Nuxt uses vue-loader, file-loader and url-loader for Webpack by default for strong assets serving, but you can also use Static directory for static assets.


By default, vue-loader automatically processes your style and template files with css-loader and the Vue template compiler. In this compilation process, all asset URLs such as <img src="...">, background: url(...) and CSS @import are resolved as module dependencies.

For example, we have this file tree:

-| assets/
----| image.png
-| pages/
----| index.vue

In my CSS, if I use url('~assets/image.png'), it will be translated into require('~assets/image.png').

Or if in my pages/index.vue, I use:

  <img src="~assets/image.png">

It will be compiled into:

createElement('img', { attrs: { src: require('~assets/image.png') }})

Because .png is not a JavaScript file, nuxt.js configures Webpack to use file-loader and url-loader to handle them for you.

The benefits of them are:

  • file-loader lets you designate where to copy and place the asset file, and how to name it using version hashes for better caching.
  • url-loader allows you to conditionally inline a file as base-64 data URL if they are smaller than a given threshold. This can reduce the amount of HTTP requests for trivial files. If the file is larger than the threshold, it automatically falls back to file-loader.

Actually, Nuxt.js default loaders configuration is:

    test: /\.(png|jpe?g|gif|svg)$/,
    loader: 'url-loader',
    query: {
      limit: 1000, // 1KO
      name: 'img/[name].[hash:7].[ext]'
    test: /\.(woff2?|eot|ttf|otf)(\?.*)?$/,
    loader: 'url-loader',
    query: {
      limit: 1000, // 1 KO
      name: 'fonts/[name].[hash:7].[ext]'

Which means that every file below 1 KO will be inlined as base-64 data URL. Otherwise, the image/font will be copied in its corresponding folder (under the .nuxt directory) with a name containing a version hashes for better caching.

When launching our application with nuxt, our template in pages/index.vue:

  <img src="~assets/image.png">

Will be generated into:

<img src="/_nuxt/img/image.0c61159.png">

If you want to update these loaders or disable them, please take a look at the loaders configuration.


If you don't want to use Webpacked Assets from the assets directory, you can create and use the static directory in your project root directory.

These files will be automatically serve by Nuxt and accessible in your project root URL.

This option is helpful for files like robots.txt or sitemap.xml.

From your code you can then reference those files with / URLs:

<!-- Static image from static directory -->
<img src="/my-image.png"/>

<!-- Webpacked image from assets directory -->
<img src="/assets/my-image-2.png"/>

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