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    EMBL-EBI Icon fonts for the life sciences

    View all the icons and usage information at this gallery.

    Reference the fonts.css stylesheet automatically loads a range of icon fonts that you can use.

    Icons are added automatically through CSS using the :before feature in CSS, so they will appear before whatever piece of text you associate them with. To make this association, you need to include particular class and data-icon attributes in the relevant HTML element: e.g. <h4><span class="icon icon-generic" data-icon="4"></span> Travel by plane</h4>.

    What's new in v1.3?

    This version brings the most user-facing changes in several years as we've added in far more "common" icons and simplified the font stack.

    • A new EBI-Common that supersedes EBI-Social, EBI-Generic, EBI-Functional and adds Font Awesome icons
    • The new version is a backwards compatible release, just point your css include to
    • v1.3 and onwards are only available on the CDN
    • New icons are only added to the current version (v1.3) and are not added to v1.1 or v1.2
    • We now show the escaped unicode and along with its rendered variant in the gallery:
      • data-icon="&#x61" and data-icon="&amp;#x61"
    • You are able to select icons by data attributes and classes
      • class="icon icon-generic icon-alert" and class="icon icon-generic" data-icon="l"
    • We now send over only the woff and woff2 formats
    • See also issues #22, #21

    View all the icons and usage information at this gallery.

    Need a new icon?

    If you're in need of an icon for a squirrel, bucket, or something useful: use this form.

    Want to fork an icon?

    PR welcome. And if you want to fork a Font Awesome icon, see EBI-Icon-fonts/source/common/font-awesome/

    Using these fonts in your project

    Code structure, developing the fonts


    We are using a semantic versioning style of releases.

    Major release Minor release Note
    (Branch) (Tag)
    1.1 .0 Initial major release
    " .1 Tagged minor release
    " .2 Tagged minor release
    " .3 Tagged minor release
    1.2 .0 Documented, breaking release
    " .1 Tagged minor release
    1.3 .0 Documented, breaking release

    Difference between major, minor releases:

    • Major releases (1.1, 1.2, 1.3...) can have breaking changes and any such changes will be detailed and tested.
    • Minor releases (0.0.X) will not have changes to code structure or parts and will mainly add features or update visual assets (such as logos or icon fonts).

    Building the icon fonts

    The git repo does not contain the compiled font assets. If you're a developer looking to compile/edit/tweak the font from its source files, here's what you need to do.

    (NOTE: Only developers would have the need do this.)

    1. Clone the repo
    2. Run npm install and you may also need to (Mac oriented commands)
    1. Build the files by running the Gruntfile.js tasks with:
    • grunt master build of all below tasks
    • grunt webfont generate the webfont files
    • grunt grunticon make the png static files
    • grunt copy copy svg source files into font static files
    • grunt webfont && grunt includes regenerate the HTML templates
    1. Optional tasks
    • grunt svgmin minify svg source files

    Docker build

    Build the fonts with the docker image (as used by gitlab) as follows docker run -it --rm -v $PWD:/workspace -w /workspace ebiwd/node-fontforge-grunt:6 sh -c 'npm install && grunt'


    EMBL-EBI created icons and the project are licenced under an Apache 2.0 and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0. Non-EMBL-EBI created elements are licenced under their indicated licence. For more information, see

    This project also uses Font Awesome icons, those icons are licenced as specified in the respective LICENSE.txt.




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