View Image for Google Images extension for Firefox and Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 18, 2018
Updated • Feb 18, 2018
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View Image is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that adds a "view image" button to Google Images so that users can click on it to display the image directly in the browser.

Google removed the view image button from its image search engine Google Images recently after the company came to an agreement with Getty Images.

The button loads the image that is displayed directly. This gives users options to look at it more closely and to download it to the local device that they use.

While it is still possible to to do after the removal of the button on Google Images -- users can still right-click on the image and select "open image in new tab" or a similar option -- view image made the whole process easier and many Internet users probably don't know that they can open the image through the context menu.

We suggest that you use a different image search engine such as Startpage instead. You can view images directly on Startpage and images do get opened through a proxy so that your IP address is not revealed to the site hosting the image.

View Image extension

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View Image is a new browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that adds the button to Google Images again.

The extension should work in compatible browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi as well, and the functionality of it is identical.

The extension does require access to your browsing data on all Google sites and the code is available on GitHub.

Closing Words

Google users who used "view images" in the past regularly to load images in a standalone tab may use the View Image browser extension to restore the functionality. Most users don't need it probably though as it is still possible to right-click on images to load them individually.

Now You: Which site do you use for image searches?

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  1. hakwi said on February 21, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    You can also use greasyfork extension ;0

  2. Pierre said on February 20, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    The extension is not useful in StartPage : it does it in native
    However, Startpage doesn’t have a reverse image search option or I have not found it

  3. Pierre said on February 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Martin :
    I found and installed it in Chrome (very nice !) but I have not found it in Firefox extensions

  4. foolishgrunt said on February 19, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Worth noting that, you can always right-click and select either “view image” or “open image in new tab” (whichever you prefer). No extension needed.

    1. Pierre said on February 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      You have not understood the article : you cannot do that in the results of Google image, you need an extension which adds a “view image button”, cf Martin’s screenshot above

    2. Quiver said on February 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm


  5. Dog said on February 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    huh…This didn’t take long

  6. MdN said on February 18, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Never stopped working on DuckDuckGo.

  7. Yaron Harel said on February 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    There is also another extension that also adds the ‘Search by image’ button

  8. Mirham said on February 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you so much, Brinkmann.

    1. rickxs said on February 19, 2018 at 1:44 am

      MR. will suffice or Martin

  9. pHROZEN gHOST said on February 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Tampermonkey and script Mouseover Popup Image Viewer.

  10. Appster said on February 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Very useful extension. Thank you, Martin, for bringing it up.

  11. gw said on February 18, 2018 at 10:21 am
  12. ShintoPlasm said on February 18, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Martin, the URL linking to the Github page is missing an ‘e’ at the end.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, corrected!

  13. Chris said on February 18, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Do you think this infuriates the lawyers at Getty Images?

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