How to Get a URL Address for a Picture

By Jason Artman

You must have the direct URL address for the picture in order to create a link to a picture that you found online. This allows you to share a picture online with others such as on a forum. The URL can be pasted into a discussion, and others can click the link to view the picture. All Web browsers have the ability to view the properties of an image, which shows the direct URL to view it. Obtain the URL from an image's properties to share it with others online.

Step 1

Right click the image and click "Properties" if you are using Internet Explorer. The URL for the image is displayed in the middle of the window, next to "Address" (e.g. http://www.example.com/picture.jpg).

Step 2

Right click the image and click "View Image Info" if you are using Firefox. The URL for the image is displayed in the middle of the window, next to "Location."

Step 3

Right click the image and click "Copy Image Address" if you are using Safari, then right click in an open text box, and click "Paste" to see the URL for the image.

Step 4

Right click the image and click "Copy Image URL" if you are using Google Chrome, then right click in an open text box, and click "Paste" to see the URL for the image.

Step 5

Right click the image and click "Image Properties" if you are using Opera. The URL for the image is displayed near the bottom of the window, next to "Address."

Tips & Warnings

  • An image that is part of a Flash video--such as on YouTube--is not the same as an image embedded in a standard Web page. An image cannot be extracted from a Flash video without specialized software.
  • Some websites contain scripts which prevent direct linking to images. If you encounter this type of website, you can get the direct URL for a picture, but an error message will be displayed when you attempt to browse directly to the picture.