Photobucket alternatives

Recently Photobucket changed their “terms of use” so that one can no longer post pictures on websites without paying ~$33.00 per month. There are lower priced tiers that allow you to link to the picture but on my computer it takes approximately 25 seconds. I would like the community to post what they use and the cost and a link to the site.
I’ll also ad that I don’t know how a free site can survive without a LOT of ads or eventually doing what PB did and start charging. I don’t think that PB did something wrong, other than no notice and probably should have grandfathered in existing 3rd party links. What they have done is a PR nightmare.
I’ll update as more suggestions come in.

Now alphabetical;
Now two sections, 1] Image Hosting 2] Website hosting


-[B]Amazon drive[/B]
I subscribe to Amazon Prime. I talked to customer service and you can link to your pic but cannot embed [3rd party host]

Free, donation based.

• Do not upload hardcore pornography or images of genitalia. We allow tasteful artwork at our discretion.
• Do not upload copyrighted images to which you do not own the rights.
• Do not upload material considered illegal or forbidden in both your territory and the European Union.
• Do not upload inappropriate images - use common sense!
• Do not upload images intended for use in unsolicited (spam) emails.
• Commercial use is fine for the most part.* Please /contact us or tweet us if you have any queries.

I had a free account of 2 Gb from Dec.2016. I can find no mention of the free account on the website now.
4 tiers.
1 Tb $13/month. $129/year for individual plan

A part of YaHoo.
Need YaHoo account.
1,000 Gb size limit, no restrictions on embedding or linking photos

-[B] Fotki [/B]

Fotki Memberships
Storage Photo Orignals Video Upload Photo Selling
Premium 100 100GB Yes Yes No
Premium 300 300GB Yes Yes No
Premium 1TB 1000GB Yes Yes No
Business 1000GB Yes Yes Yes

-[B]Free Image Hosting[/B]
Free. No limit on pictures and no time limit. Bandwidth throttling.

-[B] Google Drive [/B]
Free and paid plans. Linked or embedded.

Storage Price (US$)
15 GB Free
100 GB $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year with 16% discount)
1 TB $9.99 per month ($99.99 per year with 17% discount)
2 TB $19.99 per month
10 TB $99.99 per month
20 TB $199.99 per month
30 TB $299.99 per month


Host JPG, GIF and PNG images up to 10MB each. There are no limits to how many images you can upload with a free account (fair use) and each image gallery can contain a maximum of 500 images, according to their FAQs. They also say there are no bandwidth limits., although abusive referers will be blocked. Images are stored for a life time and their terms of service are also here -


Unlimited space, auto backups, mobile apps…

$4/month basic plan [casual user has direct link, I assume means 3rd party hosting]
$30/month pro user, 30Gb to 1Tb of bandwidth [1 million views of a 1Mb file]
$100/month premium, 1 TB to 4 Tb of bandwidth [ 4.2 million views of a 1 Tb file]

NO linking or 3rd party hosting allowed!

Stuff not to do

If someone else might own the copyright to it, don’t upload it. Don’t upload gore, “hate speech” (i.e. demeaning race, gender, age, religious or sexual orientation, etc.), or material that is threatening, harassing, defamatory, or that encourages violence or crime. Don’t upload illegal content such as child porn or nonconsensual (“revenge”) porn. Don’t hotlink to adult content or to file-sharing, gambling, torrent, warez, or Imgur rip-off sites. Don’t impersonate someone else. Also, don’t use Imgur to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network. If you do – and we will be the judge – or if you do anything illegal, in addition to any other legal rights we may have, we will ban you along with the site you’re hotlinking from, delete all your images, report you to the authorities if necessary, and prevent you from viewing any images hosted on We mean it.[/QUOTE]


offers 2 GB of storage free or images, sound files or videos
No Illegal, Harmful, or Offensive Content
You may not use free hotlinking if:
• Your usage is primarily for monetization.
• You are using Kiwi6 in a manner consistent with commercial use. For example, as a content delivery network.


Data encrypted locally before uploading.
50Gb free, up to 8Tb paid.
I’m not sure about the ability to link or embed pics.

