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Font Awesome 5 React component using SVG with JS

Introduction

Hey there! We're glad you're here...

Upgrading Font Awesome?

If you've used Font Awesome in the past (version 4 or older) there are some things that you should learn before you dive in.

https://fontawesome.com/how-to-use/on-the-web/setup/upgrading-from-version-4

Get started

This package is for integrating with React. If you aren't using React then it's not going to help you. Head over to our "Get Started" page for some guidance.

https://fontawesome.com/how-to-use/on-the-web/setup/getting-started

Learn about our new SVG implementation

This package, under the hood, uses SVG with JS and the @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core library. This implementation differs drastically from the web fonts implementation that was used in version 4 and older of Font Awesome. You might head over there to learn about how it works.

https://fontawesome.com/how-to-use/on-the-web/advanced/svg-javascript-core

Going from 0.0.x to 0.1.0

See UPGRADING.md.

You might also be interested in the larger umbrella project UPGRADING.md

Installation

$ npm i --save @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core
$ npm i --save @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons
$ npm i --save @fortawesome/react-fontawesome

Add more styles or Pro icons

Brands are separated into their own style and for customers upgrading from version 4 to 5 we have a limited number of Regular icons available.

Visit fontawesome.com/icons to search for free and Pro icons

$ npm i --save @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons
$ npm i --save @fortawesome/free-regular-svg-icons

If you are a Font Awesome Pro subscriber you can install Pro packages; this requires additional configuration.

$ npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-solid-svg-icons
$ npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-regular-svg-icons
$ npm i --save @fortawesome/pro-light-svg-icons

or with Yarn

$ yarn add @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core
$ yarn add @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons
$ yarn add @fortawesome/react-fontawesome

Usage

You can use Font Awesome icons in your React components as simply as this:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="coffee" />

That simple usage is made possible when you add the "coffee" icon, to the library.

This is one of the two ways you can use Font Awesome 5 with React. We'll summarize both ways briefly and then get into the details of each below.

  1. Explicit Import

    Allows icons to be subsetted, optimizing your final bundle. Only the icons you import are included in the bundle. However, explicitly importing icons into each of many components in your app might become tedious, so you may want to build a library.

  2. Build a Library

    Explicitly import icons just once in some init module. Then add them to the library. Then reference any of them by icon name as a string from any component. No need to import the icons into each component once they're in the library.

Explicit Import

For this example, we'll also reference the @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons module, so make sure you've added it to the project as well:

$ npm i --save @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons

or

$ yarn add @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons

Now, a simple React component might look like this:

import ReactDOM from 'react-dom'
import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-fontawesome'
import { faCoffee } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'

const element = <FontAwesomeIcon icon={faCoffee} />

ReactDOM.render(element, document.body)

Notice that the faCoffee icon is imported from @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons as an object and then provided to the icon prop as an object.

Explicitly importing icons like this allows us to subset Font Awesome's thousands of icons to include only those you use in your final bundled file.

Build a Library to Reference Icons Throughout Your App More Conveniently

You probably want to use our icons in more than one component in your app, right?

But with explicit importing, it could become tedious to import into each of your app's components every icon you want to reference in that component.

So, add them to the library. Do this setup once in some initializing module of your app, adding all of the icons you'll use in your app's React components.

Suppose App.js initializes my app, including the library. For this example, we'll add two individual icons, faCheckSquare and faCoffee. We also add all of the brands in @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons. This example would illustrate the benefits of building a library even more clearly if it involved fifty or a hundred icons, but we'll keep the example brief and leave it to your imagination as to how this might scale up with lots of icons.

Don't forget to add @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons:

$ npm i --save @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons

or

$ yarn add @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons

In App.js, where our app is initialized:

import ReactDOM from 'react-dom'
import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { fab } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'
import { faCheckSquare, faCoffee } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'

library.add(fab, faCheckSquare, faCoffee)

OK, so what's happening here?

