12 Best Free Image Hosting Websites

Store images for free and share them online

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A good free image hosting website will give you a convenient place to store your photos so you can access and share them quickly and easily.

Some of these free image hosting websites also include basic editing capabilities like resizing, cropping and adding effects. It can be a great way to share your photos with others.

Each image hosting website works a little bit differently so be sure to read the specifics before deciding on one. You'll want to consider the storage size, file size, types of files you can upload, and ease of uploading your photos.

Some additional features you'll come across included allowable direct linking, image galleries, HTML links, editing features, and privacy settings.

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Imgur

The upload window in Imgur
Imgur, Inc.

What We Like

  • No limit to the number of uploaded photos.

  • Supplies direct links for sharing images.

  • Supports large GIF uploads.

What We Don't Like

  • No support for PSD files.

  • Possible wait times when there's a high amount of traffic.

Use Imgur to store an unlimited number of your photos without ever worrying about them expiring. All your images are kept online forever until you decide to remove them.

Anyone can upload images to Imgur but you can also create a free account to manage privacy, create albums easier, add captions, and upload images via email attachments.

The following file types can be uploaded to Imgur: APNG, GIF (still or animated), JPG, JPEG, MOV, MP4, PDF, PNG, TIF, and TIFF.

Non-animated files can be up to 20 MB in size while GIFs can be as large as 200 MB.

Upload pictures to Imgur by pasting them onto the website, selecting one from your computer, or entering the URL of the image. There are plenty of Imgur apps that make it easier to upload images from desktop and mobile devices.

Direct linking is allowed and you're also given links for embedding the image in HTML or adding it to message boards and forums.

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imgbox

The imgbox homepage
imgbox

What We Like

  • No expiration date for uploaded photos.

  • No bandwidth limit.

  • No account required.

  • Shareable link and codes for each image.

What We Don't Like

  • No way to title or describe uploads.

  • Accepts only three file formats.

Imgbox offers unlimited storage and zero expiration dates for images you upload. Files can be up to 10 MB in size and of the JPG, GIF, or PNG file type.

Direct linking, drag and drop uploading, image galleries, and simultaneous uploads are supported through imgbox. In addition to direct links, you can also find get HTML and message board friendly codes.

A free imgbox account is optional but is used to revisit your images and galleries to find their public links.

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Use

The Use.com homepage where you upload files
Use.com

What We Like

  • Add titles and tags to uploaded images.

  • Bulk uploader.

  • Each image is assigned its own HTML code.

What We Don't Like

  • Registered account needed for many features.

  • Basic website design.

Image files uploaded to Use stay for an indefinite period of time and can be of any size, but they're displayed at a maximum of 8 megapixels.

The bulk upload feature allows up to 100 images to be sent to Use at once.

After uploading, you can send links to your email or view a gallery link if you've uploaded more than one image, copy HTML thumbnail links, and see links that can be used for message boards and full-size views. Direct image links are not given.

Create a free account with Use to retrieve images you've uploaded, remove images from your account, and change privacy settings.

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Uploads.im

The Uploads.im homepage
Uploads.im

What We Like

  • Upload an unlimited number of images.

  • Provides HTML code for websites and BBCode for forums.

  • Accommodates most image file formats.

What We Don't Like

  • 10 MB maximum file size.

  • No way to delete a photo after it's uploaded.

Uploads.im supports multiple image uploads at once with a single file limit of 10MB. You can also import images from a URL.

The following are the supported file types: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, and PDF.

Before uploading, you can choose to adjust the width of an image to resize it without distorting its proportions. After an upload, direct, HTML, and BBCode links are given.

There are browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox to enable context menu uploading from any website.

Images uploaded to Upload.im are not removed after a certain period of time and there are no restrictions on the number of picture files you can upload. However, you can not delete a photo once you've uploaded it to Uploads.im.

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ImageBam

The Imagebam homepage
Imagebam

What We Like

  • Unlimited uploads and downloads.

  • Generates JPEG or GIF thumbnails.

  • Multi-image uploads.

What We Don't Like

  • 10 MB file size limit.

  • Account needed for additional features.

  • No direct linking.

ImageBam supports unlimited uploads and downloads for JPG, GIF, and PNG files that are under 10MB. You can alternatively upload a ZIP file full of images so long as the archive is less than 250MB.

Direct linking is not supported with ImageBam.

You can register to edit images, organize photos into galleries, and add a title and description to galleries.

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Postimage

The postimage homepage
postimage

What We Like

  • Choose no expiration date or removal after a number of days.

  • Options to resize images.

  • Photos are assigned direct links.

What We Don't Like

  • Maximum upload size is 12 MB.

  • Premium account needed for uploads up to 24 MB.

A list of URLs or multiple local images can be uploaded to Postimage at once. This can be done through the website as well as with the desktop software for Windows.

The maximum upload size is 12MB, and the images can be resized before finishing processing. Postimage supports PDF and PSD files in addition to more common images files like JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF.

