Set Font Awesome icons as cursor - is this possible?

There is jQuery Awesome Cursor, where you can add font-awesome icons to your cursor by calling only one simple code:


Or passing it some options:

$('body').awesomeCursor('pencil', {
  /* your options here */
  size: 22,
  color: 'orange',
  flip: 'horizontal'

Disclaimer: I am NOT the author of this library I have just found it.

The canvas method mentioned results in blurry cursors.

Using SVG offers better results:

  • Download the SVG for the icon you want to use from Encharm's Font-Awesome-SVG-PNG.
  • Edit the SVG using a text editor and specify the width and height you'd like to use
    • e.g.: 24 x 24.
    • Keep in mind there's usually a maximum size in the browser (128 x 128 in Firefox.)
  • Declare the cursor in CSS, e.g.: cursor: url( '/assets/img/volume-up.svg' ), pointer;

Got it!

  1. Create a canvas
  2. Draw the fa icon on it
  3. Change it into a base-64 image url
  4. Apply the image on the cursor css style

And I made a demo:


$(function() {
    var canvas = document.createElement("canvas");
    canvas.width = 24;
    canvas.height = 24;
    var ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");
    ctx.fillStyle = "#000000";
    ctx.font = "24px FontAwesome";
    ctx.textAlign = "center";
    ctx.textBaseline = "middle";
    ctx.fillText("\uf002", 12, 12);
    var dataURL = canvas.toDataURL('image/png')
    $('body').css('cursor', 'url('+dataURL+'), auto');
body {
    position: fixed;
    left: 0;
    right: 0;
    top: 0;
    bottom: 0;
<script src=""></script>

In the end, I couldn't get @fish_ball's code working reliably, so I just downloaded the images, used gimp to crop and edit them to 32×32px, and used them like this:

.myClass { cursor: url('/static/img/pencil30_32x32.png') 1 30, crosshair }

The 1 30 part sets the mouse pointer 'hotspot' 1px from the left and 30px from the top of the image.