# Lesson 5: Passthrough basics

In our project folder we have an src folder and a dist folder. The src folder contains source files, which are mainly code, but also include static files like images.

We’re going to want some of those static files in our output folder and luckily, Eleventy makes this pretty straightforward with Passthrough file copy (opens new window).

In this lesson, we’re going to make our images work by telling Eleventy to copy our image files over to our dist folder.

# Our current state

If you go to http://localhost:8080 (opens new window) now, it should look like this:

Some structured HTML content with a broken image that reveals the alt text

There’s an image in there, but you’ll notice it’s not rendering, and it’s showing the image alternative text instead.

This is because our images never got copied over to our dist folder, which is where this localhost:8080 serves the local site from.

# Adding passthrough

Open up eleventy-from-scratch/.eleventy.js in your text editor and on the first line of the function (right below module.exports = config => { ) add this line:

// Set directories to pass through to the dist folder

Now, if you open up http://localhost:8080 (opens new window), it should look like this:

The same homepage with an image of toast that’s now successfully loaded

# Wrapping up

A short but sweet lesson!

You can copy anything you like over with passthrough copy. It’s how I usually do stuff like CSS for very simple projects to reduce the need for further build steps.

Let’s move on and write some more code.