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Copyright © 2015–2022 Spyder Project Contributors


QtAwesome enables iconic fonts such as Font Awesome and Elusive Icons in PyQt and PySide applications.

It started as a Python port of the QtAwesome C++ library by Rick Blommers.


Using conda:

conda install qtawesome

or using pip (only if you don't have conda installed):

pip install qtawesome


Supported Fonts

QtAwesome identifies icons by their prefix and their icon name, separated by a period (.) character.

The following prefixes are currently available to use:


import qtawesome as qta
  • Use Font Awesome, Elusive Icons, Material Design Icons, Phosphor, Remix Icon or Microsoft's Codicons.
# Get FontAwesome 5.x icons by name in various styles:
fa5_icon = qta.icon('fa5.flag')
fa5_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(fa5_icon, 'Font Awesome! (regular)')
fa5s_icon = qta.icon('fa5s.flag')
fa5s_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(fa5s_icon, 'Font Awesome! (solid)')
fa5b_icon = qta.icon('fa5b.github')
fa5b_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(fa5b_icon, 'Font Awesome! (brands)')

# or Elusive Icons:
asl_icon = qta.icon('ei.asl')
elusive_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(asl_icon, 'Elusive Icons!')

# or Material Design Icons:
apn_icon = qta.icon('mdi6.access-point-network')
mdi6_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(apn_icon, 'Material Design Icons!')

# or Phosphor:
mic_icon = qta.icon('ph.microphone-fill')
ph_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(mic_icon, 'Phosphor!')

# or Remix Icon:
truck_icon = qta.icon('ri.truck-fill')
ri_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(truck_icon, 'Remix Icon!')

# or Microsoft's Codicons:
squirrel_icon = qta.icon('msc.squirrel')
msc_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(squirrel_icon, 'Codicons!')
  • Apply some styling
# Styling icons
styling_icon = qta.icon('',
music_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(styling_icon, 'Styling')
  • Set alpha in colors
# Setting an alpha of 120 to the color of this icon. Alpha must be a number
# between 0 and 255.
icon_with_alpha = qta.icon('mdi.heart',
                           color=('red', 120))
heart_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(icon_with_alpha, 'Setting alpha')
  • Stack multiple icons
# Stacking icons
camera_ban = qta.icon('', 'fa5s.ban',
                      options=[{'scale_factor': 0.5,
                                'active': 'fa5s.balance-scale'},
                               {'color': 'red'}])
stack_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(camera_ban, 'Stack')
stack_button.setIconSize(QtCore.QSize(32, 32))
  • Animations
# Spining icons
spin_button = QtWidgets.QPushButton(' Spinning icon')
spin_icon = qta.icon('fa5s.spinner', color='red',
  • Display Icon as a widget
# Spining icon widget
spin_widget = qta.IconWidget()
spin_icon = qta.icon('mdi.loading', color='red',

# Simple icon widget
simple_widget = qta.IconWidget('mdi.web', color='blue')
  • Screenshot

QtAwesome screenshot

Other features

  • QtAwesome comes bundled with Font Awesome, Elusive Icons, Material Design Icons, Phosphor, Remix Icon and Microsoft's Codicons but it can also be used with other iconic fonts. The load_font function allows to load other fonts dynamically.
  • QtAwesome relies on the QtPy project as a compatibility layer on the top ot PyQt or PySide.

Icon Browser

QtAwesome ships with a browser that displays all the available icons. You can use this to search for an icon that suits your requirements and then copy the name that should be used to create that icon!

Once installed, run qta-browser from a shell to start the browser.



MIT License. Copyright 2015 - The Spyder development team. See the LICENSE file for details.

The Font Awesome and Elusive Icons fonts are licensed under the SIL Open Font License.

The Phosphor font is licensed under the MIT License.

The Material Design Icons font is licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0.

The Remix Icon font is licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0.

Microsoft's Codicons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License.


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