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Contains the official webpack loader that allows direct importing of images that resolves into a manifest object. Intended for end users.

Loader options

pipelineobjectThe pipeline to use to process images (must be in JS syntax) (required)
devBuildbooleanWhether to also build images when not in production
manifestobjectIf present, enables manifest mode and acts as the manifest mappings
esModulebooleanProvide the import using the ES import syntax instead of CommonJS
outputPathstringThe output path where webpack assets are emitted to
Available loader options

Development builds

By default, images are only processed using the provided pipeline if the environmental variable NODE_ENV is set to production in your terminal. This is usually automatically set by webpack when creating the build. Otherwise, the source image is passed through to avoid unnecessary work.

If you would like to also preview the generated formats when not running in production, such as when running a development server, you may set the devBuild loader option to true.

Simple / Manifest mode

The import mode is determined by the presence of the manifest option. If it is present, the loader will use manifest mode, otherwise it defaults to simple mode.

Simple mode

This mode provides only basic information about the source image dimensions, and attempts to construct srcset strings for each MIME based on the format file extension. It also provides a src fallback image for older devices, which is determined as the "most relevant fallback image", prefereably a JPEG closed to having dimensions of 1920×1080.

import image from "path/to/image.jpg";

// image is an object
src: "f8c1421b4334c1c9.jpg",
width: 1920,
height: 1080,
srcset: {
"image/jpeg": "46de0d3babc16786.jpg 720w, 885001be48ef4667.jpg 1920w",
"image/webp": "f876c5d47c6c0866.webp 720w, 5eb716978a1b5a09.webp 1920w"

Manifest mode

This mode gives you full control over exported metadata information for each format and the source image, very similar to the the manifest generation of the CLI.

The loader adds some extra metadata information to each format. The path key corresponds to the exported image's path, and the save key correponds to the save key used to mark the format for export.


Any template literals present in the save key are also processed and replaced by their corresponding metadata values, similar to the way filenames are generated from the save key in the CLI.

A save key of [width] will be replaced with the resulting format's horizontal dimension.


An example speaks a thousant words.

options: {
manifest: {
source: {
x: "hash:8"
format: {
w: width,
p: path,
s: save,
pipeline: [{
pipe: resize,
save: "resized-[width][ext]"
import image from "path/to/image.jpg";

// image is an object
s: {
x: "7fd315fd"
f: [{
w: 1920,
p: "img/9035d003",
s: "resized-1920.jpg"