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 public domain pictures via “Add Media” button inside the editor.
  • Filter search results by image type (clipart, photo) and/or orientation (horizontal, vertical).
  • Preview images in paginated search results.
  • Direct image uploads to WordPress’ media library.
  • Use of standard media dialogues for editing and inserting images.

For more information, check out Pixabay.com.


  • Optional Pixabay Images button inside the WordPress blog post editor.
  • Search results in WordPress' new Media Manager.
  • Preview image on hover with a selection of three different sizes and a link to the original image on Pixabay.
  • Standard media dialogue for selected image.
  • Search results in popup window.
  • Preview image in popup window with a selection of three different sizes and a link to the original image on Pixabay.
  • Standard media dialogue in popup window for selected 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!


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 10 or higer is required.


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.

A great help

For providing a simple interface to Public Domain images this is great. I’ve been using www.pixabay.com for sometime and this now makes things a snap.

If you want larger file sizes you will need to go to download manually from the site directly, but this is not an issue. The plugin provides perfect simplicity for non-tech users to get images (not massive in size!) onto their site.

I’ve added it as a suggested extension to https://wordpress.org/plugins/role-based-help-notes/

great help thanks!

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Contributors & Developers

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




  • 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