Search Images Online using TinEye


TinEye is the new image identification search engine which was launched recently by Idee Inc. It is not like Google Image Search where you specify a name and Google will display the images. Here, you will have to upload an image and it will search the Internet and tell you where that particular image (with slight modification) is being used.


It can even find photos similar to the image you have uploaded. It creates a digital signature of the uploaded image and compares it with all the images which are in its database. It can also detect images which are part of the collage and are blended with another picture. Currently it indexes around 701,666,310 images from the web which is quite small. However, the number will grow as time progresses. You can also install thee browser Plug-in which will allow you to search for images with the click of the mouse. This new service has a lot of potential. I would be happy if they include an option to search for the images of the same person whose image you upload.

At present, it will be useful for users and artists if they want to check where there images are being used. I am certainly keeping an eye on this service, it looks like it has a great potential. It is currently in Private Beta. You can request an invite here.


  1. Sandip says:

    Thanks Madhur,More accurate results then other similar image search engines.Bookmarked 🙂

  2. Nirmal says:

    Looks like a totally different search, will check it out.

  3. Keith Dsouza says:

    Looks like a nice little search engine, will give it a whirl and see how it works

  4. Rockstar Sid says:

    I have used it 1 month ago.. a decent image which is being developed (I have written about it 😀

  5. Ram says:

    I tested it and it works. I wrote about it here

  6. Jacklin says:

    It offers unique service. Must use for popular artist to avoid gossip 🙂

  7. Pratyush says:

    Nice share Madhur.

    They also have a cool plug-in for Firefox and IE ( ) which lets you find the same/similar images on net with a right click.

    One can use TinEye to find if someone has used a picture without giving proper credits. Also it is helpful in Social networks like Orkut to see if the image used in the profile is really of the profile owner or some celeb.

    Nice to see this service growing.

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  9. Hi Madhur: thanks for the TinEye mention. The engine now has over 1 billion images in its index and no longer requires an invitation to use it. You can simply create a login and start using TinEye. Glad your users are finding it useful!