Remove images hosted on your site from search results

For quick removal, use the Removals tool to remove images hosted on your site from Google's search results within hours.

For non-emergency image removal

To prevent images from your site appearing in Google's search results, add a robots.txt file to the root of the server that blocks the image. While it takes longer to remove an image from search results than it does to use the Removals tool, it gives you more flexibility and control through the use of wildcards or subpath blocking. It also applies to all search engines, whereas the Remove URLs tool only applies to Google.

For example, if you want Google to exclude the dogs.jpg image that appears on your site at www.yoursite.com/images/dogs.jpg, add the following to your robots.txt file:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /images/dogs.jpg

The next time Google crawls your site, we'll see this rule and drop your image from our search results.

Rules may include special characters for more flexibility and control. The * character matches any sequence of characters, and patterns may end in $ to indicate the end of a path.

To remove multiple images on your site from our index, add a disallow rule for each image, or if the images share a common pattern such as a suffix in the filename, use a the * character in the filename. For example:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
# Repeated 'disallow' rules for each image:
Disallow: /images/dogs.jpg
Disallow: /images/cats.jpg
Disallow: /images/llamas.jpg

# Wildcard character in the filename for
# images that share a common suffix:
Disallow: /images/animal-picture-*.jpg

To remove all the images on your site from our index, place the following robots.txt file in your server root:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

To remove all files of a specific file type (for example, to include .jpg but not .gif images), you'd use the following robots.txt entry:

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /*.gif$

By specifying Googlebot-Image as the User-agent, the images will be excluded from Google Images. If you would like to exclude the images from all Google searches (including Google Search and Google Images), specify the Googlebot user agent.

How do I remove images from properties that I don't own?

See the Google Search help documentation on how to remove an image from search results.