howto:sites and sources

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This page attempts to list websites that most likely host content relevant to e621, along with each site's advantages, restrictions and other features.
Feel free to correct incorrect and/or outdated information and add in other sites that are commonly used as sources here.

Unfavorable sources:

  • Twitter
    • Images are usually JPEGs and always recompressed.
    • GIF files are always converted to compressed MP4s.
    • Only preferred if the content is in a much larger resolution than other sources.
  • Fur Affinity
    • If the image's resolution is 1280px in either dimension and contains JPEG compression regardless of stated file type, it is most likely downscaled by FA.
    • If the image is smaller (site doesn't handle it) or larger (submitter used reupload trick to bypass handling), then it is most likely the original/best version available.
  • Gfycat
  • ArtStation
    • Images are always recompressed JPEGs with a maximum width of 1920px.
  • Third party boorus, chans, image galleries, etc.
    • There are plenty of reasons to avoid using these sites for finding content, a few being: content may have been (re)compressed, leaked from a paysite (which is DNP on e621) or edited without disclosure.
    • Some do have official sources listed, in which case it's advised to take the content from there instead.
    • Exceptions are sites where the artist is known to post on or ones mirroring content from drawing threads.

Favorable sources:

  • Furry Network, HicceArs, Inkbunny, Patreon, SoFurry, Tumblr, Weasyl
    • These sites keep the original upload or an optimized version of the original, which is always the most preferred version to have on e621.
  • Pixiv
    • Also stores original file, however artists are required to censor sexual body parts from their artwork, which may result in an uncensored version being posted elsewhere.
    • Not preferred for animations.

Formats, file types, and restrictions

This is a table that shows what kind of support and restrictions sites have in place for content. Click on a site's name to go to its section for further information and instructions.

Site Themes Images Flash Video Other content
e621 Curated furry artwork. JPEG, PNG, GIF. 15000×15000 resolution. 100 MB. 100 MB.ad HTML5. WebM. 100 MB.ae No.
ArtStation Large name artists showcase. JPEG. 90 quality. 1920px width max (4K for Pro members in the future). No? No? ?
Eka's Portal Vore. ? ? ? ?
Derpibooru My Little Pony. Yes ? ? ?
DeviantArt General artwork. JPEG, PNG, GIF, possibly others. 30 MB. 200 MB.c Custom HTML5. Unknown codecs. 200 MB.g Music, text, file archives.
Fur Affinity Furry artwork. JPEG, GIF, PNG. 10 MB. See below for resolution. 10 MB.c No. Text.
Furry Network Furry artwork. JPEG, PNG. 32 MB. 200 MB.cf HTML5. WebM, MP4, external embed.eg Audio, text.
Gfycat General video sharing. Animated GIFs only. No. Custom HTML5. WebM, MP4. 15 seconds. No audio. No.
Google Photos Wildcard. ? No. ? ?
Hentai Foundry Adult themed artwork. JPG, GIF and PNG recommended. GIF. No. No.
HicceArs General/underage artwork. JPEG, PNG, GIF. 15 MB. No. No. Novels.
Imgur General image sharing. JPEG, PNG, GIF, APNG, TIFF, PDF, and XCF. 20 MB/image, 200 MB/gif. No. HTML5. Only GIF conversions. No.
Inkbunny Furry artwork. PNG, JPEG, GIF. 144 MP resolution. 36 MB. 36 MB.ce JW Player. FLV, MP4. 36 MB.eg Text, MP3 audio.
Nijie Japanese general artwork. Yes (Filetypes ???) ? ? ?
Patreon Crowdfunding. JPEG, PNG, GIF. As attachment. Attachment or external embed. Any attachments.
Pixiv Japanese general artwork. JPEG, GIF, PNG. 8 MB/image, 30 MB/set. No. Ugoira, info below. 1080px height. No.
SoFurry Furry artwork. PNG, JPEG, GIF. PSD and TGA for prints. Yes.cf No Music, text.
Tumblr Blog. JPEG, PNG. 10 MB. No. Custom HTML5. MP4. 100 MB/day. 30 FPS. Blog posts.
Twitter Social. GIF, JPEG, and PNG. 5 MB. No. Custom HTML5. MP4. 512 MB, 30 seconds. What fits into 280 characters.
Weasyl Furry artwork. JPEG, PNG and GIF. 10 MB. 15 MB.c No. MP3, gdoc/media embed, text, character profile.
YouTube General video sharing. Thumbnails. No. Custom HTML5. WebM, MP4, 3GP, etc. 128 GB.e No.
▼ Legend:

a: No thumbnails for content.
b: Automatically generated thumbnails.
c: User submitted thumbnails, either mandatory or optional to replace stock thumbnail.
d: Content is not scaled at all. With Flash no scaling artifacting when viewing. Can get over page borders.
e: Content is only dynamically scaled when it is larger than viewing area.
f: Content is always dynamically fit to specific area. Scaling artifacts and bugs with Flash.
g: Content never loops. If this legend is not specified, it either always loops or can be set to loop by submitter.

