Getty Images now available free for non-commercial use!

Embed from Getty Images
Recently we posted about finding images that you or your students can use in online projects. Getty Images, with an archive of 80 million images, announced that over 32 million images are now available free of charge for non-commercial use (without watermarks). For those creating educational websites, blogging (like us), using Twitter, or publishing online in other modes, this is great news.

In order to use the images, you must embed the image using the embed code that Getty provides (instead of downloading then uploading to your site).  Using the example at the top of this post, you will notice the logo at the bottom of the image, and links to share. This information is included in the embed code, and is required to use the image. The process is straightforward and Getty created some simple instructions.

Want to get started?  Begin searching the 32 million embeddable images!


4 thoughts on “Getty Images now available free for non-commercial use!

  1. wlhis March 24, 2014 / 10:06 am


    When I tried the link from your blog, I got a dead end… when I tried it from the email post, I got to Getty, but the images I found have pricing info without a clear note that free non-comm use is allowed. What am I missing?



    • jcwlibrarian March 24, 2014 / 10:13 am

      Hi Lee, Thank you. I updated the link. It is a little unclear that the images are available free of charge. If the image has the embed symbol (two angled brackets) the image can be used freely. If it does not include that symbol, you do have to pay for it.

  2. wlhis March 24, 2014 / 10:12 am

    ah ha… it helps to read the instructions…. now I see the little “share” symbol on the image.

    BTW, the photo image didn’t come through on my email using Chrome. It’s there on the blog itself of course.



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    • jcwlibrarian March 24, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Glad it worked – it also took me awhile to figure it out. I did notice that the image didn’t come through on the email. It must be related to using an embed code instead of downloading and uploading the image to WordPress. I guess that’s the downside of using these images – the use is not as broad as one might expect.

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