owner
(if any)
Description/Focus/Registration requirementsDate closedStatus/NotesRegistered usersStorage Space Allowed Per User (standard)Global Alexa[1] page ranking
GazoPa BloomclosedFlower photo sharing serviceUnknown ?323,778
ZooomrUnited States / BlueBridge Technologies GroupNo registration service since 2007.2007Users are no longer accepted.100,000[61]Unlimited uploads and unlimited storage for ALL users.215,127[62]
Radar.netFree registration.May 26, 2010Radar shut down on May 26, 2010 at noon (PDT).[63]Unknown ?1,928,528[64]
Ovi ShareFinland / NokiaNokia's multimedia sharing service, formerly called Twango.
Service closed on May 30, 2012.
May 30, 2012Other Nokia services still available with the registered account.[65]20,000,000unlimited, pay per download3,769[66]
Memeo ShareUnited StatesFree photo and video exchanging software, files are shared desktop to desktop without being resized.June 3, 2012Memeo Share service was shut down on June 3, 2012.[67]Unknown1GB is free, Premium account is $4.95 a month53,930[68]
MobileMe Web GalleryUnited States / Apple Inc.Subscription service.
Ended June 30, 2012
June 30, 2012For an advertised "limited time", data was still able to be retrieved from MobileMe until July 31, 2012, when the site finally closed completely. Services moved to iCloud on June 30.180,000[69]10GB (standard level)31,440[70]
Kodak Gallery (Closed 7/2/2012)United StatesFree registration service, archiving photo service for $25/year.July 2, 2012(Closing-down on July 2, 2012; all accounts being moved over to Shutterfly)20,000,000[71]Used to be unlimited low-resolution, paid users can download high-res images that they've uploaded. New minimum purchase requirements 3/09: $4.99/yr for 2GB or less, $19.99/yr for more than 2GB.253,332[72]
WebshotsUnited StatesFree registration service.
(Discontinued on December 1, 2012, including paid service.)
December 1, 2012All old user photos from accounts not migrated to Shutterfly were deleted. Webshots still operates in other fields, and is owned by Threefold Photos.32,000,000[73]One 800×600 image per day8,647[74]

Comparison of photo-sharing websites

Legend:

NameFile formatsUploadFolder/ album structureLimitationsIPTC supportTags/ keywordsCommentsRatingDownload originalsNotesGeo- taggingFriendly URLsAPICustom layoutSubscriptions
FlickrJPEG, GIF, PNG, (TIFF, ? are converted to JPEG)collections contain albumsAfter 20 MAY 2013, 1TB free, 200MB per image, all photos display, original files downloadable.Some[76]YesSomeSome[77]Some[78]arbitrary notesYesNoFlickr ServicesNoRSS
FotkiAnimated GIF,[79] JPEG, PNG;[80] BMP and TIFF are converted to JPEGe-mail, FTP, Java, browser (mass/fetch from URL; upload one photo at a time), desktop app (basic), desktop image viewershierarchical folders contain folders or albums50MB for non-paying users; can get 20MB extra/month; filenames are truncated to 34 charactersSome[76]YesYes[81]NoSome[82]NoYesSome[83]Fotki full helpregistered users[84]RSS,[85] Web [86]
ImageShack [needs update]JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, mkv, mp4, MOV, AVI, MPEG, wm, 3gp, flvbrowser (one at a time), browser (multiple, zipped)flat slideshowsfree users: 5GB storage 5MB/image limit; subscribers: 3MB/image limitNo[87]Some[88]SomeYesNoNoSome
MemeoGIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, RAW, TIFF; MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, M4VFree up to 1GB, $4.95 a month for Premium VersionNo?Yes[81]YesYesNo?
Photoshop.comJPEG, (any file format supported by Elements 7 or later when using the software to upload incl. RAW, TIFF, PSD, AVI)flash, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7 or latergalleries, albumsfree 2 GB storage (20 GB $19.99 and higher additional storage available)YesUnknownYesSomeYesYesUnknownYesUnknown?No???
Picasa Web AlbumsAnimated GIF, JPEG, PNGbrowser, Google+, Picasa, Exporter for iPhoto, the Aperture to Picasa Web Albums plug-in, Uploader on Mac OS X,[89] or F-Spot on Linuxflat albumsUnlimited for photos smaller than a certain resolution; 1GB free for larger photos; Additional storage for monthly fee.[90]Some[76][91]YesSomeNoYes[92]face recognitionYesfriendly album/path, numeric filenameNoRSS
ShutterflyJPEG onlyFlash batchflat albumsNo, even Exif support is incompletevia desktop app (Shutterfly Studio)SomeNoNomultiple templates
SkyDriveJPEG, ?HTTP, Silverlightalbums100MB per photo[citation needed] (7GB total)NoYesSome[93]SomeYes[94]YesNoNoYes[95]NoNo
SmugMugJPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, Video12MB per Photo (Standard/Power), 24MB per Photo (Pro and during 14 day trial)Some[76]YesYes[96]Yes[97]Yes[98]NoYesYesYes[99]Yes
SnapfishJPEG onlyNoNo?No$0.25/photoNo
WebshotsJPEG, ?5,400 photos, 540 videosNoYesSome[93]Some[100]Some[101]NoNoNo
ZooomrJPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIFbrowser, flashsmartsetunlimited photosYesYesYesSomeYesYesYesNoYesYesSome

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  82. ^ anyone can download photos uploaded by Premium members
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  94. ^ Originals"
  95. ^ "RSS feeds"
  96. ^ CAPTCHA-protected for anonymous users
  97. ^ both star-rating and thumbs up/down
  98. ^ files get renamed to unique ID
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  100. ^ only Pro or Premium photos can be star-rated; rating by members or anonymous users
  101. ^ attempting to download the full-size version of a photo produces a Flash file of the photo and the message "This photo may only be saved by friends"