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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to Pexels, what's going on here?

What is Pexels?

Pexels helps designers, bloggers and everyone who is looking for an image to find great photos that you can use everywhere for free. For more information read the following frequently asked questions.

What is the license of the photos on Pexels?

All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can use them for free for any personal and commercial purpose. Attribution is not required. For more information read our license page.

Can I edit or modify the photos?

Yes, it?셲 no problem to edit a photo, add text, add filters or modify it in any other way.

Is it allowed to post the photos on Facebook or on other social media platforms?

Yes, you can post it on your private profile, use it as your new header image or even use it for a post on your commercial Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn page.

Can I use the photos for a commercial project?

Yes, all photos are free for any commercial use. You can use them on your commercial website, print them on t-shirts or for any other legal purpose.

Do I need to mention the source or the photographer?

No, attribution is not required. But we are always happy if you mention Pexels ;)

What are sponsored photos from Shutterstock?

Shutterstock is a partner that provides photos you can buy. You?셪l get redirected to their website, if you click on one of their photos. There you can buy the photo.

I want to submit photos to Pexels, what's the process?

Where can I upload my own photos?

Create an account here: https://www.pexels.com/submit-photos/. All photos you upload will be released under the CC0 license.

What happens after I uploaded my photos?

The photo curation team of Pexels will choose the best photos and publish them on our home page and in our search. This usually takes one or two days. If one of your photos is chosen you?셪l get an email notification.

How can I delete a photo?

Click on a photo on your profile. Then you will find a link to delete your photo below the download button except if your photo is featured on our home page and in the search. If this is the case please send us the link of your photo to [email protected].
Keep in mind that if someone downloaded the photo already they can continue using it for free. CC0 license cannot be revoked.

How can I delete my account?

Please write us an email to [email protected].

Additional Information

Do you also provide free videos?

Yes, we've a dedicated page for free videos. All videos on Pexels Videos are licensed under the CC0 license, too. Check it out: https://videos.pexels.com/.

Do you have an API?

Yes: https://www.pexels.com/api/

More questions?

You can contact us at [email protected] or reach us on Facebook or Twitter.