Data allowances
• Free account users are provided with one option:
○ 50 Gb of storage (variating, up to 15 GB of bandwidth or more, replenishable every 6 hours)
• Paid account users are provided with four tiers of options:
○ 200 Gb storage (1 TB of bandwidth per month)
○ 500 Gb storage (2 TB of bandwidth per month)
○ 2 Tb storage (4 TB of bandwidth per month)
○ 4 Tb storage (8 TB of bandwidth per month)

-[B]Nikon Image Space[/B]
2Gb free basic membership
20Gb with proof of Nikon camera purchase
I’m unsure of how to link or embed

500 Mb free, has watermark.
1Gb $1/month, no watermark.
10 Gb $2/month, no watermark

Yearly Pricing Plans
US$23 yearly for 1000 MB of photo storage.
US$43 yearly for 2000 MB of photo storage.
US$60 yearly for 3000 MB of photo storage.

Additional storage can be added at any time in increments of 1000 MB.
Included Features
• Direct Image Linking (post your photos on other sites)
• Number of photos limited only by your available storage space.
• Unlimited number of galleries.
• Zip uploads, Stylesheets, EXIF extraction, automatic thumbnailing
• Custom framed prints of your photos
• $23/year is less than two dollars per month.
• If your photos average 450 kB each, you could store 2270 photos in 1000 MB
• This price includes not only the disk space itself, but also the webservers, database, backup systems, and the bandwidth used to show your photos to the world.

Guest User
Max image file size 10 MB 30 MB
Max amount of images ∞ ∞
Deleted after x amount of time No No
API Access Yes Yes
Price per month $0 $0


Paid plans coming - no pricing as yet.
No time limit. Embeds image.

Anonymous uploads (without any kind of an account)
• Advertising enabled
• Expire in 31 day (currently can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days)
• Mandatory image optimization (currently no optimization performed)
• Hotlinks to 1280px max resizes
• Max 8Mb file size
Note that images uploaded via forum plugins will be exempt from expiration even for anonymous uploads.
Free registered accounts
• Advertising enabled
• Can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days
• Mandatory image optimization (currently no optimization performed)
• Hotlinks to 1280px max resizes
• Max 8Mb file size
Premium registered accounts (New! Sort of)
• Advertising disabled for you and visitors of your images
• Can choose between no expiration, 1, 7, and 31 days
• Optional image optimization
• Hotlinks to full-resolution images
• Max 16Mb file size
We also plan to introduce a special plan for high-traffic sites so webmasters relying on PostImage hotlinks can support our project.

minimum charge to link is $8.33/month, $100/year [billed by the year]
minimum charge to 3rd party host is $33.33/month, $400/year [billed by the year]


Types of Accounts, Pricing and Limits

Visiting : There is no cost to visit the Site or to register as a Member.
Free account : Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos under 10min. The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If a free account Member exceeds their Content Limit, their account will be immediately suspended and they will need to become a “Paying Member” (defined below) in order to continue accessing their account. You can upgrade to a Plus account at any time.
Ad-free Account : The Ad-free Account offers Members the ability to use the Site without seeing any third party banner advertisements when logged into your Ad-free Account (note, viewers of your images within Photobucket will see ads unless they, too, have Plus accounts and you will continue to see Photobucket offers and announcements). This account level is available for $2.49 / month, payable by the Member on a monthly recurring basis.
Plus Account : The Plus Account offers several paid options that may give the Paying Member more storage, bandwidth, 3rd party image hosting, image linking and/or other services as outlined below. Once and during such period of time in which you subscribe to and pay for a Plus Account, we will consider you a "Paying Member." Please note that all Plus Account subscriptions are billed annually at the commencement of the service. Photobucket may also offer a monthly billing option for its Plus Accounts (see terms and restrictions, below).

Available Plus Account Plans : Photobucket offers the following Plus Account Plans:

o Plus 50 Plan: 52 GB of Storage for $59.99 / Year. The Plus 50 Plan does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting.

o Plus 100 Plan: 102 GB of Storage for $99.99 / Year. The Plus 100 Plan allows for unlimited image linking but does not allow 3rd party image hosting.

o Plus 500 Plan: 500 GB of Storage and unlimited bandwidth for $399.99 / Year. The Plus 500 Plan allows for unlimited image linking and unlimited 3rd party image hosting.

