Get Started With Font Awesome

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Setting up Font Awesome can be as simple as adding two lines of code to your website, or you can be a pro and customize the LESS yourself! Font Awesome even plays nicely with Bootstrap 3!

Thanks to the generous folks at MaxCDN, you can use Bootstrap CDN to add Font Awesome into your website with a single line of code. You don’t even have to download or install anything!

  1. Paste the following code into the <head> section of your site’s HTML.
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.4.0/css/font-awesome.min.css">
    

    Immediately after release, it takes a bit of time for BootstrapCDN to catch up and get the newest version live on their CDN.

  2. Pat yourself on the back for your scalable-vector-icons-on-the-website judo solution in a single line of code.
  3. Check out the examples to start using Font Awesome!

Use this method to get the default Font Awesome CSS.

  1. Copy the entire font-awesome directory into your project.
  2. In the <head> of your html, reference the location to your font-awesome.min.css.
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="path/to/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.min.css">
    
  3. Check out the examples to start using Font Awesome!

Use the Official Font Awesome LESS Ruby Gem to easily get Font Awesome LESS into a Rails project. Generously maintained by @supercodepoet.

  1. Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:
    gem 'font-awesome-less'
    
  2. And then execute:
    $ bundle
    
  3. Or install it yourself as:
    $ gem install font-awesome-less
    

If you use Rails, add this to your e.g. application.less:

  @import "font-awesome-sprockets";
  @import "font-awesome";

Use the Official Font Awesome SASS Ruby Gem to easily get Font Awesome SASS into a Rails or Compass project. Generously maintained by @supercodepoet.

  1. Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:
    gem 'font-awesome-sass'
    
  2. And then execute:
    $ bundle
    
  3. Or install it yourself as:
    $ gem install font-awesome-sass
    

If you use Rails, add this to your e.g. application.scss:

  @import "font-awesome-sprockets";
  @import "font-awesome";

Use this method to customize Font Awesome 4.4.0 using LESS or SASS.

  1. Copy the font-awesome/ directory into your project.
  2. Open your project’s font-awesome/less/variables.less or font-awesome/scss/_variables.scss and edit the @fa-font-path or $fa-font-path variable to point to your font directory.
    @fa-font-path:   "../font";
    

    The font path is relative from your compiled CSS directory.

  3. Re-compile your LESS or SASS if using a static compiler. Otherwise, you should be good to go.
  4. Check out the examples to start using Font Awesome!

In order to provide the best possible experience to old and buggy browsers, Font Awesome uses CSS browser hacks in several places to target special CSS to certain browser versions in order to work around bugs in the browsers themselves. These hacks understandably cause CSS validators to complain that they are invalid. In a couple places, we also use bleeding-edge CSS features that aren’t yet fully standardized, but these are used purely for progressive enhancement.

These validation warnings don’t matter in practice since the non-hacky portion of our CSS does fully validate and the hacky portions don’t interfere with the proper functioning of the non-hacky portion, hence why we deliberately ignore these particular warnings.

IE8 has some issues with @font-face when combined with :before. Font Awesome uses that combination. If a page is cached, and loaded without the mouse over the window (i.e. hit the refresh button or load something in an iframe) then the page gets rendered before the font loads. Hovering over the page (body) will show some of the icons and hovering over the remaining icons will show those as well. See issue #954 for details.

If you need IE7 support, you have my condolences. Really. Font Awesome 4.4.0 doesn’t support IE7, but an older version does. You’ll need to check out the 3.2.1 instructions for using IE7. Then go complain to whomever decided your project needs IE7 support.

If you’re having trouble with Font Awesome, make sure to check out the troubleshooting wiki page. Generously maintained by @gtagliala.

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