This might wind up be closed as too localized but I figured I would post asking for help.

This morning when I got into work I noticed that images on Stack Overflow questions (example) are being blocked if they are hosted on i.stack.imgur.com.

If I browse directly to the URL of the image I get the lovely Blocked Website message that our company uses for inappropriate and restricted websites.

Our organization uses Bluecoat to determine the site's allowed or not allowed based on the categorization of the site. i.stack.imgur.com is classified as Online Storage thus is restricted for usage. But I can browse to imgur.com with no restrictions.

Any chance you can fixed this by getting i.stack.imgur.com reclassified?

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    stack.imgur is also blocked where I work, however it's determined by our IT department. Domain blocking software is usually configurable to each company since not everywhere is going to want to block the same sites. I suggest you enquire with your IT dept.
    – Ian
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:10
  • @Ian they will only unblock websites that have legitimate business reason for usage. stack.imgur.com will not fall into category of legitimate business need. I think stack.imgur.com just got moved into the Online Storage category since I had no issues last week.
    – Taryn
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:13
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    @bluefeet Is i.imgur.com blocked? Here's a random example pulled from their front page to test. If you're a programmer Stack Overflow must be considered a legitimate business resource, and stack.imgur is part of that.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:17
  • @JeremyBanks no that is not blocked, just stack.imgur is blocked
    – Taryn
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:18
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    i.stack.imgur.com is "currently categorized as Computers/Internet and Online Storage". You may be able to convince your IT department to whitelist it based on its usage in Stack Overflow; my IT department has apparently done so.
    – mmyers
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:21
  • @mmyers I will submit a request to our IT department but it can take up to 3 months for it to be re-categorized.
    – Taryn
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:37
  • I have the same issue. Closed why? unlikely to help any future visitors? (Wrong). Relevant to small geographic area (wrong) specific moment in time (wrong) extraordinary blah blah blah (wrong).
    – Nick
    Commented May 6, 2013 at 22:47
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    In my opinion, this is not too localized, as in many locations imgur and subdomains are blocked for questionable content/media/bandwidth/generic excuse. Please reopen for consideration.
    – nanofarad
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 20:52
  • I have the same issue. I'm working on convincing my IT security folks to whitelist i.stack.imgur.com but am not very hopeful...
    – pabrams
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 17:36
  • Here's the answer I got: "It’s a sharing site and (my company name) proprietary information can be uploaded there – therefore its blocked on those grounds. " sigh
    – pabrams
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 19:10
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    – bummi
    Commented May 12, 2019 at 11:53

2 Answers 2


Here's my Tampermonkey script that replaces Imgur links with a proxy search engine links. It works fine for me, better than using a proxy.

Proxy search engine: DuckDuckGo

Tampermonkey: Download

// ==UserScript==
// @name           imgur to duckduckgo
// @description    Replaces all imgur links on reddit with duckduckgo links
// @include        https://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @include        https://stackexchange.com/*
// @include        https://stackoverflow.com/*

// ==/UserScript==


function changeImages()
    var images = document.getElementsByTagName('img');
    for (var i=0;i<images.length;i++) {
        var p = /imgur\.com/;
        var src = images[i].src;
        var res = p.exec(src);

        if (res!=null) {
            images[i].src = 'https://duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=' + src;

function changeAnchors()
    var a = document.getElementsByTagName('a');
    for (var i=0;i<a.length;i++) {
        var p = /imgur\.com/;
        var href = a[i].href;
        var res = p.exec(href);

        if (res!=null) {
            a[i].href = 'https://duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=' + href;

Another Tampermonkey code script to replace imgur images with a web archived image using jQuery.

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Stackoverflow Images
// @namespace    http://tampermonkey.net/
// @version      0.1
// @description  try to take replace imgur images with a web archived image.
// @author       You
// @match        *stackoverflow.com/*
// @icon         https://www.google.com/s2/favicons?sz=64&domain=stackoverflow.com
// @grant        none
// @require      http://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.3.1.min.js
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
    'use strict';

    // Your code here...
    $("img").each(function(ignore, e) {
        var $e = $(e);
        if ($e.attr("src").startsWith("http://i.stack.imgur")) {
            $e.attr("src", "http://web.archive.org/web/" + $e.attr("src"));


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