The HTMLImageElement property srcset is a string which identifies one or more image candidate strings, separated using commas (,) each specifying image resources to use under given circumstances. Each image candidate string contains an image URL and an optional width or pixel density descriptor that indicates the conditions under which that candidate should be used instead of the image specified by the src property.

The srcset property, along with the sizes property, are a crucial component in designing responsive web sites, as they can be used together to make pages that use appropriate images for the rendering situation.


htmlImageElement.srcset = imageCandidateStrings;
let srcset = htmlImageElement.srcset;


A USVString containing a comma-separated list of one or more image candidate strings to be used when determining which image resource to present inside the <img> element represented by the HTMLImageElement.

Each image candidate string must begin with a valid URL referencing a non-interactive graphic resource. This is followed by whitespace and then a condition descriptor that indicates the circumstances in which the indicated image should be used. Space characters, other than the whitespace separating the URL and the corresponding condition descriptor, are ignored; this includes both leading and trailing space, as well as space before or after each comma.

If the condition descriptor is not provided (in other words, the image candidate provides only a URL), the candidate is used as the fallback if none of the other candidates match. Otherwise, the condition descriptor may take one of two forms:

  • To indicate that the image resource specified by the image candidate string should be used when the image is being rendered with a particular width in pixels, provide a width descriptor comprised the number giving that width in pixels followed by the lower case letter "w". For example, to provide an image resource to be used when the renderer needs a 450 pixel wide image, use the width descriptor string 450w. The specified width must be a positive, non-zero, integer, and must match the intrinsic width of the referenced image.
  • Alternatively, you can use a pixel density descriptor, which specifies the condition in which the corresponding image resource should be used as the display's pixel density. This is written by stating the pixel density as a positive, non-zero floating-point value followed by the lower-case letter "x". As an example, to state that the corresponding¬† image should be used when the pixel density is double the standard density, you can give the pixel density descriptor 2x or 2.0x.

You may mix and match the two types of descriptor. You must not, however, provide multiple image candidate strings that specify the same descriptor. All of the following are valid image candidate strings:

"images/team-photo.jpg 1x, images/team-photo-retina.jpg 2x, images/team-photo-full 2048w"

This string provides versions of an image to be used at the standard pixel density (1x) as well as double that pixel density (2x). Also available is a version of the image for use at a width of 2048 pixels (2048w).

"header640.png 640w, header960.png 960w, header1024.png 1024w, header.png"

This string provides versions of a header image to use when the user agent's renderer needs an image of width 640px, 960px, or 1024px. An additional, fallback image candidate is provided without any condition at all, to be used for any other width.

"icon32px.png 32w, icon64px.png 64w, icon-retina.png 2x, icon-ultra.png 3x, icon.svg"

Here, options are provided for an icon at widths of 32px and 64px, as well as at pixel densities of 2x and 3x. A fallback image is provided as an SVG file that should be used in all other cases. Notice that the candidates may use different image types.

For more information on what image formats are available for use in the <img> element, see Image file type and format guide.



The HTML below indicates that the default image is the 200 pixel wide version of the clock image we use in several places throughout our documentation. Also specified by the srcset attribute is that the 200-pixel version should be used for 1x displays while the 400-pixel version should be used for 2x displays.

<div class="box">
  <img src="/files/16797/clock-demo-200px.png"
       srcset="/files/16864/clock-demo-200px.png 1x, /files/16797/clock-demo-400px.png 2x">


The CSS simply specifies that the image and its surrounding box should be 200 pixels square and should have a simple border around it. Also provided is the word-break attribute, using the break-all value to tell the browser to wrap the string within the width available regardless of where in the string the wrap must occur.

.box {
  width: 200px;
  border: 2px solid rgba(150, 150, 150, 255);
  padding: 0.5em;
  word-break: break-all;

.box img {
  width: 200px;


The following code is run within a handler for the window's load event.  It uses the image's  currentSrc property to fetch and display the URL selected by the browser from the srcset.

let box = document.querySelector(".box");
let image = box.querySelector("img");
let newElem = document.createElement("p");
newElem.innerHTML = `Image: <code>${image.currentSrc}</code>`;


In the displayed output below, the selected URL will correspond with whether your display results in selecting the 1x or the 2x version of the image. If you happen to have both standard and high density displays, try moving this window between them and reloading the page to see the results change.

For additional examples, see our guide to responsive images.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLImageElement.srcset' in that specification.
Living Standard

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome Full support 34Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 38
Full support 38
No support 32¬†‚ÄĒ 52
Disabled From version 32 until version 52 (exclusive): this feature is behind the dom.image.srcset.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
IE No support NoOpera Full support 21Safari Full support 8WebView Android Full support 37Chrome Android Full support 34Firefox Android Full support 38
Full support 38
No support 32¬†‚ÄĒ 52
Disabled From version 32 until version 52 (exclusive): this feature is behind the dom.image.srcset.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS Full support 8Samsung Internet Android Full support 2.0


Full support  
Full support
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No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
User must explicitly enable this feature.
User must explicitly enable this feature.

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