In this tutorial I will show you how you can easily download images from Reddit (or other websites), using RipMe.


The only prerequisite to installing RipMe is Java. After you have downloaded and installed Java, head over to the RipMe releases page and download the latest version (you don’t need the source, just ripme.jar).


After you have downloaded ripme.jar, move to its directory and run the following command:

java -jar ripme.jar

A window will pop up. On the top of the page, paste the link to the page you want the images ripped from. Let’s say I want to download the top images of Wes Anderson-like pics. I can paste the url in and I run the program. The images should be downloaded to a folder in the directory I specified (by default on a ‘rips’ folder in the same directory as ripme.jar).

Renaming Images

Next we want to rename the files to something more readable. The following command line renames the files of a directory to padded numbers (up to three digits):

ls | cat -n | while read n f; do mv "$f" `printf "im_%03d.jpg" $n`; done

Move to the directory with the files and execute the above command in the terminal, and your images will automatically be renamed in the form im_xxx.jpg, where xxx is a zero-padded number.


And that is it! We have now collected images to use as we wish, be it in a Machine Learning project or anything else.