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Provides the twitter bootstrap compatible awesome font based icon set Font Awesome as a Grails resource.


Font Awesome is an iconic font designed for use with Twitter Bootstrap. Twitter Bootstrap comes with an icon set (Gliphicons) built in. This set is rendered using image sprites. Font based icons are are an alternative, and convenient means of incorporating icons into a web application. It is a technique that is growing in popularity. One of its plus points is how easy it is to manipulate an icon with css. A few lines of the most basic css can change the size and color of an icon, or set of icons. Try doing that with an image sprite!


To add the fontawesome resource to your project

  • Install the plugin by adding the appropriate plugin dependency in your Build.config
  • Reference the font-awesome resource from within your ApplicationResources file or directly in a gsp page/layout Example
    // ApplicationResources.groovy
    customBootstrap {
      dependsOn 'font-awesome'
      resource url: 'css/bootstrap.css'
      resource url: 'js/bootstrap.js'
      resource url: 'css/bootstrap-fixtaglib.css'

    // main.gsp
    <r:require module="customBootstrap" />

The above example I'm not using the grails twitter bootstrap plugin. When using font-awesome, I found it was best to build the bootstrap files from the original Bootstrap website and opt not to include the glyphicons sprite. I did however borrow some of the good work done on the plugin to integrate bootstrap with Grails paginate functionality.

Using with Resources plugin

With Grails version 2.3.8 and later, you should set compile ":resources:1.2.8" rather than runtime ":resources:1.2.8"" in BuildConfig.groovy in order to avoid an exception.

Asset Pipeline

Optionally you can also use asset-pipeline and include font-awesome in your existing css file:

*= require font-awesome
* or
*= require font-awesome-css

The latter option will observe the ie7 configuration and include that css file automatically if enabled.


You can include an icon in your HTML using the appropriate css class. See the Font Awesome project on GitHub for a list of the icons and their corresponding class names.


    <i class="icon-user"></i>