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A jQuery plugin for using FontAwesome icons as custom CSS cursors. Also supports using a custom icon font instead of FontAwesome.

See https://jwarby.github.io/jquery-awesome-cursor/ for the full documentation and demos.


Requires jQuery and FontAwesome.

Getting started

Installing the plugin

via npm (recommended)

npm install jquery-awesome-cursor

<link rel="stylesheet" href="node_modules/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.min.css" type="text/css">
<script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="node_modules/jquery-awesome-cursor/dist/jquery.awesome-cursor.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

From v0.3.0 onwards, FontAwesome is marked as an optional dependency. If you plan on using jquery-awesome-cursor
with a different icon font, you can skip installation of any optional dependencies like this:

npm install --no-optional jquery-awesome-cursor
IMPORTANT: [email protected] won’t install peerDependencies anymore, so if you haven’t already installed jQuery you will get an UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY warning when you install. To fix, just do npm install jquery.

via bower

bower install jquery-awesome-cursor

<link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/fontawesome/css/font-awesome.min.css" type="text/css">
<script src="bower_components/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="bower_components/jquery-awesome-cursor/dist/jquery.awesome-cursor.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
IMPORTANT: from v0.3.0 onwards, you need to bring your own FontAwesome! FontAwesome is considered an optional dependency, but Bower doesn’t support optional dependencies – so you must install FontAwesome yourself. See #21.
bower install font-awesome

Manual installation

Download the production version or the development version. You will need to download and install FontAwesome manually as well.

In your web page:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/font-awesome.min.css" type="text/css">
<script src="/path/to/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="path/to/jquery.awesome-cursor.min.js"></script>

RawGit CDN

You could also use RawGit‘s CDN:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/font-awesome.min.css" type="text/css">
<script src="/path/to/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/jwarby/jquery-awesome-cursor/master/dist/jquery.awesome-cursor.min.js"></script>


Setting a cursor

You can set a FontAwesome cursor on any element by calling awesomeCursor, and passing the name of the icon you
want to use:

$('body').awesomeCursor('<icon name>');

See http://fontawesome.io/icons/ for a list of available icons.

Setting cursor options


Cursors can be any color you want, specified as a CSS color:

$('body').awesomeCursor('eyedropper', {
  color: '#ff0000'

$('body').awesomeCursor('eyedropper', {
  color: 'rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.75)'

$('body').awesomeCursor('eyedropper', {
  color: 'cyan'

$('body').awesomeCursor('eyedropper', {
  color: 'hsl(90, 100%, 50%)'


Cursors can be any size (specified in pixels):

$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  size: 32

Only pixel values are supported, as CSS cursor hotspots can only be specified in pixels.


The hotspot for a cursor can be defined, with an array containing the hotspot’s x and y offsets:

$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  hotspot: [0, 17]

Or, using a string descriptor:

$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  hotspot: 'bottom left'
String descriptors

The following values can be used in the hotspot string descriptor:

  • 'center': positions the hotspot’s x and y offset in the center of the cursor
  • 'left' : positions the hotspot’s x offset on the left of the cursor (equivalent to 0)
  • 'right' : positions the hotspot’s x offset on the far right of the cursor (equivalent to cursorSize – 1)
  • 'top' : positions the hotspot’s y offset at the top of the cursor (equivalent to 0)
  • 'bottom': positions the hotspot’s y offset at the bottom of the cursor (equivalent to cursorSize – 1)

The descriptors can be combined by space-separating them, e.g.:

  • 'top left'
  • 'center left'
  • 'bottom right'
  • 'top right'
  • etc.


Cursors can be flipped horizontally, vertically, or in both directions, by setting the flip option:

// Horizontal flip
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  flip: 'horizontal'

// Vertical flip
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  flip: 'vertical'

// Horizontal and Vertical flip
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  flip: 'both'


A cursor can be rotated any number of degrees using the rotate option:

// 45 degrees clockwise
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  rotate: 45

// 105 degrees anti-clockwise
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  rotate: -105


A cursor can be outlined in any color by setting the outline option to any valid CSS color:

// Red outline
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  outline: 'red'

// White outline
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  outline: 'white'

Using a different icon font

As of v0.1.0, a different icon font instead of FontAwesome can be used. To use a different font, the font option must be set to
an object, specifying the font family and the CSS class format for icons. The example below shows how typicons
icons can be used instead of FontAwesome icons:

// Using 'typicons' icons instead of FontAwesome
$('body').awesomecursor('brush', {
  font: {
    family: 'typicons',
    cssClass: 'typcn typcn-%s' // '%s' is the icon name ('brush')

In the above example, we set the font family to ‘typicons’, and set the cssClass to the format that typicons uses. %s denotes the
icon name that is passed as the first argument to awesomeCursor.

