How to use an svg as a website or web page's favicon

...including supporting legacy platforms and rich application platforms

You end up with this kind of text:

<link rel="icon" href="/favicon.svg" type="image/svg+xml">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="180x180" href="/apple-touch-icon.png">
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" sizes="32x32" href="/favicon-32x32.png">
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" sizes="16x16" href="/favicon-16x16.png">
<link rel="manifest" href="/site.json">
<link rel="mask-icon" href="/safari-pinned-tab.svg" color="#5bbad5">
<meta name="msapplication-TileColor" content="#da532c">
<meta name="theme-color" content="#ffffff">

The svg is used in conjunction with some sites to make all the other variants (32x32 etc... whatever is needed in the year you're in.)

But first you have to write the svg.

Start with:

<svg width="16" height="16" xmlns="">

...and then include styles that depend on light/dark mode of browser itself.

e.g. the new NimbleText favicon has this:

Some default styles that are applied in normal situations:

.logo {
	filter: drop-shadow( 0 1px 1px rgba(180, 180, 180, 1)) drop-shadow(0 1px 1px rgba(220, 220, 220, 0.5)) drop-shadow( 0 2px 2px rgba(200, 200, 200, 0.25));

And some other styles only used in dark schemes.

@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {
	.logo {
		filter: drop-shadow( 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 1)) drop-shadow(0 1px 1px rgba(17, 17, 17, 0.5)) drop-shadow( 0 2px 2px rgba(34, 34, 34, 0.25));

You may also want to make sure your vectors are nicely aligned on pixel boundaries at common sizes.

Generate extra favicon files and html (once you have your svg built)

I'm currently using:

for this.

See also