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There are many Web sources of images under free licenses.

The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are under a free license. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of each image before you submit it to Wikipedia.

Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy.

As well as these listed sites, you can search for pages licensed under a free Creative Commons license on Google through the advanced search, or by following this example search.

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General collections[edit]

  • 1010CliptArt - Over 100,000 free SVG clipart Graphics.
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario - Collection of many old public domain photos.
  • Librestock - An index of the best stock photos from top stock websites.
  • Motosha - Free and premium stock photos.
  • StockSnap - Library of free high-resolution images released under CC0.
  • Negative Space - Free stock photos released under CC0.
  • BURST - Free stock photos released under CC0 and more restrictive licenses.
  • 123rf - Free and paid stock assets.
  • Freepik - Free and paid graphic resources.
  • Foca Stock - Free photos videos and templates lisensed under CC0.
  • Jay Mantri - CC0 photos.
  • StockUnlimited - Free and paid graphics.
  • SplitShire - Free photos and videos released under a very permissive license.
  • FoodiesFeed - Free images of food released under CC0.
  • PikWizard - Huge library of CC0 and freely licensed images and videos.
  • Gratisography - Library of freely licensed photos.
  • Picjumbo - Numerous free and paid stock photos.
  • Picography - CC0 photos.
  • Cupcake - CC0 photos from one man.
  • Free Nature Stock - CC0 nature photos.
  • Good Free Photos - Public domain photos.
  • My Stock Photos - 1,000 + CC0 photos. By Themeisle.
  • Looking Glass - Photos from one woman released under a license similar to CC0.
  • Knockout Prezo.com - Free stock photos provided by Knockout Productions.
  • Bucketlistly - Travel photos released under CC BY-NC 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial.
  • Good Stock Photos - Free stock photos released under a license similar to CC0.
  • PurePNG - CC0 PNGs with removed backgrounds.
  • FreeFoodPhotos - Creative Commons photos of food.
  • Reshot - Freely licensed graphics.
  • Skitterphoto - CC0 photos.
  • Photostockeditor - 300,000+ public domain photos.
  • ShotStash - Free, HD, CC0, stock photos.
  • JESHOOTS.com - Free and paid thematic, high-quality creative assets.
  • Startup Stock Photos - Free startup related stock photos.
  • Magdelein - CC0 and CC photos.
  • Moveast - CC0 photos from João Pacheco.
  • Fancy Crave - Free high-resolution photos.
  • Realistic Shots - Free stock photos. A project of Commit 2 Design.
  • Little Visuals - CC0 photos.
  • Public Domain Archive - Archive of relevant, high-resolution public domain images.
  • Crow the Stone - Small collection of CC0 photos.
  • Travel Coffee Book - Small collection of CC0 photos.
  • Skuawk - Large collection of CC0 photos across many categories.
  • Streetwill - CC0 photographs.
  • Photocrops - Free photos.
  • CC0 Photo - CC0 photos with good descriptions but often sub-professional quality.
  • Freely Photos - Curation of CC0 images relating to Christianity.
  • Semi Recta - Small collection of free pictures.
  • Altphotos - 4,000 CC0 photos of a wide variety of subject matter.
  • Pxhere - A fairly typical collection of crowdsourced photos released under CC0.
  • EasyVectors - Free high-quality SVG Vectors.
  • Shutterography - Free, high-quality photos for personal and commercial use. No attribution required.
  • LibreShot.com - (former freepix.eu) High-resolution and natural looking photos in Martin Vorel's free stock photo site. Website is divided into several categories including business, close up, traveling (Mongolia, Thailand, Europe), animals, plants and nature photos. All pictures are licensed under CC0 - Public domain. No need to indicate the source / No registration / For commercial use.
  • Snappygoat.com - 13,990,108 Free Public Domain/CC0 Images from multiple sources. Single search for images from Wikipedia Commons, Pixabay, Flickr, British Library, NYPL and others. Full image downloads without login or restrictions.
  • Free-Images.com - Find Millions Public Domain/CC0 stock images, clip-art, historical photos and more. Excellent Search Results. Commercial use okay. No attribution required. No login required.
  • Flickr Public Domain Search - About six million Public Domain images (link is to search filtered by "CC0", "No known copyright restrictions" and "U.S. Gov't Works"). Includes British Library.
  • British Library - Over a million images, taken mostly from illustrations in 17th, 18th and 19th Century books, released into the public domain, as announced on the British Library blog. Metadata about the images and the books from which they come is also available for download on Github.
  • Avopix.com - More than 56,000 absolutely free photos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – Free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Imageric.com Thousands of absolutely free photos, vectors and videos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Pixnio - A large collection of high-resolution public domain images. Free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • PixLoger - A collection High-Quality photographs of various categories. Free to download and use for Mockups. Best for creators like YouTube, bloggers, web developers or artists.
  • JSC Digital Images Collection NASA's Space images. Free to use.
  • Albumarium - Free high-quality Creative Commons images. Filterable for commercial/non-commercial use.
  • Barnimages - Collection of free high-resolution stock photography.
  • Pictoscope - Art and Illustrations from Historic Book Collections.
  • The NOAA Photo Library - Photos from the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, covering a wide range of images.
  • Picdrome - Royalty free pictures gallery
  • Retrographik.com RetroGraphik is a vintage picture resources blog that offer free and paid royalty-free quality graphics. It is updated regularly.
  • Alegri Photos - Over 2,500 creative commons free images.
  • 4 Free Photos - High-quality stock and public domain images, free of charge for commercial and personal use.
  • Freerange Stock - Many thousands of free stock photos, licensed free for commercial or private use.
  • Devostock - Free and public domain images downloads.
  • US Library of Congress - Not all images are free, but many are. Best for images whose copyright has expired, but also contains other images that were gifted by the photographer to the public domain, as well as images taken by US federal government employees (that are hence also PD).
  • Public domain vectors - Collection of public domain vector images.
  • Public Domain Pictures - Hi-resolution photos and illustrations for personal and commercial use. Resolution at least 1280 x 850 px.
  • Word Processor Clipart - High-quality public domain images.
  • Vectorportal - Creative commons free vector images.
  • Reusable Art Public Domain Images - An ever-growing collection of vintage drawings, illustrations and photographs from books, magazines and other printed materials. Original publication information is included with each image for copyright verification. All images meet or exceed the Berne Convention standard for a creative work to be in the public domain.
  • Karen's Whimsy - Scans of engravings and other artwork from a personal collection of old books, magazines, and post cards. Updated regularly.
  • Copyright-Free Photos - High quality free photo library for any use, provided that each photographer is contacted beforehand. (Otherwise, not GFDL compatible)
  • GNU Art.net - GNU Art.
  • Flickr - Has a special section for pictures tagged with a Creative Commons license. For example: BY and BY-SA, Search engine. Note that images with NoDerivs or NonCommercial are Non-free Creative Commons licenses and cannot be used on wikipedia. Consider using a work whose author tagged it with a license that is acceptable for use here. Note: check individual photos to confirm free license, as photographers can (and frequently do) change licenses for photos.
Examples of Flickr free-licensed photostreams and topics (CC-BY and CC-BY-SA licenses). New Old Stock has a larger collection of Flickr accounts offering free, good quality photos.

