Pixabay Images


Pixabay Images is a WordPress plugin that let’s you pick CC0 public domain pictures from Pixabay and insert them with just a click anywhere on your blog. The images are safe to use, and paying attribution or linking back to the source is not required.

Features include:

  • Search Pixabay’s CC0 public domain pictures via “Add Media” button inside the editor.
  • Filter search results by image type (clipart, photo) and/or orientation (horizontal, vertical).
  • Infinite scrolling through large preview images in search results.
  • Direct image uploads to WordPress’ media library.
  • Use of standard media dialogue for inserting images.
  • Unobtrusive integration into WordPress.

For more information, check out Pixabay.com.


  • Pixabay Images window with search results.
  • Optional button inside the WordPress editor.
  • Search results in WordPress' new Media Manager.
  • Standard media dialogue for uploaded image.


  1. Install Pixabay Images either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. That’s it. You’re ready to go!


Installation Instructions
  1. Install Pixabay Images either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. That’s it. You’re ready to go!
What does the term ‘CC0’ mean?

CC0 1.0 Universal is Creative Commons’ Public Domain dedication, which is used for all images on Pixabay.com.

Are there any restrictions or requirements for using these images?

You are free to adapt and use the images for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although absolutely not required, a link back to Pixabay is appreciated. Learn more in this article about: public domain images and their limitations

Where do I get further information about Pixabay?

Read Pixabay’s FAQ and/or their Terms of Use to learn more.

Why am I not getting search results on Internet Explorer?

The plugin works on all modern browsers; Internet Explorer version 9 or higer is required.


It’s an awful plugin, I do not know who created it.

Plugin does not do anything, it does not have any settings, “missing instructions”. The plugin page is niche advertising [moderated: removed offensive word], all that can, can, can, but does nothing. The worst thing is that you can not find out how it works in the extensive plugin page.

Older File

I prefer the previous model than the latest.
It was very easy to choose image based on dimension.
I have to downgrade, but where can I find the previous file?

Why I ditched Getty and joined Pixabay?

A legal (yet, illegal in every sense) extortion letter from Getty Images ignited my need to find another source of genuinely free images online. Hence, ended up finding this awesome free source of truly free images online i.e. pixabay.com. I fear all the time that such a great source could easily be bought (gobbled up) by greedy and infamous businesses i.e. Getty and we will have to find some other source for genuinely free images. Until that happens, let’s all enjoy the free ride.

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Contributors & Developers

“Pixabay Images” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Initial release


  • Solved bug about retrieving images from source


  • Fixed multiple keyword search
  • Fixed layout bugs in Chrome


  • Responsive layout for WordPress 3.9+
  • Added localization/translations
  • Added plugin settings page
  • Added higher resolution images


  • Fixed bug for PHP versions lower than 5.3


  • Fixed image URL in settings
  • Tested plugin for WordPress 4.0


  • Fixed: Plugin could not be activated with certain PHP settings
  • Updated icon and readme.txt


  • Fixed security issues: Authentication bypass and path traversal attack (Thanks goes to Mogwai, IT-Sicherheitsberatung Munich)
  • Included new languages in settings page.


  • Tested in WordPress 4.2.2
  • Updated Pixabay API to use secure HTTPS connection.


  • Reverting to using HTTP for internal Pixabay API requests.


  • Using HTTP/HTTPS auto detection for Pixabay API requests.


  • Yet another fix to make the plugin work properly with HTTPS sites.


  • Making latest fix work in older PHP versions.


  • Fixed bug for network installations.
  • Fixed You don't have permission to edit this post issue.
  • Fixed plugin for SSL sites.
  • Fixed issues with IE 10/11.


  • Tested in WordPress 4.2.3
  • Second fix for You don't have permission to edit this post issue.
  • Fixed warning about wp_enqueue_script on plugin activation.


  • Improved security
  • Changed default upload path.


  • Updated Pixabay API calls.
  • Tested in WordPress 4.4


  • Version number fixed.


  • Compatibility tested for WordPress 4.7


  • Compatibility tested for WordPress 4.8.1
  • Modernized layout and improved handling.
  • Endless scroll for search results.
  • Larger preview images.


  • Compatibility tested for WordPress 4.9
  • Included SafeSearch filter in settings
  • Fixed https://wordpress.org/support/topic/error-file-attachment-metadata-error-3/


  • Some bug fixes.


  • Some bug fixes.