You can place Font Awesome icons just about anywhere, and we've tried to make it so that icons will take on the characteristics and blend in with surrounding text naturally.


We’ll cover the basics of how to add icons to your project, shorthand class names for different icons styles, how to add icons to HTML, using icons aliases, and more!

Before You Get Started

Make sure you’ve:


To add an icon, you need to know two bits of information:

  1. The shorthand class name for the style you want to use
  2. The icon name, prefixed with fa- (meaning "Font Awesome" naturally!)

There are six styles of Font Awesome — Each has a unique class name and font-weight. Here are examples:

Style Availability Style class @font-face weight Looks like
Solid Free Plan fa-solid 900
Regular Pro Plans only fa-regular 400
Light Pro Plans only fa-light 300
Thin Pro Plans only fa-thin 100
Duotone Pro Plans only fa-duotone 900
Brands Free Plan fa-brands 400

Add Icons to HTML

We designed Font Awesome for use with inline elements, and we recommend that you stick with a consistent element in your project. We recommend using <i> element with the Font Awesome CSS classes for the style class for the style of icon you want to use and the icon name class with the fa- prefix for the icon you want to use. Accessibility-minded folks may want to opt for the <span> element instead of <i>.

Here's an example:

<!-- This example uses <i> element with: 
1. the `fa-solid` style class for solid style
2. the `user` icon with the `fa-` prefix -->
<i class="fa-solid fa-user"></i>

<!-- Or you can use a <span> element, with classes applied in the same way -->
<span class="fa-solid fa-user"></span>

Stay on target with those CSS rules!

When using our SVG framework, remember that DOM elements with Font Awesome classes are replaced with injected <svg> elements by default. Be sure that your CSS rules target the right element.


We've updated many of our icon names in Version 6 to make them more universal and consistent. But we wanted to make sure not to break your existing code, so we made aliases for renamed icons to allow them to work with either the old or new names.

And you can use the old or new name for styles as well. So you can still use fas, far, fal, fad, fab, and have fat be the new Thin!

<!-- All of these code snippets will render the same icon thanks to aliases. -->
<i class="fa-solid fa-cutlery"></i>
<i class="fa-solid fa-utensils"></i>
<i class="fas fa-utensils"></i>

Alternate Ways to Add Icons

We also have many other ways to add Font Awesome icons, in case your situation calls for something specific:

When using Web Fonts

When using SVGs