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Base64 Encode of 1x1px Transparent GIF

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Just in case you need one. You can stretch it out to fill space as needed.


Or a black one:

<img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAUEBAAAACwAAAAAAQABAAACAkQBADs=">


  1. Rafael Ehlers
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    Very very handy!

  2. zsitro
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    where should i use it?

  3. Jan-Marten de Boer
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    I use a transparent icon as cursor for one of my Narrowcasting solutions. That way, when you focus the browser window, the mouse disappears. Very neat trick. Set the cursor to none with a fallback to a transparant image. Works cross platform, cross browser.

  4. Gigi
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    Maybe will be useful write also where we can use this code.
    Can i use it with an href link to retrieve clicks statistics?

  5. MAX
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    wow thanks, i use it in combination with lazyload jQ plugin

  6. Viswanathan
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    Good one… But IE7 will not support data URI, is there any alternative for that?

  7. Juan
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    Thanks but I don´t understand the aplication of this code. Icons of 1×1?

  8. Pawel
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    I think 2×1 would far more useful.

    • Julian Cizmic
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      Yes, the point being to create a small file size. Anyway, you can always expand the file using the height and width attributes. However, this would only be useful in HTML e-mails, as using spacer GIFs on webpages isn’t very good web design.

  9. Muthu
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    Give a demo. Plz.

  10. ApplePi

    Sounds like lots of n00bs around who weren’t around to remember the necessity ofthe venerable 1px x 1px transparent gif hack.

    Brings back memories. Mostly painful ones. :-)

  11. Maarten


  12. Sri Ganesh.M

    Sir, i am not familiar with the codes here. but i think this one like the same CODE used in FLICKR, when we save the image, it will save as 1px image ! or how to use them !

  13. آژانس مسافرتی
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    Very very handy!

  14. hlektroniko tsigaro
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    Thank you very mush!

  15. Aaron

    Hey mate, does Outlook etc support this for EDMs?

  16. mike
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    Okay Chris I give in.
    How did you get the gif down to that?


    My best gif:

    And at double the size my best png:

    ;o) s’moike

  17. Alhadis
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    Hah! The transparent GIF is the same number of bytes as the one I’ve been using since 2007. Binary data differs slightly, though:

    <img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBTAA7" alt="" />
  18. Majid
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    One possible use for this: replacing the transparent gif in the first method described here to vertically center text in a div.

  19. Adil
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    Although a very specific but really helpful

  20. appcropolis
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    I was about to generate this code, but I am glad I found this article. In my case, I have a mobile application that has an image. The source value of the image is set dynamically, and I need to point to a placeholder image while the application determines the final image URL. When the source value is not set, some browsers show an ugly icon (broken or missing resource) but having a small transparent image as string, will prevent the broken image icon, and will save one HTTP request.

    Pretty handy! Thanks for posting this.

  21. George Adamson
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    Hi, what did you use to generate the encoded GIFs? I’d like one in another colour (#ccc) but after using an online tool to convert a 1px gif file to a data-uri, the result is way larger than your example.

  22. kodtest
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    I dont understand exactly. where should i use it?

  23. Juho Viitasalo
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    This can also be used for detecting browser support for data URIs. See

    For example Modernizer and Grunticon uses this.

  24. Manuel
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    If anyone needs a semi-transparent Base64 encoded PNG pixel as CSS RGBA fallback. See

  25. Roko C.B.

    Just to share a useful use-example :

    Self-contained images! (+jQuery)

    Imagine you want to set any (!) W/H to an image but without stretching the image?!
    Simple like this:

    img style="width:150px; height:150px;" class="self-contained" src="img.jpg"

    What I’ve created was to set the transparent PNG ans the image src (to prevent the browser placing the “missing image icon”), than passing the image src to that IMG background and setting the CSS3 background-size to cover.

      $(this).css({background: 'url('+ this.src +') no-repeat center center', backgroundSize: 'cover'}).attr('src', 'data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7');

    Here’s a demo for you to test and play with:

  26. Daniel
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    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand what this is for?

  27. Marklets
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    I hacked PNG down to 41 bytes for 1x1px:


    Tried for a bit to get a GIF under 14 bytes, but I am getting the feeling it’s as small as it can get. Here’s some tests:

    1px by 8256

  28. Jason
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    I like having width 100% and height auto so things just scale. I didn’t want to create a GIF with the proper dimensions for auto scale so here you go peeps.

  29. Fikret
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    Here is a free base64 css generator from an image:

    I think it will be helpful to someone.

  30. smith
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    It would be nice and humane if one of you professionals would help the noobs out, remember you were a noob one day, not nice laughing at the noobs is it. Please someone explain to the noobs what this funtion does, a kind act goes a long way.

  31. avi
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    nice article, very helpfull.
    i used this web site to encode/decode
    for testing.

  32. Junaid Atari
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    cool, very useful

  33. __JM__Joy__
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    Very good!

  34. Jess
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    I use a transparent, 1×1 gif file as a dummy image to satisfy Google’s structured data testing tool even if a blog post really has no picture. :)

  35. JustMe
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    The peoples want a white one.
    Give us a white one! :)
    Ohhh, never mind… I will make one myself… :(

  36. Elvis Schwartz
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    Great for tracking, eh? BlueGriffon generates them too (although not sure how efficient).

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