Additional Features of all Plus Accounts : When you upgrade to any Plus Account, you will also receive:

o Premium Support. You have direct access to our tech support team. Email our PLUS Support Team

o No Ads: When you’re logged into your Plus account, you won’t see any ads on Photobucket pages (note, viewers of your images within Photobucket will see ads unless they, too, have Plus Accounts and you will continue to see Photobucket offers and announcements). [/QUOTE]

-[B] Shutterfly[/B]
Free but clunky

Has 4 tiers. The basic is $6/month or $48/year. Unlimited uploads and traffic. Embed in website included.

Need to join to see linked photos, see wikipedia article.

Free pic hosting with watermark on 3rd party hosted pics.
$12.99 a year with no watermark.

Owned by Photobucket, 'nuff said.

-[B]Wikipedia page of photo hosting sites[/B];


-[B] Amazon Web Services = “AWS” [/B]
You need a domain name and website already, then you can host the site on AWS.
I bought a cheap domain [ C$8.00/5years ] from Namecheap and am currently figuring out how to use the name on AWS. It may not be possible without paying the same as if I bought the domain from AWS.
Still researching.

–TwoBytes How To;
For anybody who doesn’t have, or want, their own website, but is willing to go through a slight learning curve, I think a better option might be to put your image files in Amazon’s AWS S3 service…

It’s ridiculously cheap, at $0.023/GB/Month

So 1.38GB mentioned would cost about 38 cents/year.

There’s additional costs for data transfer, but that’s likely to be pretty minimal too. The first GB of transfer out to the internet is free, and 9c/GB after that.

Even if every photo was read hundreds of times each month, it’s still down in the low dollars/month, and I think the nature of forum posts would be that new posts get looked at lots, and old photos get viewed very rarely.

Here’s what I just did as a test…

Opened the AWS management console here…

Clicked on the S3 service under “Storage”, which took me to here…

  • Click “Create bucket”
  • Gave it a name - “twobytes-garagejournal-images”
  • Click “Next”, leave properties as default
  • Click “Next”
  • Under “Manage Permissions”, change to “Grant Public Read Access”
  • Click “Next”
  • Click “Create Bucket”

Then click on your new bucket and click “upload” and follow the bouncing ball to get your photos in there. Just remember to grant public read permissions to each file.

Once they’re in there, click on the file name to get the public web address, like this…

Then wrap IMG tags around it, and wah-lah! Bob’s your ex-Prime Minister…

Once you’ve done a few, you won’t need to fetch the full address for each one, just copy the prefix over and add your file name manually.

I hope that rambling late night post made some sense to somebody somewhere! Happy to answer questions if anybody wants to ask any.


–I’ll let you do the research on the following 8 webhosting sites. If someone has info I’ll post. The names were copied from a PCMag article linked below.–

-[B]HostGator Web Hosting[/B]

Quote from lilblueford "It’s usually like $8-14 per year for a domain name and I was paying a little under $400 for three years of hosting. "

From <

-[B]1&1 Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]Hostwinds Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]InMotion Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]GoDaddy Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]Bluehost Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]JustHost Web Hosting [/B]

-[B]HostMonster Web Hosting[/B]


A workaround to see photobucket hosted pics;

Firefox extension to fix photobucket;

Chrome extension to fix photobucket;

Who knows how long these will work.


Have they ever actually done anything about that? I've uploaded hundreds of images to imgur for the sole purpose of linking them elsewhere and have never had any issues.

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I've seen pics blocked, and I've seen pics left alone.

Within our TOS, we do not allow the usage of imgur as a content delivery network on any site that has a section dedicated to selling. This is considered advertising. (much like eBay is blocked as well).

If there is a classified section then Imgur can block pics. What forum doesn't have a classified section?

Havent used for awhile but it works

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can't really trust imgur
saw this on r/pcmasterrace

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I use MEGA

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isn't MEGA under fire right now?

or is it a different MEGA

Megaupload and MEGA are not related.

They were both started by Kim Dotcom but Kim no longer has any say in MEGA. He was going through some drama with the MEGA ownership, but that could have been a media stunt ( Kim is known for... ) to push forward publicity of MegaCache or other product ventures he is involved with.

MEGA transfers are end-to-end encrypted and you have the keys.


Updated first post with new info.

MEGA allows you to link files and you can choose to allow for the decryption key to be present or not. I can post a screenshot of how it looks if needed

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Look at the date.


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Firefox extension to fix photobucket;

Chrome extension to fix photobucket;

Who knows how long these will work.

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Is imgur really that bad? Well for high res I subscribe to Flickr for 24 bucks a year