Getting set up with imgix is easy—just tell us where your assets live, set some basic defaults, and you can start serving assets through our Rendering API in minutes.

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Getting set up with imgix is easy—just tell us where your images live, set some basic defaults, and you can start serving images through our Image URL API in minutes.

The quick-start instructions are below, and if you have a more complex integration, you can head directly to Source setup for the advanced details like cache TTL, default parameters, and custom domains. For recommendations about setting up your assets before integrating with imgix, see the Setting Up Asset Storage guide.

For information about analytics and adding users or payment methods, see Account Setup & Analytics.

10 Minutes to Serving with imgix

Once you've signed up or signed in to your imgix account, you'll be at the dashboard, which is the hub for all operations and stats for your account. Here's the simplified process for serving your first assets.

  1. From the dashboard, go to the Sources page, then click Add a Source. This is where you connect your assets storage to imgix. Screenshot-Message telling you to add a Source

  2. Configure your Source. You'll need to name your subdomain (the root of the URL you'll use to serve assets), and specify where your assets live. Each type of asset storage has its own set of options that will appear when you select it. Screenshot-Source configuration options

    Note: The subdomain name you choose is unique to your Source and can't be re-used. If you're setting up a Source with a lot of customization (particularly a Custom Domain), choose the name you plan to use going forward.

  3. Click Save to save your changes and deploy your Source. Once successful, your asset storage will be connected to imgix and the subdomain will be active. You'll be sent to the settings page for the Source, where you can see its status Screenshot-Source edit screen

  4. Try out a test asset. Just type into a browser window and your asset should appear.

Now that you know the connection is working, you can start applying our API parameters to optimize your assets. Here are some good next steps:

  • API Documentation: Describes all of the available parameters, with examples.
  • Serving assets guide: This guide will show you the recommended operations that most of our customers use to optimize their assets.
  • Advanced Settings: This doc will show you all the various settings that can be configured for any of your Sources.
  • Developer Tools: Once you've figured out the parameters you want to use, you can use our client libraries to build out image helpers in most modern languages and frameworks.

Next: Setting Up Asset Storage