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How To Add Icons

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 icon styles, how to add icons to HTML, using icons aliases, and more!


To add an icon, you need to know a few 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!)
  3. The shorthand class name for the family you want to use (Optional)

Families + Styles

There are three families of Font Awesome icons - each with a unique look, class name, and @font-face font-family. In both Font Awesome Classic and Sharp, there are five styles of Font Awesome icons. Here are some examples:

Classic Family

StyleAvailabilityStyle classfont-weightLooks like
SolidFree Planfa-solid900
RegularPro onlyfa-regular400
LightPro onlyfa-light300
ThinPro onlyfa-thin100
DuotonePro onlyfa-duotone900

Sharp Family

StyleAvailabilityStyle classfont-weightLooks like
SolidPro onlyfa-sharp fa-solid900
RegularPro onlyfa-sharp fa-regular400
LightPro onlyfa-sharp fa-light300
ThinPro onlyfa-sharp fa-thin100
DuotoneComing Soon!

Brands Family

StyleAvailabilityStyle classfont-weightLooks like
BrandsFree Planfa-brands400

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>

Setting Different Families + Styles

And here’s an example that references different styles and families of icons:

<!-- all styles of icons (in Font Awesome Classic by default) -->
<i class="fa-solid fa-user"></i>
<i class="fa-regular fa-user"></i>
<i class="fa-light fa-user"></i>
<i class="fa-thin fa-user"></i>
<i class="fa-duotone fa-user"></i>
<!-- a Brands icon -->
<i class="fa-brands fa-font-awesome"></i>
<!-- a specifically set Font Awesome Sharp Solid icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-solid fa-user"></i>
<!-- a specifically set Font Awesome Sharp Regular icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-regular fa-user"></i>
<!-- a specifically set Font Awesome Sharp Light icon -->
<i class="fa-sharp fa-light fa-user"></i>


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, and fab. And we’ve also included older prefix versions for our new Thin style (fat) and new Sharp family of styles (Sharp Solid is fass while Sharp Regular is fasr).

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