Best React Icons Library in 2020

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Best React Icons Library in 2020

Many elements such as text, images, illustrations, colors, etc., make up the UI of a website more impressive and connecting to the user.

One of these elements is icons, which are used in almost all websites with different styles. Icons are useful for navigation on websites that are translated into many different languages because icons provide clear meaning without using any language. The creation of icons is complicated because it is difficult to represent the exact message you want to express with a figure or design.

So, to make the task easy, there are many libraries available that let us use the icons directly on the website. Let’s have a look at some best React Icon libraries which can be used on your websites in 2020.

React Icons

React-icons provide thousands of free, Open Source icons. It utilises ES6 imports that allow us to include only the icons that are used in the project. React-icons offers popular sets of icons, including 9 popular open-source libraries like FontAwesome, BootStrap, Material Design, etc.

All of the icons are SVG (scalable vector graphics). SVG  is an XML-based vector graphics format that can scale to any size without losing clarity. Also, you can customize the color, size, and everything according to your need.

Installation

yarn add react-icons

or

npm install react-icons --save

Usage

import { FaBeer } from 'react-icons/fa';
class Question extends React.Component {
  render() {
  return <h3> Lets go for a <FaBeer />? </h3>
  }
}

React Feather

React-feather is a collection of simply beautiful open source icons for React.js. Each icon is designed on a 24x24 grid with an emphasis on simplicity, consistency, and readability.

React-feather is also a collection of SVG files so you can use them in any way (image, background image, object, inline, etc.) depending upon the need.

Installation

yarn add react-feather

or

npm i react-feather

Usage

import React from 'react';
import { Camera } from 'react-feather';
const App = () => {
  return <Camera />
};
export default App;

Unicons

Unicons are Open Source, free to use icons designed by Iconscout. It provides 1000+ Pixel-perfect vector icons and icon-font for your next project.

Free plugins are also available to access millions of design resources inside your favorite tool. Just search and insert the desire item with just one click.

Unicons also provide handpicked unique icon packs according to the need. For example, they have "Diwali icons packs", "Social Distancing icons pack" and many more. You can explore all the icons and stickers pack on the official website of Unicons.

Installation

yarn add @iconscout/react-unicons

or

npm install --save @iconscout/react-unicons

Usage

import React from 'react';
import UilReact from '@iconscout/react-unicons/icons/uil-react'

const App = () => {
  return <UilReact size="140" color="#61DAFB" />
};
export default App;

To use full package:

import React from 'react';
import * as Unicons from '@iconscout/react-unicons';

const App = () => {
  return <Unicons.UilReact />
};

export default App;

Material UI

Material UI is a complete React UI framework and it provides one of the best icons support in three following ways:

  • Standardized Material Design Icons exported as React Components (SVG).
  • With the SVG Icon component, a React wrapper for custom SVG icons.
  • With the Icon components, a React wrapper for custom font icons.

Material Icons

Material Design has standardized over 1,100 official icons, each of them are available in five different themes: Filled(default theme), Outlined, Rounded, Two-tone, and Sharp. For each SVG icon, the respective React component is exported.

Installation

If you’re not using Material UI in your project then you can add it with:

yarn add @material-ui/core

or

npm install @material-ui/core

Usage

import { AccessAlarm, ThreeDRotation } from '@material-ui/icons';
//or
import AccessAlarmIcon from '@material-ui/icons/AccessAlarm';
import ThreeDRotation from '@material-ui/icons/ThreeDRotation';

Styled Icons

Styled icons is an open-source library providing almost 17,000 icons from the following icon packs as Styled components, with full support for TypeScript types and tree-shaking/ES modules. It offers icons from popular icons pack such as BootStrap, Feather, Material Design, etc.  

Styled Icons have two different built-in "modes" for accessibility purposes.

  • By default, icons are considered decorative, meaning the icon is just visual sugar and the surrounding content is sufficient for conveying meaning.
  • Alternatively, the icon could be used in standalone mode, meaning the icon itself should convey meaning.

Installation

yarn add styled-icons

or

npm i styled-icons --save

Usage

import React, {Fragment} from 'react'
import {AccountCircle, Lock} from '@styled-icons/material';
const App = () => (
  <Fragment>
    <AccountCircle />
    <Lock />
  </Fragment>
)

That's all from this blog. We hope you find these resources useful. Just like React icon library, also checkout Best places to find Font icons. Visit Resources category on our blog to find more such useful design and development resources.

Don't forget to check Iconscout to download from Millions of icons, illustrations, and stock photos. We will come up with more such resources very soon. Till then, Happy Designing!

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