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Advanced operators supported in Google Image Search (new?)

Andreas Bovens [PersonRank 3]

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
12 years ago2,482 views

I'm not sure since when Google added this feature, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't there a while ago.

You can now search on Google Image Search with advanced operators such as site:, inurl:, related:, etc. without the need for a second search term.

Comes in very handy if you want to find all images on a single domain: e.g. images.google.com/images?q=sit ...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I don't think this is new.

Check this (pretty old) page: google.com/help/faq_images.htm ...

<< You can use all operators for image search that you would use in a Google text search. For example, you can use "site:" with image search to restrict your search to images on a particular website. So, to find all the pictures of lemurs at the Duke Primate Center, the query would be " site:duke.edu lemurs".>>

And I know you could always use site:duke.edu to see all the images from a site.

Andreas Bovens [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

Yep, I saw that faq page too, but the example there consists of two search terms, not just the site: operator.

> And I know you could always use site:duke.edu to see all the images from a site.

I cannot remember Google ever returned *all* images for a site – before, I seem to remember you just got an empty page when trying 'site:'-only queries. But I might be mistaken, of course. Wonder if there is a way to verify this...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe one of my posts from October last year (#4 in the list).

googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006 ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, I've been using the site: operator on Google Images for a couple of years now. However, a long time ago it definitely didn't work for subfolders on a domain but it seems that it does now:

[site:blog.outer-court.com/forum/]
images.google.com/images?q=sit ...

[site:blog.outer-court.com/files/]
images.google.com/images?q=sit ...

(I'm not sure when I last tried it though so it might not be that new...)

Andreas Bovens [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

> Maybe one of my posts from October last year (#4 in the list).

You're right – it probably worked back then. My bad.

> it definitely didn't work for subfolders on a domain

Aha, then maybe *that*'s what's new :-)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I've always thought that image search is just a small side effect of the web search. So everything that works in the web search should work in the image search as well.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<< So everything that works in the web search should work in the image search as well. >>

Well, that *should* be the case but it's not always been that way... especially when it comes to index updates!

Mani [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Yes, this has been used for some time now. Although im looking for ideas as to how does google list or search the images on a site? Is it based on the alt tags or just all the image files in the site?

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