Ready to reference icons? Here's a primer on Font Awesome icon naming and how to import from icon content packages.

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Before You Get Started

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Referencing Icons

We recommend referencing icons in your HTML with a dedicated element you'll use only for icons. We find the <i> tag perfect for the job. That element will contain: 1) Font Awesome specific style prefix (e.g. fa-solid), and 2) the icon's name (prefixed with fa-) you want to display.

<!-- solid style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-solid fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- regular style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-regular fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- light style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-light fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- thin style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-thin fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- duotone style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-duotone fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- sharp solid style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-solid fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- sharp regular style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-regular fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- sharp light style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-light fa-computer-classic"></i>

<!-- sharp thin style of the computer classic icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-thin fa-computer-classic"></i>
<!-- solid style of the question circle icon -->
<i class="fa-solid fa-question-circle"></i>

<!-- regular style of the question circle icon -->
<i class="fa-regular fa-question-circle"></i>

<!-- facebook brand icon-->
<i class="fa-brands fa-facebook"></i>

<!-- facebook "f" brand icon-->
<i class="fa-brands fa-facebook-f"></i>

Families + Styles

There are three families of Font Awesome icons - each with a unique look, class name, and @font-face font-family. In both Font Awesome Classic and Sharp, there are five styles of Font Awesome icons. Here are some examples:

Classic Family

Style Availability Code
Solid Free Plan <i class="fa-solid fa-user"></i>
Regular Pro only <i class="fa-regular fa-user"></i>
Light Pro only <i class="fa-light fa-user"></i>
Thin Pro only <i class="fa-thin fa-user"></i>
Brands Free Plan <i class="fa-brands fa-font-awesome"></i>

Duotone Family

Style Availability Code
Solid Pro only <i class="fa-duotone fa-user"></i>

Sharp Family

Style Availability Code
Solid Pro only <i class="fa-sharp fa-solid fa-user"></i>
Regular Pro only <i class="fa-sharp fa-regular fa-user"></i>
Light Pro only <i class="fa-sharp fa-light fa-user"></i>
Thin Pro only <i class="fa-sharp fa-thin fa-user"></i>
Duotone Coming Soon!

Icon content "encoded" in JavaScript packages

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The first version of Font Awesome used web fonts to encode icon data into a container the browser could use. In Version 5, we added support for SVG which lets us do some fun things with icon data.

Scalable Vector Graphics (opens new window) (SVGs) are made up of text information that can include paths (opens new window). We use the path data to draw the icons.

Here's an example from our code icon:

<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 576 512" height="72px">
  <path d="M228.5 511.8l-25-7.1c-3.2-.9-5-4.2-4.1-7.4L340.1 4.4c.9-3.2 4.2-5 7.4-4.1l25 7.1c3.2.9 5 4.2 4.1 7.4L235.9 507.6c-.9 3.2-4.3 5.1-7.4 4.2zm-75.6-125.3l18.5-20.9c1.9-2.1 1.6-5.3-.5-7.1L49.9 256l121-102.5c2.1-1.8 2.4-5 .5-7.1l-18.5-20.9c-1.8-2.1-5-2.3-7.1-.4L1.7 252.3c-2.3 2-2.3 5.5 0 7.5L145.8 387c2.1 1.8 5.3 1.6 7.1-.5zm277.3.4l144.1-127.2c2.3-2 2.3-5.5 0-7.5L430.2 125.1c-2.1-1.8-5.2-1.6-7.1.4l-18.5 20.9c-1.9 2.1-1.6 5.3.5 7.1l121 102.5-121 102.5c-2.1 1.8-2.4 5-.5 7.1l18.5 20.9c1.8 2.1 5 2.3 7.1.4z"/></svg>

Since it's just text, we can easily store this information in JavaScript files. This can be easier to deal with in some projects versus web font files and CSS.

SVG Icon Package names

Icon content packages are segmented by license and style:

Package name Style Prefix Example Availability
@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons Solid fa-solid Free
@fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons Regular fa-regular Free
@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons Brands fa-brands Free
@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons Solid fa-solid Pro only
@fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons Regular fa-regular Pro only
@fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons Light fa-light Pro only
@fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons Thin fa-thin Pro only
@fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons Duotone fa-duotone Pro only
@fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons Sharp Solid fa-sharp fa-solid Pro only
@fortawesome/sharp-regular-svg-icons Sharp Regular fa-sharp fa-regular Pro only
@fortawesome/sharp-light-svg-icons Sharp Light fa-sharp fa-light Pro only
@fortawesome/sharp-thin-svg-icons Sharp Thin fa-sharp fa-thin Pro only

Pro packages requires some extra configuration to allow NPM to install.

