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¿Why can't it find a favicon?

The main reason why can't find a page favicon is that the page generates the HTML favicon code in a dinamic way, using javascript. An example of this is the site, which loads favicon info via javascript, and browsers can translate them to HTML, but it's no an easy thing for, so it's not planed to implement this feature in future.

¿Why does it find a favicon but it's not displayed correctly?

This problem can appear when the page has a BMP image as favicon. doesn't have a full support for BMP and it can't handle 32 and 16 bpps images, so they are displayen in an unexpected way. We are working in this issue to fix it as soon as possible.

If the problem you have is that the icon has incorrect black parts, see ¿Why does a favicon have the background black?

¿Why does it find more than one favicon?

There is no standard way to include the favicon information in the HTML, because of this, each internet browser has implemented a different way to get the image, so there are several methods to make the favicon to show up. Web developers prone to implement all these ways to feel sure them favicons will be displayed, hence finds several favicons. For further information see ¿How can i put an image as favicon in my page?.

¿What does the method mean in a favicon search?

There are several methods to tell the browser where is the favicon on a site and check them when it's searching for a favicon:

  • apple: The favicon is declared in the code of the page by a link html tag, with a rel="apple-touch-icon"
  • icon: The favicon is declared in the code of the page by a link html tag, with a rel="icon"
  • favicon.ico: The favicon is a file named "favicon.ico" in the root folder of the site
  • shortcut icon: The favicon is declared in the code of the page by a link html tag, with a rel="shortcut icon"

This are the usual methods to declare a favicon, for further information see ¿How can i put an image as favicon in my page?

Show a favicon

¿Why does it show a earth globe instead a favicon?

When you choose the option "show favicon" and can't retrieve the favicon on that page, it displays a default image instead an error. This default image is the grey and green earth globe:

not found image globeImage shown in case the favicon can't be found

To get more chances to find the favicon, try to search for short address, search for the domain if it is possible. For example try to search for:


instead of:


¿Why does a favicon have the background black?

A lot favicons are images with transparences, but there are some image types which can't handle transparency, they are JPEG and BMP, and if we try to transform a transparent image to those image types, transparent colors become black. To get the image well displayed, save these favicons as PNG. favicon with black favicon as a JPG image.

¿Is there a way to use getfavicon automatically? can be used directly by url, without vising the main page. This is useful when you want to show a page favicon from your website, or add images to our RSS feeds.

The method to build a url to the desired favicon is:[domain]/[name].[extension]

Replace [domain] for the domain address whose favicon we want. For example,
Replace [name] for the name we like for the favicon file. In this case we will call it favicon.
And finally, we replace [extension] for the image type extension. We can choose among png, gif, jpg and ico. For this example we'll choose png.

So, to access to our favicon directly we can use the following url: favicon as png

We have also the option to change the resolution of the image which gives, just modifying the url a little bit in the following way:[resolution].png

So changing the value of [resolution], we will get a bigger or smaller image. Here we can see how it works:

30 pixels favicon30x30 pxs resolution:
72 pixels favicon72x72 pxs,

You should know that if the favicon we want doesn't have a high resolution, increasing the image size will make the image appears a little distort.

If we don't write a resolution in the url, a 16x16 pixels image will be displayed, and the maximum resolution allowed is 128px.

¿Can I use get favicon to display images on my web site?

Of course you can. You only have to get the favicon url as described in ¿Is there a way to use getfavicon automatically?, and then use it as a normal image.

Creation of favicons

¿How can I create a favicon with several images inside?

Unfortunately, there is not a web app which allows to make an icon with several images inside yet, so we will have to dowload some program to do it. From we reccomend the application that appear in our guide, free software which makes easy to create a multimage icon from a simple image, with several resolutions and color dephs.

As a recommendation, you can have a look to the guide How to create a good favicon, where you have tips about which resolutios are good to include.

¿How can I create a favicon for my page?

Nowadays, almost every image type and size are good for using as a favicon, although, for compatibility sake, it is recommended to use ICO files as favicons. Before creating a favicon we recommend to read our guide How to create a good favicon, and then see ¿How can I create a favicon with several images inside? and ¿How can I put an image as favicon in my page?.

¿How can i put an image as favicon in my page?

Bad news, there is not a standard method to include an image in a page as favicon. Becouse of this, a lot of web developers write more than one way to get the favicon on them pages. We can resume them in:

  • Meta tag <link rel="icon" type="image/png" href=""> in the head of the page. This one is the method recommended by the w3c, but the less spred on the web though.
  • Meta tag <link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/favicon.ico" /> in the head of the page. This is the most used method of all, and it is recognized by most browsers.
  • Put the favicon as a file named favicon.ico at the document root folder of the page. This was the way that IE used to get the favicon for the bookmarks. All current browsers keep using this way of get the favicon for compatibility sake, but it's less flexible, if you rename or move the file the favicon is not shown any longer.
If you are wondering "what should I write in the type attributes?", here you have the most used MIME types:
  • ICO: "image/x-icon"
  • GIF: "image/gif"
  • JPG: "image/jpeg"
  • BMP: "image/bmp"
  • PNG: "image/png"

¿What does bits per pixel means?

It is a way to tell how many color the image can have, as more bpp, more colors can the image store, but also will make the filesize bigger. It's not good to have a very big image file as favicon, so it is necessary to fand the balance between bpp and file size.

¿What is a pixel?

A pixel is just a color point, a dot of the image. If we consider the image is a set of color points, the pixel would be the smallest part that we could divide the image into..

¿What is the image resolution?

The resolution can be intrepreted as the number of pixels that an image contains. It's usual that the resolution is divided in horizontal resolution and vertical resolution, so if we read anywhere that an image has a 16x32 pixels resolution, we must understand that the image is 16 pixels wide and 32 pixels high.

¿Why does a favicon have more than one image?

ICO files can store more than one image inside. This is an advantage, because it's possible to use one image or other, depending on what we want to do. Talking about favicons, to include a big image inside can be useful to spread the image of our page. For further information, you can have a look to our guide How to create a good favicon

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