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Upgrading Guide

See the CHANGELOG.md for detailed information about what has changed between versions.

This guide is useful to figure out what you need to do between breaking changes.

As always, submit issues that you run into with this guide or with these upgrades to us.


5.10.2 to 5.11.0

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.10.1 to 5.10.2

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.10.0 to 5.10.1

The Sass function fa-content-secondary which was part of the duotone.scss file has been removed due to its inconsistent behavior in different versions of Sass pre-processors. Specifically node-sass and sass didn't produce the same output.


5.9.0 to 5.10.0

The following icon shims have been changed to better match the original version 4 icon:

  • sort-alpha-desc
  • sort-amount-desc
  • sort-numeric-desc

5.8.2 to 5.9.0

The nintendo-switch icon has been removed by legal request of Nintendo of America Inc.

Font Awesome is no longer able to provide icons related to Nintendo, their gaming consoles, accessories, or games.


5.8.1 to 5.8.2

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.8.0 to 5.8.1

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.7.x to 5.8.0

Removing title elements from SVG sprites

Since the initial release of version 5, all the way back to 5.0.0 actually, we've included <title> elements in the SVG sprites.

In https://github.com/FortAwesome/Font-Awesome/issues/14595 a discussion outlines that this practice actually prevents normal efforts to make these sprites accessible according to web accessibility standards.

If you are using sprites please refer to our documentation on accessibility with Font Awesome.

Removing vertical-align from the .fa-icon Sass mixin

Font Awesome has supported Sass and Less CSS pre-processors for a long time.

The version 5 .fa-icon mixin which is present in scss/_mixins.scss previously included vertical-align which was incorrectly shifting icons.

If you have used this mixin in your own Sass files you will need to check the alignment of those icons after upgrading to 5.8.0.


5.7.1 to 5.7.2

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.7.0 to 5.7.1

The cheeseburger icon incorrectly placed the cheese under the patty. This is unacceptable and we've fixed it.


5.6.x to 5.7.0

OTF and TTF files

The PostScript name has been changed from FontAwesome5ProSolid to FontAwesome5Pro-Solid. This was done to be more compatible with tooling such as XCode.

We've also update the Version specifier. Font files only support a MAJOR and MINOR version number so we have modifed our schema. For example, version 5.7.0 of Font Awesome is reflected as 329.472 in the individual font files.

Icon changes

The calendar-alt icon has been reverted back to the previous design in versions <= 5.6.0.


5.6.x to 5.6.3

The fire icon has been reverted back to the previous design in versions <= 5.5.0.

We have moved the redesigned icon to fire-alt.


5.6.0 to 5.6.1

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.5.0 to 5.6.0

In this release we've taken time to re-organize the directory structure to prevent redundancy and improve findability.

Directory structure changes

Old path New path
advanced-options/metadata metadata
advanced-options/raw-svg svgs
advanced-options/svg-sprites sprites
advanced-options/use-with-node-js js-packages
svg-with-js/js js
svg-with-js/css css
use-on-desktop otfs
web-fonts-with-css/css css
web-fonts-with-css/less less
web-fonts-with-css/scss scss
web-fonts-with-css/webfonts webfonts

5.4.x to 5.5.0

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.4.0 to 5.4.1

Categories were renamed from:

  • Holiday to Halloween
  • Seasonal to Autumn

The "wand" icon in version 5.4.0 matched the "wand-magic" icon. The magical sparkles have been removed for "wand". If you were relying on this decoration in your design switch to "wand-magic" to bring the magic back.


5.3.x to 5.4.0

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.3.0 to 5.3.1

The following Pro-only icons were removed from Font Awesome Free as of 5.3.1:

  • abacus
  • calculator-alt
  • empty-set
  • function
  • integral
  • intersection
  • lambda
  • omega
  • pi
  • sigma
  • signal-alt
  • signal-alt-slash
  • signal-slash
  • square-root
  • tally
  • theta
  • tilde
  • union
  • value-absolute
  • volume
  • volume-down
  • volume-slash
  • wifi-slash

These icons were unintentionally included in 5.3.0.


5.x.x to 5.3.0

Sass mixin syntax has been updated to address a bug.

Use @extend %fa-icon to correctly maintain CSS order in output files.

Old way:

.twitter {
  @include fa-icon; /* incorrect */
  @extend .fab;

  &:before {
    content: fa-content($fa-var-twitter);
  }
}

New way:

.twitter {
  @extend %fa-icon; /* correct */
  @extend .fab;

  &:before {
    content: fa-content($fa-var-twitter);
  }
}

5.1.x to 5.2.x

There are no breaking changes in this version upgrade.