Multiple image uploads create a gallery that can be shared with others via a unique link. Individual files can be shared via a direct link.

A free account can be created to resize and keep track of your uploads as well as create custom galleries and delete existing uploads.

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Photobucket

The homepage of Photobucket
Photobucket

What We Like

  • Generates sharing link for collections, not for individual images, with free plan.

  • Free plan includes 2.5 GB of storage.

  • Free plan doesn't include third-party hosting.

What We Don't Like

  • Free account is ad supported.

  • Third-party hosting included only with paid subscription plans.

  • No support for TIF, TIFF, RAW, or SWF file formats.

You must register for a free account to upload images to Photobucket. Users get 2GB of storage for hosting images. You may even qualify for 8 GB of extra storage by downloading the mobile app.

You can upload images from your computer, a URL, or from your Facebook account. Uploads from a computer can be in the form of a whole folder or just single files.

GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG and BMP file types are supported with no restriction on the size. However, GIF images must be under 5MB and/or not exceed 800 frames.

You're able to view links for images that have been uploaded but true direct linking isn't supported.

Albums can be created with Photobucket and shared with others over email and with the public.

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TinyPic

Uploading images and videos to tinypic
Tinypic

What We Like

  • Generates a unique simple URL for each image.

  • Registration adds batch uploads, indefinite storage, and image deletion.

What We Don't Like

  • No batch uploads without account.

  • Unviewed images are removed after 90 days.

Use TinyPic to upload images by URL or ones from your computer. Only one image can be uploaded at once, and it can not exceed 1600 pixels in length or width. Anything larger is automatically resized.

Acceptable formats include JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP.

Before an upload, you can choose to resize it to one of six preset sizes. You also need to enter a captcha code before sending photos to TinyPic.

Images that are not viewed for 90 days are removed from TinyPic.

You can register with TinyPic for free to upload multiple images, edit uploads, store pictures indefinitely, delete photos, and create albums.

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GifyU

The homepage of Gifyu
Gifyu

What We Like

  • Direct links, HTML codes, and BBCodes for each image.

  • Uploads up to 100 MB.

  • Batch uploads.

What We Don't Like

  • Uploads posted to public gallery.

  • Privacy for uploads requires an account.

You can use GifyU to host files from your own computer or ones from a URL. This hosting site accepts PNG, JPG, GIF, and BMP image files, no larger than 100MB in size.

GifyU supports multiple image uploads so you don't have to select single files - you can add more images at one time for quicker uploads.

Direct links are given after uploads as well as view links, HTML codes, and BBCodes. Also, your images are posted to the gallery when uploaded.

Create a free account with GifyU and you can create private and public photo albums.

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ImageUpper.com

Uploading images to ImageUpper
ImageUpper

What We Like

  • No storage time limit as long as images are linked and viewed.

  • Site rejects illegal and abusive images.

  • No pop-ups or spyware.

What We Don't Like

  • Inactive images may be removed.

  • Cannot be used for commercial profit.

  • Complete linking code requires a registered account.

ImageUpper.com has no hosting expiration, accepts multiple uploads at once, doesn't limit bandwidth, and accepts 3MB files that are in GIF, JPG, or PNG format.

Before uploading pictures, you're able to choose to optimize the images for faster downloads by stripping tags and other unnecessary things from the file, reportedly without a loss in quality.

Direct links to images are not given, but you're able to right-click them and copy the URL to use for linking.

You can optionally make a free account with ImageUpper.com for viewing all your images, getting URLs for sharing them, and deleting any past upload.

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ImageVenue

The ImageVenue homepage
ImageVenue

What We Like

  • Unlimited storage period for active files.

  • No registration required.

  • Batch uploads of up to 15 images at a time.

  • Images are private.

What We Don't Like

  • Supports JPG/JPEG formats only.

  • File size limit is 6 MB.

  • No direct linking.

  • Inactive files are removed after one year.

ImageVenue supports uploading JPG and JPEG files as long as they are under 3MB.

Multiple uploads are supported with no limitation on bandwidth or storage capacity. However, direct linking is not available.

Files that haven't been accessed in one year are removed.

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ImageTitan

The homepage of ImageTitan
ImageTitan

What We Like

  • Supports GIF, JPG/JPEG, and PNG file formats.

  • No limit to the number of images uploaded.

  • No expiration date.

What We Don't Like

  • 1.5 MB size limit.

  • Ad-supported site.

ImageTitan only allows uploads that don't exceed 1.5 MB. You can use a web browser to upload images one at a time or connect to ImageTitan through an FTP client to send up to 100 picture files at once.

GIF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG are the allowed file types. There is no expiration on your uploads as well as no bandwidth limits.

Direct link addresses aren't given out for ImageTitan uploads. Pictures are displayed on a webpage with other text and links.

You must enter a captcha code to upload images. Also, because you can't create an account, you must retain the deletion code to remove your images at a later date.