How to Download Pictures From Your Airbnb Listings?

This blog is quite random. It all started from that I was trying to download those awesome pictures taken by Airbnb professional photographers from my listings. Airbnb offers this great free program for Airbnb hosts to have a better pictures to showcase their home. They really make a huge difference compared to the ones taken by my poor iPhone 6. Usually the Airbnb photographer will upload the photos to your listing right after the shooting, and the hosts won’t be able to get a copy of those. You are able to view the downsized pictures, and maybe take a screenshot if you want to keep them, but the quality are very disappointing. So I took advantage of my web design and web development expertise, and figured out a way to download the pictures in original size and decent quality from your Airbnb listings. Here we go:

1) Log into your Airbnb account and go to the listing.

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2) Click the photo you wanna download, a downsized image will pop up.

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3) Right click on the image that just popped out. Copy image address.

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4) Open up a new tab in your web browser. Paste the image address into the address bar then press enter. At this stage, the picture is bigger than what you saw in the beginning but we want something better.

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5) Copy the URL in the address bar again, and paste them into the Notepad. Let’s take a look at the URL. See the original picture is hiding behind the REAL URL that I highlight below(everything before the question mark). The rest of them are just a bunch of codes that reduce the size and quality of images for a better loading time for Airbnb users.

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6) Copy and paste the highlighted URL into the new tab. Hu~Hu~Hu~ Here is your 1440 x 961 high quality image! Right click on the image, then you will be able to download it with no problem.

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11 Comments

  1. Shalu

    OMG! Thank you so much!! That works brilliantly and I would have never thought of it.. Thanks again :)

    • Gary Hu (Author)

      Glad that I could help!

  2. j Schmidt

    Great information, thank you!

    VRBO require 1920 X 1080 pixels, can they be resized to accommodate?

    • Gary Hu (Author)

      Hi Jane. You’re welcome! If you wanna boost the resolution to 1920×1080, you would need tools like photoshop to make that happen. If you have trouble to get access to those tools, feel free send me your photos. It only takes me minutes to do it :p

  3. Gary, thanks for this article.

    I think I may have found a different version that gets a better quality pic:

    To see the FULL SIZE pic, don’t delete the tail of the URL.

    Instead, change the quality from 70 (%) to 100 (%).

    Instead of ….jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&size=large_cover&output-format=jpg&output-quality=70

    change to ….jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&size=large_cover&output-format=jpg&output-quality=100

    I’ve been changing the last two numbers, 70, to 100 before downloading and I get ~250/350kb photos. I tried your method and only got a 168kb photo. On the same photo with quality=100, it was 255kb.

    • Gary Hu (Author)

      Hi Justin,

      Yes, you are right! Thanks for your input!

      Gary

    • Daniel G.

      Thanks so much, Justin, for improving on Gary’s idea!

  4. Elaine

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks but I need the resolution to be 1920×1080, is there a way?

    Elaine

    • Gary Hu (Author)

      Hi Elaine,

      Based on my knowledge, I don’t think Airbnb would store images with that resolution due to the design of the website. The max resolution of the images that you can retrieve from Airbnb website is somewhere close to 1024×683. Maybe you could boost it up with some image processing software but results may vary.

      Hope that helps!

      Gary

  5. Daniel G.

    Gary Hu! YOu are God’s send for me today!!!1 Thank you!!!!!

    • Gary Hu (Author)

      Haha Daniel, You are very welcome! Glad that I could help!

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