Iframe lazy loading

The browser Chrome and Chromium-based browsers have a built-in iframe lazy loading support using loading=”lazy” attribute.

<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4zysy8A_OE"
        loading="lazy"
        width="600"
        height="400"></iframe>

As we know that lazy loading speeds up the page loading, reduces memory usage, and stops unnecessary download of data. The iframe lazy-loading defers offscreen iframes from being loaded until the user scrolls near them. This improves the user experience a lot.

Built-in iframe lazy-loading settings:

The iframe lazy-loading is done using loading attribute. The loading attribute takes three values:

  • lazy: for lazy-loading.
  • auto: browser will determine whether or not to do lazy-loading.
  • eager: for loading immediately.

Following are some examples of lazy-loading settings:

// loading="lazy"
<iframe width="560" height="800" loading="lazy"  src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4zysy8A_OE" allow="autoplay;" allowfullscreen></iframe>

// loading="eager"
<iframe width="560" height="800" loading="eager"  src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4zysy8A_OE" allow="autoplay;" allowfullscreen></iframe>

// loading="auto" is default so we don't have to mention
<iframe width="560" height="800"  src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4zysy8A_OE" allow="autoplay;" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Dynamic iframe with lazy-loading support:

We can create a dynamic iframe and set the loading attribute to lazy using JavaScript. Following is the example:

var iframe = document.createElement('iframe');
iframe.src = 'https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4zysy8A_OE';
iframe.loading = 'lazy';
document.body.appendChild(iframe);
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