Google Image Ripper – Remove Thumbnails From Image Search

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Image hosting sites such as Flickr or Photobucket are still far and away a couple of the most popular of their kind on the web. However, as much traffic as they receive, the most popular way of searching the web quickly for a particular photo or graphic, is Google Image Search.

However, Google’s implementation of their product, although usable, feels very clunky and can be extremely cumbersome, combing through hundreds of thousands of images. Fortunately it seems like there is always another way with technology.

A strangely titled website called ‘Dear Computer’, takes the incredibly large index of Google Images and simply displays images only, nothing else. They have titled it ‘Google Image Ripper‘, and what it does is it removes the long drawn out process of individually clicking images through Google’s annoying search, and displays the file in its entirety.

Here is a comparison look:

Google’s Default Image Search of MakeUseOf:

google image ripper

Dear Computer’s Google Image Rip of MakeUseOf:

google image advanced search

As you can see after submitting a search, you get many more images and a much easier interface, than you ever would with Google’s version. Once the images are displayed, you then have the ability to simply right-click on the file right from the screen, for easy saving and storage.

Along with the quick search and save feature, you also have some additional options to choose from while searching. You still have the option of choosing between sizes (small, medium, large and extra large) but also an additional ‘icon’ option as well.

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Now let’s take a look at the search box. Here is where you can select your image size, safe content option or even look for ‘faces only’.

Along with the website, I have incorporated Firefox’s built-in keyword searching as well. If you bookmark this link- Google Image Ripper – you can simply type ‘im insert image name here‘ and you’ll quickly see Image Ripper’s display of images.

There isn’t much else to this web app, but I find myself using it on almost a daily basis, particularly for icons and smaller images. It also comes in handy when you would like screen shots of a particular application for a blog posting or software review. You may not find a use for it yourself, but just try it out anyway. It’s incredibly fast and of course free to use.

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Rich Hill

I get confused on copyright issues with Google images. It is difficult to find those that are listed as Creative Commons.
I generally poke through flickr for that reason as they are easily found with CC. I keep the file name string and then I just credit flickr.
Do you know a better way?

T.J. Mininday

It is difficult to determine ‘Creative Commons’. It’s always best to give credit where credit is due, and ask permission of the owner before using on your website. Big blog sites such as the celebrity site,, use photos all the time and then link it back to the site.

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