The cssClass option can either be a string, as shown above, or a function:

// Using 'typicons' instead of fontawesome
$('body').awesomecursor('brush', {
  font: {
    family: 'typicons',
    cssClass: function(name) {

      // `name` is 'brush'
      return 'typcn typcn-' + name;

You may want to set your replacement icon font as the default:

// Use 'typicons' as default
$.fn.awesomeCursor.defaults.font = {
  family: 'typicons',
  cssClass: 'typcn typcn-%s'

Note: the replacement icon font must use :before pseudo elements with unicode content


/* Set the body element's cursor to a green pencil, with the hotspot located at the bottom left of the cursor (where the
 * pencil tip is):
$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  color: 'green',
  hotspot: 'bottom left'

// Set the cursor to be a big blue location arrow icon:
$('body').awesomeCursor('location-arrow', {
  color: '#0050FF',
  hotspot: 'top right',
  size: 48

// Set the cursor to be a horizontally flipped version of the location arrow
$('body').awesomeCursor('location-arrow', {
  color: '#0050FF',
  hotspot: 'top right',
  size: 48,
  flip: 'horizontal'

// Set the cursor to be a red rotated left arrow
$('body').awesomeCursor('long-arrow-left', {
  color: 'red',
  hotspot: 'top left',
  rotate: 45,

// Set the cursor to a black eraser icon with a red outline
$('body').awesomeCursor('eraser', {
  color: 'black',
  outline: 'red'

Browser Support

  • Chrome
  • Firefox

Bugs and Feature Requests




  • Allow cursors to be flipped vertically and/or horizontally ✔ v0.0.2
  • Allow cursors to be rotated by an abitrary number of degrees ✔ v0.0.4
  • Optional outlines for cursors ✔ v0.0.5
  • Allow a different icon font to FontAwesome to be used ✔ v0.1.0
  • IE11 support (if possible)
  • Data API (under consideration) ✕ Not implemented
  • Support for composite cursors made of up of multiple icons, a la FontAwesome stacked icons (under consideration) ✕ Not implemented

Release History

  • v0.3.123rd Apr 2016 – Hotfix – change TravisCI node test versions to v4 and v5; add dotfiles back into bower ignore field
  • v0.3.023rd Apr 2016 – Make FontAwesome an optional dependency (#21); add an .npmignore file, update bower ignore field; updated devDependencies
  • v0.2.028th Mar 2016 – Bug fix for certain icons getting clipped when used as a cursor (#19)
  • v0.1.5 9th Dec 2015 – Add main to package.json, allowing plugin to be used properly when installed via npm and used with tools such as Browserify
  • v0.1.423rd Oct 2015 – Remove minor version constraints on bower/npm dependencies
  • v0.1.319th Oct 2015 – Bug fix for Chrome not updating cursor if cursor had already been set, run tests using Karma, using SPDX format for “license” field in package.json
  • v0.1.225th May 2015 – Bug fix for rendering artifacts in Chrome (#14)
  • v0.1.1 5th Mar 2015 – Bug fix for rendering artifacts in Firefox (#10)
  • v0.1.017th Dec 2014 – Add font option for specifying an alternative icon font to use instead of FontAwesome
  • v0.0.512th Dec 2014 – Add outline option for specifying an outline color for cursors
  • v0.0.429th Nov 2014 – Add rotate option for rotating cursor by a specified number of degrees. Flip transformation now
    applied after other transformations (e.g. rotate)
  • v0.0.317th Nov 2014 – Fix an error in the README file
  • v0.0.217th Nov 2014 – Add the flip option to allow cursors to be flipped horizontally, vertically, or in both directions
  • v0.0.110th Nov 2014 – First version


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