Integrating Font Awesome with React Native (opens new window). You must be using React Native, or this page will not help you.

Under the hood

This package uses SVG with JS and the @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core library. This implementation differs drastically from the web fonts implementation used in version 4 and older of Font Awesome. You might head over to our Dig Deeper section to learn more aobut how our SVG Core (opens new window) works.

How to Install

We're going to assume that you already have a React Native project setup. If you don't, you can get started over in their docs (opens new window).

Install our component, the SVG core, and the react-native-svg library.

    npm i --save @fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core react-native-svg
    
    yarn add @fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core react-native-svg
    

    If you are using a bare react-native-cli project, you will need to run the following command in order to complete the setup on iOS:

    cd ios && pod install
    

    Add some icons Styles

    Install our free Solid, Brands, and Regular icon styles:

      npm i --save @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons
      npm i --save @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons
      npm i --save @fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons
      
      yarn add @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons
      yarn add @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons
      yarn add @fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons
      

      If you are a Pro or Pro Max subscriber you can install additional icons. Additional configuration is required when installing our Pro packages.

      Once your pro configuration is complete, you can add Pro icons:

        npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons
        npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons
        npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons
        npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons
        npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons
        npm i --save @fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons
        
        yarn add @fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons
        yarn add @fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons
        yarn add @fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons
        yarn add @fortawesome/pro-thin-svg-icons
        yarn add @fortawesome/pro-duotone-svg-icons
        yarn add @fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons
        

        Using icons in your project

        There are two ways you can use Font Awesome icons in your React Native components:

        1. Explicit Import

        Explicit Import allows you to subset your icons and optimize your final bundle — only the icons you import get included.

        import React, { Component } from 'react'
        import { View } from 'react-native'
        import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome'
        import { faMugSaucer } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons/faMugSaucer'
        
        type Props = {}
        export default class App extends Component<Props> {
          render() {
            return (
              <View>
                <FontAwesomeIcon icon={ faMugSaucer } />
              </View>
            )
          }
        }
        

        2. Build a Library

        Explicitly importing icons into each of many components in your app might become tedious, so you may want to build a library to more easily use our icons in more than one component. So you can import icons just once in some initializing module, add them to the library, then reference any of them by icon name as a string from any component.

        There's no need to import the icons into each component once they're in the library.

        // in App.js
        import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
        import { fab } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'
        import { faSquareCheck } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons/faSquareCheck'
        import { faMugEmpty } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons/faMugEmpty'
        
        library.add(fab, faSquareCheck, faMugSaucer)
        

        We'll pass fab in the code block above, which represents all of the brand icons in @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons. Any of the brand icons in that package may be referenced by icon name as a string anywhere else in our app.

        We added faSquareCheck and faMugSaucer icons individually which allowed us to refer to them throughout our app by their icon string names, square-check and mug-saucer, respectively.

        Now we can use the icons in our components:

        // in Beverage.js, or any functional component
        import React from 'react'
        import { View, Text } from 'react-native'
        import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome'
        
        export const Beverage = () => (
          <View>
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="square-check" />
            <Text>Favorite beverage: </Text><FontAwesomeIcon icon="mug-saucer" />
            // Using mug-saucer is the same as fa-mug-saucer
            <Text>Favorite beverage: </Text><FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-mug-saucer" />
          </View>
        )
        

        Oh, it's magic

        Another piece of magic that's happening in the background when providing icon names as strings like the above code block demonstrates: the fas prefix (for Font Awesome Solid) is being inferred as the default.

        Using other icon styles

        If you have imported other styles you can add icons using the following syntax:

        // any component
        import React from 'react'
        import { View, Text } from 'react-native'
        import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome'
        
        export const Gadget = () => (
          <View>
            // if no style prefix is given, icon defaults to a solid icon -->
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-square-check" />
        
            <Text>Popular gadgets come from vendors like:</Text>
        
            // regular icon
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-regular fa-flux-capacitor" />
        
            // light icon
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-light fa-alien" />
        
            // thin icon
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-thin fa-car" />
        
            // duotone icon
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-duotone fa-car-bolt" />
        
            // sharp solid icon
            <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fa-sharp fa-solid fa-car-bolt" />
          </View>
        )
        

        You can also use the array syntax. This is not as friendly but you can still use it.

