8 Best Free Image Hosting Websites

Store images for free and share them online

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.

Websites where you can store photos free are perfect for anyone looking for a quick way to share images or for a convenient hotlinking solution for your website.

Some free image hosting sites also include basic editing capabilities so that you can resize photos, crop them, add effects, and more. They're not as extensive as true online photo editors but they do a decent job considering that's not their main purpose.

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 total storage size limitation, file size restrictions, file format limitations, ease of uploading your photos, and other features like direct linking, image galleries, HTML links, editing features, and privacy options.

Image hosting sites are specialized cloud storage services. If you want to store and share other files like documents or videos, or you want a great user interface for managing your photos long term, consider a general cloud storage service.

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Imgur upload screen
What We Like
  • No total 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.

  • Limits uploads to 50 per hour per IP address.

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, and add captions.

The following file types can be uploaded to Imgur: JPEG, PNG, GIF, APNG, TIFF, MP4, MPEG, AVI, WEBM, MKV, FLV, WMV, and a few other video formats.

Non-animated files can be up to 20 MB in size while GIFs and videos 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 Imgur apps that make it easier to upload images from a mobile device.

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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Gifyu image upload page
What We Like
  • Direct links, HTML codes, and BBCodes for each image.

  • Images can be as large as 100 MB.

  • Batch uploads.

  • Album feature doesn't require a user account.

What We Don't Like
  • Images not in a private album are posted to the public gallery.

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 100 MB in size.

Gifyu supports multiple image uploads, so you don't have to select files one at a time. Direct links are given after uploads as well as view links, HTML codes, and BBCodes.

All images are posted to the gallery when uploaded unless you make a private album, which can be an album that's accessible only through a special link or an album that can't be opened without the password you specify.

Create a free account with Gifyu and you can edit your albums later.

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imgbox upload page
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 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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Postimage image upload page
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 12 MB, 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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Imagebam image upload page
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.

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

Direct linking is supported but to get there, you have to right-click the image and choose to open its link in a new tab. That URL can then be used to direct people to the original image without ending up on ImageBam's normal, cluttered landing page.

You can register to edit images and add a title and description to galleries.

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Photobucket image upload page
What We Like
  • Built-in editing features.

  • Lots of sharing options, including a slideshow.

  • Uploads files and whole folders.

  • No upload size limit.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of ads.

  • Slower, more bloated than similar sites.

  • Limited to 250 images.

  • Supports few file formats.

  • Attaches a watermark in some cases.

Photobucket is another free image hosting site. This one has a few paid tiers you can get, so the free version has several limitations, such as letting you store no more than 250 images in your account.

You can send just one image to Photobucket or upload multiple at once, including entire folders. The supported file extensions include JPG, JPEG, PNG, and BMP, and they can be any size.

After your images have been uploaded, you can copy a link for an HTML embed, story, or slideshow. There's also a way to find an image's direct link for hotlinking, but if you use the "normal" method on Photobucket's website, a watermark will remain on the image (you have to right-click the photo to finds its URL to avoid the watermark).

You can use Photobucket from a computer or the Photobucket mobile app.

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ImageVenue.com upload page
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.

  • Advanced upload tool requires Flash.

  • Inactive files are removed after one year.

ImageVenue supports uploading JPG and JPEG files as long as they're under 10 MB.

Multiple uploads are supported with no limitation on bandwidth or storage capacity. However, direct linking is only available for thumbnails; large images can be hotlinked if you have a premium account.

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

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ImageTitan upload page
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.

  • Deleting images can be hard.

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 pictures at once.

GIF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG are the allowed file types. There's 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 web page with other text and links.

Because you can't create an account, you must retain the deletion code to remove your images at a later date.

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