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Get Started on the Desktop

Font Awesome icons can be used on the desktop. Add icons to your design mockups, presentations, and elsewhere. We’ve tried to make it super easy with our new ligature-based font files. And for the times where you need more, we’ve included polished vector SVG versions of each icon separately.

What’s in the Download?

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

Folders & filesWhat They Are
/otfsLigature-based font files for each style in Font Awesome
/svgsIndividual optimized .svg vector files for each icon in Font Awesome (separated by style)
/metadataAll of our icon metadata in case you’re using something to crawl/organize things yourself

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 run down of what font file corresponds to which Font Awesome style:

Font FilesIcon StyleAvailability
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Free-Solid-900.otfSolidFree Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Free-Regular-400.otfRegularFree Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Brands-Regular-400.otfBrandsFree Plans
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Pro-Solid-900.otfSolidPro only
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Pro-Regular-400.otfRegularPro only
/otfs/Font Awesome 5 Pro-Light-300.otfLightPro only

You’ll want to install these into your the Font Manager your operating system uses and manages its fonts with. For Macs, that is often Font Book or Font Explorer X. 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 5 Free installed and being activated in Font Explorer X on Mac OS X

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.

Next Steps

Check out how to reference icons in your documents. If you’d rather not use ligatures, feel free use the individual icons found in the /svgs folder or stick with our older and still supported glyph-based method.