e621

Homepage - Wiki page
  • By default, a downscaled and recompressed sample is on the page. Press Download to get the best version.
▼ URL format

Submission page: https://e621.net/post/show/<ID>/<tags>
Direct image: https://static1.e621.net/data/<First 2 digits of MD5>/<Second 2 digits of MD5>/<MD5>.<filetype>

▼ Reverse searching
  • Indexed by SauceNAO and e621 image search.
  • Supports searching with all possible metadata, including source and MD5 hash. See cheatsheet for more in depth searching and remember to include status:any to show up all possible posts including deleted ones.

ArtStation

Homepage
  • Artwork is automatically converted to a 90 quality JPEG and limited to a maximum width of 1920 pixels. 4K support for Pro members is planned.[source]
    • Users could view the original size prior to November 2017, though this has since been disabled. The best available version is now the "large" sample size.
  • To view a direct image on a submission page, hover the cursor over the image and select the icon with two arrows pointing away from each other at the bottom, it will then open it in a new tab.
▼ URL format

Artist page (community profile): https://www.artstation.com/<artist name>
Artist page (ArtStation-powered website; general subdomains): https://<username>.artstation.com/[source]
Submission page (community): https://www.artstation.com/artwork/<artwork hash>
Submission page (portfolio): https://<username>.artstation.com/projects/<artwork hash>
Direct image: https://cdn<a or b; possibly additional characters including numbers>.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/<three digits for image ID; millions digits>/<three digits for image ID; thousands digits>/<three digits for image ID; hundreds, tens, and ones digits>/<sample size>/<artist name>-<artwork name and possible additional characters>.jpg?<artwork ID>

  • Current available sample sizes: small, medium, large; original is disabled.

Eka's Portal

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Either click the image to get the full-sized version or press "download" underneath it.
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://aryion.com/g4/user/<artist>
Submission page: https://aryion.com/g4/view/<submission ID>
Direct image: https://aryion.com/g4/data/<submission ID>-<???>.<filetype>/<artist>-<submission ID>-<title>.<filetype>

Derpibooru

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Although third party sites like chans and boorus are usually discouraged, many artists directly post their My Little Pony artwork here.
  • Click Download to get the best version.
  • Site filters out things like memes and explicit content by default, this can be changed via the top panel's right side.
  • Files are modified, resulting in an MD5 mismatch with the original content if it's also available elsewhere.

DeviantArt

Homepage - Wiki page
  • To get the best version, click Download on the right side of the page.
    • Artists can disable the ability to allow downloads of the original file or watermark it automatically. In this case, click on the image to get the largest available preview.
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://<artist>.deviantart.com/
Submission page: https://<artist>.deviantart.com/art/<title>-<base-36 converted to base-10>[source]
Direct image: https://<pre/img/orig>00.deviantart.net/<four base 16 digits>/<i or f>/<year>/<three digits corresponding to the day of the year>/<one base 16 digit>/<one base 16 digit>/<title>_by_<artist>-d<base-36>.<filetype>

  • <three digits corresponding to the day of the year> is anywhere from 001 to 365 (common year) or 366 (leap year) corresponding to what date of the year when an image was uploaded. Some examples:
    • January 1, the first day of a year, would be 001.
    • February 2, the 33rd day, would be 033.
    • 060 would correspond to March 1 on a common year or February 29 on a leap year.
    • December 31, the last day of a year, would be 365 on a common year and 366 on a leap year.
▼ Reverse searching
  • Indexed by SauceNAO.
  • Insert information from filename into the following URL http://<artist>.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d<base-36>

