Image search

Give users more ways to find what they need

With Algolia’s image search, provide your users with a more multifaceted and modern search experience

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Give user more ways to find what they need with image search.

1.7+ Trillion

searches every year


uptime SLA available


ROI according to Forrester Research


customers across 150+ countries

Visual recognition with image search and reverse image search

Content based image retrieval (CBIR) functionality.

Content-based image retrieval

Algolia lets you integrate with third-party image-analysis APIs (e.g., Google Cloud Vision) to offer content-based image retrieval (CBIR). As the name implies, CBIR can interpret the content of an image (e.g., its colors, shapes, textures) to provide better content identification compared with the results produced by an online tool using just an image's metadata.

Build image search or reverse image search functionality for your website or app.

Create Image Search or Reverse Image Search

Your customers can use the search box to search your index for images from your content or index, or they can search by image (known as “reverse image search”), pasting in an existing picture and looking for what’s similar.

The benefits of using Algolia Image Search

Using image search is a more common preference than you might think. Whether they’re using the search bar on a computer or mobile device such as an Apple iPhone or Android phone, our picture search functionality makes searching for images a cinch. People can either use words to describe what they want or drag and drop an image to find similar images.

Many ways to make image search work for your users.

Images that are matches in some way (e.g., other women’s white crew neck T-shirts).

Names of pictured items, such as toys or home furnishings.

Other items, for instance, among styles of sunglasses, that have similar shapes, colors, or materials.

The identity of someone (e.g., a celebrity) pictured in an online news photo

The location shown in an image.

Easily create elegant image search

Type in keywords

To have the image search engine find related images

Past in an image

Let our image-analyis feature search for similar images

Easy setup and implementation

Enrich your records using a third-party API, or platform such as Google Cloud Vision API, and then, using the same image-recognition platform you’re using to categorize your images, turn the uploaded images into Algolia search queries.

enrich your records

1. Enrich your records

Using a third-party API or platform

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2. Turn images into queries

Using our Algolia Search

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