Still using imgur but annoyed by the intrusive advertising? What was once a one-click image hosting platform has turned into a royal pain in the arse filled chock-full of intrustive ads. Many users report having to watch long ads before uploading images. This, combined with changes in the site’s moderation policy, has many users flocking for alternatives. We’ve put together a list of simple “set and it and forget it” alternatives to imgur for image hosting.
1. Imgbox image hosting
Imgbox is very similar to older versions of imgur. The site offers some key benefits, including unlimited storage space and unlimited storage time. It also supports hotlinks and is faster than some of the other sites we have included in this list.
Like all sites, ImgBox enforces a maximum file size — in this case it is 10 MB. Like TinyPic, you can upload both images and videos. If you upload an image, JPG, GIF and PNG files are supported. However, the lack of ads and very simple interface wins us over.
2. Kek.gg– another good imgur alternative
Kek.gg is a similar ad-free image host committed to privacy. We like it because it is so easy to use with no bells and whistles. Just upload an image and you’re done. The site supports drag-and-drop as well as uploading from a specific folder on your computer. Unfortunately, there is a 5Mb file size limit and Kek.gg does not inform you when this has been reached.
Postimages is a free service primarily aimed at people who want to post images on forums. It also offers a unique feature that allows you to use the site as a way to host images for eBay.
For anonymous uploaders and free accounts, the file size is restricted. Your image cannot be larger than 12 MB or 10,000 x 10,000 pixels. If you pay for a premium account, this limit is increased to 24 MB.
One thing not to like about Postimages is the large number of ads. However the free file size limit is much more generous, so it’s a worthwhile trade-off.
4. ImgPile: Upload 100 MB images
ImgPile is a lesser-known imgur alternative with a whopping 100 MB file size limit, making it one of the best alternatives for those with large photos. They explicity allow hotlinking, which is useful for forum posters and eBay sellers.
5. Ipfs.pics: As simple as it gets
Looking for absolute simplicity? Ipfs.pics has your back. The last site on our list offers a drag-and-drop solution for file sharing. Just move the file you want to share into the screen box and the web app takes care of the rest. You are unfortunately limited to 2 MB files, but among the services list, Ipfs is the most privacy-aware. The service is 100% decentralized and open source– anyone can view the code.
Other replacements for Imgur to consider
There are other options for replacing Imgur besides the free image hosts listed above. Reddit now offers direct image uploading and hosting across its platform, eliminating one of the most common use cases for Imgur. Finally, if you have especially large files, many photos, or just value security, a paid image hosting service such as Photobucket might be worth the investment.