Fur Affinity

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Fur Affinity has a resolution limit of 1280px at inital upload only. Higher resolution art is automatically downscaled and converted to a 90 quality JPEG, even if the downloaded file is a PNG. Submitter has to reupload their submission for it to show up in its original size
    • If the image matches the above description, avoid posting it unless it's the only place it's available.
  • Expanded image on submission page, full view submission page and the download button all serve the same image.
    • If you have an account, it's possible to automatically load the highest quality image by going to My FAAccount managementAccount settingsFull view and changing it to Full resolution.
  • Mature and adult content requires registering and toggling the maturity filter in account settings in order to view.
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/<artist>/
Submission page: https://www.furaffinity.net/view/<submission ID>/
Direct image: https://d.facdn.net/art/<artist>/<UNIX timestamp>/<UNIX timestamp>.<artist>_<title>.<file extension>
Thumbnail: http://t.facdn.net/<submission ID>@200-<UNIX timestamp>.jpg

  • NOTICE! Direct image URL does not contain the original page ID, so always remember to add this to the sources field when uploading directly!
  • <file extension> may be different from the actual file type.
▼ Reverse searching
  • Original filename will always contain <UNIX timestamp>, <artist> and <title>. This way you can look up artists gallery from around the timeframe specified in the filename (time converter) and search with title. Sites search function can work, but more often than not it just fails.

Furry Network

Homepage - Wiki page
  • All audio, video, Flash, etc. is bundled under "multimedia".
  • Press Download to get the highest quality version. Image on the page is always a compressed JPEG and larger resolutions are also downscaled.
  • Mature and explicit content does not show up while browsing without creating an account and altering content settings, although going directly to a submission's URL will allow you to view it after asking for confirmation.
▼ URL format

https://*.cloudfront.net/<artists two first letters>/<artist>/submission/<year>/<month>/<md5???>.<file extension> (unknown where MD5 comes in or if it even is MD5)

Gfycat

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Site supports multiple different formats. Content posted to e621 is preferred to be closest to the format it was originally uploaded in, with videos being a WebM file and GIFs a GIF file.
    • GIFs of content originally uploaded as a video are usually heavily downscaled and have an almost slideshow-like framerate, where as if content was uploaded as a GIF, the largest GIF can look as good or even better than the WebM file.
▼ URL format

Submission page: https://gfycat.com/<ID (AdjectiveAdjectiveAnimal)>
Direct image: https://<size>.gfycat.com/<ID>(<-quality>).<filetype>

Google Photos

Homepage - Wiki page
  • This essentially includes all content that is from a single Google user, which can include Google+ and forms (e.g. googleusercontent.com).
  • At the end of the URL, you may see either =sXXX, =wXXX or =hXXX. Manually replacing the XXX with 0 should give you the original image without sampling or scaling.

Hentai Foundry

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Quality guidelines specify to post submissions as JPG with dimensions no larger than 1500 pixels.[source]

HicceArs

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Click download to get the best version with the original filename. Simply saving the image should also give the same file, but with a generated name.
  • An account is required along with manual confirmation in settings to view Extreme, Ideology, Mature, Homosexual, Non-human and Loli/Shota content.

Imgur

Homepage - Wiki page
  • TIFFs, PDFs and XCFs are converted to PNGs.
  • PNGs over 5 MB are converted to JPEGs.[source]
  • GIFs over 2 MB are turned into GIFVs.[source] From GIFV, the GIF file is preferred on e621, even if a WebM file is also generated.

Inkbunny

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Has a dedicated wiki at: https://wiki.inkbunny.net/wiki/Main_Page.
  • Inkbunny stores a couple preview versions of images. To get the best version, either:
    • Press Download (new tab) under image.
    • Open preview image and change /screen/ to /full/ in the URL. With /preview/, you may also need to change the file type from .jpg to .png.
    • Select wide option from set default image size: below the image and save the image on the page.
  • Guests are able to view mature and adult content, though it's hidden by default and must be turned on in Allowed Ratings. Artists can restrict their work to only registered users, however, and it is the default for nudity and all adult content.
  • Does optimization and strips metadata from images, which means the MD5 checksum will not match the original submission, but the content itself should be identical.[source]
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://inkbunny.net/<artist>
Submission page: https://inkbunny.net/s/<submission ID>
Direct image: https://inkbunny.net/files/<image size>/<file ID without last three digits>/<file ID>_<artist>_<title>.<filetype>

  • NOTICE! Direct image URL does not contain the original submission or page ID (and opening from another site will fail due to a referer check), so always remember to add this to the sources field when uploading directly!
▼ Reverse searching
  • All MD5 hashes can be searched. Use https://inkbunny.net/search_process.php?text=<MD5 hash>&md5=yes to search.

