Filters: FontAwesome icons

Maintained by Picture of FFHS (Fernfachhochschule Schweiz)FFHS (Fernfachhochschule Schweiz), Picture of Adrian Perez RodriguezAdrian Perez Rodriguez, Picture of Christoph KarlenChristoph Karlen, Picture of Sascha VogelSascha Vogel
This filter allows you to use fontawesome icons in the Moodle text editor without worrying about the HTML syntax.
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Current versions available: 7

Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized - size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. More info on FontAwesome can be found here

This filter allows you to add FontAwesome icons to anywhere you have a text box in Moodle.


Please read the README file provided with this filter. The filter does not provide FontAwesome, just a way to easily add the icon tags to moodle text boxes without having them stripped. 


We suggest to use the installation with Git but other ways you can do the manual way:

  1. Download any applicable file version.
  2. Upload the zipped file to moodle > filter.
  3. Unzip, and log-in as administrator and the plug-in installation wizard will start.
  4. It will ask for choosing settings, in that case just keep the default "Moodle Auto Format" selected. You can always come back to these settings by going to Site Administration > Plugins > Filters > FontAwesome Icon Filter.

Enabling FontAwesome Icon Filter

Once FontAwesome has installed, It won't show up automatically until you actually enable the filter to work in Moodle, for that go to Site Administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage Filters. You'll see FontAwesome Icon Filter in the list, click "ON" where its mentioned disabled in drop down. Using the above format will start showing up icons where applicable. 

  • If you want to use this plugin aswell in activity and resource names please disable the formatstringstriptags setting (default is set to Yes).
  • If you want to use this plugin also in headings please change in the Manage filters overview (/admin/filters.php) that it applies to Content and headings.


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Picture of FFHS (Fernfachhochschule Schweiz)
FFHS (Fernfachhochschule Schweiz) (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Adrian Perez Rodriguez
Adrian Perez Rodriguez: Developer
Picture of Christoph Karlen
Christoph Karlen: Developer
Picture of Sascha Vogel
Sascha Vogel: Developer
Julian Ridden
Julian Ridden: Original author
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Usman Asar: Previous maintainer
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  • Picture of Usman Asar
    Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 10:34 AM
    Raymon, of course you can, use CDN link into the theme of your choice, and it will work with them as well, unlike earlier, where FontAwesome link was publicly available, you have to sign up to their account o get your CDN link (go to get your CDN link and follow what Joel has mentioned above (putting link in theme header).
    But as well keep in mind, after FontAwesome 5 launch (May 2017), the CDN links may will only be available for a year.
  • Picture of Matlabi متلبی
    Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 2:34 AM
    Does someone have the same problem and is not able to use the new icons provided in FontAwesome version 4.7? Is there a GitHub project for this filter where I could create an issue?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 8:30 AM

    Any update to Moodle 3.5?

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 3:06 AM

    I just unapproved this plugin as it did not have valid source code URL and bug tracker URL set - both set to "n/A". This violates the plugin approval criteria. Please submit the filter for re-approval once the fields have a valid value again. Thanks for keeping the plugin record up to date.

  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Fri, Dec 14, 2018, 6:20 PM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-7571
  • Picture of Dan Marsden
    Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 3:32 PM
    Hi Adrian - thanks for updating the plugin - I've re-approved the plugin again!
  • Picture of Liana Shpani
    Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 12:40 AM

    First of all, very nice plugin! I recently installed it in our Moodle test environment, but
    I am having an issue that not all icons display. I am using the codes for free solid icons, and certain (random) icons like volume-mute or uber logo don't render. Do you have any idea why this might be happening? Also, I am having an issue with flipping the icons as well.

    Thanks in advance!
  • Picture of Adrian Perez Rodriguez
    Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 2:33 PM
    Hello Liana

    I've just opened a new issue on the bug tracker, please have a look at Does the FontAwesome version is the newest one (5.8.1)?

  • Picture of Marina González
    Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 5:45 AM
    Can someone tell me why only few icons work? and why the ones I like from the link they send don't (they show as free)? where is the list of usefull icons? Do I have to download the icons? and where in the database are theese icons?
  • Picture of Adrian Perez Rodriguez
    Mon, Oct 14, 2019, 2:19 PM
    Hello Marina

    It depends on your FontAwesome icon set that you're providing. In Moodle core is still FontAwesome 4 provided so this list should help you.

    If you want to use FontAwesome 5 you must import them in your theme to use them. We've added our FA to use overall the light style with a little "hack", look

  • Picture of Visvanath Ratnaweera
    Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 12:58 AM
    Is it possible to get FontAwesome icons on headings of activities? Moodle 3.5. filter_fontawesome_moodle35_2019022702. I have posted screen-shots here:
  • Picture of paul ang
    Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 3:47 PM
    Oh my god it works like MAGIC, thank you so much!
  • Picture of Stefan Schoch
    Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 4:13 PM
    I love the filter!
    Is it possible to set the color of the icon?
  • Picture of Victor Chavez
    Sun, Apr 19, 2020, 9:46 PM
    Hi, when can we expect the release for moodle 3.8? Thanks!
  • Picture of Adrian Perez Rodriguez
    Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 2:19 PM
    Hi Victor

    We'll release it soon. The plan was Mid/End of May but I'll put it forward.
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