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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

Since this seems to come up over and over, I thought I'd go ahead and write a short detailed tutorial on how to post images to TMP.

1) First of all your image needs to be online already. Some forums allow you to upload a picture from your computer to their web site. TMP does not do that. So you need to have it on your blog, on Flickr, etc. Note that some sites like Photobucket and Facebook do not allow you to make images public so you cannot use them. (See the special forum notes at the end).

2) Open two browsers or browser tabs: one on the page with the image you want to share, and one on the thread here on TMP where you want post it.

3) Point your browser to the page with your image. Right click on the image and select "Copy Image Address."

4) Point your browser to the thread on TMP you have open. Click on your message where you want the image to appear. Right click and choose "paste."

5) You should now see the URL from your picture. It should start with either http: or www and it should end in .jpg or .gif or .png

6) Hit Submit! That's it, a simple copy and paste.

Flickr Note: If you use Flickr for online photo storage (I do and I like it a lot) you can't simply copy the URL. Instead you'll need to follow these steps:

F1) On your computer (NOT your phone) log in to your Flick account. Click on "You" at the top and the select "Camera Roll." You should now see thumbnails of all your pictures by date. Select all the pictures you want to post to TMP. When you do a pop up window should appear.

F2) Click the "Privacy" icon. In the pop up window choose "Public" and then "Change".

F3) In the navigation bar click on "Photostream."

F4) Select the first picture you want to share. When it opens, in the lower right corner of your screen you'll see an arrow icon. Click that arrow and you should get a pop up window. Click "Embed." Down below in the little drop down select "Medium"

F5) Now copy the URL in the text box just above the photo icon. It begins with "<a data-flickr"

F6) Paste that URL on TMP. It will be very long and filled with nasty code. Like this:


Now you need to get rid of all the gibberish. You ONLY want the image. It ends with .jpg and starts with http. Get rid of all the rest of the text including the quote marks just before and after the image name (everything in yellow here):


F7) Hit "Submit" and you're done. If the image does not show up click the edit button adn look carefully at the URL for your image. Does it have a quote mark still at the end or start? Is there an errant space somewhere?

F8) Tip: I put all the URLs of all my pics in to Note and edit them there. Then I can cut and paste them. I often share images on multiple forums (like here on TMP, on GHQ's micro armor web site, etc.). This saves time.

Facebook Note: You cannot share images that are on Facebook. You can post a link to them and FB members will be able to see it, but readers will need to follow the link and have a FB account to see your picture.

Photobucket Note: Until recently you could use Photobucket just like Flickr. But they now have made direct linking impossible *unless* you pay an annual fee of several hundred dollars.

Member Forums Many other online forums are private, like Facebook, and require membership to view their contents. In this case even an image link will create a link to the page to login, and will *not* display the photo here on TMP.

Hope you find this useful.

Zeelow12 Sep 2017 6:05 a.m. PST

You may also consider opening a Google blog account. Then copy your image to your blog post draft. Then copy and paste image from draft into TMPs message comment box. Voila!

Private Matter12 Sep 2017 6:48 a.m. PST


IT WORKS!!!! Thanks for the instructions. I have tried all the previous instructions that were posted and this is the first picture I have been able to post on TMP.

Lascaris12 Sep 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

From a wordpress blog you can't copy an image address. You can copy a link but that address does not end in .jpg etc and won't embed in a TMP thread. Any thoughts on how to copy images over from wordpress blogs?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

I just tried the image here, and right clicking worked just fine (see below). Can you give me a link to what you;re trying to post?


15th Hussar12 Sep 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

Thanks Extra Crispy…while other's are arguing over what to name brand a pizza…you came up with something VERY USEFUL to us all! grin

Just checking if I did this correctly…I have the URL posted and anyone who clicks on it can bring it up, but the actual picture/photo will not appear automatically…correct?


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

You can also use Twitter to host your photos for posting on TMP:


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 11:21 a.m. PST


Some web sites including some blogs won't let you link. Basically by doing do you're using *their* bandwidth on someone else's server/site (i.e. TMP). SO they force you to link to the page. Not a Wordpress thing, it's a web master thing.

