PhotoDropper is a WordPress Plugin designed to take the frustration out of finding the perfect image for your blog posts.

With over 243,800,000+ free images (via Creative Commons license) available at your fingertips, you’ll be able to impress your readers and search engines like Google.

PhotoDropper let’s you add great photos to your website with just 3 clicks.

You no longer need to visit multiple different photo sites to find the right image and license. PhotoDropper does all the searching for you… it even handles the attribution!

What’s this mean to you?

You can spend more time creating great content that your readers and search engines will love.

Who Is PhotoDropper Great For?

PhotoDropper is used all over the web on sites ranging from the very large to the very small. Here is a quick list of our most passionate users.

  • Professional Bloggers
  • Amateur Bloggers
  • Students
  • Blog Editors
  • Multi-Author Blogs
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Major Magazines

PhotoDropper is perfect for anyone looking to quickly and seamlessly add great photos to their website. Give PhotoDropper a try today.

For complete details visit PhotoDropper.

Who is Behind This Master Piece of a Plugin?

The PhotoDropper Team is comprised of 3 veteran tech ninjas, Nick, Duane, and Nicky. You can read more about us on our the PhotoDropper team page.


By using this plugin you are responsible for adhering to all licensing and copyright restrictions. Using photos without the proper licensing, attribution, or without an author’s permission is illegal.

By using this plugin you agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of PhotoDropper.

All premium images are subject to the Content Download Agreement

Header image by: Boudewijn Berends.

Contact the PhotoDropper Team

This is the best way to get in contact with the PhotoDropper team and leave support requests.

Press Mentions

  • The original PhotoDropper (v 1.0.5) was covered in ReadWriteWeb.
  • Best WordPress Plugin for Free Photos PhotoSecrets.
  • Coverage on Plagerism today as a solution to correctly attribute Creative Commons images.


  • Type Your Search Query
  • Choose Query Options
  • Browse Photos
  • Save Image Locally
  • Insert Photo Into Post
  • Choose Attribution Type


For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Go to the ‘Add New’ plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for ‘Photo Dropper’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

For a manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the “photo-dropper” folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

Upload the downloaded zip file on the ‘Add New’ plugins screen (see the ‘Upload’ tab) in your WordPress admin area and activate.


Installation Instructions

For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Go to the ‘Add New’ plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for ‘Photo Dropper’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

For a manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the “photo-dropper” folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

Upload the downloaded zip file on the ‘Add New’ plugins screen (see the ‘Upload’ tab) in your WordPress admin area and activate.

How do I install PhotoDropper?

You can install PhotoDropper via the WordPress dashboard by adding a new plugin and searching. “PhotoDropper.” If you are more advanced feel free to download the plugin from this page and upload it to your server’s FTP, the way you would typically install a plugin.

For more details visit the installation tab on this page.

How do I add a photo to a blog post?
  1. Bring up the PhotoDropper plugin by clicking on the hot air balloon icon. (It is above the area where you write your post box near the media uploader)
  2. Once the PhotoDropper interface has been brought up, simply search for an image.
  3. When you find an image you like click on it to view it larger.
  4. If you are satisfied with the image click “Insert into post.”
  5. PhotoDropper will handle the creative commons attribution.
How do I change where the Creative Commons Attribution is shown?

On each individual post screen you can choose how to display the creative commons attribution by selecting it from the options panel of each page/post/custom type.

Can I remove the image attribution from a creative commons image?

Only if you get special permission from the author.

Who own’s the Creative Common’s Images?

The author owns the rights to the image and by using it you are bound by the Creative Common’s License.

If my website or business makes money or is for profit, can I still use PhotoDropper?

Yes, just make sure you are using images that allow for commercial use. The welcome page on PhotoDropper will ask you if your website makes money. If it does answer accordingly, so we can show you images with the correct license type. Please note: It is still your responsibility to make sure the image you select has the correct license for your needs.

Why do PhotoDropper’s searches differ from that of Flickrs?

Our searches add a little bit of “Magic” to them to help you quickly find the correct image and license type combination.

