I love the FontAwesome library and use it on many projects. I was a huge fan of FontAwesome 4.0 and had a little struggle moving over to using 5.0 + 6.0 in my projects. I was use to the old way of including the link to the CSS files and using the class names. You can still do that if you wish but this article shows using the React component approach. It’s simple once you’ve done it a few times.

Install React Font Awesome

npm i –save @fortawesome/react-fontawesome

Install the Core Packages [required]

npm i --save @fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core

Install the Icon Packages, use only the ones you need. If you only use solid icons then choose that. If you are not sure right now then you can include them all and remove them later.

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

Go Find a Font

Keep in mind that you only have the free library so you can only use those unless you buy the pro license

If you pick an icon and it says ‘Start Using this Pro Icon’ then you need to choose something else or purchase a license

You can filter the free ones by clicking this on the left.

I’ve selected the fish icon, next you need to take note of the type ‘Solid’ or ‘Regular’

Now import the FontAwesomeIcon component and the icon you want from the correct package

This fish icon is in the Solid package.

If I wanted to use something from the regular package like this icon

This font is in ‘Regular’ package you would import it from that package instead

There is intellisense inside visual studio to help get the correct name of the icon

Now the result

If you wanted to use the brand icons you would follow the same approach. I believe that all the brands icons are free.

I love FontAwesome library of icons and use them in many projects. The PRO version unlocks so many more fonts and customizations that it’s worth buying if you plan to use them and want to support this project.

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