How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist. Photo modified from art by trialsanderrors

Recently I saw that Seth Godin mentioned Craigslist does not support picture hosting. It seems silly since pictures really help you sell and advertise – key Craigslist functionality.


He suggested that Craigslist could write a FAQ on how to post photos there. Considering I frequently recommend that people advertise in their local Craigslist, I am often describing how to put images on those ads.


How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

So, you don’t know how do get a picture on to Craigslist. That’s OK, it’s easy to do. Here’s your step-by-step guide on putting images up there to really make those submissions stand out.


Craigslist recently changed their photo posting policies. Adding images using embedded HTML codes only works on a few pages. If you’d like a step-by-step guide on where you can post pictures, how to post pictures, and much, much more, please check out this book.

Step 1: Get the Picture On-Line

You need to have a picture on-line already before you can put it on Craigslist. The easiest and best way is if you already have the picture on your own website. If you don’t have your own website, don’t worry. There are plenty of other free places out there you can put your picture on.


Some things you need to keep in mind when getting that image on-line:


  • You must own the image. Stealing other people’s or website’s images is illegal.
  • The image must be sized right so it will fit and load quickly.
  • The image must be accessible to everyone.

Remember, some places that host images like MySpace or Facebook will not work because those sites do not provide access to those images for everyone. If you want to use an image on a site like Facebook, you will have to move it to a place where it is accessible to everyone. That’s why I really recommend using your own website for hosting the image; you’re in control of everything.


Free Places to Host Your Image


If you can’t put a picture on your website, don’t worry. The steps are the same after this one. There are some free places out there. Try Posterous or Flickr or Picassa. Get your picture on one of those places and write down the location you uploaded it to.


If you are using Flickr to host your images, check out this guide on how to put Flickr Images on Craigslist.

Your own Picture Hosting.


If you have your own website, this is very simple. Just upload the photo and write down the location.


Either way


You should be able to take the location (URL) of that photo – on your own site or someone else’s – and paste it into a new browser and see it.



Charlotte Website Design

  1. Locate the picture on your website.
    In my case I am going to use the one above.
  2. Write down the location.
    This one is at . You’re might be on your own site.

Step 2: Create an HTML Image Tag


Yes, this is coding. But it’s really, really easy! Trust me! You have the location of your image from Step 1, right?


Create an HTML Image tag. That is what will let the browsers know where to look for the image. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit. In fact, you can just copy this code below and change the URL to be your website and file name.


The code for the image tag is:

<img src="">


Step 3: Put it in Your Craigslist Post

Now all you have to do is put that code into your Craigslist post as shown in this picture:


Craigslist Image Post


After Craigslist publishes your item, you will get a result like the one below:


Craigslist Image Result

Hopefully, that all made sense. If not, never worry. I’m here to help. Just write a comment below telling me what your sticking point is and I’ll help you out. If you got it to work, share your success below!


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  • Foshee
    August 4, 2016, 7:19 pm

    I am trying to post pictures from a message that was sent to me with the pictures on it. It shows it on my phone when I look at it in the photos but not when I go to the photos from Craigslist to get them to post???

  • August 1, 2016, 1:17 am

    I want to get some photos on my craigs list posting & am having trouble. Here’s what I did
    Used my pcell phone to take the photo. Emailed the photo to my email on my computer.Went to my email & clicked it open with my photo. Saved the photo to my desktop. Went to craigs list add image button which took me to my desktop. Selected the photo which caused the craigs list icon to spin but photo never loaded.

  • cyndi
    July 29, 2016, 10:21 am

    How, if possible do I post pictures to craigslist from my android ph..? Trying to sell items & want to post!

    • August 10, 2016, 11:19 am

      Get the pictures off your phone and put them in an online photo store. Then follow the instructions on this page.

  • July 1, 2016, 10:38 pm

    I’m having trouble specifically with uploading the pictures of my furniture to post them onto craigslist to sell. Could you guide me through those steps in a way that I would understand?

    • August 10, 2016, 11:21 am

      How far were you able to get with the steps that are laid out in this article? Where are you having issues?

  • vernon
    June 30, 2016, 2:01 am

    Been trying to put photos on creigslist.. Haven’t been able to do it.. Need better step by step instructions please.. Thanks

  • June 22, 2016, 4:02 pm

    Ihave 5 pictures I need to put on craigslist. I have them on my laptop but I do not have a website.Now what?

    • August 10, 2016, 11:26 am

      Well, you’re going to have to put your pictures on the web somewhere. If you can find a place to put it (a host) other than your website, you should be able to pick up the directions from there. Try my example on Flickr.

  • June 16, 2016, 10:46 pm

    How come every time I try to put an image on Craigslist it come up black with no image. I’ve been try to post things for 3 months and every image is black. Whats wrong with this sight? The pictures use to come up right away….what happened?
    It’s so frustrating. Please fix this problem.

    • August 10, 2016, 11:27 am

      I’m sure it’s frustrating. I’m not Craigslist, so I can’t tell you specifically. Are you sure you are using a valid image type?

  • Evelyn Marie Vinet
    June 16, 2016, 8:50 pm

    I don’t know how to make a website nor do I know how to take pictures to post could you contact me at: 504 259-2443. I already set up my account with my password but I’m confused

  • June 6, 2016, 4:19 am

    I need help please

  • May 28, 2016, 12:22 pm

    I just want send a pic from my photos or saved mail??

