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How to display binary data as image in React?

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To display binary data as image in React, we set the src prop to a base string.

For instance, we write

const data =
  "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const Example = ({ data }) => <img src={`data:image/jpeg;base64,${data}`} />;

ReactDOM.render(<Example data={data} />, document.getElementById("container"));

to set the src prop of the img element to a base64 string with the image content.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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