Imgur Review

Host and share your images for free

Imgur is a free image hosting website that serves as a popular way to create and share memes and host GIFs and other images. With a few hundred million users, there's never a shortage of content.

You can browse through Imgur to find funny pictures or share your own with the world. Galleries are supported, registration is free, and it lets you store as many photos as you like; they'll stay on Imgur forever unless you decide to delete them.

In addition to storing your photos, Imgur lets you crop and resize pictures as well as adjust other advanced settings through its online photo editor.

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What We Like
  • No account is required to upload photos.

  • Upload an unlimited number of pictures.

  • Images are stored forever.

  • Upload in bulk.

  • Create photo albums.

  • Share pictures with anyone.

  • Supports large GIF uploads.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't work with the popular PSD format.

  • Can't upload GIFV files.

Imgur App

Imgur has a mobile app for iOS and Android users:

You can use the Imgur mobile app to browse the site and share files on the go.

Imgur most viral and post screens

Imgur Limitations

The following file formats are supported when you upload to Imgur: JPEG, PNG, GIF, APNG, TIFF, MP4, MPEG, AVI, WEBM, QuickTime, x-matroska (MKV), x-flv (FLV), x-msvideo, and x-ms-wmv (WMV).

20 MB is the largest file size for non-animated files like JPGs. PNGs over 5 MB will be converted to JPG automatically, and non-animated pictures larger than 1 MB (5 MB if you're logged in) are compressed to reduce their size (but the same quality remains).

GIF and video uploads can be as large as 200 MB and as long as 60 seconds; they'll be converted to GIFV (with sound removed) to shrink the size if the file exceeds 2 MB.

Every user can only upload 50 images to Imgur every hour. This limitation is set by your IP address, which means that if you were to log in to your same account from a different IP address after uploading 50 pictures, you can upload another 50 under that address.

How to Upload to Imgur

Putting your photos on Imgur is really easy. It can be done from a computer or the mobile app.

  1. Select New post at the top of Imgur.

  2. Drag and drop the images you want to upload to Imgur. You can instead pick the Choose Photo/Video or Paste image or URL option. Below those are additional upload choices: Meme Gen and Video to Gif.

    Imgur upload options
  3. Give the post a title.

  4. Optionally edit the image. Hover your mouse of it and use the three-dotted menu to open the editor. You can crop and resize the picture.

    Imgur editing tools
  5. At this point, there are a few ways to upload and share your photos on Imgur:

    • Selecting To Community requires you to log in to your Imgur account or create a new one right now. It will post the images publicly for anyone to see. If you go this route, you'll need to choose Share to community once you've logged in.
    • The other upload option is Hidden, which doesn't require an account but it won't post the images to the home page for everyone to see. You'll instead be given a private share link.
    • Sharing is also allowed on a per image basis. Whether you are uploading just one or several photos/videos, hover your mouse over the one you want to get a share link for, and select Get share links to find all of those options.
    Imgur hidden link

    You can also use this page to add tags to your photos to make them easier for people to find. If you've uploaded more than one, Rearrange is an option that lets you order the photos in the album however you want them to appear.

  6. Now that your content has been uploaded, share the link wherever you like!

More About Imgur

  • Several links are given after you upload a photo to Imgur, such as a direct, HTML, BBCode Link, and markdown link.
  • Images you upload can have their own title and description, which helps when sharing them with others.
  • Users can like, dislike, favorite, share, and comment on images.
  • The advanced search box lets you find images with a specific title, search for a certain user, and find images listed under a particular tag
  • You can browse through images uploaded by other Imgur users and filter them by Most Viral or a popular tag, and then sort the posts by popular, newest, best, or random.
  • The top several best comments can be viewed each day, spanning all the public images on the website
  • Imgur includes a Meme Generator that lets you add any custom text to a popular image, one from another user or one you've uploaded yourself
  • An entire photo album can be viewed in full screen as well as downloaded at once as a ZIP file
  • Random Mode is a fun way to find a random, popular image another user has uploaded to Imgur
  • Online videos can be converted to GIFs using Imgur's Video to GIF page

Final Thoughts on Imgur

You'd be right to assume that nearly every image you run into on popular sites like Reddit and social media networks, is hosted on Imgur.

The website is easy to use, doesn't require an account, supports unlimited uploads and lifelong storage, and supports all the popular image formats...there's not much to dislike about it. It's no wonder that it gets billions of post views every month.

We appreciate the fact that you don't need an account to use Imgur. Now, if you want to have access to editing the file and removing it with ease later on, you should create an account. It's completely free and only takes a minute.

There are other free online image hosting websites that don't give out the direct link to an image after it has been uploaded, so that little feature with Imgur is quite a blessing. This is really helpful when sharing pictures with others.

It seems that Imgur has thought of everything when it comes to storing your photos online, so there's really nothing to complain about.

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