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About TinEye

TinEye is an image search engine company, based in Toronto, Canada. The tool is unique in that it uses image recognition to search, rather than the file name or metadata. Their algorithm extracts information from the image using what they call an image’s “unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint.” TinEye was launched in 2008, prior to Google’s reverse image search.


  • Limited by the images they’ve crawled through—not every site has been considered. A TinEye search will produce different results (significantly less) than Google.
  • Image type requirements: JPEG, PNG, GIF
  • Image dimension minimum: 100px
  • Image size requirements: 20mb maximum

Potential uses:

  • Investigate an image—track down the source, gather information, etc.
  • Identify modified images/edited images
  • Locate additional versions of an image

Tutorial: http://blog.tineye.com/how-to-use-tineye/

Use TinEye to see what you can learn about these two images:

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Updated on July 31, 2018

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