How to change an HTML image URL in dark mode ?HTML
Using CSS it’s pretty easy to apply changes if the system is in dark mode, using the
prefers-color-scheme media feature.
Today I wanted to change images on my website according to the theme chosen. If the user prefer dark mode, dark theme will be enabled but I want to show a dark-mode images instead of the default light-mode ones.
picture tag to wrap the
img tag and add a dark mode specific image with attribute
media="(prefers-color-scheme: dark)" as you see in the code:
<picture> <source srcset="dark.png" media="(prefers-color-scheme: dark)"> <img src="light.png"> </picture>
If dark mode is supported and enabled, the
dark.png image will be used as the source for the
The tag is very well supported, and old browsers that do not implement it, or do not implement dark mode, will fall back to displaying the
light.png image which is fine.
It’s important to note that the browser does not download 2 images, in any case: if it’s dark mode, in this example it will just download the
dark.png image, and if it’s light mode, it will download only
light.png, so there’s no waste of bandwidth. That’s a great scenario for SEO and UX (a.k.a User Experience).