There is an element of confusion when it comes to use FontAwesome in an Ionic Application. To include this fonts library in Ionic needs a bit of configuration and this step by step guide will provide just that.
Bootstrap an Ionic Application
Create a new Ionic application or you can follow these steps to include FontAwesome in your Ionic application. Nothing will break down.
Now, install the FontAwesome package from
npm and save it in the app's dependencies:
Type the above in the root folder of your app. This will add the
font-awesome folder under
--save option will include the package inside the dependencies section of
Include the fonts
Now wander to the
src/index.html file and add the following
link tag just above
Add a Custom Copy Script
Ionic includes a copy script file that is called during the build process when the command
ionic serve executes and it is responsible for moving specific and required resources from
node_modules to the
www folder such as ionicons.
The location of this script file is under
Copy this file and paste in inside a new directory called
config under the root directory of your Ionic application. Open the file and add fontawesome entries at the bottom of this file.
Include Custom Copy Script in
We must include this custom script inside our
package.json file to override the one where we copied the orignal file from. Open the
package.json file and add this json code:
That’s it in the configuration part.
To implmenet FontAwesome in this or any Ionic application after the above configuration, we try adding some fonts on our pre-generated home page.
There are more than 675 icons available in FontAwesome and I think a combination of both Ionicons and FontAwesome will be enough for some the applications out there. You can even style them, change their
font-size and color as per your needs.
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