Embed local image in Dash app with HTTP?

I am developing a Dash.jl app and discovered that I cannot embed local pictures. One workaround I found is to somehow host images on a local server in order to display them, but I have no idea how to do that in Julia.

My idea was to serve a small html page with the image, and embed that in the Dash app by using it’s url, but I still can’t get the image to be displayed with HTTP. Here is a small example:

using HTTP

HTTP.serve("", 8080) do request::HTTP.Request
       return HTTP.Response("""<html>

<button type="button">Click Me!</button>
<h1>Some title</h1>

<img src=C:\\Users\\cioarca\\Documents\\x.png width="300" height="200">

   catch e
       return HTTP.Response(404, "Error: $e")

Any suggestion is highly appreciated.

The easiest way is probably to just embed them as base64-encoded data:

using Dash, DashHtmlComponents, Base64
app = dash()
app.layout = 
        html_h1("embedded image", style=(textAlign = "center",)),
        html_img(src="data:image/png;base64,$(open(base64encode, "/path/to/file.png"))"),
run_server(app, "", 8080)

Browsers do not usually allow a web page served from a server to also access local files. Imagine the security vulnerability when hitting some arbitrary web page that reads your private files. Your server must also serve the image. I don’t know about Dash, so I can’t suggest how you would do that.

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Thank you very much! It worked!