    • August 10, 2016, 11:28 am

      Well, you’re going to have to put your pics on the web somewhere. If you can find a place to put it (a host) other than your website, you should be able to pick up the directions from there. Try my flickr example.

  • Scott
    March 2, 2016, 5:59 am

    u should make it easier to edit pictures , old way was better some of us are simple not computer wiz we don’t have website thanks

    • August 10, 2016, 11:30 am

      You know this isn’t Craigslist and I have no ability to update their site, right?

  • Eva Soles
    February 24, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I want to know.can I use my Canadian phone photo for the craigslist in Bellingham?

  • Genean Griffin
    January 31, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Am selling a 65inch TV Mitsubishi good condition for $600 an also a glass top heavy duty dinnet table for $350

  • Timothy
    January 15, 2016, 11:47 am

    I am from another country and very low tech. I take a photo with my phone. How do I transfer the photo from my phone to my computer? Where do I store it on my computer? How do I store it on my computer? Then how do I transfer the image to Flickr?

  • don
    December 22, 2015, 11:11 pm

    i have pictures in my files of things i want to sell on craigslist but i don’t know to move them from my files to add images HELP

  • December 22, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Question. I post on Craigslist to sell items. I did not have a picture of one of the toys I was selling. I went on ebay found a picture of the item and used it. I received a nastygram from the ebayer demanding I remove the picture and that I was stealing her picture. She had not watermarked it nor was it copyrighted. I suppose that was not the best thing to do but there was continual harassment from her until I removed the picture. She accused me of fraud, conning people. I have sold lots on craigslist. The listing had a list of toys and my ad said shown are some pictures. Never did the ad say these are the exact items. When people come to buy they see what they are getting. I do not mail. What do you think? She was one nasty individual

    • December 26, 2015, 6:24 pm

      Lesley, people put a lot of time and effort into their photos. The best practice is to create your own. If you can’t do that, you should ask permission and cite the reference of where you got the photo if they let you use it. I’m sure you put a lot of effort into crafting your Craigslist postings. What if someone just copied your posts and changed the contact info?

  • December 11, 2015, 11:47 pm

    My friend took pictures of car I am selling on craigslist…we cannot seem to transfer over to my hp to attach to my posting..Can I send e-mail to her so she can attach…It appears she can not take over my posting,,,,pls help us….

    • December 21, 2015, 12:59 pm

      Sure, Judy. I will post a Craiglist ad for you for $25. Let me know if you’d like me to.

  • Wayne
    November 29, 2015, 4:04 am

    i can’t get a pic on cragslist i have them in my gmail help

    • December 4, 2015, 2:19 pm

      Wayne, you have to upload your pictures to a separate repository. Try Flickr and following the instructions from there.

  • November 19, 2015, 12:58 pm

    I’m VERY frustrated with my attempts to post images to Craigslist. I make and sell hunting decoys and have taken pictures on my IPhone. I think I am following what you say but still confused. I can move my pictures to my email address – what do I do from there to get the image(s) posted? Any help you can provide would be appreciated.


    • December 4, 2015, 2:19 pm

      Chuck, you have to upload your pictures to a separate repository. Try Flickr or your own website and following the instructions from there.

  • Mark Hamman
    October 27, 2015, 6:38 pm

    I created my own ad in Illustrator, CL won’t seem to upload it.
    I’ve tried a pdf, eps, jpeg ….nothing works, maybe it’s too big of
    file ? I don’t know how to reduce it though.
    I just want to be able to take my ad and post to CL each week
    without having to create a whole new posting each time I post.
    Any thoughts !

    • December 4, 2015, 2:20 pm

      Hi Mark. There are a lot of free or cheap image editing software. I use Snag It – for $25 it does a lot. I’d reduce the image to about 400 or 500 px across and high and try that.

  • Bruce Rescorl
    September 24, 2015, 3:11 pm

    This should be easy but I spent 1/2 hour yesterday trying to attach my photo in a folder in my email to respond to a craigslist email. So far I have asked a dozen people and NO ONE can give me an answer, yet everyone in personals demands a photo. This is more frustrating than any test I took in college

    • September 27, 2015, 11:02 pm

      This article is more about getting an image to appear in an advertisement rather than responding to an email from one. I think that depends on the email client you are using. For example, Lotus Notes, Gmail, Outlook, etc. There should be a help button inside whatever email client you are using.

  • August 19, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I would like to post a picture to my Craigslist ad from my photo gallery on my phone but it will not let me.

    • August 28, 2015, 10:12 am

      Are you trying to upload it to Craigslist or link to it? What is the error message you get?

  • slacker
    July 12, 2015, 12:40 am

    how do you send a pic to someone’s add? thanks

    • July 12, 2015, 3:16 pm

      Assuming you mean address? I guess you would just email them.

  • July 5, 2015, 5:13 pm

    I’m going to get rid of my wocker it’s about 3 month old I pad 178.00 dollars for it I would like to see if I can get about 75.00 dollars for it or best offer.

  • May 3, 2015, 8:43 am

    Hi all, Craigslist is a very popular topic. So popular that I’ve decided to create an entire new website dedicated just to it.

    Many things have changed over the years. Craigslist and other posting sites that small businesses use to gain customers and clients are no exception.

    If you’re interested in learning more, please check out my website at Posting Tips

    This article and all of the comments on it will be moved to shortly.

  • April 28, 2015, 1:04 pm

    how do you load an image on craigslist? you apparently speak a different form of english

  • April 21, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Trying to post this image that I converted using photobucket on Craigslist

    Code does not show up as image