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Static assets


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When building your custom storefront, it can be useful to have access to static assets that aren't already hosted elsewhere, like images. This guide explains how static assets work and the considerations and limitations associated with them.

How static assets work

Static assets are files that your app downloads from a server. In Hydrogen, you import a static asset into your JavaScript runtime as a URL. When you import a static asset, it returns the resolved public URL where the asset is served.

The following example shows how to render the /src/icon.png image:

// src/components/Hero.client.jsx

import icon from '../icon.png';
import {Image} from '@shopify/hydrogen';

export default function Hero() {
return <Image src={icon} width="100" height="50" />;

Tip: You can also import static assets as an explicit URL or as a string. For more information, refer to Vite's guide.

Static assets in Oxygen

If you're using Oxygen to deploy your Hydrogen custom storefront, then static assets are automatically deployed to Shopify's content delivery network (CDN). The assets are available through the automatically-generated URL, and also by directly using the store's domain. The following is an example:

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Shopify provides merchants with a world-class CDN backed by Cloudflare. Using a CDN means that your custom storefront will load quickly around the globe.

Files delivered over the Shopify CDN are minified and compressed automatically using Brotli, Zopfli, and gzip, reducing the size of the files the browser must download. Requests use HTTP/3 and TLS 1.3 to further enhance request performance and security.

Considerations and limitations

You should only import assets, such as styles or images, from client components. Any static assets that are referenced in server components, or shared components that are rendered from server components, won't display in the browser.

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