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Due to consistent high loads, I've moved this service to a more powerful hosting package. That means it costs more. If you regularly use LoremFlickr, consider chipping in a few bucks now and then. Our cat Oli will love you for it.

LoremFlickr provides placeholder images for every case, web or print, on almost any subject, in any size. It's simple and free. Just put the custom url in your code like so:

<img src="http://loremflickr.com/320/240" />

Photos come from Flickr and have a Creative Commons license. The flavour of the license is shown in the top left of the image. The name of the image and the author are shown in the bottom left.

Examples

http://loremflickr.com/320/240

A random picture of 320 x 240 pixels. If not supplying any keyword, you'll get a picture matching the keyword kitten.

http://loremflickr.com/320/240/dog

A random picture matching the keyword dog, of 320 x 240 pixels.

http://loremflickr.com/g/320/240/paris

A random picture in gray matching the keyword paris, of 320 x 240 pixels. Besides g, you can try p, red, green and blue.

http://loremflickr.com/320/240/brazil,rio

A random picture matching the keywords brazil or rio, of 320 x 240 pixels.

http://loremflickr.com/320/240/paris,girl/all

A random picture matching the keywords paris and girl, of 320 x 240 pixels.

http://loremflickr.com/g/320/240/paris,girl/all

A random picture in grey matching the keywords paris and girl, of 320 x 240 pixels.

If no matching photos are found, a photo of Machu Picchu is returned.

Multiple images on the same page

Your browser might cache the images when you request the same URL multiple times on the same page. You can resolve this by adding a meaningless querystring to the URL. So, for example...

<img src="http://loremflickr.com/320/240?random=1" />
<img src="http://loremflickr.com/320/240?random=2" />
<img src="http://loremflickr.com/320/240?random=3" />

Free!?

Yes, at least until the bandwidth usage spirals out of control, this service is free. But, feel free to donate.

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And RSS too

http://loremflickr.com/rss/d/g/320/240/paris,girl/all

If you want a daily image on your favourite collection of keywords, here's an example of an RSS feed that will deliver a fresh photo to your RSS reader each day.
The d parameter for periodic updates is currently the only one that's supported.

Stats

Today 4.375
Total 73.010.842
Sep 2017 (estimate) 2.082.745
Aug 2017 2.820.949
Jul 2017 2.578.045
Jun 2017 3.281.731
May 2017 3.073.920
Apr 2017 2.562.882
Mar 2017 2.475.608
Feb 2017 4.589.707
Jan 2017 3.685.842
Dec 2016 1.920.809
Nov 2016 2.047.541
Oct 2016 2.841.417
Sep 2016 2.956.516
Aug 2016 2.231.641
Jul 2016 5.847.812
Jun 2016 3.335.663
May 2016 3.423.278
Apr 2016 2.829.333
Mar 2016 2.956.211
Feb 2016 1.857.228
Jan 2016 1.979.565
Dec 2015 2.176.852
Nov 2015 1.602.578
Oct 2015 1.633.588
Sep 2015 1.413.283
Aug 2015 1.088.125
Jul 2015 765.740
Jun 2015 618.967
May 2015 451.527
Apr 2015 557.304
Mar 2015 410.055
Feb 2015 378.293
Jan 2015 301.813
Dec 2014 310.097
Nov 2014 119.973
Oct 2014 159.896
Sep 2014 92.270
Aug 2014 31.244
Jul 2014 875

Updates

2017-02-02: Kodie Grantham created a LoremFlickr clone in node.

2017-01-17: We've improved server response time. We're caching less, which means you should see images repeated less often.

2016-12-22: To limit use of server resources, we're using more aggressive caching methods. You might see images repeated more often.

2016-09-15: To limit use of server resources, served images will not be larger than 1280 pixels to a side.

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