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An Angular(12) component to easily integrate ImageEngine CDN distribution functionality into your assets.

This components provides an easy way to bind an object representing a set of ImageEngine directives to your assets in order to take advantage of ImageEngine's advanced optimizations, allowing for exact-pixel dimensions requests for your image assets, resulting in highly optimized resource delivery.

Besides that it has bindings to enable:

  • lazy loading of off-screen images
  • recalculating sizes and reloading of img src's on device width changes
  • DPR conversions when calculating dimensions
  • preventing Cumulative Layout Shift
  • image fit mode
  • sourcing the minimal desired sizes for your images based entirely on CSS/styling properties that you can control without needing to fiddle with other properties
  • prevent unecessary refetches of images when using viewport size responsiveness or automatic dimension calculations, when the new sizes are smaller than the already fetched images

It's available on npm as @imageengine/angular. Install with:

npm install @imageengine/angular

You can follow a small tutorial to get you up and running


Wrapper and Image Classes
Wrapper and Image Style
Derive Size from Wrapper
Lazy loading
Force Size Recalculation
Device Pixel Ratio
Remove string from path
Relative Sizes and derive_size


Import the ImageEngine component on your module file, and add it to @NgModule declaration as an import:

import { NgxImageengineModule } from "@imageengine/angular";

    declarations: [...],
    imports: [

Now use the component from anywhere on your app:

	[wrapper_styles]="{width: '250px', height: '250px', borderRadius: '50%'}"
	[directives]="{fit: 'cropbox', sharpness: 10, compression: 10, format: 'jpg'}"

Structure of the generated html markup:

<div class="ngx-ie-image-wrapper"
	   <img *ngIf="ready"

Notice that ngx-ie-image-wrapper class has a base styling:

.ngx-ie-image-wrapper {
  display: flex;
  flex-flow: column nowrap;
  justify-content: center;
  align-items: center;
  overflow: hidden;

And the ngx-ie-image:

.ngx-ie-image { object-position: center center; }

To which is added a matching object-fit according to the chosen ImageEngine fit directive.

This is so that the component works and displays correctly the images according to their fit type and sizes, even when not using the ImageEngine CDN.

Accepted Inputs:

@Input() directives: IEDirectives = {};
@Input() path: string | null = null;
@Input() host: string | null = "";
@Input() alt: string | null = "";
@Input() wrapper_classes: string[] | Set<string> | { [klass: string]: any } = {};
@Input() wrapper_styles: { [klass: string]: any } | null = null;
@Input() image_classes: string[] | Set<string> | { [klass: string]: any }  = {};
@Input() image_styles: { [klass: string]: any } | null = null;

@Input() responsive: boolean = false;
@Input() derive_size: boolean = false;
@Input() lazy: boolean = true;

@Input() force_size_recalculation: boolean = false;
@Input() device_pixel_ratio: boolean = true;

@Input() strip_from_src: string = "";

@Input() debug: boolean = false;


An object specifying the ImageEngine directives to use for this image.

export interface IEDirectives {
    width?: number;                // the intrinsic width of the final image 
    height?: number;               // the intrinsic height of the final image
    auto_width_fallback?: number;  // if WURFL device detection should be tried with a
                                   // fallback value in case it fails

    scale_to_screen_width?: number;          // 0-100 float
    crop?: [number, number, number, number]; // [width, height, left, top]

    format?: IEFormat;  // the output format
    fit?: IEFit;        // the image fit in relation to the provided width/height

    compression?: number; // 0-100
    sharpness?: number;   // 0-100
    rotate?: number;      // -360-360

    inline?: true;                 // convert image to dataURL
    keep_meta?: true;              // keep EXIF image data
    no_optimization?: true;        // don't apply IE optimizations

export type IEFormat =
    "png"  |
    "gif"  |
    "jpg"  |
    "bmp"  |
    "webp" |
    "jp2"  |
    "svg"  |
    "mp4"  |
    "jxr"  |
    "avif" ;

export type IEFit =
    "stretch"   |
    "box"       |
    "letterbox" |
    "cropbox"   ;

These types are part of @imageengine/imageengine-helpers which is a dependency of this package. You can access them to add types to your components by importing from @imageengine/imageengine-helpers


The path without the host part. Will raise if not set at instatiation.


