preload - This feature is available in the latest Canary


The preload function is currently only available in React’s Canary and experimental channels. Learn more about React’s release channels here.

Nota bene

React-based frameworks frequently handle resource loading for you, so you might not have to call this API yourself. Consult your framework’s documentation for details.

preload lets you eagerly fetch a resource such as a stylesheet, font, or external script that you expect to use.

preload("", {as: "font"});


preload(href, options)

To preload a resource, call the preload function from react-dom.

import { preload } from 'react-dom';

function AppRoot() {
preload("", {as: "font"});
// ...

See more examples below.

The preload function provides the browser with a hint that it should start downloading the given resource, which can save time.


  • href: a string. The URL of the resource you want to download.
  • options: an object. It contains the following properties:
    • as: a required string. The type of resource. Its possible values are audio, document, embed, fetch, font, image, object, script, style, track, video, worker.
    • crossOrigin: a string. The CORS policy to use. Its possible values are anonymous and use-credentials. It is required when as is set to "fetch".
    • referrerPolicy: a string. The Referrer header to send when fetching. Its possible values are no-referrer-when-downgrade (the default), no-referrer, origin, origin-when-cross-origin, and unsafe-url.
    • integrity: a string. A cryptographic hash of the resource, to verify its authenticity.
    • type: a string. The MIME type of the resource.
    • nonce: a string. A cryptographic nonce to allow the resource when using a strict Content Security Policy.
    • fetchPriority: a string. Suggests a relative priority for fetching the resource. The possible values are auto (the default), high, and low.
    • imageSrcSet: a string. For use only with as: "image". Specifies the source set of the image.
    • imageSizes: a string. For use only with as: "image". Specifies the sizes of the image.


preload returns nothing.


  • Multiple equivalent calls to preload have the same effect as a single call. Calls to preload are considered equivalent according to the following rules:
    • Two calls are equivalent if they have the same href, except:
    • If as is set to image, two calls are equivalent if they have the same href, imageSrcSet, and imageSizes.
  • In the browser, you can call preload in any situation: while rendering a component, in an Effect, in an event handler, and so on.
  • In server-side rendering or when rendering Server Components, preload only has an effect if you call it while rendering a component or in an async context originating from rendering a component. Any other calls will be ignored.


Preloading when rendering

Call preload when rendering a component if you know that it or its children will use a specific resource.

Examples of preloading

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Preloading an external script

import { preload } from 'react-dom';

function AppRoot() {
preload("", {as: "script"});
return ...;

If you want the browser to start executing the script immediately (rather than just downloading it), use preinit instead. If you want to load an ESM module, use preloadModule.

Preloading in an event handler

Call preload in an event handler before transitioning to a page or state where external resources will be needed. This gets the process started earlier than if you call it during the rendering of the new page or state.

import { preload } from 'react-dom';

function CallToAction() {
const onClick = () => {
preload("", {as: "style"});
return (
<button onClick={onClick}>Start Wizard</button>