5.1.0 to 5.1.1

Less and Sass files incorrectly contained the "fa-" prefix for style files. These files have been renamed to be consistent with other files in the packages.

If you are using the Less or Sass file styles individually you will need to correct the names in your builds.

Old filename New filename
less/fa-solid.less less/solid.less
less/fa-regular.less less/regular.less
less/fa-light.less less/light.less
less/fa-brands.less less/brands.less
scss/fa-solid.scss scss/solid.scss
scss/fa-regular.scss scss/regular.scss
scss/fa-light.scss scss/light.scss
scss/fa-brands.scss scss/brands.scss

5.0.x to 5.1.0

New packages available for browser-only integration

If you were previously using @fortawesome/fontawesome you need to switch to one of the new packages.

Our Free and Pro CDN provide access to JS, CSS, sprites, and separate SVG files.

We've now made these files conveniently available through NPM.

If you are familiar with the paths and options available with the CDN these packages should be familiar.

Information about Font Awesome Pro subscriptions can be found in your Font Awesome awesome account.

Renamed packages

The following packages have been renamed as part of 5.1.0 of Font Awesome.

All packages are in the @fortawesome NPM scope

Old package(1) New package
fontawesome-free-webfonts fontawesome-free
fontawesome-pro-webfonts fontawesome-pro
fontawesome-free-solid   free-solid-svg-icons
fontawesome-free-regular free-regular-svg-icons
fontawesome-free-brands   free-brands-svg-icons
fontawesome-pro-solid   pro-solid-svg-icons
fontawesome-pro-regular   pro-regular-svg-icons
fontawesome-pro-light   pro-light-svg-icons

(1) Old packages have now been deprecated. They are still available but will only receive high priority patch release fixes.

You'll need to update your package.json file with the renamed packages and new versions.

No more default imports

Recently we spent a good deal of time supporting TypeScript to enable us to create the Angular Font Awesome component. During that adventure we were convinced that we were going to remove default exports from all of our components, libraries, and packages. This is complete with the umbrella release of 5.1.0 of Font Awesome.

What does that mean?

Old way:

import fontawesome from '@fortawesome/fontawesome'
import solid from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-solid'
import faTwitter from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-brands/faTwitter'
import FontAwesomeIcon from '@fortawesome/vue-fontawesome'

library.add(solid, faTwitter)

New way:

import { library, dom } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-svg-core'
import { fas } from '@fortawesome/free-solid-svg-icons'
import { faTwitter } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons'
import { FontAwesomeIcon } from '@fortawesome/vue-fontawesome'

library.add(fas, faTwitter)

// Kicks off the process of finding <i> tags and replacing with <svg>
dom.watch()

This is also a valid way to import icons that works if your tool does not support tree shaking:

import { faTwitter } from '@fortawesome/free-brands-svg-icons/faTwitter'

Improved support for tree shaking

Tree shaking is now functional by default and no additional configuration is required to make it work.

The shakable.es.js module has been removed and is no longer needed.

If you've previously configured tree shaking by modifying your webpack or rollup you can safely remove these.

We recommend that you check your bundle size after upgrading an ensure that file sizes are as you would expect.

module.exports = {
  // ...
  resolve: {
    alias: {
      '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-solid$': '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-solid/shakable.es.js'
    }
  }
}
const alias = require('rollup-plugin-alias')

rollup({
  // ...
  plugins: [
    alias({
      '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-solid': 'node_modules/@fortawesome/fontawesome-free-solid/shakable.es.js'
    })
  ]
})

5.0.11 to 5.0.12

Due to a collision with the "r" glyph the R Project brand icon has been renamed to r-project.


5.0.x to 5.0.6

SVG Attribute was changed from data-fa-processed to data-fa-i2svg

As part of a bug fix for the release of 5.0.6 we renamed an attribute that was found on <svg> elements from data-fa-processed to data-fa-i2svg. We feel this more accurately reflects the intent and purpose.

This attribute is added to any icon that has been generated using fontawesome.dom.i2svg().

Be aware that data-fa-i2svg (or data-fa-processed) will no longer be present on icons that are created using fontawesome.icon().

If you've written and DOM queries that rely on data-fa-processed you should get things working again by doing a simple find and replace.

You can’t perform that action at this time.