How to use React Icons in Your Projects

January 11, 2020

There are plenty of occasions in web development to reach for icons. Installing an icon package lets you import icons as svg. Of all the icon libraries for React, react-icons is the best.


React-icons is a combination of 10 icon sets including:

  • Font Awesome
  • Ionicons
  • Material Design
  • Typicons
  • Github Octicons
  • Feather
  • Game Icons
  • Weather Icons
  • Devicons
  • Ant Design Icons

Here is a full list of available icons

This popular package for React can be installed with the command

npm install react-icons

Import Syntax

Each icon in the package can be imported using the individual icon’s name imported from the appropriate subfolder

import { FaGithub } from "react-icons/fa";
import { GoZap } from "react-icons/go";
import { TiBeer } from "react-icons/ti";

Usage in Markup

These icons can be added to your JSX by simply calling a self-enclosed element with the import name. Each of these custom elements will be replaced by svg of the chosen icon.

<FaGithub />
<GoZap />
<TiBeer />

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Icon Styling

By default, the size and color of your icons will be the same as your text. These attributes can be modified by changing the font-size and color properties respectively.

svg {
  font-size: 24px;
  color: orangered;

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If you are using other svgs, it makes more sense to add an icon class and/or id to your icons instead. Icons can be further customized like any other element.

<FaGithub className="icon" id="icon-green" />
<GoZap className="icon" id="icon-gold" />
<TiBeer className="icon" />

and change add the following CSS

.icon {
  font-size: 48px;
  margin: 8px;
#icon-green {
  color: green;
#icon-gold {
  color: gold;

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React-icons really simplifies the process of acquiring and maintaining icons in a react project. With so many options available for icons, it’s a very useful package to install.

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