In our call to library.add() we're passing

  • fab: which represents all of the brand icons in @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons. So any of the brand icons in that package may be referenced by icon name as a string anywhere else in our app. For example: "apple", "microsoft", or "google".
  • faCheckSquare and faCoffee: Adding each of these icons individually allows us to refer to them throughout our app by their icon string names, "check-square" and "coffee", respectively.

Now, suppose you also have React components Beverage and Gadget in your app. You don't have to re-import your icons into them. Just import the FontAwesomeIcon component, and when you use it, supply the icon prop an icon name as a string.

We'll make Beverage.js a functional component:

import React from 'react'
import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-fontawesome'

export const Beverage = () => (
  <div>
    <FontAwesomeIcon icon="check-square" />
    Favorite beverage: <FontAwesomeIcon icon="coffee" />
  </div>
)

There's one another piece of magic that's happening in the background when providing icon names as strings like this: the fas prefix (for Font Awesome Solid) is being inferred as the default. Later, we'll look at what that means and how we can do something different than the default.

Now suppose Gadget.js looks like this:

import React from 'react'
import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/react-fontawesome'

export const Gadget = () => (
  <div>
    <FontAwesomeIcon icon="check-square" />
    Popular gadgets come from vendors like:
    <FontAwesomeIcon icon={['fab', 'apple']} />
    <FontAwesomeIcon icon={['fab', 'microsoft']} />
    <FontAwesomeIcon icon={['fab', 'google']} />
  </div>
)

Notice:

  • We used the "check-square" icon name again in this component, though we didn't have to explicitly import it into this component. With one explicit import of that icon in App.js, and adding it to the library, we've managed to use it by name in multiple components.
  • We used the "apple", "microsoft", and "google" brand icons, which were never explicitly individually imported, but they're available to us by name as strings because fab was added to our library in App.js, and fab includes all of those icons.
  • We added the fab prefix to reference those brand icons.

Adding a prefix—and the syntax we used to do it—are new. So what's going on here?

First, recall when we introduced <FontAwesomeIcon icon="coffee"/> and learned that a prefix of fas was being added to "coffee" by default.

The "check-square" icon is getting a default prefix of fas here too, which is what we want, because that icon also lives in the @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons package.

However, the "apple", "microsoft", and "google" brand icons live in the package @fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons. So we need to specify a different prefix for them—not the default fas, but fab, for Font Awesome Brand.

When specifying a prefix with an icon name, both are given as strings.

Now, what about that syntax?

The icon prop expects a single object:

  • It could be an icon object, like {faCoffee}.
  • It could a string object, like "coffee". (The curly braces around a string object supplied to a prop are optional, so we've omitted them.)
  • Or it could be an Array of strings, where the first element is a prefix, and the second element is the icon name: {["fab", "apple"]}

Unit Testing

When testing components, you'll want to make sure that any icons referenced in those components are available for testing purposes. You have a couple choices here:

  1. If you want to test a child component on its own, you can import its icons explicitly.

  2. If you've built a library instead, and your test doesn't include your root component that defines your library of icons, you may see errors like this:

    Could not find icon { prefix: 'fas', iconName: 'chevron-right' }

    If this happens, and the icon isn't important to the particular test, you can mock FontAwesomeIcon like this:

    import React from 'react'
    
    export function FontAwesomeIcon(props) {
      return <i className="fa" />
    }

    With create-react-app, you can put this code in src/__mocks__/@fortawesome/react-fontawesome.js to automatically include it in any tests, and alleviate errors.

Processing i elements into svg using Font Awesome

Our hope and intention is that React users will use this package (react-fontawesome) when using Font Awesome. This component leverages React's architecture and philosophy.

However, if you cannot use these components everywhere in your app and still have <i> tags on your page that need to be converted to <svg> tags we can still help you.

A basic installation of Font Awesome has the ability to automatically transform <i class="fas fa-coffee"></i> into <svg class="...">...</svg> icons. This technology works with the browser's DOM, requestAnimationFrame, and MutationObserver.

