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An Icon is a graphical representation of an idea.


When to use icons

Icons are used to give the user additional context for understanding the interface. This component can be used inside other components, like a Button.

Codex contains a list of icons. Read more about how to use and create Codex icons.



Icon size can be 20px, 16px or 12px. Icon base size will be 20px, while 16px will be used for small icons. We will use 12px just for a limited set of specific use cases.

Icon in available sizes: 20px, 16px, and 12px.

  • 20px icons should be used by default size, including in elements with a min-height of 32px (like the start icon within the TextInput).
  • 16px icons should be in elements with a height less than 32px (like the start icon within the InfoChip) or for controls in elements with a min-height of 32px (like the dropdown arrow’s icon in the Select).
  • 12px icons will only be used for a small set of specific cases, like the external-link icon, or for controls in elements with a height less than 32px (like the remove buttons for chips in the ChipInput).


Base-color icons being used within a Menu.

Icons will always use Gray750 if used individually, and not as part of another component.

Icons with colors being used within a Button.

Icons used within other components inherit the color of the accompanying label.

Refer to the Icon component in Codex Figma.

Interaction states

Icons serve as both informative and decorative elements, so they do not inherently exhibit states on their own. Instead, an icon will adopt the state of the text or component it is placed within.


Simple icon


Reading direction

Using icons in buttons

Icons can be used inside other components, like buttons. For demos of how to use icons inside buttons, see the Button documentation.

Icon sizes

Icons support a few different pre-defined size options. Right now the supported sizes are: medium, small, and x-small.

If no size property is provided, the medium size will be used by default.

Icon size examples for all supported size values.
Example icon at medium sizeMedium Icon20px
Example icon at small sizeSmall Icon16px
Example icon at extra-small sizeExtra-small Icon12px


x-small icon size is only intended for use in certain special cases. Most components should use Icons in small or medium size.

Vue usage


Prop nameDescriptionTypeDefault
icon(required)The SVG path or an object containing that path plus other data.Icon
iconLabelAccessible label for the icon. If not included, the icon will be hidden from screen readers via aria-hidden="true". Browsers also display this label as a tooltip when the user hovers over the icon. Note that this label is not rendered as visible text next to the icon.string''
langExplicitly set the language code to use for the icon. See Defaults to the lang attribute of the nearest ancestor at mount time.string|nullnull
dirExplicitly set the direction to use for the icon. See Defaults to the computed direction at mount time.HTMLDirection|nullnull
sizeSpecify icon size by choosing one of several pre-defined size options. See the type documentation for supported size options. The medium size is used by default if no size prop is provided.IconSize'medium'

CSS-only version

You can use icons in a no-JavaScript context via a the CSS icon Less mixin provided by the Codex library. To use this mixin, import the mixin file and apply .cdx-mixin-css-icon() to an empty <span> element. The parameters of the mixin are as follows:

Param nameDescriptionDefault
@param-icon (required)The icon to use, in the form of a Less variable. These variables are also provided by the mixin file. The syntax for the Less variable version of an icon name is @cdx-icon-icon-name, e.g. @cdx-icon-info-filled. See the list of all icons for icon names. To use a custom icon, set this to 'none', see how to use a custom icon below.
@param-fill-colorThe hex code of the fill color of the icon@color-base
@param-size-iconThe icon size@size-icon-medium
@param-is-button-iconWhether the icon is inside of a <button> elementfalse


Before importing the css-icon mixin, you must first import the design tokens. If you don't, you will get errors that look like variable @color-base is undefined.


Visit the Button docs for details on using CSS icons within buttons.


Map pin

Icon color

Use the second parameter of the .cdx-mixin-css-icon() mixin, @param-fill-color, to apply a hex code as the SVG fill color.


Icon sizes

Use the third parameter of the .cdx-mixin-css-icon() mixin, @param-size-icon, to use one of the pre-defined size options (@size-icon-medium, @size-icon-small, or @size-icon-x-small).

Bookmark (medium)

Bell (small)

Arrow next (extra-small)


The CSS icon mixin supports icons that differ between the left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) reading directions. To take advantage of this behavior, in RTL contexts, one of the following is required:

  • A dir="rtl" attribute set on the <html> element.
  • A dir="rtl" attribute set directly on the icon span.


In RTL contexts, ensure that a dir="rtl" attribute is set either on the <html> element or on the icon element itself.

Article (LTR)

Article (RTL)

Language support

The CSS-only icons mixin supports icons with language-specific variants.

Strikethrough (German)

Strikethrough (English)

Strikethrough (Finnish)

Custom icon

To use a custom icon:

  • Set the first parameter of the .cdx-mixin-css-icon() mixin to 'none'
  • Set mask-image and -webkit-mask-image to a URL that points to the icon image (this can be a data URL)


You must set both mask-image and -webkit-mask-image, because many browsers only respect the latter. This may happen automatically if you use a tool like Autoprefixer.

Custom icon