Custom Branding: Creating a favicon.ico file

This article covers how to generate a favicon.ico file or find an existing one your organization uses.

What is a favicon.ico file?


It's a small image file that is used in various spots in a web browser, namely in the browser tab and bookmark icon:


My website has one of these, how do I get ahold of it?


If you see your company's icon in the spots noted above, the simplest way to get to it is:
  1. Load your website in a browser
  2. Right-click on the page somewhere and select "View Source" or "View Page Source". 
  3. Search the page for ".ico". (Mac = Cmd+F, Windows = Ctrl+F). You should find something like this:



  4. Right-click on that link and select "Save link as..." or "Save target". Save the file to your computer.
You can also try to automatically find your website's favicon using http://www.google.com/s2/favicons?domain=trackvia.com
  1. Replace trackvia.com with your own domain.
  2. If a small image shows up, right-click the image and save it to your computer.

I need to create one, how do I do that?


Here are some online resources to help you create and understand favicon files:
  • http://www.favicon-generator.org/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon

Are there browser limitations with this?


Yes, Internet Explorer. As with most new web technology, IE 9 and below offer only limited support. We encourage all TrackVia users to use a modern browser such as Chrome or Firefox. 










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