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When you browse a web site, the "favicon" icon shows up next to the URL (or the bookmark).

If I want that graphic, is there a way to download it directly from the site? I'd prefer to download it directly from the web, but if all else fails, I'll dig it out of wherever it is stored on my computer (Windows 7, Firefox 3.6.6).

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11 Answers 11

up vote 98 down vote accepted

Studiohack has the "thorough" approach but heres a short hack:

  1. Enter the domain name like
  2. Add favicon.ico to the end
  3. Press enter (this should be in url:
  4. Right click on image and save as
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The other answers are all awesome. I learned a lot, thank you. But, for my specific purposes, this is what I was looking for. Accepted. – Robert Cartaino Jun 30 '10 at 2:44
Well, except for sites like Wikia. – Hello71 Jul 4 '10 at 22:14
So simple yet genius. – Raffi Khatchadourian Nov 23 '12 at 19:28

by reading you can also find that:

The following format is cross-browser compatible and is supported 
by Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.[3]

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="" />

Additionally the following is also acceptable:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/somepath/myicon.ico" />

The following shows the supported format of link tags, using examples, 
for HTML and XHTML.

<link rel="icon" type="image/" 
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="">
<link rel="icon" type="image/gif" href="">

so, the common practice is indeed to put a file called 'favicon.ico' on the root folder, but to be sure, you have to lookup the source code of the served file and see if and what is defined there.

eg, for it is

<link rel="shortcut icon" href=""> 
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I have found sites that don't store favicon.ico in the root folder, particularly on Wikia. But the above worked. – D Coetzee Dec 28 '12 at 18:19

You can't always add /favicon.ico (eg.
All of the answers are more complicated than necessary.

All you do is what is written here:

  1. Go to the target site.
  2. View the page source (Right click on the page and click on "View Page source") - using firefox, may be slightly different in other browsers.
  3. Search (Ctrl+F) for "shortcut icon"
  4. You should see something like this:

    link rel="shortcut icon" href=""/>

  5. Right click on the link and save the icon. Or, open the page using the URL and save the page.

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good advice! But not all sites specify it directly in the HTML, it can be inferred.. – Jeff Atwood May 31 '13 at 18:59
this worked when the /favicon.ico didn't. Thanks. – Joshua Dance Mar 8 at 22:16

You can do this using Google S2 converter.

Here is the syntax :


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great tool and faster than navigating to the specific favico url – Luca Steeb Oct 29 '15 at 21:07

In Firefox 3: Click the favicon, a popup appears, and you can click "more information" the window that pops up, go to the "Media" tab. Highlight the specific media item that you want (it shows a preview in the large, white space in the bottom of the window), then click "Save As". Give it a name, pick a location, and you're done! :)

Some sites may not have a favicon listed, but some will...hit or miss...try this on Super User...SU has a favicon listed...

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This works the same in Firefox latest (ver 21) however, if the favicon is in the root of the site ala the IE default, it won't show up as media there! Because it is not specified directly in the HTML, it's implied. – Jeff Atwood May 31 '13 at 18:58

No need for all that PHP crap.

All you need to do in Firefox is click the ico image in the URL, click "More Information", then click the "Media" button. Favicon.ico is usually the first one in the list and already highlighted, but if it isn't, scroll down and then click the "Save As" button.

By the way, since Firefox 16, ico images don't display in the URL field anymore, but do in each tab and can be grabbed in the same way.

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If you have JavaScript enabled, you could run this in the console :

(function() {
    var i=0;
    var arrLink = [];
    var found = 0;
    arrLink = document.getElementsByTagName('link');
    if (arrLink.length > 0) {
        for (i=0; i < arrLink.length; i++) {
            if (typeof arrLink[i].rel !== 'undefined' && arrLink[i].rel.indexOf('icon') > -1) {
                found = 1;
        if (found === 0) {
            alert('favico Not Found');
    } else {
        alert('favico Not Found');

Alternatively use the below code as a bookmark / paste in the URL :

javascript:(function(){var a=0,b=[],c=0,b=document.getElementsByTagName("link");if(0<b.length){for(a=0;a<b.length;a++)"undefined"!==typeof b[a].rel&&-1<b[a].rel.indexOf("icon")&&(c=1,[a].href));0===c&&alert("favico Not Found")}else alert("favico Not Found")})();
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Try this bit of PHP which grabs the favicon and saves it as an .ico file. You could probably use this to grab almost any file. Note the use of the 'b' for 'binary' flag.

    echo '<p>Fetching Favicon.ico.</p>';
    $in = fopen('', 'rb');
    $contents = '';
    while (!feof($in)) {
        $contents .= fread($in, 8192);
    $len = strlen($contents);
    echo '<p>Read ' . $len . ' bytes.</p>';

    $out = fopen('favicon.ico', 'wb');
    fwrite($out, $contents, $len);
    echo '<p>Written Favicon.ico.</p>';
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This might be work but its pretty overkill and doesn't match the OP's request for downloading it from Windows/Firefox. If you're going to use PHP, you might as well search for the link reference within the source code. – wag2639 Oct 4 '14 at 23:10

The easiest way to retrieve a site's icon programmatically is to use the service, and I'm not just saying that because I created it :)

It's a drop-in replacement for google's S2 service - it's free, lets you specify the icon size you want, and generates unique default icons for sites that don't have one. Just do this:

Or if you want a size other than the default 32px:

If you use jQuery, grabicon also has a code snippet that will "iconify" all the external links on your page. Best of all, it's actually supported - google's service is not intended for public use, so it could go away at any time.

If you have any questions or requests for features, please don't hesitate to ask.

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You should disclose that this is your website. Otherwise, it's a good answer. – Roald van Doorn Jan 25 '15 at 23:25
@RoaldvanDoorn valid point, I updated the answer to show that it's my service. Sorry for the oversight! – Jaime Bellmyer Jan 26 '15 at 17:39
Paid service starting from $9/mo – janot Feb 19 at 18:09

None of the previous answers worked for me as the site I needed the icon from was an internal site, did not expose it in the source, and did not allow appending /favicon.ico so I dug a bit more.

Chrome can reliably pull the favicon using this solution:

  1. Visit the site you want the favicon for
  2. Add 'chrome://favicon/' before the sites url.
  3. Right click on image
  4. Save image as...
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just copy the url from the address bar and take the website and right-click and select view source or on the address bar type:view-source:website address.If you want to get the icon of facebook,just type, view-source: and just press Ctrl and F together and type .ico and you will see a link.In that there will be a text with .ico highlighted with green color.Press that link.You will see the icon.Right click > Save Image As and then give name and save it.

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