Image Downloader near Address Bar

Have you ever tried to right-click on an image in order to save it, only to find that the option to save the image is no where to be found? From time to time you’ll likely run into such an issue, and in many cases it has to do with how a particular web page is designed (css, etc.).

There’s a particular Chrome extension that I use for the Google Chrome browser called Image Downloader. This extension makes it easy to quickly identify all images on a particular web page. You can then download those images in batch form or individually.

Image Downloader probably isn’t an extension that you’ll use on a day-to-day basis, but it’s been instrumental to me in those instances where I needed to quickly download a stubborn image. Have a look at our video walkthrough as I step through the entire image downloading process using this great extension.

Image Downloader is an extension made exclusively for Google Chrome users. I’ve always waffled back and forth between Chrome and Safari, but I always seem to come back to Chrome with my tail between my legs due to Chrome’s superior extension library. Image Downloader is one of those extensions that keeps me coming back.

To use Image Downloader, you’ll first need to download and install the extension using this link. Once the extension is downloaded and installed, you should see the image downloader button—the little blue button with the down arrow—located to the right of your browser’s address bar.

Once you’re on a particular web page containing an image that you wish to download, simply click the Image Downloader button and you’ll be presented with a list of all of the downloadable images on that page. If there are a lot of images located on the page, then it’s wise to take advantage of the search bar at the top of the listing to filter your image results. You may also wish to utilize the option to sort the images listing via URL.

Image Downloader Open

I like to drag and drop the exact images I wish to download directly to my desktop from Image Downloader. If you wish, you can click the download button next to each image to download it like a normal file; you may also wish to open the image in a new tab using the right arrow. If there are multiple images that you wish to download at once, you can click the check mark box next to each image and click the download button at the top of the image listing to download them using a batch method.

As mentioned, the great thing about Image Downloader is that it gives you access to all image files on a page, even the stubborn ones that use various methods that prevent you from accessing the save image as dialogue, or who’s nature prevents you from dragging the image off of the page and to the desktop.

Image Downloader Extension Chrome

If you’re a Google Chrome user and you’d like to try Image Downloader, head over to its extension page. Be sure to sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and opinions.

  • Chris Barnett

    You can achieve the same without the extension by right clicking and opening the image in a new tab 😉

    • Not exactly. In the video example, with CSS masked images, you can’t do that.

      • Anchit Shethia

        You can Simply use Command + Shift + 4 and get your work done without any addons, which can slow down chrome. It already uses a whoopinh 1GB RAM

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        So that leaves me with 15GB then

      • Not if you want the full quality images, you can’t. As stated in the example before, Command+Shift+4 will leave you with an altered unoriginal image.

  • Rickm_jr

    I’m not a Mac user but love my iPhone (when JB) so you’re saying there is no such thing as a screenshot option (like print screen in Windows) or a snipping tool equivalent?

    • Chris Barnett

      There is, but it is a lot easier to use this extension if you only want the true resolution of the picture. With a screenshot, the resolution will depend on the display setting.

  • BoardDWorld

    Of course you can also do it natively. In preferences you just check developer menu. After that just hold command – option – i and view the images. You can drag and drop or use the context menu to download. You can also assign your own shortcut if you don’t like holding 3 keys

    P.S. thanks Jeff for Zz, Bartender & PhotoSweeper.

  • Raashid

    Impressive find…been using the javascript console that pops-up when you right-click such image and select “Inspect Element”. This simplifies that process to just 1 click and removes the need to browse through code to find the image link…

  • Aaron de Silva

    Or you can simply drag the image to your desktop?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Drag & drop can be disabled by the web designer(s)…

      • Prasoon Singh

        Like Instagram. The desktop website version doesn’t allow people to save pictures at all.

  • Joey

    Just go under the ‘Develop’ menu option in Safari and click ‘Disable Styles’ , and done 🙂 No more restrictions.