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Greasemonkey script: Flickr always search for Creative Commons licensed photos

Flickr is an excellent source of photos for other project. But can you use them? I like to put Flickr photos in the articles on my blog, but it is a pain in the ass to always use Flickr Advanced Search to find them. Now it is a pain no more.

This script will force all searches on Flickr to return Creative Commons images. This is *very* useful if you want to use flickr for finding photos to reuse in other projects.

What are Creative Commons images? They are images that are free for reuse by other people and in other projects. Instead of grabbing and image you may not be allowed to legally use, grab one that you are guaranteed to be free for use.



You can also change the settings so that it only finds images that are free to use in commercial works or images that are free to modify.

You can further tweak the settings by surfing to http://flickr.com and using your
Firefox browser menu to select Tools >> GreaseMonkey >> User Scripts Commands

How to install it

  1. You need to use the Firefox web browser
  2. You need to have the Greasemonkey extension installed
    1. If you really want to use it with Internet Explorer, it might work with Trixie or Turnabout installed
  3. You need to go here and install the Greasemonkey script

Also See

You may be interested in the YotoPhoto free image search engine.

Like it? Link it!

I’m glad you find it useful. I like to use images from Flickr, but constantly having to use the Advanced Search is annoying.

Show your appreciation by linking to this page: http://InternetDuctTape.com/tools/flickr-always-search-for-creative-commons/

There’s Plenty More

You can see the rest of my Greasemonkey/Firefox scripts here.

You can get frequent updates about all of my new software, tools or blog themes by subscribing to IDT Labs by RSS or by email. Or you could just subscribe to my main blog, Internet Duct Tape.

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  1. david gunnells said, on September 06, 2007 at 10:31 am

    thanks! :) this is exactly what I was looking for.

  2. david gunnells said, on September 06, 2007 at 11:02 am

    I forgot to mention one thing that needs to be changed with the script:

    the Included Pages needs to be changed from




    Otherwise, http://www.flickr.com/search/* results will not be affected by the script.

    Thanks again!

  3. engtech said, on September 07, 2007 at 1:40 am

    @david gunnells:

    Thanks for the correction to my Flickr search script. I’ve been meaning to spruce it up. I find it can be a bit temperamental.

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