What is the best way to have a fallback image in NextJS?

Recently, I have been working on a project in NextJS which uses the YoutubeAPI to fetch video information, including thumbnail URLs.

The thumbnail URL for a full resolution image looks like this: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/${videoId}/maxresdefault.jpg

However, sometimes YouTube fails to generate a full-resolution image, and in that case, the image is not displayed on my webpage.

In the case that the image with the URL https://i.ytimg.com/vi/${videoId}/maxresdefault.jpg does not exist I wish to use another URL like https://i.ytimg.com/vi/${videoId}/hqdefault.jpg

What is the best way to handle this with next/image?


You can create a custom image component that extends the built-in next/image and adds the fallback logic if the image fails to load by triggering the onError callback.

import React, { useState } from 'react';
import Image from 'next/image';

const ImageWithFallback = (props) => {
    const { src, fallbackSrc, ...rest } = props;
    const [imgSrc, setImgSrc] = useState(src);

    return (
            onError={() => {

export default ImageWithFallback;

Then, you can directly use the custom component instead of next/image as follows: