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

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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.

Extra Steps with Windows + Microsoft Office

Microsoft word requires a bit of extra setup in order to get the ligatures to work. You'll want to open your font settings by hitting ctrl-D and in the advanced tab under Open Type Features set ligatures to all and make sure the use "contextual alternates checkbox" is checked.

Setting up Font Awesome ligatures in Microsoft Office

Setting up 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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If you’re stuck or have a question, check our Troubleshooting docs, all of the Font Awesome threads on Stack Overflow, or contact our community on GitHub.

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