Image Max URL

Finds larger or original versions of images

Daily installs
Total installs
49 0 0
Apache 2.0
Applies to
All sites

Author's Description

Image Max URL

Note: There is now a Firefox add-on: It's a bit faster and a few userscript limitations (currently regarding the redirect behavior) are bypassed.


The userscript helps you find larger images for currently ~3700 hardcoded websites (using ~2100 rules), but it supports a number of generic engines, which means it can in theory work for almost any website.

Some of the websites it supports includes:
  • Social media websites (incl. Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Weibo)
  • News websites (incl. BBC, Daily Mirror, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, Vogue)
  • Generic image hosting engines (incl. Cloudinary, Drupal, Imgix, Wordpress)
  • Image hosting services (incl. 500px, Imgur, Flickr, DeviantArt, Pixiv, SmugMug)
It works by replacing URLs with patterns or API calls. For example, if you have this image:By adding ?name=orig to the end, you'll end up with a much larger image:


The script performs a number of functions, all of which can be configured in the options page.
  • Redirect images opened in their own tabs to larger/original versions
  • Display a popup if Ctrl and Shift (or only Ctrl if you installed prior to 0.4.11) are held when the mouse is over an image
  • Check images and display a preview on the website
The pop-up and the preview might take a few seconds to show as it currently needs to download the entire image before being able to display it.

Cross-domain requests

You may encounter a warning from your userscript manager that the script is performing a cross-domain (or cross-origin) request.

The script will request the generated URL before redirecting or previewing, to either ensure it exists, or download the image (if using the pop-up). Cross-domain requests are also used in API calls, such as for Flickr, DeviantArt, and Reddit.

If you want to see exactly what happens, search for do_request in the userscript.


Why does it redirect to a smaller image?

Sometimes websites will scale images up, so this will return the original image. However, if the first image is indeed larger and isn't scaled, please file an issue, and I will fix it ASAP.

Why does it redirect to a scaled-up image?

Most likely because the original image is scaled-up. I try to make sure the script doesn't return any URLs that will scale up an image, but if you believe there's an error, please file an issue.

Can you support website X?

Please file an issue, and I will try to support it, if possible.

Can I use this in my program?

Yes, it's Apache 2.0 licensed (similar to MIT). Please see the README on github for instructions.