Using Less as a CSS preprocessor in your project? No problemo, Font Awesome has a Less version if you'd prefer to import our styling into your workflow.
We’ll cover the basics of getting all the files you’ll need from the directory, adding Font Awesome to your compile, tools for referencing icons with ease, and more!
Grab the Files
You'll find everything you need in the
fontawesome6 directory of the Font Awesome download. Below is the list of files made specifically for Less. You can add them all to your project or pick just the ones you need.
|Files ||What They Do|
|Main Font Awesome compile|
|Brand icon styles|
|Solid icon styles|
|Regular icon styles|
|Light icon styles|
|Thin icon styles|
|Duotone icon styles|
|Where variables are defined that are used throughout styling|
|Utilities used throughout styling/icon definitions|
|Base icon reference class syntax and definitions|
|Duotone icon classes|
|icon sizing support styling|
|fixed-width icon support styling|
|icons in a list support styling|
|bordered + pulled icon support styling|
|animated icon support styling|
|rotating icons support styling|
|stacking icons support styling|
|All icon definitions|
|screen-reader specific and accessibility support styling|
Adding Font Awesome to Your Compile
less folder into your project. Then copy the entire
webfonts folder into your project, where your static files get served.
Open your project's
less/variables.less and edit the
@fa-font-path variable to point to where you placed the
In your main Less compile file, import Font Awesome by adding the core styles file,
@import "less/fontawesome.less". Then import one or more styles. For instance, we'll import the Solid style with
@import "less/solid.less". Compile your code and get to using those new icons in your project!
Once you've added the imports above and have your compiled CSS that includes Font Awesome set up and referenced in your project, you can add icons to your project's HTML.
Here's an example of how to reference icons with your compiled and hosted CSS:
Custom Less-based CSS Rules
If you want to use any of our Less mixins or utilities, you can leverage our CSS Pseudo-elements method of adding icons to your project to do. This method is also useful when changing the HTML on your project is not an option.
@include fa-icon- style mixins, you can easily generate custom CSS Pseudo-element rules with CSS selectors specific to your project.
To use the style mixins, you'll want to:
- Choose the right mixin for your desired style style.
- Pass in the Less variable for the icon you want to display.
A More Manual Custom CSS Approach
If you'd rather a more customizable approach when right your styling rules, we've made the utilties used in the style mixins available to get the same rendering results.
You can use
.fa-icon; to get things set up as an icon. Use
.fa-solid; to include the styling to render the icon in the Solid style. Importing other styles can be done similarly using other prefixes (e.g.
.fa-regular;). Similar in syntax to adding icons via pseudo-elements, Use
fa-content and variable names to make including an icon's Unicode values a little easier...
|Utilities ||What It Does|
|A mixin that contains all of the base style set up for an icon (minus an icon's style and specific name/unicode) compile|
|Mixins that contain all of the base style set up for an icon along with a specific style to render the icon in|
|A mixin that calculates font size and vertical alignment for the relative sizing scale|
|A mixin that visually hides an element containing a text-equivalent for an icon while keeping it accessible to assistive technologies|
|A mixin that is used alongside |
.fa-sr-only() to show the element again when it’s focused (e.g. by a keyboard-only user)
Font Awesome's Less version also leverages several Less variables(opens new window) that allow for easier set-up and customization of our styling toolkit.