Every site needs a favicon. These small 16 x 16 images that appear in the left-hand corner of an internet user’s browser tab make a website distinguishable from another. It also supports your branding efforts.
This article reveals the top 10 favicon generators brands like yours can use to create a favicon for free.
HubSpot is better known for its inbound marketing and CRM software. However, it also offers one of the best favicon generators brands can use to set themselves apart in their customers’ browser tabs.
You can use this online tool to generate a favicon file without installing any design software or possessing design skills. And it’s 100% free.
Creating a favicon from scratch with HubSpot’s simple tool involves three simple steps:
- Conceptualize Your Design: Give the generator information like your brand’s name, industry, etc. The Favicon tool will give you personalized logos in response.
- Customize the Favicon: choose from thousands of customizable logo templates to customize your favicon image.
- Generate: you can generate beautiful favicons with this amazing tool in your preferred size.
HubSpot’s custom favicon maker supports image formats like ICO, JPEG, SVG, and PNG. It’s part of Hubspot’s Brand Kit Generator suite of online tools.
Favicon.io offers an amazing user experience in terms of its simplicity. This online favicon generator gives you three ways to create favicons: using an image, text, or emoji.
With the text option, you can set the font, background color, font size, and variant (e.g., “regular”) by filling out text fields, clicking on drop-down menus, and using the color picker.
The “generate from emoji” option gives you a choice of ten categories of emojis to use as your favicon icon:
The converter offers a straightforward way to convert an existing image into a favicon within minutes:
Simply drag and drop the image into the field or upload it from your computer. Once you’re done, you can download your new favicon, which is compatible with the most popular browsers.
Favicon.io is free to use. If you have trouble installing a favicon on your website, check out its tutorials section for how to add an ICO and PNG format favicon to your website.
Known for its design capabilities, Canva provides a suite of design tools. You can use these tools to create a favicon.
When you log into your free Canva account, you can create a custom design by clicking the “Custom Size” button in the top right corner of the screen.
Fill the dialogue box that pops up with Canva’s smallest image dimensions (48 x 48 pixels in size) and hit the “Create New Design” button.
Design your favicon as normal. You can upload an existing logo from your computer or use one of the many design templates Canva provides.
Once you’re through with your design, you can download it by going up to “File” in the menu bar and clicking on “Download” in the drop-down menu, as shown below:
Make sure to save the file in PNG format and give it a transparent background (available for Canva Pro users only):
Once you have the image on your computer, you’ll need to resize it to 16 x 16 pixels using a free photo editor like Pixlr.
Check out this YouTube video by Yes To Tech for a step-by-step guide on using Canva to create favicon images.
4. Favicon Generator
Favicon Generator lets you create favicons in your internet browser for free. This is one of the most straightforward and minimalist favicon tools available. It boasts an uncomplicated user interface that anyone can figure out.
Using the tool is simple enough: you choose your favicon size from the drop-down options (starting at 16 x 16 pixels). Afterward, click the green “Choose Image to UPLOAD” button to upload an image from your computer. Then, hit the blue “Create Favicon” button, and Favicon Generator does the rest.
Favicon Generator supports PNG, JPEG, JPG, and GIF file formats. You can upload any image as long as the image size doesn’t exceed 2MB.
This favicon generator is designed to ensure your favicon is compatible with all browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge) and platforms (Android, Mac OS, etc.). It offers a range of customization options, including the ability to add a background color or text overlay.
When using this generator, you’ll need to submit images that are at least 70 x 70 in width and height. However, they recommend uploading images whose dimensions are 260 x 260 pixels for optimal results. They also provide the option for you to demo a random image:
Impressively, RealFaviconGenerator can detect whether or not you uploaded a square image. If not, it’ll offer to fix the image by giving it transparent margins, as seen below:
RealFaviconGenerator also shows you what your favicon will look like in mobile and desktop browsers:
Finally, RealFaviconGenerator offers favicon checks. If you have an existing favicon for your website, you can get it audited by entering your website’s URL into the field shown in the image below.
It’ll come back with an analysis of your site’s favicon for the different platforms and browsers:
RealFaviconGenerator is 100% free to use. You can generate a favicon with it in as little as five minutes.
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Favicon.cc stands out from the rest of the generators on this list due to how you create favicons. In addition to creating a favicon from an imported image, you can use this tool to draw a favicon through editing tools like a brush, eraser, and color picker.
The above image shows Favicon.cc’s editor, where you can design a favicon by clicking the squares to color them.
In addition, Favicon.cc has a preview mode that lets you preview your finished favicon before downloading it:
And if your brand is a not-for-profit, you can publish your favicon under a Creative Commons license.
Favic-o-Matic is similar to Favicon Generator (discussed above) in the sense that it’s straightforward and barebones. You upload your image (Favic-o-Matic recommends image sizes of 32 x 32 pixels), and out comes a multi-platform-compatible favicon.
When you open the generator’s advanced settings, you can choose from several favicon file sizes starting from the web standard 16 x 16 pixel dimensions. Also, you can set a background color for your favicon so that it shows well as an app icon.
All favicons you create with Favic-o-Matic come out as a PNG or ICO file. The tool also generates the HTML code necessary to make your favicon look good on all major browsers.
Genfavicon offers a three-step approach to favicon creation:
- Upload a JPEG, GIF, or PNG image from your computer or supply the generator with the image’s URL (if it’s online).
- Use the tool’s previewer to crop the image to the size you want (as below):
- Hit the “Capture and Preview” button and download the favicon as a PNG or ICO file.
Admittedly, its user interface may confuse some, so you have to take note of the buttons (“Upload Image,” “Capture and Preview,” etc.).
But that aside, Genfavicon offers one of the quickest ways to generate a favicon for your brand.
Online-Convert.com is a website that converts everything from images and documents to videos and software. It has an image converter you can use to convert your images into favicons.
You can convert images into several formats, including SVG, BMP, PNG, and GIF. However, when generating a favicon, you’ll need to use its ICO file converter.
Either drag and drop or upload the image file from your computer or the internet and tweak the settings. You can alter the image’s size, sharpen it, remove its background, and more.
For favicons, Online-Convert.com recommends sizing them to the industry standard of 16 x 16 pixels.
10. ICO Convert
ICO Convert is a free favicon generator and icon maker. The tool lets you resize images, add effects to them (like borders and shadows), convert them to shapes of your choice, and more.
When you upload an image to the site, you can crop it before applying the styles mentioned above. After, you can choose whether to convert the file to a PNG or a Windows 7, 8, Vista, or XP-compatible ICO file.
Interestingly, ICO Convert supports batch uploads and conversions. You can convert multiple PNG files into one ICO file, batch-convert images to ICO, or batch-convert PNGs to ICO files. This will be handy if you have more than one brand and need to make multiple favicons.
Also, ICO Convert allows you to skip the cropping and effects application process when converting your images to ICO files/favicons. You can do that by visiting the site’s old homepage and doing your conversion from there.
Once you’re through doing your image conversion(s), download your converted favicon and use it on your website.
With one of the favicon generators in the above list, you can make your brand stand out when your potential customers visit your website. These tools offer an uncomplicated and convenient way to create favicons using your brand’s logo without needing design software.
Also, all these tools provide a free version to build your favicon without spending anything.