Yurij Mikhalevich

Unveiling rclip's New Power: Image-to-Image Search

If you have been following my work, you are probably already familiar with rclip, a command-line image search tool I built to solve a specific problem: navigating my personal collection of photos.

Today, I am excited to introduce a new feature to rclip. This update expands the search capabilities of rclip beyond text queries, allowing you to search for images similar to a given image. You only need to provide an image path or URL, and rclip will find visually similar images. For example:

cd photos && rclip ./cat.jpg

# or use URL
cd photos && rclip https://raw.githubusercontent.com/yurijmikhalevich/rclip/main/tests/e2e/images/cat.jpg

This feature was added a while back, but I have only wrapped it up properly recently. It is not just a cool feature; it is special because it was contributed by the first-ever contributor to rclip – a GitHub user ramayer. ramayer reached out with this incredible proposal, worked on the implementation, and after a bit of back-and-forth feedback, I was delighted to merge the PR into the project. A huge shout-out to ramayer for this incredible contribution!

Check out the video below for a demo:

Open source projects like rclip thrive on the energy and innovation of contributors. If you want to dive into open source and make a difference, several issues on the rclip GitHub page could use your attention.

That’s it for now! Test drive this new feature and share your feedback.

Until next time, stay curious!

Builds the future at Lightning AI, creator of the Move Fast and Break Things community of software engineers, DeepLearning.AI mentor, creator of rclip, writes about tech, software engineering, books, what to watch, and beyond, practices creative writing and captures moments through photography
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