Blog Post

Add an Emoji Favicon to your site

Originally I posted this to my profile in Nov, 2018; you can read it here if you'd like. I decided to repost it on my blog, since I wrote it and all.

For my first post I thought I'd share a short little trick I learned that makes websites look better!

For starters, if you don't know what a favicon is, don't fret! I didn't until recently. Its the small thumbnail on your tab. If you use Google Chrome, it looks like this:d

Example of Website Favicons

I've been working on a project for CS50 for web-programming class. The assignment: build a book review website, using Flask and PostgreSQL. While I was working on it, I got bit miffed that my site wasn't looking professional. I was using Bootstrap, for the ease of formatting, but that wasn't looking great, a tad better than the default. I decided adding a favicon would help a bit, but I didn't want to mess with making a logo or finding a picture and scaling it, so I thought. Would an emoji would work? It did, fantastically!

I decided it would be painless to find the emoji I wanted and add it to my <head> of my template.html. Here's how the code ended up looking:

Code Screenshot

This adds a great touch, and if a user is like me and has 15 tabs open at all times, the favicon, would help them find the correct page.

Here's how I did it:

  1. Head to
  2. Find your emoji.
  3. Right-Click on the emoji style you prefer (I chose the Apple version)
  4. Copy the link and insert into your <head> tag like so: <link rel="icon" href=""> OR if you are using GatsbyJS you can download the file and save as favicon.ico into your static folder and it will inject it for you!.

And you're done! I was using flask for this project, so I put this in the layout page and it dynamically puts in on any template that has the {% extends "layout.html" %} at the top of the .html doc.

Here's how it looks!

Look at the icon in the tab!

Thanks for reading! If you liked this, let me know. If there's a way it could be better, let me know! Feel free to follow me on Twitter or Github!