Is there a way to request a scaled image via imagecache by adding width/height parameters or a preset-reference to the image url within css? For example:

Obviously, to scale down an image in css, you can do the following:


<figure id="logo"></figure>


#logo {  
  background: url('path/to/image.jpg') no-repeat;  
  width: 50%;  
  height: 50%  

This will still load the full sized image and scale it down on the client side. I am wondering if something like the following is possible within CSS, so you dynamically request a scaled image via imagecache:

#logo {  
  background: url('path/to/image.jpg?width=50px&height=50px') no-repeat;  


#logo { 
  background: url('path/to/image.jpg?preset=existingimgpreset') no-repeat;  

Which will scale down the image on the server side and hopefully will return a cached version of it when possible.

  • This is really more suited for Stack Overflow. – Lester Peabody Oct 2 '12 at 22:03
  • If so: apologies, but why is that exactly? imagecache is a core-module of drupal and this question is directly related to it – grrrbytes Oct 2 '12 at 22:04
  • Yeah I've re-read it twice now, I retract my previous statement :) Cool thought, wondering what people will say. – Lester Peabody Oct 2 '12 at 22:07

The URLs imagecache produces are pretty reliable, and contain the name of the preset. Looking at the code in imagecache_create_url() you could build up a path in your CSS that looks something like this:


Assuming that your files are stored at /sites/default/files

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  • This works perfectly and is actually pretty obvious when inspecting image url's in Drupal. Thanks for pointing that out! – grrrbytes Oct 2 '12 at 22:15
  • another question: it seems this only works for files in the /sites/default/files/* directory. I tried doing the same for some images in my theme-dir: sites/all/themes/mytheme/gfx/imagecache/preset/image.jpg (and different versions of this url), with no luck. Guess it doesn't work outside of sites/*/files? – grrrbytes Oct 2 '12 at 22:48
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    Yeah it uses file_directory_path() which returns the files folder...not sure there's any way to change that without editing the module directly – Clive Oct 2 '12 at 22:50

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