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HTML Favicon


A favicon is a small image displayed next to the page title in the browser tab.


How To Add a Favicon in HTML

You can use any image you like as your favicon. You can also create your own favicon on sites like https://www.favicon.cc.

Tip: A favicon is a small image, so it should be a simple image with high contrast.

A favicon image is displayed to the left of the page title in the browser tab, like this:

Example of favicon

To add a favicon to your website, either save your favicon image to the root directory of your webserver, or create a folder in the root directory called images, and save your favicon image in this folder. A common name for a favicon image is "favicon.ico".

Next, add a <link> element to your "index.html" file, after the <title> element, like this:

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <title>My Page Title</title>
  <link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/images/favicon.ico">
</head>
<body>

<h1>This is a Heading</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

</body>
</html>

Now, save the "index.html" file and reload it in your browser. Your browser tab should now display your favicon image to the left of the page title.



Favicon File Format Support

The following table shows the file format support for a favicon image:

Browser ICO PNG GIF JPEG SVG
Edge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chrome Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firefox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Opera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Safari Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Chapter Summary

  • Use the HTML <link> element to insert a favicon

HTML Exercises

Test Yourself With Exercises

Exercise:

Which HTML tag is used to handle the favicon (the little image to the left in the browser tab):

< rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/images/favicon.ico">

Start the Exercise


HTML Link Tag

Tag Description
<link> Defines the relationship between a document and an external resource

For a complete list of all available HTML tags, visit our HTML Tag Reference.