React Icons Easiest Way To Use Icons In React

kevsmss profile image kevin sims ・2 min read

Table Of Contents

    * [Overview](#chapter-1)
    * [Getting Started](#chapter-2)
    * [Step 1](#chapter-3)
    * [Step 2](#chapter-4)
    * [Step 3](#chapter-4)
    * [Conclusion](#chapter-5)


Today we'll be discussing the easiest way to use SVG icons in react. We'll be using an npm package that will enable us to use icons from some of the most well-known icon libraries out there.

The package we'll be discussing is called React-Icons.
Link to npm page: https://www.npmjs.com/package/react-icons

Getting Started

If you'll be following along feel free to clone this repository, as this is what we'll be using for our boilerplate: https://github.com/kevinsims1/bare-react

I'll assume you have cloned the repo from this point forward.

Step 1

Open the terminal in the root of the project and use this command:
npm install react-icons

This will download our package and give us full accessibility to it.

Step 2

Now open the boilerplate in your code editor.

React Icons give you the option to choose icons from all of the following icon libraries:

Icon Libraries

to use them all you need to do is use the import relevant to the library.

Here is an example of each relevant import:

Icon Imports

Go to the bare.js file and add the following import after line 1:

import {FaTwitter} from "react-icons/fa"

Now delete the return statement and add this:

const Bare = () => {
  return (
      <FaTwitter />

Go into your terminal and type: npm run start

you should get a page with this icon in the top left of your page:


But... It's a bit on the bland side.

Step 3

React Icons handles that by allowing you to import an IconContext component that allows you to do a lot of cool things to your icon. We'll be using it to add some style to ours.

Add this import after our first one:

import {IconContext} from "react-icons"

Now wrap our icon in the IconContext component like so:

const Bare = () => {
  return (
      <FaTwitter />

Now all we need to do is add a value prop to our IconContext component, pass it an object. Inside of that object add a key called style, assign it the value of an object and start styling.


const Bare = () => {
  return (
   <IconContext.Provider value={{ style: {fontSize: '30px', color: "rgb(0, 123, 255)"}}}>
         <FaTwitter />

If you head back to your browser you should now see this:

Blue Birdie


That is all for this tutorial. If you've enjoyed it please take a moment to leave a like, to help the next dev. Thank you.

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Thanks for this!

I also noticed that if you are using styled-components in your app, you can wrap the icon component and style it that way:

import { AiFillAlert } from "react-icons/ai";

const StyledIcon = styled(AiFillAlert)`
  color: gold;
  transform: scale(2);

Thanks for this!