How To Add a Favicon to Your Website with HTML

In this tutorial, we will walk through the steps involved in adding a favicon to your webpage using HTML. You can use any image you like for your favicon, but keep in mind that simple, high-contrast images often work best given the favicon’s small size. You can also generate a custom favicon through sites like

A favicon is a small image that is located in the browser tab to the left of a webpage’s title. The image below illustrates the location of a favicon.

Image of Favicon

To add a favicon to your site, create a folder in your project directory called images (if you don’t already have one) and save your desired favicon image in this folder. If you don’t have an image, you download this Sammy the Shark image that we have hosted on our demonstration website. (For a refresher on how to add images to webpages using HTML, please visit our tutorial HTML Images from earlier in this tutorial series.

Next, add the <link> element (highlighted below) to your index.html file right below the <title> element. Your code should now be like this:

... <title> Sammy’s First Website </title> <link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/jpg" href=”Favicon_Image_Location”/> ... 

Make sure to replace Favicon_Image_Location with the relative file path of your favicon image. Save the index.html file and reload it in your web browser. Your browser tab should now contain a favicon image.

You should now know how to add favicon images to websites using HTML.