Given an appropriate-images configuration, get the URL of the optimized image appropriate for a situation


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Use in combination with appropriate-images.

After you've generated resized, optimized images with appropriate-images, you'll want to use them in the browser. In order to do that, you'll need to determine which variant of the image to load — which size, and whether to load the .webp version or not. That's what this module is for. This is how the image configuration used by appropriate-images can be reused in the browser to select the appropriate image to load at runtime.

If you're thinking about using this function in combination with React, check out appropriate-images-react.


npm install @mapbox/appropriate-images-get-url




Uses the image id, image configuration, and width value to figure out the URL of the image variant that should be loaded. Returns a URL for the appropriate image variant that you created with appropriate-images.

The returned URL will account for

  • the available width,
  • the resolution of the screen, and
  • whether or not the browser supports webp.

The image variant that is selected will be the narrowest variant that is at least as wide as the available width, or else, if the available width exceeds all sizes, the widest variant.



Type: string. Required.

Id of the image to be loaded. Image ids correspond to keys in your appropriate-images configuration.


Type: Object. Required.

Your appropriate-images configuration object.


Type number. Default: Infinity.

Not technically required, but you should provide it. This is the width available to the image. This is key to figuring out which size variant to load.


Type number. Default: 1.3.

The ratio at which you want to consider a screen "high resolution". If the browser judges that the screen is high resolution, according to this ratio, the availableWidth provided will be multiplied by this ratio when determining which size variant to load. This means that in a 300px-wide space but on a Retina screen, the image at least 600px wide will be loaded.


Type string.

If provided, this will be prepended to the URL.


const getAppropriateImageUrl = require('@mapbox/appropriate-images-get-url');

const imageConfig = {
  bear: {
    basename: 'bear.png',
    sizes: [{ width: 300 }, { width: 600 }]
  montaraz: {
    basename: 'montaraz.jpg',
    sizes: [
      { width: 600, height: 500 },
      { width: 1200, height: 800, crop: 'north' },
      { width: 200, height: 200, crop: 'southeast' },

getAppropriateImageUrl({ imageConfig, imageId: 'bear', width: 280 });
// On a regular-resolution screen: bear-300.png or webp
// On a high-resolution screen: bear-600.png or webp

getAppropriateImageUrl({ imageConfig, imageId: 'bear', width: 550 });
// bear-600.png or webp

getAppropriateImageUrl({ imageConfig, imageId: 'bear', width: 800 });
// bear-600.png or webp

  imageId: 'montaraz',
  width: 400,
  imageDirectory: 'img/optimized/'
// On a regular-resolution screen: img/optimized/montaraz-600x500.jpg or webp
// On a high-resolution screen: img/optimized/montaraz-1200x800.jpg or webp

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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