How to Save Pictures from Copy Protected Websites

Published On: October 5th, 2012|Last Updated: March 19th, 2023|Categories: Webmaster|Total Views: 120121|Daily Views: 3|

Some sites won’t allow their visitors to save or download pictures for some specific purpose. Depending on your purpose, downloading protected and copyrighted images may be illegal without the proper permission of the website owner. Website owners usually block their images from copying by disabling the “Right-Click” option. But If you think it is legal, then follow the below tricks to save pictures from copy protected website to your local disk.

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Method 1: Save Pictures from Copy Protected Websites using Page Source

  1. Right click at anywhere on the webpage and then click “View Page Source” option from the drop down menu. A new window opens with html coding of the particular webpage. Use Ctrl-U to open page source if right-click option is disabled. Read this tutorial to view page source in Firefox.
  2. Press Ctrl-F keys to open search window. Search for one of this extension “.png, .jpg, .gif, .jpeg” to find the URL of the image. You can find the correct image by looking the name of the image before the extension (eg: summer.png).
  3. Once you found the correct picture, then copy the particular image URL. Open a new tab or window and paste the URL in the address bar. Press ENTER and you should find the image displayed on the screen.
  4. Right click the image and select “Save Image As…” from the drop down menu. Choose the destination folder where you want to save the image on your local drive and click “Save”.

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Method 2: Save Pictures from Copy Protected Websites using PrintScr

The above method would not work for flash websites, so copy flash images by taking screen shot using print screen button.

  1. Open the site, where you want to download images and zoom the image by pressing Ctrl-+ or hold Ctrl key and then roll over the mouse middle button.
  2. Press Crtl-Alt-PrintScr button to copy the screenshot. Open Paint two times and press Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot in one window.
  3. Crop the image from the screenshot and paste it in another paint window.
  4. Go to “File” and select “Save as”. Choose the destination folder and the image format and click “Save”.

26 Comments

  1. Avatar of tihstae
    tihstae Jan 14, 2021 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I just go to the terminal and use either gallery-dl or I use this bash script:

    wget -i `wget -qO- $1 | sed -n '/<img/s/.*src="\([^"]*\)".*/\1/p' | awk '{gsub("thumb-350-", "");print}'`

  2. Avatar of Sandeep Kharadkar
    Sandeep Kharadkar Jul 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Nice. Thanks for sharing this valuable content.

  3. Avatar of Brian
    Brian Jul 2, 2020 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    great solution and tips bro!! thank you for your post.

  4. Avatar of Eshal
    Eshal Jun 26, 2020 at 6:12 am - Reply

    sharing this information will do much good

  5. Avatar of Older Man
    Older Man May 18, 2020 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    these methods works for me.

  6. Avatar of Paul Ogunkunle
    Paul Ogunkunle Nov 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    thanks for the tips

  7. Avatar of Elango
    Elango Aug 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    thanks for your advice. worked fine for me. Really appreciate.

  8. Avatar of PM
    PM Mar 20, 2019 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for the help, worked awesomely.

  9. Avatar of JULES
    JULES Feb 7, 2019 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Tried 1st method and it worked. Thanks

  10. Avatar of May
    May Jan 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Can pics from website or engagement pics can be saved? We got duped n paid total but guy is only allowing viewing but that’s it? if they’ve been blocked etc tx frustrated

  11. Avatar of yukihime
    yukihime Nov 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    worked. the protected website even don’t have in url when inspected

  12. Avatar of ohocash
    ohocash Mar 14, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

    nice info bro
    keep it up

  13. Avatar of Lee Matthews
    Lee Matthews Nov 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I tried this method but when i searched .gif it just highlighted the search area in red and would not allow me to search. Any ideas?

  14. Avatar of rutvik
    rutvik Jun 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    What if the image in the page source is in webp format?

  15. Avatar of bm
    bm May 16, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    brilliant! i am retrieving a picture. is there any way to get the picture from the htm coding without the watermark that is put on the picture?

  16. Avatar of Donna
    Donna Feb 2, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    OMG you are a genius, you have just saved me hours of work.

    thank you.

  17. Avatar of Kevin Spencer
    Kevin Spencer Sep 6, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I like pictures!

  18. Avatar of zub okhtak
    zub okhtak Aug 11, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    the best time wasting article I’ve ever came across in my whole life …

  19. Avatar of securedot
    securedot Aug 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    what do I do when even right clicking outside of the picture is blocked? I cannot view the source code because I cannot right-click…

    • Avatar of Guest
      Guest Oct 26, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Lol, just press F12 from you keyboard and you’ll see the source popping out

  20. Avatar of robert
    robert Dec 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Sometimes sites have a mobile version too. If you can find that on desktop they can be downloadable.

  21. Avatar of Claire J Taylor
    Claire J Taylor Nov 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    How do I rate this – absolutely brilliant advice and helped me in a tight situation when I needed to save an image for my boyfriend’s mothers birthday present. Amazing…

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      admin Nov 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

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  22. Avatar of Mohamad Wahba
    Mohamad Wahba Nov 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    the second method is lame :D

    • Avatar of admin
      admin Nov 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Mohamad, Please elaborate your comment.

      • Avatar of Mohamad Wahba
        Mohamad Wahba Nov 21, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        I mean it is just normal one, I wanted something more in depth :) no offense bro

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