October 26, 2020

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Android-Iconics - Use any icon font, or vector (.svg) as drawable in your application.

repo name mikepenz/Android-Iconics
repo link https://github.com/mikepenz/Android-Iconics
homepage http://mikepenz.github.io/Android-Iconics
language Kotlin
size (curr.) 11569 kB
stars (curr.) 4679
created 2014-11-01
license Apache License 2.0

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… allows to include any icon font with all its vector icons in your project. No limits. Scale with no limit, use any color at any time, provide a contour, and many additional customizations…

What’s included 🚀

  • No customization limitations (size, color, contour, background, padding, positioning, …)
  • Shadow support
  • Use as XML Drawable starting API 24
  • One icon source (no more mdpi, hdpi, …)
  • Flexibility
    • Size
    • Colors
    • Contour
    • Shadow
    • Auto mirroring for RTL (opt-in)
  • If it takes a Drawable, it will also work with the IconicsDrawable!
  • Save in APK size
  • All licenses included, best used with AboutLibraries

Already available fonts


Latest releases 🛠

1. Provide the gradle dependency

dependencies {
    //the core iconics library (without any widgets)
    implementation "com.mikepenz:iconics-core:${latestAndroidIconicsRelease}"
    implementation "androidx.appcompat:appcompat:${versions.appCompat}"

1b. (optional) Add the view’s dependency

//this adds all ui view widgets (IconicsButton, IconicsImageView, ...)
implementation "com.mikepenz:iconics-views:${latestAndroidIconicsRelease}"

2. Choose your desired fonts

Note: Fonts ending with -kotlin require at least v4.x of Android-Iconics Note: v5.1.x or newer requires the latest font versions

implementation 'com.mikepenz:google-material-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:material-design-iconic-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:fontawesome-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:octicons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:meteocons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:community-material-typeface:' // note alphabetically sorts, and merges in 3 sections
implementation 'com.mikepenz:weather-icons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:typeicons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:entypo-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:devicon-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:foundation-icons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:ionicons-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:pixeden-7-stroke-typeface:'
implementation 'com.mikepenz:material-design-icons-dx-typeface:'


Use as drawable

IconicsDrawable(this, FontAwesome.Icon.faw_android).apply {
    colorInt = Color.RED
    sizeDp = 24

Use via XML

If you use the Iconics library via XML provide the icon you want to use in the following syntax: gmd-favorite –> fontId-iconName. A list of the available fonts and their fontId can be found here. All icon names from the default fonts can be found via the DEMO application.

Notation within text

Use the { icon-definer } syntax

Some great text with a {faw-android} font awesome icon and {met-wind} meteocons icons.

Drawable XML (API 24+)

Specify the drawable in your drawable folder.

    app:ico_size="24dp" />
    // all custom theming attributes supported

Use like any normal drawable in your application. This feature was suggested and initially provided by @dzamlo

Custom Views

As IconicsImageView

    app:iiv_icon="gmd-favorite" />  // or @string/gmd_favorite with our generator

As IconicsTextView


As IconicsButton

        android:text="{faw-adjust} Button"



Available fonts

Link Prefix Dependency
Google Material Design Icons ORIGINAL by Google gmd implementation ‘com.mikepenz:google-material-typeface:+.original@aar’
Material Design Iconic Font Google Material Iconic gmi implementation ‘com.mikepenz:material-design-iconic-typeface:+@aar’
Fontawesome faw implementation ‘com.mikepenz:fontawesome-typeface:+@aar’
Meteocons met implementation ‘com.mikepenz:meteocons-typeface:+@aar’
Octicons oct implementation ‘com.mikepenz:octicons-typeface:+@aar’
Community Material cmd implementation ‘com.mikepenz:community-material-typeface:+@aar’
Weather Icons wic implementation ‘com.mikepenz:weather-icons-typeface:+@aar’
Typeicons typ implementation ‘com.mikepenz:typeicons-typeface:+@aar’
Entypo ent implementation ‘com.mikepenz:entypo-typeface:+@aar’
Devicon dev implementation ‘com.mikepenz:devicon-typeface:+@aar’
Foundation Icons fou implementation ‘com.mikepenz:foundation-icons-typeface:+@aar’
Ionicons ion implementation ‘com.mikepenz:ionicons-typeface:+@aar’
Pixden7Stroke pe7 implementation ‘com.mikepenz:pixeden-7-stroke-typeface:+@aar’
Material Design DX cmf implementation ‘com.mikepenz:material-design-icons-dx-typeface:+@aar’

Licenses for all included fonts are linked inside the class or can be found on the coresponding repositories.

Advanced Usage

Register fonts

If you want to add your own custom font, or a GenericFont you have to register this font (before using it). The best place to do this is the Application.

And initialize Iconics as you wish

class CustomApplication : Application() {
    override fun onCreate() {

        //register custom fonts like this (or also provide a font definition file)

Advanced IconicsBuilder

Everything is easy and simple. Right? But now you got a single icon within your textview and you need additional styling? Just define the style for all icons or only a specific one. You can find this in the PlaygroundActivity of the sample too.

    .style(ForegroundColorSpan(Color.WHITE), BackgroundColorSpan(Color.BLACK), RelativeSizeSpan(2f))
    .styleFor(FontAwesome.Icon.faw_adjust, BackgroundColorSpan(Color.RED))

String icon-key or typeface enum

Sometimes you won’t like to use the icon-key (“faw-adjust”) like this, but use the enum provided by a specific font. Both is valid:

IconicsDrawable(this, "faw-adjust").actionBar()
IconicsDrawable(this, FontAwesome.Icon.faw_adjust).apply {
    sizeDp = 24
    paddingDp = 1

Create custom fonts

This is possible with only the *.ttf and *.css mapping file. And will take you 2 minutes.

You can get these two files by downloading a web icon font, or if you want to create your own custom icon font from *.svg files then you can use following tools:

After you got those two files, head over to the icon addon creation tool android-iconics.mikepenz.com. Enter all the information. Add the *.ttf and *.css and click the button. It will generate and download the icon font addon as zip. (this tool is local only, no files are sent to a server, you can safely use it with any icons)

String fields for icons

For generating string field for each of icons of your font, you can use this simple generator: Android-Iconics String Generator

Android module generator

A awesome gradle plugin which can automatically fetch a font from Fontastic, and generate the Android Module for your project. Iconics-Font-Generator


ProGuard / R8 rules are bundled internally with each font.

Special Contributor

  • Baptiste Lagache Thanks for the gradle font module generator
  • Also thanks for all the other contributors.


Developed By


Copyright 2020 Mike Penz

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