Project Codename TinEye Launched in Private Beta

We not-so-quietly launched our internet-wide image search engine codenamed TinEye to our private beta testers today.

TinEye does for images what Google does for text.

Just as you are familiar with entering text in Google to find web pages that contain that text, using TinEye, you enter an image to find pages where that particular image (and modified versions of it) appears.

It’s a big step for us because our algorithms are now thousands of times more efficient than they were just a few years back. Uploading an image, and looking for matches in an index of over 487,000,000 images in real time is now a possibility. It’s something we’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, and now our beta testers are all over it.

Here are some of our favourite search results. The top image is the query image, and beneath it is the results.

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Image search - without metadata « Sandgrain May 23 08 at 2:54 pm

Fabulous. Congratulations on the launch.

Chris Boone Mar 27 08 at 9:15 pm

Man you guys do some great work! I want in on this.

mojaam Mar 28 08 at 11:08 pm

Can’t wait to check it out!

Jonas Apr 19 08 at 9:45 am

I believe you have great technology here. Can you please inform the public how to block your spider if they do not wish to be spidered? Apr 21 08 at 4:11 am

Thanks for the comment mrcharleswilson! Our crawler (User-agent: TinEye) obeys robots.txt and can be blocked by such.

Ryan Feeley Apr 23 08 at 1:45 pm

Sounds very awesome! I have been wondering if anything like this was in the works anywhere. I personally would like something that can take an image that has been cropped, and search to find me the full image. For instance, if I had a picture of a sign on a wall, and wanted to know where this sign is, I could search using the image and hopefully would get other images that have the same sign in it, but zoomed out.

Not very good at explaining, but hopefully you get what I mean :P Either way it sounds great so far!

Neticule May 07 08 at 7:13 am

Hey Neticule, TinEye can do that and a lot more. Have a look at the TinEye video on this blog post and I will ping you an invitation to play with Thanks for dropping by.

Leila Boujnane May 07 08 at 10:06 am

Have been waiting for this image search technology to become available, and it is good to see people are working on it. From the samples given it looks very nice, good work!

Will this search engine be freely available to the public, or will there be a cost to do image search?

Brad May 08 08 at 11:09 pm

I wish I knew your site two weeks ago. I received reference question to find names of places or buildings of photos that Japanese professors took in Japan and they lost captions. It will be a great search engine!

Hiro Good May 09 08 at 9:49 pm

Hiro, Thanks for your comment. TinEye will certainly be useful under your circumstances. Request your invitation at

Thanks for dropping by.

Leila Boujnane May 14 08 at 5:56 pm

I learned about TinEye today. And it seems really cool and a very advanced tool. Are you still giving invites? I put myself on the waiting list this afternoon and can’t wait ot get an invite… :)

George May 22 08 at 1:30 pm

Тема вроде старая уже, но я только сегодня ее прочитал. Интересно, что тут скажешь. :)

Гамлет Mar 25 09 at 11:36 pm

Только недавно попал на Ваш блог, теперь каждый день захожу глянуть, не написали ли чего новенького. :) К сожалению только Вы не каждый день свой сайт обновляете :(

нeжнaянoчь Apr 11 09 at 5:06 am

Да, интернет – огромен, если и такое можно найти ;)

Xray May 30 09 at 9:08 pm

Man you guys do some great work! I want in on this.

Vasay Jun 03 09 at 12:15 pm

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