Bill Rosser12 Sep 2017 2:00 p.m. PST


it worked – thanks Mark

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:23 p.m. PST


Disco Joe13 Sep 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

Thank you that was very helpful.

Lascaris13 Sep 2017 6:31 p.m. PST


Let's see if this works. My blog is hosted by Wordpress and I can't right click and get the image URL but I can open the image ina new tab and then just copy the address.

kcabai24 Oct 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Thanks for the help

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Dec 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

It looks like the new Google Photos won't give you a link that can be embedded in you rmessage. Google only lets you create a link, like this:


Saman177613 May 2018 5:37 p.m. PST
Cacique Caribe14 May 2018 1:31 a.m. PST


You mean like this? :)






Saman177623 May 2018 12:14 p.m. PST
Saman177618 Jun 2018 6:17 p.m. PST
Winston Smith20 Jul 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

Thanks. I'll be trying that later today.

Yngtitan31 Jan 2019 5:15 a.m. PST
Marc the plastics fan05 Feb 2019 1:29 p.m. PST

What about the way to post using "tiny url" or some such magic. I don't have a blog so I have moved over to FB, but it would be nice to be able to post pics occasionally

BigJoeDuke25 May 2019 7:42 a.m. PST


BrockLanders29 Feb 2020 12:56 p.m. PST
BrockLanders29 Feb 2020 1:08 p.m. PST

The Dao06 May 2020 9:39 a.m. PST


chrisminiaturefigs09 Oct 2021 2:43 a.m. PST


it worked.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2021 6:11 a.m. PST

Is there anyway of making the new Googleusercontent addresses work to link from Blogger?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Dec 2021 11:25 a.m. PST

Does it use a URL to an image?

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2021 7:02 a.m. PST

yes it does, but no longer ends in an image file extension, which I imagine is what is causing the issue, i.e. :


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Dec 2021 8:19 a.m. PST

So, that's not a URL to an image. It's a call to a server that retrieves and processes a file, then inserts it into the UDP stream as image data.

What that means is your service is not pointing to the image, it is providing instructions on how to find the image and what processing to do to it (probably resizing). Given the way Google operates, it is likely the image is not actually stored on the resource indicated in the URL.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 12:16 a.m. PST

Any particularly obvious workarounds for this? I am loathe to start messing around with Blogger and Flickr for every post.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 12:25 p.m. PST

The obvious workaround is to post pice somewhere else.

The problem is that the service you are using is not providing direct access to the files. This is neither good nor bad, just a decision that optimizes for some use cases (control) at the expense of others (sharing).

The direct way to get around this would likely violate your tersm of service with your provider, ans possibly a few laws depending on jurisdiction. The indirect methods all include the first sentence of this post, find another host that allows direct access.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 10:12 p.m. PST

Okay thanks etotheipi,(although that is what I had meant by not wanting to mess around with Blogger and Flickr for every post, since it will make blogging slower and I would only be doing it for here. Ho hum.

The direct way to get around this would likely violate your terms of service with your provider, ans possibly a few laws depending on jurisdiction.

What is the direct way? For curiosity.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Dec 2021 9:27 a.m. PST

Llog the UDP data stream coming into your computer. (Perfectly moral and legal) Reverse engineer the direct path to the asset. (Perfectly moral and legal) Implement a direct path shortcut. (Probably violates TOS and highly likely illegal)

The least heinous (operationally) indirect path would be to create (probably rent) an archivet with a spider you program to craw your blog. When the spider funds new pictures, it copies them to your archive and posts them (in rever time order) to a page with a link you can copy.

THis means whenever you post a new blog entry, it creates a copy somephace where you can directly share the pictures. You could even have the system email you the link to the blog page and the pics. Easy for the blog operator.

If you don't know how to set that up and program it on your own, you are likley to need to hire someone to develop the spider, pay for the additional web storage space (unless you already have some), and pay someone to maintain the spider periodically.

There is no free lunch. You transfer the operational costs for the blogger to technical costs for the system implementer.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2021 3:12 a.m. PST

thanks etotheipi

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