How to fix broken base64 image using image-webpack and file-loader

in a ReactJS project

Published on Nov 11, 2016

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If you are here, you are probably trying to setup webpack in order to handle your images. The problem I was experiencing and tyring to document here is, after installing image-webpack and file-loader and using <img src={require('logo.png')}/> the browser was displaying a broken image (encoded in base64).

I have followed this article written by David which helps setting up webpack and image-webpack-loader, the problem I had was that the browser was displaying a broken image so after a little research I’ve found webpack/file-loader/issue/35 which explains the reason of this.

If you dig a little, you will notice that the broken image is actually just some JS code:

module.exports = __webpack_public_path__ + "265a6261bff86f8c7bc3c98c5eba3583.png"


The issue is that both babel-loader and file-loader are handling the files so I just have removed file-loader from my webpack configuration file and it works. Now my loader looks like this:

// images loader
  test: /\.(jpe?g|png|gif|svg)$/i,
  loaders: [

I hope that helps you!