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Finding A Flickr Photo Owner From The Image File Name


Who's Photo Is It? Photo Credit

Ever want to find out who owns a Flickr photo you downloaded six months ago, but the only information you've got is a file you've downloaded on your computer?

If you were smart enough to save the original file name of the photo when you downloaded it, you can use a handy url provided by Flickr.

If you start with a file name like this:

5760828730_f3eef89214_q.jpg

Just take the 10 digit number at the front of the file name and substitute it into the url below.

https://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?id=5760828730

When I save a downloaded image on my computer, I like to add some descriptive text in the file name to give me some kind of clue what it actually is without having to open it up. So I change 5760828730_f3eef89214_q.jpg to a much more meaningful:

SmilingWomanWithRedGlasses5760828730_f3eef89214_q.jpg

Here's a handy page in the Flickr API documentation that explains other Flickr url formats.

If you didn't save the original Flickr file name, then you might try tineye.com or Google Images for a reverse image seach.