# Manage Images

Images are not embedded in the HTML output by default. If you have image references in your document, you’ll have to save the image files in the same directory as your converted document.

## Embed images with the data-uri attribute

As an alternative, you can embed the images directly into the document by setting the data-uri document attribute.

Example 1. data-uri attribute set in document header
= The Dangers of Wolpertingers
:url-wolpertinger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpertinger
:imagesdir: my-images
:data-uri:

Don't worry about gumberoos or splintercats.
Something far more fearsome plagues the days, nights, and inbetweens.
Wolpertingers.

== Origins

Wolpertingers are {url-wolpertinger}[ravenous beasts].
[.left.text-center]
They may look cute and cuddly, but don't be fooled.
You can also set data-uri using the API or CLI (shown here):
$asciidoctor -a data-uri my-document.adoc When you view the HTML file in your browser, you should see the image displayed in the page. ## allow-uri-read attribute If the target of one or more images in the document is a URI, you must also set the allow-uri-read attribute securely and run Asciidoctor in SECURE mode or less. $ asciidoctor -a data-uri -a allow-uri-read my-document.adoc
The same is true when converting the document to PDF using Asciidoctor PDF, even if the allow-uri-read attribute is not set (since the behavior is implied).