Pixabay.com is an international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. As of December 2017, Pixabay offers over 1,210,000 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and videos.
On Pixabay, users can find and contribute quality images and footage films free of copyrights. For uploading files and downloading full sized images, a free registration is required. By uploading files, the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights under Creative Commons deed CC0, thus permitting free usage of their work. Consequently, anyone is allowed to use, modify and redistribute the images freely – even in commercial applications – without asking for permission and without accreditation.
Depicted content may yet be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. To ensure a high quality standard and avoid legal issues, all uploaded images are checked manually by Pixabay’s staff members.
Quality standards for contributors
Image contributors must respect Pixabay’s quality standards: The image file format must be JPEG, PNG, PSD, AI, or SVG and the file size may not be over 40 MB. Furthermore, all images must have at least 1920 px at one side; they must show something useful and have no obvious technical flaws.
Footage can be uploaded in MPEG, MOV and AVI format and file sizes may not surpass 300 MB. A minimum resolution of 1280×800 pixels is required, and clips should not exceed 60 seconds.
In January 2016, there were about 33,200 active image authors. Hans Braxmeier himself contributed over 20,000 images, which were downloaded over two million times. The second most active contributor was geralt, who uploaded 10,000 images (over 4,5 million downloads).
Hans Braxmeier – founder and CEO of Pixabay – has studied computer science in Ulm, Germany. During and after his studies, he launched several other web projects.
Simon Steinberger – co-founder and also CEO of Pixabay – studied chemistry in Ulm and finished his PhD in 2011. During this time, he started working in the IT sector and developed various other websites.
Achim Thiemermann is responsible for social media marketing and Olga Foma focuses on image quality control.
Pixabay was ranked 501st on Alexa on September 14th, 2017. Google assigned the domain a PageRank of six.
Visitors and users
About 27% of Pixabay’s visitors speak English, 20% Spanish, 11% Portuguese, 7% German, and 5% speak French. Users are mainly bloggers, graphics designers, authors, journalists and advertisers.
Pixabay’s backend is written in the Python based web framework Django, running on an Nginx server with PostgreSQL as database system. The internal search is working on a Lucene based ElasticSearch server.