Usually the host of your ImageEngine distribution. Can be left blank/null, in which case it's coerced to an empty string "", when empty the final source of the asset will be the path alone (so you can use relative paths when developing)

The final url will be of the form ${host}${path}${ie_directives_query_string}


Set the alt property of the img element that will be rendered.

wrapper_classes & image_classes

Classes to apply to the wrapper element and inner img element.

wrapper_styles & image_styles

Styles to apply to the wrapper element and inner img element.


If the component should re-compute the final url on window resize events. Defaults to false. When true, in case of a window resize the component will re-evaluate its properties and rebuild the url, in case it can determine the new resulting size would be bigger than before.

This is usually used along with the property derive_size as true, and classes/styling that make the wrapper be a given dimension, since that makes the component decide on width and height based on the effective styled dimensions of the wrapper.

An example would be passing a wrapper_classes with a class "my-thumbnail-holder", having that class define its width and height in different breakpoints, and setting responsive and derive_size as true. Now if a visiting user switched the orientation of their device (or resized the window), and the class applied different sizes according to breakpoints, then the component would re-compute it's values and in case a bigger image would be needed it would change the url directives to match that - while if the new sizes were smaller, it would not.


This flag defaults to false because its behaviour changes how you normally specify image dimensions in many other libraries. It is nonetheless the way the component is intended to be used in most real case scenarios.

Usually with other libraries that rely on image transformations, you do some calculations or define the width and height of the image you want and then the library sets the container to that to match the final image and prevent Cumulative Layout Shift. You probably also have that element in a container under your control that you might style accordingly. This works but introduces a hard dependency on the codebase - the styling is one aspect (might be on CSS files, or inline styles, etc), the actual sizing of the asset is another (usually defined in JS), and changing one or other, or something that affects one or other, requires changing the other parts as well.

But if you can style the wrapper in a single point/way and then have the image inside of it automatically derive its own size properties from that wrapper, it means any change in styling or code, only needs to change in that single place.

As an example, lets say that we have this CSS:

.faq-thumbnail-img {
  width: 200px;
  height: 150px;

@media screen and (max-width: 600px) {
  .faq-thumbnail-img {
    width: 100px;
    height: 75px;

And now you want to use a component:

	[directives]="{fit: 'cropbox'}"

What this does is that the component will render the wrapper with the class faq-thumbnail-img, which in turn will force its styling rules to be applied. When the component is being prepared for render it will read the wrapper sizing and see that the width is 200px and height 150px (let's say we open the page in desktop version).

Now it can derive from that that the image will need to fit that rectangle so it can build the width and height directives by itself to assemble the url for ImageEngine.

If the page was opened in mobile (or anything less than 600px), then the dimensions it would derive would be those on the media query we defined (100px x 75px).

If we had hardcoded instead the width and height as directives, if we decided to change the layout for some reason, we would need to change it in our components declarations, and in our CSS and make sure they'd play ball. On the other hand, if we use derive_size then we can control all of that simply through the styling of the element and the sizes requested to ImageEngine will always be precise to the single pixel.

This is also the reason why there's no srcset options on the component - it's easier to define class/styling responsiveness and just take advantage of the derive_size to request exactly the sizes that will fit perfectly the container where the image will be placed.

Using classes to define the wrapper size also means that Cumulative Layout Shift doesn't happen, since the wrapper will hold its dimensions and when the image is rendered, it will be inside that wrapper without changing its dimensions.

It's also possible to use relative sizes on the elements styling and derive the image dimensions from that, but this has some caveats explained at the end of this section.

The key takeaway is that, if you organise your image assets in this way you can do entire styling changes to your layouts without worrying with fixing and changing your ngx components. If the rendered size of your card would make the ngx-ie-image-wrapper have width of 150px and height of 100px the directives added to the src url would be /w_150/h_100.

