How to Copy a Web Image's URL

Paste the image's web address into an email, text editor, and more

Every image on the web has a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), which is the web address that points to that image. It's easy to copy the URL and then paste it into a text editor, new browser window, or email, so any recipient can click on it to load the image from the source link.

Copying the image's URL is helpful if you're working with a large image. Instead of saving the image to your computer and then emailing it to a friend, just send the image's URL. You'll avoid email attachment size limits and save space on your hard drive.

Here's how to copy and paste a web image's URL in popular internet browsers.

This article addresses copying and pasting a web image's URL using a desktop Mac or PC.

Copy an Image URL in Google Chrome

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

    Screenshot of copying an image's URL
  2. Right-click on the image and select Copy Image Address.

    Screenshot of copying image address in Chrome
  3. Paste the address into a new email.

    Screenshot of copying an image's URL in Chrome and pasting into an email
  4. Or paste it into a new browser window.

    Screenshot of pasting an image URL into a new browser window in Chrome
  5. Or paste it into a text editor.

    Screenshot of pasting an image's URL into a text editor

Copy an Image URL in Safari

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

  2. Right-click on the image and select Copy Image Address from the menu that opens.

    Screenshot of copying an image address in Safari
  3. Paste the address into a new email, text editor, or new browser window.

Another option in most browsers is to open the image in a new tab or window, and then copy the address from the URL bar of the browser.

Copy an Image URL in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

  2. Right-click on the image and select Copy Image Location from the menu that opens.

    Screenshot of copying an image URL in Firefox
  3. Paste the address into a new email, text editor, or new browser window.

If you don't see Copy Image Location in the menu, select Inspect Element. Look for the URL in the highlighted section of code following src=. Select the URL and then press Ctrl + C (Windows, Linux) or Command + C (Mac) to copy the URL.

Copy an Image URL in Internet Explorer

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

  2. Right-click on the image and select Properties.

  3. Find and highlight the URL address to select it.

  4. Right-click and select Copy or press Ctrl +to copy the image. 

  5. Paste the address into a new email, text editor, or new browser window.

Copying an Image URL in Microsoft Edge

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

  2. Right-click on the image and select Copy from the menu that appears. (Don't select Copy picture.)

  3. Paste the address into a new email, text editor, or new browser window.

Copy an Image URL in Opera

  1. Go to the image whose address you want to copy.

  2. Right-click on the image and select Copy image address.

  3. Paste the address into a new email, text editor, or new browser window.

When you copy an image's URL, note that the website's operator has control over the image to which your link points. They may remove that image at any time. Consider saving the image to your hard drive if it's important and if copyright allows.