HTML - Resource Preloading

1 - About

The browser will preload the resource (file), but not actually use it yet.

The preload value of the <link> element's rel attribute allows you to:

This ensures that they are made available earlier and are less likely to block the page's first render

3 - Syntax

as specify the type of content to be preloaded allows the browser to:

  • Prioritize resource loading more accurately.
  • Match future requests, reusing the same resource if appropriate.
  • Apply the correct content security policy to the resource.
  • Set the correct Accept request headers for it.

4 - Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>JS preload example</title>

    <link rel="preload" href="main.js" as="script">


    <h1>What ever</h1>

    <script src="main.js"></script>

5 - Resource Type

5.1 - Video

<link rel="preload" href="sintel-short.mp4" as="video" type="video/mp4">

5.2 - Image (Responsive Preloading)

Responsive Preloading.

<link rel="preload" href="bg-image-narrow.png" as="image" media="(max-width: 600px)">
<link rel="preload" href="bg-image-wide.png" as="image" media="(min-width: 601px)">

5.3 - Javascript

To defer script execution until exactly you need it.


var preloadLink = document.createElement("link");
preloadLink.href = "myscript.js";
preloadLink.rel = "preload"; = "script";

  • using it

var preloadedScript = document.createElement("script");
preloadedScript.src = "myscript.js";

5.4 - CSS Stylesheet

CSS - Style Sheet (Script|File) - Stylesheet - (Ref: Critical CSS path)

<!-- In the header -->
<link href="style.css" rel="preload" as="style">

<!-- Where you want to use the stylesheet (it can be at the bottom of the body) -->
<link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet" >

6 - Documentation / Reference

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