Nijie

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Japanese website, so similar to pixiv censoring is required.
▼ Reverse searching

Patreon

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Patreon has changed their layout and method of serving images on submissions many times, some in a way where they were serving upscaled content, so writing a step by step might get outdated as it's being written. Try to seek out the highest resolution/quality version from the submission page and keep an eye out if the content does look upscaled.
    • Attached files found under the image are always preferred as these should be the images intended to be downloaded.
    • With images embedded on the submission, make sure you are zoomed in if your cursor changes while hovering over the image, then save it.
  • Content creators can restrict access to either public, patrons only or certain tier patrons only. Site's rules state that Patreons containing explicit content must be marked as such and explicit posts should be set for patrons only.[source]

Pixiv

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Site has a mandatory rule on censoring sexual body parts. Many Japanese artists opt to post uncensored versions elsewhere, while some simply ignore the rule.
  • To get the best version:
    • With single images, click on it to open it in a viewer.
    • With sets, clicking images opens "manga mode" in a new tab. There are two different layouts for manga mode: one for normal images (which shows one image at a time) and one for comics (which separates pages into two at a time in a right-to-left format), though older comics use the former as the latter is a more recent addition. To get the best version:
      • For normal images, click the expand icon on the top left corner of the image, NOT the icon on the top right! This opens the full version in a new tab viewer.
      • For comics, click the expand icon located to the left of the page navigators. This loads the full image on the page and will automatically load the remaining ones in the same format as well.
    • Full image URLs should contain /img-original/, all previews have /img-master/ instead. For older uploads, see here for examples.
  • Ugoiras are Pixiv's way of serving animations. They are stored as individual JPEG files and shown on an HTML5 canvas with set delays. Because of this, content cannot be directly downloaded and needs to be converted into either a GIF or WebM.
    • To get JPEG files, use the following JavaScript command: javascript:window.location=pixiv.context.ugokuIllustFullscreenData.src; and delays can be found in the submission page's source. Alternately, use a dedicated tool designed for ugoiras.
  • If on iPad/iPhone, and using the Google Chrome browser app, not all aforementioned features on Pixiv might pop up. To counter this, click the three vertical dots at the top right near the URL bar. Thereafter click the “Request desktop site” button.
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=<artist ID>
Submission page: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=<submission ID>
Direct image: https://i.pximg.net/img-original/img/<year>/<month>/<day>/<hour>/<minute>/<second>/<submission ID>_p0.<filetype>

img-master URLs contain preview images.

▼ Reverse searching

SoFurry

Homepage - Wiki page
  • No resolution or file size limits are stated anywhere.
  • To get the best version, press Download.

Tumblr

Homepage - Wiki page - User script
WARNING! Contrary to popular belief, _1280.png/_1280.jpg does NOT give you the highest quality version of posts made after December 2012!
  • Replacing _XXX in the URL with _raw manually gives you the best version.
    • If you get an "Access denied" or a "404" page, you also have to remove the two numbers and dot at the beginning of the URL (between http:// and media) as well as change media to data to see the full size image. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone and get a “Your connection is not private” error, remove the s in https.
    • _raw.png/_raw.jpg always stores the highest quality version available, even if the image is a lower resolution. For JPEGs, the raw has less or no compression artifacts. For PNGs, the file should still be identical to raw, but not always. To help make sure you and other users are uploading the best version, always ensure that the image's URL/filename ends with this.
    • Old _inline images are slightly different, however. Posts made before March 2015 lack any form of _XXX in their URLs and were limited to a maximum width of 500px.
  • Tumblr introduced a "Safe Mode" feature in mid-2017 and you MUST have an account to disable it if you want to view explicit blogs![source]
    • As a consequence, explicit blogs are no longer indexed by Google/other search engines and you cannot reverse search images on them anymore.
  • There are no direct ways to download videos from Tumblr. You can fetch the file's URL via your preferred method (e.g. browser's network tab or a dedicated download tool). Manually remove _480 or _720 if present in the video's URL to get the highest resolution.
  • As Tumblr allows users to completely customize their page's layout, sometimes things are in completely different places or hidden altogether. To make browsing and finding individual posts easier, use archive mode. If not linked on the page, manually go to: http://<artist>.tumblr.com/archive.
▼ URL format

Artist page: http://<artist>.tumblr.com/
Submission page: http://<artist>.tumblr.com/post/<string>/<start of the text in post>
Direct image: http://<two numbers>.media.tumblr.com/<Raw MD5>/tumblr_<???>_<resolution>.<filetype>

  • NOTICE! Direct image URL does not contain the original page ID, so always remember to add this to the sources field when using direct upload!
  • <Raw MD5> does not directly match with GIF files.

