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A small library for manipulating the favicon, in particular adding alert bubbles and changing images. Tinycon gracefully falls back to a number in title approach for browsers that don't support canvas or dynamic favicons.

See the Live Demo here.


Tinycon adds a single object to the global namespace and does not require initialisation.


There are several versions of Tinycon published on NPM, unfortunately they are not controlled by me and do not track HEAD. The best idea is to install from github directly and cut out the middleman!

npm install tommoor/tinycon --save

Basic Usage



Tinycon can take a range of options to customise the look

  • width: the width of the alert bubble
  • height: the height of the alert bubble
  • font: a css string to use for the fontface (recommended to leave this)
  • color: the foreground font color
  • background: the alert bubble background color
  • fallback: should we fallback to a number in brackets for browsers that don't support canvas/dynamic favicons? Boolean, or use the string 'force' to ensure a title update even in supported browsers.
  • abbreviate: should tinycon shrink large numbers such as 1000 to an abbreviated version (1k). Boolean, defaults to true
    width: 7,
    height: 9,
    font: '10px arial',
    color: '#ffffff',
    background: '#549A2F',
    fallback: true

AMD support

Tinycon can also be used as an asynchronous module.

], function (T) {
        width: 7,
        height: 9,
        font: '10px arial',
        color: '#ffffff',
        background: '#549A2F',
        fallback: true

Browser Support

Tinycon has been tested to work completely in the following browsers. Older versions may be supported, but haven't been tested:

  • Chrome 15+
  • Firefox 9+
  • Opera 11+

Currently the library degrades to title update:

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Safari 5


To produce the minified file run grunt uglify

License / Credits

Tinycon is released under the MIT license. It is simple and easy to understand and places almost no restrictions on what you can do with Tinycon. More Information

Tinycon was inspired by Notificon


Releases are available for download from GitHub.