Changing website favicon dynamically

Changing website favicon dynamically

I have a web application that’s branded according to the user that’s currently logged in. I’d like to change the favicon of the page to be the logo of the private label, but I’m unable to find any code or any examples of how to do this. Has anybody successfully done this before?
I’m picturing having a dozen icons in a folder, and the reference to which favicon.ico file to use is just generated dynamically along with the HTML page. Thoughts?

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

Why not?

(function() {
    var link = document.querySelector("link[rel*='icon']") || document.createElement('link');
    link.type = 'image/x-icon';
    link.rel = 'shortcut icon';
    link.href = 'http://www.stackoverflow.com/favicon.ico';
    document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(link);
})();

Firefox should be cool with it.

edited to properly overwrite existing icons

Solution 2:

Here’s some code that works in Firefox, Opera, and Chrome (unlike every other answer posted here). Here is a different demo of code that works in IE11 too. The following example might not work in Safari or Internet Explorer.

/*!
 * Dynamically changing favicons with JavaScript
 * Works in all A-grade browsers except Safari and Internet Explorer
 * Demo: http://mathiasbynens.be/demo/dynamic-favicons
 */

// HTML5™, baby! http://mathiasbynens.be/notes/document-head
document.head = document.head || document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0];

function changeFavicon(src) {
 var link = document.createElement('link'),
     oldLink = document.getElementById('dynamic-favicon');
 link.id = 'dynamic-favicon';
 link.rel = 'shortcut icon';
 link.href = src;
 if (oldLink) {
  document.head.removeChild(oldLink);
 }
 document.head.appendChild(link);
}

You would then use it as follows:

var btn = document.getElementsByTagName('button')[0];
btn.onclick = function() {
 changeFavicon('http://www.google.com/favicon.ico');
};

Fork away or view a demo.

Solution 3:

If you have the following HTML snippet:

<link id="favicon" rel="shortcut icon" type="image/png" href="favicon.png" />

You can change the favicon using Javascript by changing the HREF element on this link, for instance (assuming you’re using JQuery):

$("#favicon").attr("href","favicon2.png");

You can also create a Canvas element and set the HREF as a ToDataURL() of the canvas, much like the Favicon Defender does.

Solution 4:

jQuery Version:

$("link[rel='shortcut icon']").attr("href", "favicon.ico");

or even better:

$("link[rel*='icon']").attr("href", "favicon.ico");

Vanilla JS version:

document.querySelector("link[rel='shortcut icon']").href = "favicon.ico";

document.querySelector("link[rel*='icon']").href = "favicon.ico";

Solution 5:

A more modern approach:

const changeFavicon = link => {
  let $favicon = document.querySelector('link[rel="icon"]')
  // If a <link rel="icon"> element already exists,
  // change its href to the given link.
  if ($favicon !== null) {
    $favicon.href = link
  // Otherwise, create a new element and append it to <head>.
  } else {
    $favicon = document.createElement("link")
    $favicon.rel = "icon"
    $favicon.href = link
    document.head.appendChild($favicon)
  }
}

You can then use it like this:

changeFavicon("http://www.stackoverflow.com/favicon.ico")

Solution 6:

The favicon is declared in the head tag with something like:

<link rel="shortcut icon" type="image/ico" href="favicon.ico">

You should be able to just pass the name of the icon you want along in the view data and throw it into the head tag.