Emacs: HTML Image Path to Img Tag

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Emacs lisp command that changes a image path into a HTML image link.


You have this under cursor:


you want it to be this:

<img src="cat.jpg" alt="cat" width="600" height="400" />


Get Image Dimensions

First, here's the code for getting the image width and height.

(defun xah-get-image-dimensions (@file-path)
  "Returns a vector [width height] of a image's dimension.
The elements are integer datatype.
Support png jpg svg gif and any image type emacs supports.
If it's svg, and dimension cannot be determined, it returns [0 0]

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/elisp_image_tag.html'
Version 2017-01-11"
  (let (($x nil)
        ($y nil))
     ((string-match "\.svg$" @file-path)
          ;; hackish. grab the first occurrence of width height in file
          (insert-file-contents @file-path)
          (goto-char (point-min))
          (when (search-forward-regexp "width=\"\\([0-9]+\\).*\"" nil "NOERROR")
            (setq $x (match-string 1 )))
          (goto-char (point-min))
          (if (search-forward-regexp "height=\"\\([0-9]+\\).*\"" nil "NOERROR")
              (setq $y (match-string 1 ))))
        (if (and (not (null $x)) (not (null $y)))
            (progn (vector (string-to-number $x) (string-to-number $y)))
          (progn [0 0]))))
      (let ($xy )
          (clear-image-cache t)
          (setq $xy (image-size
                      (if (file-name-absolute-p @file-path)
                        (concat default-directory @file-path)))
        (vector (car $xy) (cdr $xy)))))))

If emacs isn't compiled with image support, then we can make a shell call to ImageMagick.

(defun xah-get-image-dimensions-imk (@img-file-path)
  "Returns a image file's width and height as a vector.
This function requires ImageMagick's “identify” shell command.
See also: `xah-get-image-dimensions'.
URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/elisp_image_tag.html'
Version 2015-05-12"
  (let (($width-height
            "identify -format \"%w %h\" "
     (string-to-number (elt $width-height 0))
     (string-to-number (elt $width-height 1)))))

This function makes a shell call to the ImageMagick's identify command. [see Linux: ImageMagick Command Line Tutorial]

Image Path to HTML Image Link

Here's the main code.

(defun xah-html-image-linkify ()
  "Replace image file path under cursor to HTML img inline link.
 <img src=\"img/my_cats.jpg\" alt=\"my cats\" />

If `univers-argument' is called before, add width and height attribute, e.g.:

 <img src=\"img/my_cats.jpg\" alt=\"my cats\" width=\"470\" height=\"456\" />

Returns the string used in the alt attribute.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/elisp_image_tag.html'
Version 2017-09-04"
  (let ( $p1 $p2 $imgPath
             $hrefValue $altText $imgWH $width $height)
      ;; get image file path begin end pos
      (let ($p0)
        (setq $p0 (point))
        ;; chars that are likely to be delimiters of full path, e.g. space, tabs, brakets.
        (skip-chars-backward "^  \"\t\n'|()[]{}<>〔〕“”〈〉《》【】〖〗«»‹›·。\\`")
        (setq $p1 (point))
        (goto-char $p0)
        (skip-chars-forward "^  \"\t\n'|()[]{}<>〔〕“”〈〉《》【】〖〗«»‹›·。\\'")
        (setq $p2 (point))
        (goto-char $p0)))

    (setq $imgPath
          (if (and (fboundp 'xahsite-web-path-to-filepath)
                   (fboundp 'xah-local-url-to-file-path))
                (buffer-substring-no-properties $p1 $p2 )))
            (buffer-substring-no-properties $p1 $p2 )))
    (when (not (file-exists-p $imgPath))
      (user-error "file not exist at %s"  $imgPath))
    (setq $hrefValue
           (file-name-directory (or (buffer-file-name) default-directory))))
    (setq $altText
           "-" " "
            "_" " "
             "\\.[A-Za-z]\\{3,4\\}$" "" (file-name-nondirectory $imgPath) t t) t t)))

    (if current-prefix-arg
          (setq $imgWH (xah-html--get-image-dimensions $imgPath))
          (setq $width (number-to-string (elt $imgWH 0)))
          (setq $height (number-to-string (elt $imgWH 1)))

          (delete-region $p1 $p2)
           (if (or (equal $width "0") (equal $height "0"))
                "<img src=\""
                "\"" " " "alt=\"" $altText "\"" " />")
              "<img src=\""
              "\"" " " "alt=\"" $altText "\""
              " width=\"" $width "\""
              " height=\"" $height "\" />"))))
        (delete-region $p1 $p2)
          "<img src=\""
          "\"" " " "alt=\"" $altText "\"" " />"))))

You can give this command a key such as F5. [see Emacs: How to Define Keys]

See also: Emacs: URL to Link Command

HTML Topic

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  2. Insert HTML Tag
  3. URL to Link Command
  4. Lines to HTML Table
  5. Replace HTML Entities
  6. CSS Compressor
  7. Color CSS Color Values
  8. View Image Thumbnails
  9. HTML Image Path to Img Tag
  10. Convert Image Files in Dired
  11. Xah HTML Mode

Elisp HTML Commands

  1. wrap-url
  2. URL to Link
  3. Link to Dead Link
  4. Make Image Links
  5. Extract URL
  6. Word to Wikipedia Linkify
  7. Wikipedia URL Linkify
  8. URL Percent Decode/Encode
  9. Lines to HTML Table
  10. Markup Function Names
  11. Color Source Code
  12. Transform Text Under Cursor
  13. Chinese Char Reference Linkify
  14. HTML make-citation
  15. update-title
  16. Google Map Linkify 🌐
  17. CSS Compressor
  18. Make Ruby Annotation
  19. Move Image File

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