Skip to content

Icons + Emojis

One of the best features of Material for MkDocs is the possibility to use more than 8.000 icons and thousands of emojis in your project documentation with practically zero additional effort. Moreover, custom icons can be added and used in mkdocs.yml, documents and templates.

    Tip: Enter some keywords to find icons and emojis and click on the shortcode to copy it to your clipboard.


    This configuration enables the use of icons and emojis by using simple shortcodes which can be discovered through the icon search. Add the following lines to mkdocs.yml:

      - pymdownx.emoji:
          emoji_index: !!python/name:materialx.emoji.twemoji
          emoji_generator: !!python/name:materialx.emoji.to_svg

    The following icon sets are bundled with Material for MkDocs:

    See additional configuration options:


    Using emojis

    Emojis can be integrated in Markdown by putting the shortcode of the emoji between two colons. If you're using Twemoji (recommended), you can look up the shortcodes at Emojipedia.





    Using icons

    When Emoji is enabled, icons can be used similar to emojis, by referencing a valid path to any icon bundled with the theme, which are located in the .icons directory, and replacing / with -:


    - :material-account-circle: – `material/account-circle.svg`
    - :fontawesome-regular-laugh-wink: – `fontawesome/regular/laugh-wink.svg`
    - :octicons-repo-push-16: – `octicons/repo-push-16.svg`


    with colors

    When Attribute Lists is enabled, custom CSS classes can be added to icons by suffixing the icon with a special syntax. While HTML allows to use inline styles, it's always recommended to add an additional style sheet and move declarations into dedicated CSS classes.


    - :fontawesome-brands-medium:{ .medium } – Medium
    - :fontawesome-brands-twitter:{ .twitter } – Twitter
    - :fontawesome-brands-facebook:{ .facebook } – Facebook
    .medium {
      color: #00AB6C;
    .twitter {
      color: #1DA1F2;
    .facebook {
      color: #4267B2;
      - stylesheets/extra.css


    • – Medium
    • – Twitter
    • – Facebook

    with animations

    Similar to adding colors, it's just as easy to add animations to icons by using an additional style sheet, defining a @keyframes rule and adding a dedicated CSS class to the icon.


    :octicons-heart-fill-24:{ .heart }
    @keyframes heart {
      0%, 40%, 80%, 100% {
        transform: scale(1);
      20%, 60% {
        transform: scale(1.15);
    .heart {
      animation: heart 1000ms infinite;
      - stylesheets/extra.css



    Using icons in templates

    When you're extending the theme with partials or blocks, you can simply reference any icon that's bundled with the theme with Jinja's include function and wrap it with the .twemoji CSS class:

    <span class="twemoji">
      {% include ".icons/fontawesome/brands/twitter.svg" %}

    This is exactly what Material for MkDocs does in its templates.

    Back to top