Remove images hosted on your site from search results

For emergency image removal

To quickly remove images hosted on your site from Google's search results, use the Removals tool. Keep in mind that unless you also remove the images from your site or otherwise block the images as described in the non-emergency image removal section, the images may resurface in Google's search results once the removal request expires.

For non-emergency image removal

There are two ways to remove images from your site from Google's search results:

The two methods have the same effect, choose the method that is more convenient for your site. Keep in mind that Googlebot has to crawl the URLs to extract the HTTP headers, so implementing both methods at the same time doesn't make sense.

If you don't have access to the site that's hosting your images (for example a CDN) or your CMS doesn't provide a way to block images with the noindex X-Robots-Tag HTTP header or robots.txt, you might need to delete the images altogether from your site.

Remove images using robots.txt rules

To prevent images from your site appearing in Google's search results, add a robots.txt file to the root of the site that hosts the image, for example While it takes longer to remove an image from Google's search results using robots.txt rules 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 Removals tool only applies to Google.

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

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

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

Rules may include special characters for more flexibility and control. Specifically, the * character matches any sequence of characters which lets you to match multiple image paths with one rule.

To remove multiple images on your site from Google's 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. For example,
#   animal-picture-UNICORN.jpg and
#   animal-picture-SQUIRREL.jpg
# in the "images" directory
# will be matched by this pattern.
Disallow: /images/animal-picture-*.jpg

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

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.

Remove images with the noindex X-Robots-Tag HTTP header

Alternatively, you can remove images hosted on your site from Google's search results by adding the noindex X-Robots-Tag to the HTTP response headers of the images you want to remove. In this case you must allow crawling the image URLs in order for Googlebot to be able to extract the noindex rule. To implement the noindex X-Robots-Tag HTTP response header, follow our documentation about noindex.

Note that adding the noimageindex robots tag to a particular page will also prevent that images embedded in that page from getting indexed. However, if the same images also appear in other pages, they might get indexed through those pages. To make sure a particular image is blocked no matter where it appears, use the noindex X-Robots-Tag HTTP response header.

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.