HTML <img> tag

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

HTML img tagWhen 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, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Example 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, as well as 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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