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SVG Sprites

Looking to use Font Awesome icons as SVG Sprites? We’ve got ‘em. And there’s no need to load JavaScript code at runtime.

We’ll cover the basic of adding icons as SVG sprites, and cover the sticking points of using SVG sprites to help you ensure your projects are a good fit for their use.

Select the Sprite Files

Inside the Font Awesome Download or package, you’ll find the files you need. In Font Awesome Pro, there are three families of icons: Classic, Sharp, and Brands. There are five styles of Classic icons, with more Sharp styles coming soon. The Free version includes a selection of icons in Solid and Regular, as well as all Brand icons.

Classic Family

StyleAvailabilitySprite fileLooks like
SolidFree or Prosolid.svg
RegularFree or Proregular.svg
LightPro onlylight.svg
ThinPro onlythin.svg
DuotonePro onlyduotone.svg

Sharp Family

StyleAvailabilitySprite fileLooks like
SolidPro onlysharp-solid.svg
RegularPro onlysharp-regular.svg
LightPro onlysharp-light.svg
ThinPro onlysharp-thin.svg
DuotoneComing Soon!

Brands Family

StyleAvailabilitySprite fileLooks like
BrandsFreebrands.svg

Add Icons

To add icons from a sprite file, follow these steps:

  1. Grab the sprite file for the style or styles you want to use.
  2. Place this file with the rest of your static files, like CSS or images, in your project.
  3. In the body of your document, call the individual icon by name in the sprite file for the style you want to use. Make sure the path correctly points to where you placed the sprite files, and they are hosted on the same server!

Here’s some examples of how you can call icons in a variety of styles:

<header>
<ul>
<li>
<!-- referencing a solid style icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/solid.svg#saxophone-fire"></use>
</svg>
</li>
<li>
<!-- referencing a thin style icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/thin.svg#trumpet"></use>
</svg>
</li>
<li>
<!-- referencing a sharp family's solid style icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/sharp-solid.svg#piano-keyboard"></use>
</svg>
</li>
<li>
<!-- referencing a sharp family's regular style icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/sharp-regular.svg#cowbell-circle-plus"></use>
</svg>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://facebook.com/fontawesome">
<!-- referencing a brands family icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/fa-brands.svg#facebook"></use>
</svg>
</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://twitter.com/fontawesome">
<!-- referencing a brands family icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/fa-brands.svg#twitter"></use>
</svg>
</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://github.com/FortAwesome/Font-Awesome">
<!-- referencing a brands family icon -->
<svg>
<use xlink:href="/your-path-to-fontawesome/sprites/fa-brands.svg#github"></use>
</svg>
</a>
</li>
</ul>
</header>

Issues with SVG sprites

SVG sprites have a few tricky points you need to know about. Make sure your project is a good fit for using this technique with the following in mind.