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Zero byte favicon markup

Keep the favicons without any of the markup

Favicons are the small icons that appear in browser tabs, usually next to the title of a website.

Every website should have a favicon to help differentiate it from websites in other tabs.

~75% of websites have a tag in the <head> letting the browser know where to find the site's favicon.1

a basic favicon link

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

You don't need this code!

By default, all browsers look for a file /favicon.ico in a site's root directory.

So, you can avoid having any links in your <head> by hosting a favicon at the root of your site:


So, if your favicon is already hosted at your site's root, and is in the .ico format — you can go ahead and delete that link from your <head>.

What about different favicon sizes?

Sometimes you'll see links to different favicon sizes in the <head>, like this:

Favicons with different sizes

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<link rel="icon" type="image/png" sizes="96x96" href="/favicon-96x96.png">
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" sizes="32x32" href="/favicon-32x32.png">
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" sizes="16x16" href="/favicon-16x16.png">

These links let the browser know the location of multiple favicon sizes. The browser then picks the size that best suits it, the device, or the context.

However, you don't need to do this to support multiple icon sizes.

A single .ico file can contain multiple icons with different dimensions.

.ico isn't really an image format. It's a container for .bmp and .png.

So you can remove all those seperate <link> tags, and replace them with a single favicon.ico in your site's root directory.

How to make a favicon containing multiple icons using gimp

Further optimizations

By default, favicons are cached for a long period of time. So any optimization to the favicon itself is ineffective at saving data overall.

However, there's no downside to having an extremely lightweight favicon. So consider optimizing your favicon's size anyway.

Your favicon may not be effectively compressed — so consider using the online tool Squoosh to compress pngs before turning them into ico files.

Similar optimizations can also be achieved with apple-touch-icons and Tiles for Windows.

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