You can use Font Awesome icons on the desktop in design mockups, presentations, and elsewhere in your desktop applications.

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We’ll cover what files and directories are contained in the desktop-use version of Font Awesome and details of using ligature-based fonts and SVG.

Before You Get Started

Make sure you've already:

What's in the Download?

Our Desktop-focused download contains the following directories and files:

Folders & files What They Are
/otfs Ligature-based font files for each style in Font Awesome
/svgs Individual optimized .svg vector files for each icon in Font Awesome (separated by style)

Install the Ligature-based Font Files

Get up and running using ligatures to insert icons into your documents by first installing all of the styles you'd like to use. Here's a rundown of what font file corresponds to which Font Awesome style:

Font Files Icon Style Availability
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Free-Solid-900.otf Solid Free Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Free-Regular-400.otf Regular Free Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Brands-Regular-400.otf Brands Free Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Pro-Solid-900.otf Solid Pro Plans only
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Pro-Regular-400.otf Regular Pro Plans only
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Pro-Light-300.otf Light Pro Plans only
/otfs/Font Awesome 6 Duotone-Solid-900.otf Duotone Pro Plans only

You'll want to install these into the Font Manager that your operating system uses to manage fonts. For Macs, that is often Font Book or Font Explorer X. For Windows, it's the Fonts control panel. Also, depending on your operating system and management software, make sure that you've activated/enabled these fonts in the Font Manager once they are installed. They will only be available to use in your apps if they have been activated.

Font Awesome 6 installed and being activated in Font Explorer X on Mac OS X

Font Awesome 6 installed and being activated in Font Explorer X on Mac OS X

Not sure how to install fonts?

Check out these PC (opens new window) and Mac (opens new window) help articles for more details and guidance.

Enable Ligatures

Many desktop programs have a setting for enabling ligatures. Most of the time, we find it's on by default, but if you're having trouble with ligatures, you might want to check that ligatures are turned on.

We have instructions for a few common applications listed below, but you should check the documentation for your specific program and version.

Adobe Creative Cloud

In Photoshop, you can toggle ligatures using the "fi" button in the Character palette. In Illustrator, you can find the "fi" button in the Open Type palette.

Enabling Font Awesome ligatures in Adobe Photoshop

Enabling Font Awesome 6 ligatures in Adobe Photoshop

Windows + Microsoft Office

To enable ligatures in Microsoft, open your font settings by hitting Ctrl-D. In the Advanced tab under Open Type Features, set ligatures to "All" and make sure the "Use contextual alternates" checkbox is checked.

Enabling Font Awesome ligatures in Microsoft Office

Enabling Font Awesome 6 ligatures in Microsoft Office on Windows


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Using SVGs

You can add our SVG files into most vector-friendly desktop design apps, like Figma, Sketch, and Adobe Illustrator. Just remember to make a copy to work with, so you don't edit the original file! You'll find them organized by style in the SVG directory of the Font Awesome download.

Learn more about using SVGs on the Desktop

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