Documents[edit]

  • BNF's Gallica - Digital documents from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF).

Science[edit]

  • http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/ - Great resource for electron microscopy and histological images. Includes general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute. Image use policy states: "All images are in the public domain and may be used, linked, or reproduced without permission. If an image is used, credit should be given to the listed source and/or author".
  • https://www.plos.org/publications - All content published under a CC-BY license. Some journal articles are accompanied by images that are useful for an encyclopedia.
  • http://ian.umces.edu/symbols/ - IAN Symbol Libraries. 2,500 symbols in svg, ai, and png formats, and an online vector editor. Cost and royalty free.
  • nih.gov - National Institute of Health official site

Search Engines[edit]

  • FIST – Free Image Search Tool - (by User:Magnus Manske, hosted on the Wikimedia Toolserver) covers Wikimedia Commons, Flickr, everystockphoto and other sites. Can search whole Wikipedia categories automatically to suggest free images for each article.
  • Everystockphoto.com - Searching over 2.2 million free photos, including Wikipedia and NASA. Free user accounts with drag and drop collections, tagging, rating, and comments.
  • Google Advanced Search - Under Usage Rights, select "free to use, share, or modify, even commercially."
  • PicFindr.com - Searches hand-picked free stock photo, public domain, and photo community sites. Includes the ability to search by rights.
  • Freefilehunt.com A free design search engine for free images, searchable by license type. Also includes other free files for designers such as png images, graphics, vectors, themes, fonts, and mock-ups.
  • Spffy.com - Searches one billion stock photos and video, including free images, public domain, creative commons, royalty-free and rights-managed. (NB - Firefox users only - website will not open with Internet Explorer)
  • Freejpg.com.ar - Spanish free photo search engine. Search by keywords and color.
  • Openverse - Search the internet for images and audio released under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Explorecams - Search images by camera.
  • EveryPixel - Search free and paid images across websites using AI.
  • Stock Up - Searchable index of many stock photo sites.

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