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HTML <img> Tag


Example

How to insert an image:

<img src="img_girl.jpg" alt="Girl in a jacket" width="500" height="600">
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Definition and Usage

The <img> tag is used to embed an image in an HTML page.

Images are not technically inserted into a web page; images are linked to web pages. The <img> tag creates a holding space for the referenced image.

The <img> tag has two required attributes:

  • src - Specifies the path to the image
  • alt - Specifies an alternate text for the image, if the image for some reason cannot be displayed

Note: Also, always specify the width and height of an image. If width and height are not specified, the page might flicker while the image loads.

Tip: To link an image to another document, simply nest the <img> tag inside an <a> tag (see example below).


Browser Support

Element
<img> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
alt text Specifies an alternate text for an image
crossorigin anonymous
use-credentials
Allow images from third-party sites that allow cross-origin access to be used with canvas
height pixels Specifies the height of an image
ismap ismap Specifies an image as a server-side image map
longdesc URL Specifies a URL to a detailed description of an image
referrerpolicy no-referrer
no-referrer-when-downgrade
origin
origin-when-cross-origin
unsafe-url
Specifies which referrer to use when fetching the image
sizes sizes Specifies image sizes for different page layouts
src URL Specifies the path to the image
srcset URL-list Specifies a list of image files to use in different situations
usemap #mapname Specifies an image as a client-side image map
width pixels Specifies the width of an image


Global Attributes

The <img> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <img> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.


More Examples

Example

Align image (with CSS):

<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="vertical-align:bottom">
<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="vertical-align:middle">
<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="vertical-align:top">
<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="float:right">
<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="float:left">
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Example

Add image border (with CSS):

<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="border:5px solid black">
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Example

Add left and right margins to image (with CSS):

<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="vertical-align:middle;margin:0px 50px">
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Example

Add top and bottom margins to image (with CSS):

<img src="smiley.gif" alt="Smiley face" width="42" height="42" style="vertical-align:middle;margin:50px 0px">
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Example

How to insert images from another folder or from another web site:

<img src="/images/stickman.gif" alt="Stickman" width="24" height="39">
<img src="https://www.w3schools.com/images/lamp.jpg" alt="Lamp" width="32" height="32">
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Example

How to add a hyperlink to an image:

<a href="https://www.w3schools.com">
<img src="w3html.gif" alt="W3Schools.com" width="100" height="132">
</a>
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Example

How to create an image map, with clickable regions. Each region is a hyperlink:

<img src="workplace.jpg" alt="Workplace" usemap="#workmap" width="400" height="379">

<map name="workmap">
  <area shape="rect" coords="34,44,270,350" alt="Computer" href="computer.htm">
  <area shape="rect" coords="290,172,333,250" alt="Phone" href="phone.htm">
  <area shape="circle" coords="337,300,44" alt="Cup of coffee" href="coffee.htm">
</map>
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Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Images

HTML DOM reference: Image Object

CSS Tutorial: Styling Images


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <img> element with the following default values:

Example

img {
  display: inline-block;
}
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