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Searches for the input image specified via the IMAGE attribute. The input image is searched on the currently displayed website using Image Recognition algorithms. CONFIDENCE specifies how closely the found image must match the input image. A value of 100 means exact match. If the input image is not found at the given confidence level an error occurs.

If the image is found then !IMAGEX and !IMAGEY hold the coordinates of where it was found.

Syntax iMacros Browser IE Plug-in Firefox Chrome



  • POS
    Find the n-th image. Same as the POS attribute in TAG
    The path to the image to be searched. Supported file formats are BMP and PNG. The smaller the input image, the faster the search.
    The confidence level, i.e. level of similarity between the input and the remote picture. Must between 1 and 100. Typically values between 40...100 give good and reliable results.
  • ALGORITHM (default if unspecified = B)
    Optional parameter to select the image recognition algorithm:
    A No longer supported, it will fall back to B
    B general purpose algorithm: OpenCV 3 Template Matching. It should produce exactly the same result as in previous versions.
    C faster than B: OpenCV 3 Fast Template Matching
    D slightly more reliable than C: OpenCV 3 Fast Template Matching with improved location of matches
    We recommend method D, but there will be cases when your image will be better found by C, it is suggested to try both and find which one suits better your needs. Nevertheless, we left method B as default for compatibility with previous versions. Method B will be useful if your website or image changes color, as method B switches automatically to grey-scale mode when the confidence level is set to 90 or below, so color changes are ignored.
  • FAIL (default if unspecified = NO) Available in iMacros 12 and later
    Optional parameter to return an error if the image is found:
    If FAIL=YES is specified, the command will return error code -1850 when the image is found and halt any further retries.


  1. Firefox Chrome IMAGESEARCH works in Firefox and Chrome only with one of iMacros editions which also support Image Validation (see the [Features Comparison Chart]
  2. Firefox IMAGESEARCH currently does not find images in Flash apps in Firefox
  3. Older version of iMacros and ALGORITHM=A: The Microsoft Visual C++ runtime files required to support ALGORITHM=A are not shipped with current versions of iMacros (iMacros 8.03 up to 11.5). If you need to use ALGORITHM=A you can download the runtime files here and extract them to your C:\Program Files (x86)\Ipswitch\iMacros folder. This will enable ALGORITHM=A support in the iMacros browser only (it currently is not supported in iMacros for IE).


Q: Can IMAGESEARCH find items "below the fold" (on the web page but not currently displayed in the browser window)?

A: Yes, but only in the iMacros browser and Firefox IMAGESEARCH works by scanning the entire web page, even the parts that aren't visible in the browser window. In IE and Chrome, the target image needs to be fully visible in the browser window for IMAGESEARCH to find it.

Q: Is it possible to set the folder that the IMAGESEARCH command uses to load images from? It seems to default to: C:\Users\Public\Documents\iMacros\datasources\

A: There are two options

Q: I would like to know how to change the number of retries for the image recognition feature.

A: You can do this with SET !TIMEOUT_STEP <x>

x = number of retries, default = 6 (one retry each second)


Example macro: Demo-ImageRecognition

See Also

Image Recognition, IMAGECLICK, DS, Which technologies are supported in tray/silent mode