Iconic fonts in PyQt and PySide applications
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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 pip:

Make sure you have pip installed and run:

pip install qtawesome

Using conda:

conda install qtawesome


import qtawesome as qta
  • Use Font Awesome and Elusive Icons.
# Get icons by name.
fa_icon = qta.icon('fa.flag')
fa_button = QtGui.QPushButton(fa_icon, 'Font Awesome!')

asl_icon = qta.icon('ei.asl')
elusive_button = QtGui.QPushButton(asl_icon, 'Elusive Icons!')
  • Apply some styling
# Styling icons
styling_icon = qta.icon('fa.music',
music_button = QtGui.QPushButton(styling_icon, 'Styling')
  • Stack multiple icons
# Stacking icons
camera_ban = qta.icon('fa.camera', 'fa.ban',
                      options=[{'scale_factor': 0.5,
                                'active': 'fa.legal'},
                               {'color': 'red'}])
stack_button = QtGui.QPushButton(camera_ban, 'Stack')
stack_button.setIconSize(QtCore.QSize(32, 32))
  • Animations
# Spining icons
spin_button = QtGui.QPushButton(' Spinning icon')
spin_icon = qta.icon('fa.spinner', color='red',
  • Screenshot

QtAwesome screenshot

Other features

  • QtAwesome comes bundled with Font Awesome and Elusive Icons, 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.


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.


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