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Reverse image search engine

Does anyone know of a search engine that allows you to upload an image and then find similar images on the web?

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    The title could probably be improved here. "With a twist" could mean anything, how about "Online similar images search engine" or something similar.
    – Mike McQuaid
    Aug 4 '09 at 12:37
  • Thanks Mike - I was struggling to think of a suitable title.
    – Martin
    Aug 4 '09 at 15:00

Idée TinEye

"What is TinEye?"

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology. Given an image to search for, TinEye tells you where and how that image appears all over the web—even if it has been modified.

this is a small showcase of what results you might get when searching :

alt text http://ideeinc.com/images/tineye_gallery/tineye-cloud-american-gothic.jpg


This article compares several similarity-based image search engines. Only two of them are based on uploading an image:


Google similar images.

Not possible to upload an image though, but if it's somewhere online, chances are they already indexed it ;-)