Get appropriately sized images into your website.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import mapboxAppropriateImages from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@mapbox/appropriate-images';



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Generate appropriately resized and optimized images for your website, using a configuration object that can be shared with client-side libraries.

Images are resized with sharp, then each size variant is optimized (including the creation of a webp version) with imagemin plugins.

@mapbox/appropriate-images-get-url can then be used in the browser to determine which size variant of an image to render, at run time, given an image configuration and the available width.

@mapbox/appropriate-images-react can be used to do this in React, with a component that automatically measures its own available width.


npm install @mapbox/appropriate-images



appropriateImages.generate(imageConfig, [options])

Returns a Promise that resolves with an array of filenames for the resized and optimized images that have been written to your output directory.

When the Promise rejects, it may reject with a single error or an array of errors.

For each image this function will:

  • Clear prior output and create temporary size variants.
    • Delete any existing images in the output directory that were previously derived from the source image.
    • Create all the size variants of the source image and put them in a temporary directory. Each size variant is generated in the original format (e.g. png) and webp.
  • Optimize all size variants in the temporary directory, and write those optimized images to the output directory.

Output filenames have suffixes corresponding to the size of the variant. For example, with the following property in your image configuration:

  bear: {
    basename: 'bear.png',
    sizes: [
      { width: 300 },
      { width: 600, height: 200 }
  /* ... */

You will get files with the following basenames:

  • bear-300.png
  • bear-300.webp
  • bear-600x200.png
  • bear-600x200.webp
// Example
const appropriateImages = require('@mapbox/appropriate-images');
const myImageConfig = require('../path/to/my/image/config.js');

appropriateImages.generate(myImageConfig, {
  inputDirectory: '../path/to/my/source/image/directory/',
  outputDirectory: '../path/to/directory/where/i/want/resized/optimized/images/'
  .then(output => {
    console.log('You generated all these images:');
  }).catch(errors => {
    if (Array.isArray(errors)) {
      errors.forEach(err => console.error(err.stack));
    } else {


Type: Object.

An image configuration object. Options for this configuration are documented below.



Type: string. Required.

Path to your directory of source images. Each basename in your image configuration should be relative to this directory.


Type: string. Required.

Path to the directory where resized, optimized images should be written.


Type: Array<string>.

Ids of images to be processed. Image ids correspond to keys in the image configuration. If this option not provided, all images in the configuration will be processed.


Type: Object.

Options for imagemin-pngquant.


Type: Object.

Options for imagemin-mozjpeg.


Type: Object.

Options for imagemin-webp.


appropriateImages.createCli(imageConfig, [options])

Executes a CLI for your specific directory structure. The CLI runs generate using your specified configuration. It provides a quick way to generate and re-generate images, with nice error handling.

The arguments are the same as for generate.

appropriate-images exposes the createCli function instead of an actual CLI because it is not convenient to completely configure generate from the command line, and your configuration should stay constant within a project. With createCli, you can define your configuration within a JS file, then run that JS file as a CLI.

#!/usr/bin/env node
'use strict';

const appropriateImages = require('@mapbox/appropriate-images');
const myImageConfig = require('../path/to/my/image/config.js');

const myOptions = {
  inputDirectory: '../path/to/my/source/image/directory/',
  outputDirectory: '../path/to/directory/where/i/want/resized/optimized/images/'

appropriateImages.createCli(myImageConfig, myOptions);

Don't forget to chmod +x path/to/file to make it executable.

Then you can run it as a CLI:

my-appropriate-images horse bear pig

my-appropriate-images --all --quiet

Image configuration

The image configuration is an object. For every property:

  • The key represents the image's id. This image id is used by all of the functions above,
  • The value is an object configuring the resizing of that image.

Each image's configuration object includes the following properties.


Type string. Required.

The path from options.inputDirectory to the image (including the image's extension).


Type: Array<Object>. Required.

An array of objects representing sizes. Each size must include a width, and can optionally include other properties.


Type: number. Required.

A width for the generated image.


Type: number.

A height for the generated image. If no height is provided, the width is used and the image's aspect ratio is preserved. If a height is provided and it does not fit the image's aspect ratio, the image will be cropped.


Type: object. Default: { fit: "cover" }

Defines the manner how the image should fit if both width and height are provided. See resize.