How to Use SVG Icons in React App?

June 21, 2022

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How to Use SVG Icons in React App?
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We don't need special treatment for SVG. We can have SVG tag in JSX the same way we have div or anchor tag.

export const CoffeeIcon = () => {
  return (
      viewBox="0 0 24 24"
      className="feather feather-coffee"
      <path d="M18 8h1a4 4 0 0 1 0 8h-1"></path>
      <path d="M2 8h16v9a4 4 0 0 1-4 4H6a4 4 0 0 1-4-4V8z"></path>
      <line x1="6" y1="1" x2="6" y2="4"></line>
      <line x1="10" y1="1" x2="10" y2="4"></line>
      <line x1="14" y1="1" x2="14" y2="4"></line>

I store all the icons for my app in the ui/icons folder. If we open any of those files, we'll find a regular React component that I render as any other React component.

To find an SVG icon for my project, I usually go to websites like Google Fonts or Feather.

To get a bell icon, I would search for it, download the icon, then open it in the code editor.

Then I would create a component, copy-paste SVG content into the icon component, then fix all format errors with VS Code's auto-fix. We don't want a hardcoded size. Let's set it to 1em width and height to make it the same size as the parent. To inherit the parent's color, we'll set the stroke to currentColor.