About CC Search

CC Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. Creative Commons, the nonprofit behind CC Search, is the maker of the CC licenses, used over 1.4 billion times to help creators share knowledge and creativity online.

CC Search searches across more than 300 million images from open APIs and the Common Crawl dataset. It goes beyond simple search to aggregate results across multiple public repositories into a single catalog, and facilitates reuse through features like machine-generated tags and one-click attribution.

Currently CC Search only searches images, but we plan to add additional media types such as open texts and audio, with the ultimate goal of providing access to all 1.4 billion CC licensed and public domain works on the web. Learn more about CC’s 2019 vision, strategy and roadmap for CC Search and see what we’re currently working on. All of our code is open source (CC Search, CC Catalog API, CC Catalog) and we welcome community contribution.

Please note that CC does not verify whether the images are properly CC licensed, or whether the attribution and other licensing information we have aggregated is accurate or complete. Please independently verify the licensing status and attribution information before reusing the content. For more details, read the CC Terms of Use.

Looking for the old CC Search portal? Visit https://oldsearch.creativecommons.org.


Provider Domain # CC Licensed Works
Animal Diversity Web https://animaldiversity.org 15,543
Bēhance https://www.behance.net 5,797,180
Brooklyn Museum https://www.brooklynmuseum.org 61,503
Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon http://capl.washjeff.edu 15,140
Cleveland Museum of Art http://www.clevelandart.org 30,226
DeviantArt https://www.deviantart.com 271,362
Digitalt Museum https://digitaltmuseum.no 146,674
Flickr https://www.flickr.com 302,272,988
Flora-On https://flora-on.pt 54,970
Geograph Britain and Ireland https://www.geograph.org.uk 1,209,292
McCord Museum http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en 218,448
Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org 468,832
Museums Victoria https://museumsvictoria.com.au 79,969
PhyloPic http://phylopic.org 3,242
Rawpixel https://www.rawpixel.com 20,433
Rijksmuseum https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en 29,999
Science Museum – UK https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk 67,333
SVG Silh https://svgsilh.com 88,211
Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com 29,372
Thorvaldsens Museum http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk 8,477
Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org 15,508,096
World Register of Marine Species http://www.marinespecies.org 21,692