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FontAwesome 5

FontAwesome 5 is split into three different font files which makes it somewhat harder to use in some cases. The implemented solution should be fairly straightforward to use after it has been setup. Android and iOS handles fonts differently which is why it could be easily implemented without any additional setup.

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Using the standard icons works just like the standard icons in this library.

import FontAwesome5 from 'react-native-vector-icons/FontAwesome5';

const icon = (<FontAwesome5 name={'comments'} />);

Something special about the FontAwesome5 class is that you can also pass props to change the style of the icon:

import FontAwesome5 from 'react-native-vector-icons/FontAwesome5';

const icon = (<FontAwesome5 name={'comments'} solid />);
const icon = (<FontAwesome5 name={'git'} brand />);

Valid types

Type Description
brand Uses the Brands font
light Uses the Light font (pro) or Regular (Free)
solid Uses the Solid font

No specified type indicates Regular font.

Button, TabBarItem etc. works the same way:

import FontAwesome5 from 'react-native-vector-icons/FontAwesome5';

const regular_icon_btn = (<FontAwesome5.Button name={'comments'} />);
const solid_icon_btn = (<FontAwesome5.Button name={'comments'} solid />);


getImageSource works a little different due to its native backend and how the font is separated into different files. Therefore, the enum FA5Style is defined to help setting the style of the font:

const FA5Style = {
  regular: 0,
  light: 1,
  solid: 2,
  brand: 3,

Use this to select which style the generated image should have:

import FontAwesome5, { FA5Style } from 'react-native-vector-icons/FontAwesome5';

FontAwesome5.getImageSource("comments", 30, '#000', FA5Style.solid).then(source => this.setState({ image: source }));

Not passing a style will result in Regular style.

Upgrading to Pro

You need your FontAwesome npm token which can be obtained by logging into your account and then access the Services tab.

Run ./node_modules/.bin/fa5-upgrade and enter the token when asked to in order to upgrade to the Pro version.


If the shell script does not work you can install the Pro version manually. All you really need to do is adding the Pro fonts to your project, there is instructions on how to do this in main

Using the Pro version

Just as easy as using the Free icons, just include the icon set like this:

import FontAwesome5Pro from 'react-native-vector-icons/FontAwesome5Pro';

const icon = (<FontAwesome5Pro name={'comments'} light/>);