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How can I embed an asset in a third-party application?
How can I embed an asset in a third-party application?

Learn how to link to and embed your assets to other tools using embeddable links

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Written by Charlie Pinker
Updated over a week ago

If you manage any of the following, you no doubt have to find images for them:

  • Website pages

  • Blog posts

  • Content Management System image libraries

  • Presentations and other documents

With Dash, you can embed Dash assets straight into your sites and applications without having to manually download and upload them first.

What are the benefits of linking to an asset?

  • The assets are served very quickly, from a CDN (Content Delivery Network). This helps speed up your page loads, which is great for your users and Google likes it too.

  • It is faster for you. You don't need to manually download an asset and then upload it into your external application

  • It stays up to date. Once embedded in your application, the asset will automatically reflect any further changes you make to it in Dash. If you upload a new version of the file in Dash, the embed link stays the same.

  • You can control visibility. If you need to stop the asset from being viewed externally, you can remove the link and this will immediately remove it from external applications.

Creating an embeddable link to an asset

  1. Open the asset in Dash that you want to embed in an external application

  2. Click the embed button </> and choose the size of asset you want to create

  3. Click "Copy" to copy the generated link to your clipboard

ℹ️ You can either create a link to the original size asset, pick from one of the preset sizes, or create your own resize or crop.

Adding an embedded asset into an external application

Once you have created your link, simply open up your external application, locate the option to add an embeddable image (look for "insert via URL", "Embed image" or similar - every application will be different), and paste in the link. Hey presto, your image should appear!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose the file extension for embed links?

Embed links will always use the same extension as the asset file they are generated from. So a JPG asset will generate a JPG embed link. If you would like to generate an embed link with a different format, you would need to upload the asset in that format first.

Do embed links support transparency?

Yes. So long as the asset you are generating an embed link for is an image type that supports transparency (e.g. PNG), then the generated embed link will match this filetype and the transparency will be preserved.

If the image type does not support transparency (e.g. JPG), then the generated embed link will also be JPG and will not support transparency.

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