Chase Florell Chase Florell - 7 months ago 28
HTML Question

How to properly reference local resources in HTML?

As it turns out, referencing local resources can be a rub point for some. I'm looking for a canonical answer to local resource referencing, and what they mean.

Take these examples, what is the difference between these reference paths?

  • <img src="myfile.png" />
    (no leading slash)

  • <img src="/myfile.png" />
    (with leading slash)

  • <img src="folder/myfile.png" />
    (no leading slash / in subfolder)

  • <img src="/folder/myfile.png" />
    (with leading slash / in sub folder)

  • <img src="../folder/myfile.png" />
    (with dots and a leading slash / in sub folder)

  • A leading slash tells the browser to start at the root directory.
  • If you don't have the leading slash, you're referencing from the current directory.
  • If you add two dots before the leading slash, it means you're referencing the parent of the current directory.

Take the following folder structure

demo folder structure


  • the ROOT checkmark is green,
  • the second checkmark is orange,
  • the third checkmark is purple,
  • the forth checkmark is yellow

Now in the index.html.en file you'll want to put the following markup

    <img src="check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm purple because I'm referenced from this current directory</span>

    <img src="/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm green because I'm referenced from the ROOT directory</span>

    <img src="subfolder/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm yellow because I'm referenced from the child of this current directory</span>

    <img src="/subfolder/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm orange because I'm referenced from the child of the ROOT directory</span>

    <img src="../subfolder/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm purple because I'm referenced from the parent of this current directory</span>

    <img src="subfolder/subfolder/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm [broken] because there is no subfolder two children down from this current directory</span>

    <img src="/subfolder/subfolder/check_mark.png" />
    <span>I'm purple because I'm referenced two children down from the ROOT directory</span>

Now if you load up the index.html.en file located in the second subfolder

This will be your output

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