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HTML <img> src Attribute

❮ HTML <img> tag


An image is marked up as follows:

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

The required src attribute specifies the URL of the image.

There are two ways to specify the URL in the src attribute:

1. Absolute URL - Links to an external image that is hosted on another website. Example: src="https://www.w3schools.com/images/img_girl.jpg".

Notes: External images might be under copyright. If you do not get permission to use it, you may be in violation of copyright laws. In addition, you cannot control external images; it can suddenly be removed or changed.

2. Relative URL - Links to an image that is hosted within the website. Here, the URL does not include the domain name. If the URL begins without a slash, it will be relative to the current page. Example: src="img_girl.jpg". If the URL begins with a slash, it will be relative to the domain. Example: src="/images/img_girl.jpg".

Tip: It is almost always best to use relative URLs. They will not break if you change domain.

Note: A broken link icon and the alt text are shown if the browser cannot find the image. 

Browser Support

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<img src="URL">

Attribute Values

Value Description
URL The URL of the image.

Possible values:

  • An absolute URL - points to another web site (like src="http://www.example.com/image.gif")
  • A relative URL - points to a file within a web site (like src="image.gif")

❮ HTML <img> tag