How to add a favicon to your website - ICO format

Use this tutorial if you have an ICO formatted favicon. An ICO formatted favicon ends with the .ico file extension. If you have a PNG formatted favicon use this tutorial instead.

Step 1: Name Your Favicon

Make sure that your favicon is named favicon.ico. The naming of the file is important because web browsers automatically look for a file with that specific name. If you need to use a custom name then head to this advanced tutorial.

Step 2: Upload Your Favicon

Upload your favicon to your website's main or root directory. The file should be accessible at yourwebsite.com/favicon.ico. The location of the file is important because web browsers will automatically look for a file named favicon.ico in that specific location. If you need to use a custom location then head to this advanced tutorial.

Step 3: Testing

Once you've uploaded the favicon you should be able to verify that installation worked by viewing the favicon in the tab of the browser. Bookmark your webpage to validate that the favicon shows up in the bookmarks bar as well.

Step 4: Debugging

Why isn't my favicon being displayed?

The most likely scenario is that your favicon is misnamed or was installed in the wrong directory. Make sure that your favicon is accessible at yourwebsite.com/favicon.ico

Why isn't it displaying the latest version?

Web browsers cache the favicon and sometimes display older versions. You may need to clear your cache if seems like your favicon is not updating. This will force the browser to display the latest version of your favicon.