#1,107 – Accessing an Embedded Resource Using a Uri

You can embed images into your WPF application as resources and then access them from code at run-time.

To embed an image as a resource, add it to your project and set its Build Action to Resource.


You can now access this image at run-time using a Uri.  The URI for a simple resource just includes the path to the image.

In the example below, we use a URI to locate an image in the Images folder.

        private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
                BitmapImage bmi = new BitmapImage(new Uri("pack://application:,,,/Images/Ted.jpg"));

                MessageBox.Show(string.Format("Image is {0}x{1} pixels", bmi.Width, bmi.Height));
            catch (Exception xx)

The pack://application portion of the Uri indicates that the resource is compiled into the current assembly.  The portion of the Uri after the third comma describes the path to the image.