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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:

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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 author is shown in the bottom left.


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

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

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

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

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

Lock it, lock it real good

Take some control of the image that's displayed. Include a lock query string parameter and give it a value that's a positive integer. While our cache is not updated, and sometimes for longer, the same image will be returned by our server.

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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="" />
<img src="" />
<img src="" />


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



And RSS too,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.


Today 325.492
Total 89.370.625
Feb 2018 (estimate) 5.162.382
Jan 2018 3.224.995
Dec 2017 3.436.703
Nov 2017 2.829.669
Oct 2017 3.024.280
Sep 2017 2.146.968
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


2018-02-13: Updated code available on GitHub. Old code is still on GitHub as well.

2018-02-05: Completely updated code.

2017-11-14: Added the lock query string parameter.

2017-10-25: Switching to a different server came with caching issues. This now seems to be resolved. If not, give us a shout.

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.



License images from PicFair