I have the URL for an image that I downloaded, and I'm trying to locate the site that linked to it.

E.g. http://12345.blob.windows.net/random/abc123.jpg

The image hosting site is windows.net.

Is there any way to find out which site owns this image? Is there a way to search sites by their HTML to find out who links to it?

  • "Own" as in the copyright holder?
    – iglvzx
    May 4 '12 at 5:59
  • @iglvzx In this instance, I simply ment the site that had uploaded the image, or was using it. They are using an image hosting service so I couldn't determine the sites url from the image's url. May 4 '12 at 15:54

Reverse Image search engines like TinEye can be used to find this.

"TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version"

I used one image url on it and results showed the 50 sites where it is used.


Google also has the ability to upload images as a search entry. Go to Google image search and click on the small photograph icon.

See also: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html


Does the operator link from Google web search help?

link: The query link:URL shows pages that point to that URL. For example, to find pages that point to Google Guide’s home page, enter:

[ link:www.googleguide.com ]

Note: According to Google’s documentation, “you cannot combine a link: search with a regular keyword search.”

Also note that when you combine link: with another advanced operator, Google may not return all the pages that match. The following queries should return lots of results, as you can see if you remove the -site: term in each of these queries.

Find links to the Google home page not on Google’s own site.

[ link:www.google.com -site:google.com ]

Find links to the UK Owners Direct home page not on its own site.

[ link:www.www.ownersdirect.co.uk -site:ownersdirect.co.uk ]

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