8 Free Placeholder Image Services For Instant Dummy Images

When designing websites, images-to-be-used usually doesn't exist at first as it is the layout that matters the most.

However, the sizes for the images are usually pre-set and inserting some placeholder images help us better seeing/analyzing the layout.

Rather than creating these placeholder images manually, there are free to use services which can automate the process and save us time.

Here is a list of 8 free placeholder image services for instant dummy images:



As the name tells it, Flickrholdr fetches images from the huge database of Flickr.

Besides the size of the images, it is possible to mention tags in the URL which is great for using related images in each spot.



The service is full-featured with the ability to mention sizes, image format (.gif, .jpg, .png) and can also display text.

The size of the images generated are displayed on them as well.



lorempixum is an awesome free service where you can generate images in any size and almost in any category (like sports, food, people, etc.).

You can also select to get color or grayscale photos.



Placekitten is thematic placeholder service that can display any size of kitten images.

There is also a jQuery plugin for dynamically changing any or all of your images to placeholder kittens with just a single line of code.

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator


DummyImage.com is a placeholder generator with a huge set of customization options including size, colors, text, multiple file types and preset sizes.

And, it is an open source script.



A simple generator where you can only define the width and height. Also,  the source of the script is shared as well.



Again a simple service where you can mention a text to be displayed besides the sizes.



IpsumImage is a Google App Engine hosted, open source placeholder service (built with Python).

It is possible to customize the sizes, background-foreground colors and text to be displayed.



The service follows a different approach than others and requires a JavaScript to be installed and works without defining "image sources" but simply adding a specific class to each.

Other than sizes, colors and text, you can also set whether the image will be rectangle or a circle.

Bonus! – flickrBomb (a jQuery plugin)


A simple and smart solution for getting images of any size from Flickr.

Just insert this jQuery plugin to your web pages and call the image in aformat like:

<img src="flickr://Kevin Bacon" width="175px" height="175px">

and get an image of the mentioned size + subject.

  1. Reply Mark Bowen March 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Take a look at the source code on placekitten.com 😉

  2. Reply Bertram Simon March 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Another fast way for creating placeholders with width, height, colors,border and text is http://xoc.de/createimage.php

  3. Reply Jonathan Foucher March 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks for mentioning http://flickholdr.com !

  4. Reply ruedaminute June 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Just figured out a way of getting relevant placeholder images with image search, had to use the Bing API cuz google and yahoo no longer work: http://blog.ruedaminute.com/2011/06/placeholder-image-s-with-jquery-and-bing-image-search-api/

  5. Reply portefolio July 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Wow, nice ressources, then you can also note http://imageplaceholder.com
    thank you 🙂

  6. Reply yeah? August 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM
  7. Reply Umut M. August 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM


    That is awesome..

  8. Reply John Maxwell January 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    There is also Cambelt which allows you to choose custom fonts and sizes.

  9. Reply Kenney February 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Also there is placebox.es a free service to create image placeholders on the fly. Custom text, size, and styling available as well as gradient shading.

  10. Reply momper March 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    a little bit different concept then the others: http://dummy-image-generator.com/

  11. Reply Will July 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Everyone knows apes and monkeys are better than cats and dogs, so I thought it was only right add placeape.com 🙂

  12. Reply Andrea July 28, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    I currently use http://www.dummyimages.com its very simple to use and straight to the point.

  13. Reply zhrance September 4, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    I really like http://www.pipsum.com. Really easy to use text and image generator. The reason I use Pipsum for images is that it generates the images real fast.

  14. Reply cioddi October 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    take a look at http://placeskull.com for svg placeholder graphics

  15. Reply agopaul January 2, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Another image generator: http://getdummyimage.com

  16. Reply Mike Smith April 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Here are a couple pretty cool placeholder sites for marijuana related web developers: 420placehold.it – Marijuana Placeholders like this http://420placehold.it/200-300
    420placehold.it/girls – Ganja Girl Placeholders like this http://420placehold.it/girls/300-200

    They offer some pretty cool effects like Black and white, sepia and pixelate:

  17. Reply David Cross April 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    If anyone is interested in a image placeholder service that offers images for any type of website, check out ->


    I love it because they have many categories and good pictures quality!

  18. Reply Shaun August 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I’d also like to suggest my own creation: http://placecreature.com . It’s similar to how many other services work – but it’s meant to be creature agnostic. I would love to get more creature suggestions!

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