What is preloading? Preloading denotes the practice of loading assets (JavaScript, CSS, images, etc.) before the browser discovers them in HTML/CSS/JavaScript code. That way we reduce the network round trips required before the browser starts discovering and loading all dependencies.

By default, Vike automatically inject tags to our HTML, such as <script type="module" stc="script.js">, <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css">, and <link rel="preload" href="font.ttf" as="font" type="font/ttf">. It does so using a preload strategy that works for most users, but we can use injectFilter() to implement a custom preload strategy.

To improve preloading performance, we can use Early Hints which Vike automatically generates.

Early Hints

The Early Hints Header is the official successor of the now deprecated HTTP2/Push.

// server.js

import { renderPage } from 'vike/server'

app.get('*', async (req, res) => {
  const pageContext = await renderPage({ urlOriginal: req.originalUrl } )
  const { earlyHints } = pageContext.httpResponse
  // For example with Node.js 18:
  res.writeEarlyHints({ link: => e.earlyHintLink) })
type PageContext = {
  httpResponse: {
    earlyHints: {
      earlyHintLink: string, // Header Line for the Early Hint Header
      assetType: "image" | "script" | "font" | "style" | null
      mediaType: string // MIME type
      src: string // Asset's URL
      isEntry: boolean // true  ⇒ asset is an entry
                       // false ⇒ asset is a dependency of an entry

Examples: $ npm init vike@latest.

See also:


If Vike's default preload strategy doesn't work for us, we can customize which and where preload/asset tags are injected.

// /renderer/

export async function render(pageContext) {
  // ...

  const documentHtml = escapeInject`<!DOCTYPE html>
        <div id="page-view">${stream}</div>

  const injectFilter = (assets) => {
    assets.forEach(asset => {
      // Preload images
      if (asset.assetType === 'image') {
        asset.inject = 'HTML_BEGIN'

  return { documentHtml, injectFilter }

See API > injectFilter().