Twitter

Homepage - Wiki page - User script
  • While Twitter can host true PNG files, a majority of the content is converted into 85 quality JPEGs upon upload. Avoid unless it's the only source or in a much higher resolution than other sources.
    • For a file to stay as a PNG, submitter has to modify the file to have any level of transparency applied. Even a single pixel with a slight amount of transparency works.
  • To get the original size, add :orig at the end of an image's URL.
    • Twitter does save PNG versions of images as well, usually without any extension (i.e. :large), however these are almost always lower resolution and/or converted from a JPEG version and thus usually not wanted.
  • No direct way to download videos. Either fetch URL in some way or use dedicated tools.
    • GIFs are always converted to compressed MP4 files that loop. Turning these back into GIF files will result in an insane amount of bloating and with WebM the quality stays sub par.
    • Videos are converted to compressed MP4 files without looping.
  • If you're only searching for media files uploaded by an artist, click media.
▼ URL format

Artist page: https://twitter.com/<artist>
Submission page: https://twitter.com/<artist>/status/<status ID>
Direct image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/<media ID>.<filetype>:orig

  • NOTICE! Direct image URL does not contain the original page ID, so always remember to add this to the sources field when uploading directly!
  • Keep the <filetype> always the same as what can be gotten from submission page!

Weasyl

Homepage - Wiki page
  • Flash content sometimes has cover art that the user must click on in order to enable the Flash file.
  • To get the best version, press Download.

YouTube

Homepage - Wiki page
  • YouTube does not allow any explicit content outside of educational usage! Even unlisted/private videos are in danger of getting removed by automatic algorithms or user flags.
  • Because of the nature of the service, a dedicated download tool is required to get videos.
  • YouTube automatically converts videos into several formats for compatibility. By default, YouTube uses WebM VP9 for content where it's available and browsers that support it. For e621, the preferred version to have is the highest available resolution of the VP9 video with Opus audio. The most advanced tool, which many other programs also include, is youtube-dl.
    • Avoid using online tools and browser add-ons. Many of these do not allow selecting streams and default to MP4 or another non-WebM format, which are not supported by e621 and converting the file causes quality loss.
  • With thumbnails, the best version is stored at: https://img.youtube.com/vi/<videoID>/maxresdefault.jpg.

Other sites and ripping multimedia content

Essentially any website can host content that is relevant to e621. Sometimes creators just post their content elsewhere or occasionally it's simply unavailable anywhere else, e.g. if the original source is on a dead site. Even if the site is not on the list, there are still several ways you can ensure you are getting the best variation.

  • Seek out a link that says Download or filename.filetype.
  • Try searching for a link or button that says full, zoom, size, original, scale or something similar, which will toggle the image on page from a preview to its full size.
  • If anything like this is nowhere to be found, simply right click and save the content embedded on the site.

With multimedia content, especially Flash, things can get a bit more difficult.

  • See if the content itself has a download button in some format.
  • Try right clicking to see if the context menu gives an option to download.
  • Either open the web page's source code (Usually hotkey CTRL+U) and search for the file type you are looking for, e.g. .webm, or open up your browser's network activity (Usually hotkey F12) and look out for media content type.
  • If these do not work, try searching for tools made specifically for the site you are trying to get content from or general download managers.
Pinterest
Homepage
  • All images "pinned" to the site are saved as compressed JPEGs.
  • Opening an image directly will usually lead to a downscaled version that's an uncommon number of pixels wide. To view the original size, change the characters after the .com/ in the URL (shown as <width of downscaled image>x) to originals.
▼ URL format

Submission page: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/<pin ID number>/
Direct image: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/<first two characters of MD5>/<third and fourth characters of MD5>/<fifth and sixth characters of MD5>/<MD5>.<file extension>

See also
  • forum #169987 - Saving images properly, a public service announcement. (Aug. 2015)
  • forum #235250 - Obtaining the highest-resolution images from Tumblr (June 2017)

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