Most general search and metasearch engines have image searching capabilities, usually using pull-down menus or tabs across the top of the home screen indicating ‘pictures’, ‘images’, or ‘multimedia’ . If you do not see such an option, look for an “advanced search” link.
When you use the specific image search functions, you''ll usually get a page of thumbnail images as a result, rather than the typical search engine result of a list of websites and links.
These general or image-specific search engines have additional features that set them apart:
(NOTE: We focus on desktop version of sites, and app-only search engines are not reviewed here)
For detailed comparison of features see:
What's a REVERSE image search engine?
You can upload an image or enter the URL of an image already online, and find
Why and how would I use one?
There haven't been any major new free services in the years 2013-2019. YMMV on other image search sites you may find, including some that have been in beta for years! Let us know how you tried using them and if you were happy with the results.
(MasterFILE Premier databases, visual search options)
"Image search" refers to a way to find or look through images. Most searches rely on finding tags assigned to images but give you results as a bunch of images. You'd enter the word Saturn and get a page showing pictures of planets, cars, and other stuff that has been tagged Saturn. You generally won't see those tags at first--just the images [usually thumbnails]
"Visual search" is a different way of showing you results of a regular word-based web search. For example, instead of just a list of sites that match the search "Saturn", you might get a word cloud, a chart, or some similar graphic representation of results. It will show you (that's the "visual" part) how the search results sort out or cluster--some sites might be about the planet Saturn, some about Saturn cars, maybe a sports team named Saturn, etc.
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