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Fort Awesome Everywhere!

What are icon fonts?

  • Icon fonts are a very popular technique on the web where loading images can be slow and increase the size of websites unecessarily.
  • Instead of using individual image files for each icon, an icon font is a special font that has icons instead of letters, giving you infinitely scalable icons that are easily customized in CSS.
  • Natively supported by CSS, making them a no brainer to use on the web when you need icons on your site.

Why use icon fonts?

  • A unified icon set across all your platforms (web, iOS, Android).
  • A single file to update when new icons are added or changed.
  • Set or change the color of any icon at runtime by simply specifying a color in a layout file or in code.
  • Infinite resolution with a tiny file size. Since icons are vector graphics, they can be scaled infinitely to any size and take up a tiny amount of space on disk.*
*A sample large production app's entire icon set comes in at around ~32 KB. No more @2x, @3x, hdpi, mdpi, xhdpi, xxhdpi, xxxhdpi. Just one, tiny-file-size, infinitely scalable vector.

Fort Awesome Everywhere is a guide and tool to bring CSS-like ease of use of custom Fort Awesome icon fonts to native iOS and Android development.

Note: Font Awesome vs Fort Awesome. What is the difference?

  • Font Awesome is a fantastic free font icon set. If you only need generic/standard icons in your app, do yourself a favor and use Font Awesome; using Font Awesome natively in iOS is trivial with the help of a third party library.
  • Fort Awesome is like Font Awesome, but adds the ability to upload custom icons to create your own custom font icon sets. Its fantastic for when your app or brand has custom/proprietary icons that are unique to your brand.

One of the biggest challenges to using custom Fort Awesome icon sets is mapping the descriptive human-friendly identifiers (like "fa-shopping-cart") to their computer-friendly Unicode representation ("f07a"). Fort Awesome Everywhere is a tool that generates a json mapping file (for iOS) and an xml file for Android Studio from your custom Fort Awesome font. Below is the guide to Fort Awesome Everywhere where you will learn how easy it is to implement in your app.



1) Download your kit from Fort Awesome, drag the .ttf file into your Xcode project, and add the Fonts provided by application key to your Info.plist with an entry that is the name of your font including the .ttf file extension (i.e. myfont.ttf).

2) Follow the instructions here, and add the downloaded JSON file to your Xcode project.

3) Add the FontAwesomeKit Core library to your project. If you use CocoaPods:

'pod FontAwesomeKit/Core'

4) Use the sample Icon class here and customize if needed.


1) Create a UIImage to show your icon in a UIImageView (easiest, has sensible defaults to work for most scenarios):

Icon.image(named: "camera", color: .green)

2) If you need to customize the icon's size and/or positioning, create an Icon object and customize as needed.

Icon.icon(named: "water", size: 26)?.image(size: CGSize(width: 20, height: 20), color: .blue)
Check out the excellent FontAwesomeKit library for more details.



1) Download your kit from Fort Awesome and drag the .ttf file into your Android Studio project.

2) Follow the instructions here, and add the downloaded icons.xml file to your Android Studio project in the res/values folder.

3) Add the fonticon library to your project. If you use Gradle:

dependencies {
    compile 'com.shamanland:fonticon:0.1.9'

4) In your Application's onCreate() method, call this method to load the font.

FontIconTypefaceHolder.init(getAssets(), "YOUR_FONT_FILE_NAME.ttf");

5) Copy the sample Icon class here and customize if needed.


In XML Layout

1) Ceate a TextView in an XML layout and set its text attribute to @string/icon_identifier, using the icon's identifier found in the icons.xml file we created earlier.

    android:text="@string/icon_identifier" />

2) After inflating the layout in code, make sure to set the TextView's typeface as below:

Icon.setTypefaceAsIconFont(getApplicationContext(), myTextView);

In Code

TextView / Button:

1) Set the typeface and text on the TextView:

String code = Icon.iconCode("camera", getContext());
if (code != null) {
    Icon.setTypefaceAsIconFont(getApplicationContext(), myTextView);


1) For each icon you want to use as a Drawable, you must make an XML file like the one below, save it as icon_name.xml and put the file in res/xml.

Note: The opening tag must be font-icon, exactly as it is below. Change icon_identifier, textColor, and textSize to whatever you require for the particular icon.

    android:textColor="@android:color/black" />

2) Create the Drawable

Drawable icon = FontIconDrawable.inflate(getContext(), R.xml.icon_name);
Check out the excellent fonticon library for more details.