Until recently, it was possible to do a reverse google image search via URL parameter: https://www.google.com/searchbyimage?image_url=https://foo/bar.jpg. However, Google has started to redirect everything to Google Lens, so I'm now ending up at https://www.google.com/imghp?sbi=1 (this may not be the case for you yet, but sooner or later it probably will). I could manually paste the picture URL there and click on "Find image source" go get the same search results as before, but I'm looking for a URL parameter. Has anybody figured this out yet?


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It still works when you add a client query parameter to the url with any value: https://www.google.com/searchbyimage?image_url=<your_url>&client=app

Example: https://www.google.com/searchbyimage?image_url=https://stackoverflow.design/assets/img/logos/so/logo-stackoverflow.png&client=app

  • I am confused, how are you making this work? How do I supply 1.Image (as URL or otherwise local upload), 2. Site restrictions for said image? Please elaborate.
    – Alex S
    Oct 17, 2023 at 10:28
  • @AlexS 1. You replace the token <your_url> with an existing URL that points to an image. 2. What does "site restrictions for said image" mean?
    – Blindspots
    Oct 17, 2023 at 14:40

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