Discover how to use and configure the nuxt-img component.

<nuxt-img> is a drop-in replacement for the native <img> tag:

  • Uses built-in provider to optimize local and remote images
  • Converts src to provider optimized URLs
  • Automatically resizes images based on width and height
  • Generates responsive sizes when providing sizes option
  • Supports native lazy loading as well as other <img> attributes


nuxt-img outputs a native img tag directly (without any wrapper around it). Use it like you would use the <img> tag:

<nuxt-img src="/nuxt-icon.png" />

Will result in:

<img src="/nuxt-icon.png" />
With default provider, you should put /nuxt-icon.png inside static/ directory to make the above example work.



Path to image file

src should be in the form of an absolute path for static images in static/ directory. Otherwise path that is expected by provider that starts with / or a URL.

<nuxt-img src="/nuxt.png" />

For image optimization when using external urls in src, we need to whitelist them using domains option.


Display a placeholder image before the actual image is fully loaded.

The placeholder prop can be either a string, a boolean, a number, or an array. The usage is shown below for each case.

<!-- Automatically generate a placeholder based on the original image --><nuxt-img src="/nuxt.png" placeholder />
<!-- Set a width, height & quality for the automatically generated placeholder  --><nuxt-img src="/nuxt.png" :placeholder="[100, 50, 10]" />
<!-- Set the width & height of the automatically generated placeholder --><nuxt-img src="/nuxt.png" :placeholder="15" />
<!-- Provide your own image --><nuxt-img src="/nuxt.png" placeholder="./placeholder.png" />

Follow the roadmap for the placeholder prop here

width / height

Specify width/height of the image.

  • Use desired width/height for static sized images like icons or avatars
  • Use original image width/height for responsive images (when using sizes)


Specify responsive sizes.

This a space-separated list of screen size/width pairs. You can see a list of the defined screen sizes here).


<nuxt-img src="/logos/nuxt.png" sizes="sm:100vw md:50vw lg:400px" />


Use other provider instead of default provider option specified in nuxt.config


<template>  <nuxt-img    provider="cloudinary"    src="/remote/nuxt-org/blog/going-full-static/main.png"    width="300"    height="169"  /></template>
export default {  image: {    cloudinary: {      baseURL: "https://res.cloudinary.com/nuxt/image/upload/",    },  },};


Presets are predefined sets of image modifiers that can be used create unified form of images in your projects.

We can define presets using presets option in nuxt.config
<template>  <nuxt-img preset="cover" src="/nuxt-icon.png" /></template>
export default {  image: {    presets: {      cover: {        modifiers: {          fit: "cover",          format: "jpg",          width: 300,          height: 300,        },      },    },  },};


In case you want to serve images in a specific format, use this prop.

<nuxt-img format="webp" src="/nuxt-icon.png" ... />

Available formats are webp, avif, jpeg, jpg, png, gif and svg. If the format is not specified, it will respect the default image format.


The quality for the generated image(s).

<nuxt-img src="/nuxt.jpg" quality="80" width="200" height="100" />


The fit property specifies the size of the images. There are five standard values you can use with this property.

  • cover: (default) Preserving aspect ratio, ensure the image covers both provided dimensions by cropping/clipping to fit
  • contain: Preserving aspect ratio, contain within both provided dimensions using "letterboxing" where necessary.
  • fill: Ignore the aspect ratio of the input and stretch to both provided dimensions.
  • inside: Preserving aspect ratio, resize the image to be as large as possible while ensuring its dimensions are less than or equal to both those specified.
  • outside: Preserving aspect ratio, resize the image to be as small as possible while ensuring its dimensions are greater than or equal to both those specified.
<nuxt-img fit="cover" src="/nuxt-icon.png" width="200" height="100" />
Some providers support other values


In addition to the standard modifiers, each provider might have its own additional modifiers. Because these modifiers depend on the provider, refer to its documentation to know what can be used.

Using the modifiers prop lets you use any of these transformations.


<nuxt-img  provider="cloudinary"  src="/remote/nuxt-org/blog/going-full-static/main.png"  width="300"  height="169"  :modifiers="{ roundCorner: '0:100' }"/>


In case you want to preload the image, use this prop. This will place a corresponding link tag in the page's head.

<nuxt-img preload src="/nuxt-icon.png" />


This is a native attribute that provides a hint to the browser on how to handle the loading of an image which is outside the viewport. It is supported by the latest version of all major browsers since March 2022.

Set loading="lazy" to defer loading of an image until it appears in the viewport.

<nuxt-img src="/nuxt-icon.png" loading="lazy" />


Native events emitted by the <img> element contained by <nuxt-img> and <nuxt-picture> components are re-emitted and can be listened to.

Example: Listen to the native onLoad event from <nuxt-img>

<nuxt-img  src="/images/colors.jpg"  width="500"  height="500"  @load="doSomethingOnLoad"/>