HTML <img> tag

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
HTML img tag

When writing in HTML, the <img> tag is an inline element used to designate a holding space for linked images. It is useful when you want to link pictures, diagrams, or illustrations to your web pages, either from your collection or another website. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, and related attributes and browser compatibility.

Example of <img> code

<img src="" alt="Computer Hope guy" width="57" height="120"/>

Example result

Computer Hope guy


Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <img> tag, and a description of each.

Attribute Description
alt Designates the image's alternate text (required).
crossorigin Utilized to allow the use of <canvas> on images from third-party sites that permit cross-origin access.
height Designates the height of the image.
ismap Designates that an image is a server-side image map.
usemap Designates that an image is a client-side image map.
src Designates the URL of the linked image (required).
width Designates the width of the image.

Deprecated attributes

A deprecated attribute is one that may function currently but is not supported in going forward. While the attribute may work with the current version of HTML, it will eventually be phased out. It is better to avoid using these attributes to help future-proof your website.

Attribute Description
align Designates the alignment of the image with respect to the content around it.
border Designates the width of the border surrounding the image.
hspace Designates the whitespace on right and left side of an image.
longdesc Designates additional information about the content.
vspace Designates the whitespace above and below an image.


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