morgueFile Review

A Full Review of morgueFile, a Website for Free Stock Photos

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morgueFile is a free stock photo website where anyone can upload their images for others to use, which is why there's a massive collection of over 300,000 pictures to choose from.

One unique thing about morgueFile is that it lets you crop images before you download them, saving loads of time so you don't have to run them through a photo editor just to crop out unwanted sections.

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  • Thousands of images to choose from
  • All photos are free
  • Registration/user account isn't necessary
  • Can search for images by keyword


  • No categories to browse for pictures

How You Can Use Photos From morgueFile

Check the download page for each photo at morgueFile for how you can use it. Just click an image from the main page of photos to open its download page.

For example, some images may say: You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner.

In some cases, you may need to contact the creator directly to determine how you can use them.

See morgueFile's FAQ page for more information.

More About morgueFile

  • Stock photos can be filtered by popularity, most recently added, last downloaded, and most downloaded
  • The profile of other users can be seen so you can follow them, see all their uploads, and send them private messages
  • Pictures can be cropped before before saving them to your computer
  • You can easily share images you find on morgueFile over Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest by hovering your mouse of the image on the download page
  • Every download page has a section called Keywords that you can use to find similar pictures
  • The number of likes, favorites, views, downloads, and comments are shown on each photo's download page so you know how other users have reacted to them
  • Creating a free user account lets you post comments and add images to your favorites
  • morgueFile's stock photos can be downloaded quickly by hovering your mouse over the picture and clicking the download button for a direct link, bypassing the download page

My Thoughts on morgueFile

At the very top of morgueFile's website are sections for other images, such as iStock, Getty, Dreamstime, and DepositPhotos. These files are not hosted on morgueFile's website and are not free to download. Fortunately, they're in their own section and aren't in any way interfering with the free images under the morgueFile category.

Because morgueFile doesn't categorize its images like most other stock photo sites, you must either search for photos by their keyword or just keep scrolling down the main page to reveal more images.

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