Using Font Awesome in your project using a build tool like Webpack or Laravel Mix

Karl Hill
2 min readDec 21, 2022

Including Font Awesome in your project using a build tool like Webpack or Laravel Mix is a quick and easy way to add scalable vector icons to your application. With these tools, you can easily install and manage Font Awesome as a dependency in your project and include the icons in your project using simple import statements.

You’ll need to install Font Awesome in your project using npm or another package manager. For example, you can use the following command to install Font Awesome using npm:

npm install @fortawesome/fontawesome-free

Once you’ve installed Font Awesome, you can include the icons in your project using an import statement in your JavaScript code. For example, you can use the following code to have the fa-search the icon in your project:

import { faSearch } from '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free';

You can then use the imported icon in your HTML code by using the fa class and the imported icon object. For example: Copy code

<i class="fa fa-search"></i>

Using a build tool like Webpack or Laravel Mix has several benefits. It allows you to manage Font Awesome as a dependency in your project efficiently, and it also allows you to use tree shaking to include only the icons you need in your project, reducing the size of your final build.

In addition to importing individual icons, you can also import the entire Font Awesome library using a single import statement. For example:

import '@fortawesome/fontawesome-free/css/all.css';

Using a build tool to include Font Awesome in your project is a quick and easy way to add scalable vector icons to your application. With the ability to import individual icons or the entire library and use tree shaking to optimize your build, using a build tool is a convenient and efficient way to include Font Awesome in your project.

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Karl Hill

Full Stack Engineer at NASA. Volunteer at Smithsonian’s The Renwick Gallery, and former drummer of #GovernmentIssue. https://www.karlhill.com