        // These icons are the same Light icon
        <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fal fa-alien" />
        <FontAwesomeIcon icon={['fal', 'alien']} />
        
        // These icons are the same Sharp Solid icon
        <FontAwesomeIcon icon="fass alien" />
        <FontAwesomeIcon icon={['fass', 'alien']} />
        

        Same icon, different styles

        With ES modules and import statements we can rename our icons which allows us to import and use the same icon in different styles:

        import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
        import { faStroopwafel as fasFaStroopwafel } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons/faStroopwafel'
        import { faStroopwafel as farFaStroopwafel } from '@fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons/faStroopwafel'
        import { faStroopwafel as fassFaStroopwafel } from '@fortawesome/sharp-solid-svg-icons/faStroopwafel'
        
        library.add(fasFaStroopwafel, farFaStroopwafel, fassFaStroopwafel)
        

        Tree-shaking isn't working! The Build times are taking forever!

        Check the way that you are importing icons.

        In past versions of react-native-fontawesome, we documented importing icons like this:

        import { faStroopwafel } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons'
        

        This can cause build times for your project to skyrocket because React Native is trying to tree shake. The Font Awesome packages are so large that we highly recommend that you avoid this.

        Instead, use "deep imports" by default.

        import { faStroopwafel } from '@fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons/faStroopwafel' // <- notice the additional module here?
        

        By directly importing from the faStroopwafel.js module, there is no additional work that tree shaking needs to do to reduce your bundle size.

        Style those icons

        Color

        The color prop takes priority over setting color via StyleSheet. So if you end up with both, the prop wins. In fact, when provided a style object (suppose you've declared other style properties other than color), if the color prop has been specified, then any color property on the style object is removed before the style object is passed through to the underlying SVG rendering library. This is to avoid ambiguity.

        Using the color prop should be preferred over using the StyleSheet.

        Color Prop

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon={ faMugSaucer } color={ 'red' } />
        

        Color StyleSheet property

        To set the color of an icon , provide a StyleSheet like this:

        import React, { Component } from 'react'
        import { View, StyleSheet } from 'react-native'
        import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-native-fontawesome'
        import { faMugSaucer } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons/faMugSaucer'
        
        type Props = {}
        
        const style = StyleSheet.create({
          icon: {
            color: 'blue'
          }
        })
        
        export default class App extends Component<Props> {
          render() {
            return (
              <View>
                <FontAwesomeIcon icon={ faMugSaucer } style={ style.icon } />
              </View>
            )
          }
        }
        

        Sizing

        The default icon size is 16. To adjust the icon size, use the size prop:

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon={ faMugSaucer } size={ 32 } />
        

        Other Features

        Duotone

        You can specify the color and opacity for Duotone's secondary layer using the secondaryColor and secondaryOpacity props. Note that these are optional and will simply default to using your primary color at 40% opacity.

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon="mug-saucer" color="blue" secondaryColor="red" secondaryOpacity={ 0.4 } />
        

        Power Transforms

        Take control over the positioning of your icons with power transforms, here is how to use:

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon="arrows-up-down-left-right" transform="shrink-6 left-4" />
          <FontAwesomeIcon icon="arrow-right" transform={{ rotate: 42 }} />
        

        Masking

        Want to combine two icons to create one single-color shape... enter masking, here is how to use:

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon="mug-saucer" mask="circle" transform="shrink-6" />
        

        Notice that we are also using Power Transforms to make the mug-saucer icon a bit smaller. If we don't it doesn't fit well.

        You can also use maskId to explicitly set the id used for masking. It's auto-generated normally but this causes issues with Jest Snapshot Testing (opens new window) as that value can change.

          <FontAwesomeIcon icon="mug-saucer" mask="circle" maskId="mug-saucer-mask" transform="shrink-6" />