Icon names

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JavaScript naming doesn't use hyphens; it uses lower camel case (opens new window). So here are some basic examples of how imports and requires work.

Icon name Version 4 name Lower camel case Notes on usage
address-book fa-address-book faAddressBook The "B" is captialized after the hyphen
facebook-f fa-facebook faFacebookF It's in the Brands style and this was renamed to facebook-f
circle fa-circle-o faCircle Outline versions of icons are now in the Regular and Light styles
freebsd fa-freebsd faFreebsd OCD-warning: we know it's FreeBSD but consistency/guessability is the goal here

Importing these specific icons:

Get a Pro Plan, replace KIT_CODE with a Kit token
import { faSword } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/classic/solid'
import { faAxe } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/classic/regular'
import { faBowArrow } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/classic/light'
import { faHelmetBattle } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/classic/thin'
import { faShieldCross } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/duotone/solid'
import { faFaceHeadBandage } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/sharp/solid'
import { faPawClaws } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/sharp/regular'
import { faEyeEvil } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/sharp/light'
import { faRing } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/sharp/thin'

// Import uploaded icons from your Kit
import { faMyIcon } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/kit/custom'
import { faSword } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons'
import { faAxe } from '@fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons'
import { faBowArrow } from '@fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons'
import { faHelmetBattle } from '@fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons'
import { faShieldCross } from '@fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons'
import { faFaceHeadBandage } from '@fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons'
import { faPawClaws } from '@fortawesome/sharp-regular-svg-icons'
import { faEyeEvil } from '@fortawesome/sharp-light-svg-icons'
import { faRing } from '@fortawesome/sharp-thin-svg-icons'
import { faAddressBook } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'
import { faCircle } from '@fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons'
import { faFacebookF } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'
import { faFreebsd } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'

Import all icons by using the prefix:

Get a Pro Plan, replace KIT_CODE with a Kit token
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { all } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons'

library.add(...all)
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { fas } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons'
import { far } from '@fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons'
import { fal } from '@fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons'
import { fat } from '@fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons'
import { fad } from '@fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons'
import { fass } from '@fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons'
import { fasr } from '@fortawesome/sharp-regular-svg-icons'
import { fasl } from '@fortawesome/sharp-light-svg-icons'
import { fast } from '@fortawesome/sharp-thin-svg-icons'

<!-- Add all icons to the library so you can use it in your page -->
library.add(fas, far, fal, fat, fad, fass, fasr, fasl, fast)
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { fas } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'
import { far } from '@fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons'
import { fab } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'

<!-- Add all icons to the library so you can use it in your page -->
library.add(fas, far, fab)

To import the same icon from different styles:

Get a Pro Plan, replace KIT_CODE with a Kit token
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { faTruck as fasTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/classic/solid'
import { faTruck as farTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/classic/regular'
import { faTruck as falTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/classic/light'
import { faTruck as fatTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/classic/thin'
import { faTruck as fadTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/duotone/solid'
import { faTruck as fassTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/sharp/solid'
import { faTruck as fasrTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/sharp/regular'
import { faTruck as faslTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/sharp/light'
import { faTruck as fastTruck } from '@awesome.me/kit-KIT_CODE/icons/sharp/thin'

library.add(fasTruck, farTruck, falTruck, fatTruck, fadTruck, fassTruck, fasrTruck, faslTruck, fastTruck)
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { faTruck as fasTruck } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as farTruck } from '@fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as falTruck } from '@fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as fatTruck } from '@fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as fadTruck } from '@fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as fassTruck } from '@fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as fasrTruck } from '@fortawesome/sharp-regular-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as faslTruck } from '@fortawesome/sharp-light-svg-icons'
import { faTruck as faslTruck } from '@fortawesome/sharp-thin-svg-icons'

library.add(fasTruck, farTruck, falTruck, fatTruck, fadTruck, fassTruck, fasrTruck, faslTruck, fastTruck)
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { faCircle as fasFaCircle } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons' // ES Module "as" syntax
import { faCircle as farFaCircle } from '@fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons'

library.add(fasFaCircle, farFaCircle)