Drop64 is an easy drag-and-drop tool for generating Data URIs from any file.

Check it out at drop64.com.

Here’s a demo recording of how easy it is.

Drop64 recording

Some benefits of Data URIs are:

  • Fewer HTTP requests means faster page loads
  • avoid cross-origin resource loading issues (fonts in Firefox, for example)
  • you can paste the Data URI directly into your web browser URL bar to view the file (occasionally convenient)

If you noticed the similarity to ColorPal, well done! I reused a lot of ColorPal’s code in Drop64. Almost all of it, in fact.

For more information on Data URIs, check out MDN or the original RFC.