Where can I find more information about the Creative Commons license?

For more info about the Creative Commons check out our guide to the Creative Commons License.

How do I use the PhotoDropper PHP Tag?

To use the PhotoDropper PHP tag, use the following function in your template where you want PhotoDropper to output the attribution.

<?php if ( function_exists('photodropper_attribution') ) { photodropper_attribution(); } ?>

This can be used outside the loop allowing you to provide attribution in the footer or the sidebar.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer support on requests involving the PhotoDropper PHP tag.

How do I remove the reference link from the PHP function?

Usage: <?php if ( function_exists('photodropper_attribution') ) { photodropper_attribution(false); } ?>


Très bon plugin

Utilisateur de ce plugin depuis plusieurs mois, je dois dire au combien il est TOP. Bravo aux concepteurs.


Such a time saver! Even though I have a large hoard of stock pics I still find this plugin very useful and simple to use. It saves me from getting out of WordPress and search for appropriate pic for new posts. Cheers!

PhotoDropper would be 5 Star if it recognized me

For whatever reason PhotoDropper stops recognizing me, and after a half hour looking at pictures, I find one, but PhotoDropper won't let me use it because PhotoDropper has forgotten who I am and my login data no longer works, and, PhotoDropper doesn't even recognize my email address. Maybe I should have rated it 1 star.
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“PhotoDropper” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Update that fixes introduction pointers


  • Fix some unnecessary logging


  • Fix bug in photo attribution


  • Complete rebuild of the plugin interface!
  • Updates to work with the latest WP Media Editor
  • Improvements to image saving reliability


  • Featured Image Support
  • User Accounts
  • Interface Overhaul
  • PhotoDropper Premium
  • Bug fixes
  • Stability upgrades
  • Tabs resize to fit available space
  • Main app JS lazy-loads to prevent blocking wp-admin
  • More plugin settings


  • Support for changing settings
  • Remove link back to PhotoDropper in caption


  • Small update


  • Bug fixes related to image saving
  • Other misc. bug fixes


  • Small bug fix


  • Added Legacy CC Image
  • Add IIS Compatibility


  • Switched to Live Server


Complete Overhaul. Drastic Improvements over prior version.

  • Security Improvements
  • Redesigned interface
  • Faster searching
  • Image prefetching
  • Tabbed image browsing
  • Locally hosted images
  • Attribution control
  • Guided walk through
  • Much much more


  • Fixed Plugin in Repository
  • Added compliant readme.txt
  • Added Change Log
  • Tested with WordPress 3.2.1


  • Updated to be compatible with WordPress 2.6.2 and to eliminate the issue of saving post on search instead of searching for photos (an issue some people were having).


  • Updated to be compatible with WordPress 2.6.1
  • Changed interface: moved the PhotoDropper into an overlay, one you can open by clicking the PD graphic above the post box near “Add media” Legacy (old interface) can still be turned on in plugin options.


  • Updated to be compatible with WordPress 2.5. (All AJAX requests have been changed from Prototype to jQuery because wp-admin doesn’t include prototype by default anymore).
  • Edited the styles to match the WordPress 2.5 look and feel.
  • Altered variable scope declarations for WordPress 2.5 compliance.


  • Added ability to insert code before and after the core for the photo and attribution (you can specify this code in the options).
  • Resolved compatibility issues with Trent Gardner’s WordPress Flickr Manager plugin.


  • Added an ALT tag with the title of the photo when a user hovers over the image to conform to Creative Commons attribution rules.
  • Changed the link for the small CC image to point to the specific Creative Commons license (on the website) for that photo, also to conform to Creative Commons attribution rules.
  • The Plugin’ license was changed to GPL.


  • Replaced the CC image gif with transparent png to help match more colors and added align=”absmiddle” property to it to align it better with attribution text.
  • The default option now prevents noncommercial photos from showing up in search. On initial plugin install, the default option for “Show only photos that can be used commercially” is now checked.
  • The author attribution link now goes to the same source photo page as the image link.


  • Initial release.