Lazy loading images in Parsedown

Thu 13, Feb 2020 webdev php

Parsedown is probably the most used Markdown engine for PHP (it also powers this site!). I wanted to integrate loading="lazy" into Parsedown, as it's now part of the HTML standard.

This is my approach:

class ParsedownLL extends Parsedown {

    protected function inlineImage($excerpt) {
        $image = parent::inlineImage($excerpt);

        if (!isset($image)) {
            return null;

        $image['element']['attributes']['loading'] = 'lazy';

        return $image;


Keep in mind to use ParsedownLL instead of Parsedown, but include both.

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