Frequently Asked Questions


What is a FavIcon?

The term "FavIcon" is made up of a combination of two words, "Favorite" and "Icon", and originally was created by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 in 1999.


What are the other names for a Favicon?

   • shortcut icon,

   • Web site icon,

   • URL icon,

   • bookmark icon 


What are the sizes of FavIcons?

The standard favicon size is 16x16 pixels. Two other popular icon sizes are 32x32 and 48x48. These larger sizes are more for desktop icons.


Why is there a white square around my Favicon?

If you make a Favicon from a .jpg file, it will always have a square shape and include a non-transparent background. To make a Favicon with a non-square shape or transparent background, you must use our generator and upload a GIF or PNG file with a transparent background.


What browsers support favicons? What types?

All browsers support favicons, but Internet Explorer only supports the .ico extension at this writing.

Google Chrome Yes 4.0 4.0 No 4.0 No Yes
Internet Explorer 5.0 No No No No No No
Firefox 1.0 1.0 1.0 Yes Yes 3.0 No
Opera 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 9.5 9.6
Safari Yes 4.0 4.0 No 4.0 No No


Where are Favicons displayed?

Different browsers display favicon images in different places - the latest versions of most popular browsers are fairly consistent, as the table below shows... with the exception of Safari.

Browser address bar links bar bookmarks tabs drag to desktop
Google Chrome Yes Yes Yes 1.0 Yes
Internet Explorer 7.0 5.0 5.0 7.0 5.0
Firefox 1.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Opera 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
Safari Yes No Yes No No



What is the right code for displaying a Favicon?

See our page on the favicon meta tag for the full answer and sample code.

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Quick links...

Animated Favicons - You can use animated favicons, but they will not animate in all browsers.

Learn more about how to create animated favicons, and the code you should use to display them on your page...

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Why doesn't my FavIcon show? Find out more about how to make sure your favicon shows up. They are tricky...

Copy and paste the optimal favicon code into your document header. Get the code here...

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