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Version: 0.12.0

Static Asset Handling

Importing an Asset as URL

Importing a static asset (e.g. an image) will return its URL. For example:

import imgUrl from './img.png'

function App() {
return <img src={imgUrl} alt="img" />

For example, imgUrl will be /img.png during development, and become /assets/img.2d8efhg.png in the production build.

This is what you want to use most of the time, as it ensures that the asset file exists and is included in the bundle.

We are using Vite under the hood, read more about importing static assets in Vite's docs.

The public Directory

If you have assets that are:

  • Never referenced in source code (e.g. robots.txt)
  • Must retain the exact same file name (without hashing)
  • ...or you simply don't want to have to import an asset first just to get its URL

Then you can place the asset in the public directory at the root of your project:

└── public
├── favicon.ico
└── robots.txt

Assets in this directory will be served at root path / during development and copied to the root of the dist directory as-is.

For example, if you have a file favicon.ico in the public directory, and your app is hosted at, it will be made available at

Usage in client code

Note that:

  • You should always reference public assets using root absolute path
    • for example, public/icon.png should be referenced in source code as /icon.png.
  • Assets in the public directory cannot be imported from .