Using WebP images with htaccess
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WebP images with htaccess

This snippet detects if the browser supports WebP images and then serves a .webp image instead of jpg/png if a .webp file is available at the same location as the supplied jpg/png. Read more about the WebP format at Google.

If you can, use the <picture>-element instead of this solution!


Place the following in your .htaccess file and jpg/png images will be replaced with WebP images if found in the same folder.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine On

  # Check if browser support WebP images
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_ACCEPT} image/webp

  # Check if WebP replacement image exists
  RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/$1.webp -f

  # Serve WebP image instead
  RewriteRule (.+)\.(jpe?g|png)$ $1.webp [T=image/webp,E=accept:1]

<IfModule mod_headers.c>
  Header append Vary Accept env=REDIRECT_accept

<IfModule mod_mime.c>
  AddType image/webp .webp

Preferred solution

  <source srcset="/path/to/image.webp" type="image/webp">
  <img src="/path/to/image.jpg" alt="">