This also means that if you pass derive_size, and in the directives input width and height those in the directives will have no bearing as they'll be overwritten, it will also override the no_optimization directive, since that directive requests an image as it is in the original source, meaning ImageEngine won't serve any optimized version - which conflicts with you telling the component to derive_size as that implies you want a specific size.


This flag makes it so that the component will only render the img element inside the wrapper if the component is in the viewport, or when the component is scrolled into the viewport. This flag has no knowledge of other visibility styles or the way you architect your layout, so if you have hidden sections, popups, or tabs that aren't visible but appear in a dom node that can fall in the viewport (and just be stylistically hidden through overflow or such) it might still request the image immediately (most of the times this won't happen as the dimensions and position are computed as offscreen, but a caveat to take notice in case you see it happening).


Defaults to false, meaning when the width and height @Inputs change, or responsive is set to true and the window is resized, if the new sizes that are computed from the props or wrapper size are smaller than before, by default the component will not update the directives relative to size, it will use the previous ones as they were bigger and as such usually fit just as well - this means it doesn't require to refetch the image since the query string won't change. But sometimes your layout, changing the ratio of the display area on css breakpoints, or the crop fit on the fly, may require that the image be refetched, in those cases you can turn pass this @Input as true and the component will always recompute and apply the new sizes to the query url.


Defaults to true. This flag tells the component if it should apply devicePixelRatio conversions to the sizes (either when specified, or derived). When true, if the device has a different pixel ratio than 1:1 the sizes will be multiplied by that factor. E.g.: You specify the directives width and height at 400 and 300 respectively, this image when viewed for instance on a Macbook, where the screen has a DPR of 2 times the pixels, will have the width and height directives applied as 800 and 600 respectively, instead of the 400 and 300 you specified (the same would happen to derived dimensions).


You can set this input to a string that will remove the occurrence of that string from the provided path. This is just a helper when your image src's include their host and you don't want to replace them by yourself.


This flag enables some debugging information (computed final directives that were used to build the ImageEngine query url), and possible warnings to output to the console.

Relative sizing and derive_size

Due to the way browsers compute the CSS rules and height of elements using derive_size with relative dimensions is a bit more tricky. For width usually the browser will be able to define the dimensions, but height requires that somewhere along the dom hierarchy an element has an absolute height value set (if using only relative sizes, because otherwise only after placing all content will the browser know what is the height of the enclosing element). If all your elements are sized relatively, and/or only max-height or min-height use absolute values returning the height of the wrapper element results in 0. Which in turn makes ImageEngine ignore that value (and if it didn't both your element and the image would have zero as their dimensions, which is non-sensical).

For the width you need on the other hand to set some width to <ngx-imageengine> itself (in this case it can be relative in most usual situations).

What this means is that in practice you'll need to add/have two things defined for it to work. Setting the height on an element on the parent hierarchy and setting the style of the ngx-imageengine component itself.

<div class="card-element" style="height: 500px">
    <ngx-imageengine [wrapper_styles]="{width: '50%', height: '100%'}"
			 [directives]="{format: 'jpg', fit: 'cropbox'}"
			 style="width: 100%; height: 25%"

Notice here, we set the height to a fixed value on the .card-element div (it could be set on the class style rules as well - we set it on the style attribute just to make it obvious).

Then the ngx-imageengine itself declares its size on the style attribute (here the same, you could set it through class rules or any other CSS selector). Notice that both width and height are relative on the component, but height to work requires somewhere to have been defined the height, in this case it was on .card-element.

And finally we pass derive_size and in the wrapper_styles we use relative dimensions.

In this case the component itself would be 25% of 500px, 125px height, and whatever width its parent has. And the image itself would have the same height, since it's set at 100%, and the width 50% of whatever is 100% of the parent element.

To conclude, what this means is that if you want to use relative sizes with derive_size you need to ensure that the rendered component has some derivable dimensions, so that through the wrapper styling it can figure out what are its own dimensions.


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