When using the @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core package this behavior is disabled by default. (We would highly recommend you use FontAwesomeIcon if you can) This project uses that core package so you will have to explicitly enable it like this:

To configure the core library to convert non-React'ified parts of your App:

import { dom } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'

dom.watch() // This will kick of the initial replacement of i to svg tags and configure a MutationObserver

Features

The following features are available as part of Font Awesome. Note that the syntax is different from our general web-use documentation.

In the following code snippets, we'll use the shortcut notation for the icons—referencing the icons by their names as strings.

But remember, that option is only valid after you've either explicitly imported and added those icons to the library, or externally loaded an icon bundle. See the sections above for the details.

Basic

Size:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" size="xs" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" size="lg" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" size="6x" />

Fixed width:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" fixedWidth />

Inverse:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" inverse />

List Items:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" listItem />

Rotate:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" rotation={90} />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" rotation={180} />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" rotation={270} />

Flip horizontally, vertically, or both:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" flip="horizontal" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" flip="vertical" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" flip="both" />

Spin and pulse animation:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" spin />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" pulse />

Border:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" border />

Pull left or right:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" pull="left" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" pull="right" />

Your own class names:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" className="highlight" />

Advanced

Power Transforms:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" transform="shrink-6 left-4" />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="spinner" transform={{ rotate: 42 }} />

Masking:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="coffee" mask={['far', 'circle']} />

Symbols:

<FontAwesomeIcon icon="edit" symbol />
<FontAwesomeIcon icon="edit" symbol="edit-icon" />

Layers:

<span className="fa-layers fa-fw">
  <FontAwesomeIcon icon="square" color="green" />
  <FontAwesomeIcon icon="check" inverse transform="shrink-6" />
</span>

TypeScript

Typings are included in this package. However, most types are defined in the underlying API library, @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core.

Suppose that in one module, you add all fas icons to the library:

import { library } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { fas } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'

library.add(fas)

// ...

Then suppose that in another module, you have some code that looks up one of the icons in the library. The import statement below imports two types and one function:

import {
  IconLookup,
  IconDefinition,
  findIconDefinition
} from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'

const coffeeLookup: IconLookup = { prefix: 'fas', iconName: 'coffee' }
const coffeeIconDefinition: IconDefinition = findIconDefinition(coffeeLookup)

// ...

export class App extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <div className="App">
        <h1>
          <FontAwesomeIcon icon={coffeeIconDefinition} />
        </h1>
      </div>
    )
  }
}

NOTE: You wouldn't normally declare intermediate objects like coffeeLookup just to look up an icon. So this is cumbersome and needlessly verbose for such a simple example. The purpose here is just to show how you might import type definitions and use them in declarations when it does make sense to do so.

Several types, including IconLookup and IconDefinition, appearing above, actually originate from the @fortawesome/fontawesome-common-types package. They are re-exported from both @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core and @fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons (and other icon packs). This is just to make importing more convenient in some cases. Refer to the index.d.ts in any module to see which types it exports.

How to Help

Review the following docs before diving in:

And then:

  1. Check the existing issue and see if you can help!

Contributors

The following contributors have either hepled to start this project, have contributed code, are actively maintaining it (including documentation), or in other ways being awesome contributors to this project. We'd like to take a moment to recognize them.

Name GitHub
Nate Radebaugh @NateRadebaugh
Kirk Ross @kirkbross
Prateek Goel @prateekgoel
Naor Torgeman @naortor
Matthew Hand @mmhand123

If we've missed someone (which is quite likely) submit a Pull Request to us and we'll get it resolved.

The Font Awesome team:

Name GitHub
Travis Chase @supercodepoet
Rob Madole @robmadole
Mike Wilkerson @mlwilkerson
Brian Talbot @talbs

Releasing this project (only project owners can do this)

See DEVELOPMENT.md