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Front page of Abload before uploads were disabled.

Abload was an image hosting service based in Germany. It was founded in 2006 and shut down at the end of June 2024.

Abload claimed to store more than 94 million images and having over 168 thousand registered users.[1] It was a popular service for embedding images on German-language online forums.[2][3] Uploaded pictures are not published on Abload.de itself, but only referred to or embedded from external sites.[4]

Abload retained pictures without a defined time limit.[5]


Front page of Abload as of January 2024 with statistics monitor in the upper right corner.
This shutdown announcemt was shown on Abload.de starting in April 2024.

Uploading was deactivated at the end of 2023 due to unnamed complications.[6][7] In April 2024, the site has announced that it will shut down at the end of June, along with FileHorst by the same owner, citing it could no longer keep up with increasing legal requirements.[8]

From the Abload blog, late 2023:

Originally, we just planned to expand our storage space to accommodate new images. However, this time the implementation proved to be more complicated than anticipated and raised a recurring issue that has been on the table for the past few months: the increasing effort involved and the question of whether we can sustain it in the future. This time, we took the time to carefully consider everything, which naturally took some time. Yesterday, we finally reached a conclusion, albeit a sad one. Unfortunately, we have to cancel the planned expansion and keep the upload function for new images deactivated - at least for the time being. The decision was anything but easy for us, and we are just as disappointed as you are.

Abload is excluded from both the Wayback Machine and Archive.today.[9][10]


  1. Statistics on home page at the top right. They were removed in January or February 2024. In 2013, Abload claimed to have around 83000 users and 35 million pictures
  2. abload.de
  3. "With over 83.000 registered users and about 35.000.000 uploaded pictures abload.de is one of the biggest hoster for pictures in Germany."
  4. Bild: img_0603-2ejvn.jpg - abload.de (example file) "The links to this page and the image are known only to the user who uploaded it. Access by others was only possible through proactive sharing by this user. Sharing on/through abload.de itself was not possible."
  5. Hilfe - abload.de
  6. Blog - abload.de
  7. abload.de und filehorst.de schalten Uploads ab
  8. abload.de & filehorst.de machen bald dicht!
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://abload.de:443/blog.php
  10. https://archive.today/https://abload.de:443/blog.php