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Favicon Fetcher is a fantastic Laravel package that can be used for fetching favicons from websites. This package has been developed and tested to work with the following minimum requirements:

  • PHP 8.0
  • Laravel 8.0

Install the Package

You can install the package via Composer:

composer require ashallendesign/favicon-fetcher

You can then publish the package’s config file by using the following command:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\FaviconFetcherProvider"


Fetching Favicons

Once the package is installed, you can start fetching the favicons from different websites.

Using the fetch Method

To fetch a favicon from a website, you can use the fetch method which will return an instance of AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\Favicon:

use AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\Facades\Favicon;

$favicon = Favicon::fetch('');

Using the fetchOr Method

If you’d like to provide a default value to be used if a favicon cannot be found, you can use the fetchOr method.

For example, if you wanted to use a default icon ( if a favicon could not be found, your code could look something like this:

use AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\Facades\Favicon;

$favicon = Favicon::fetchOr('', '');

This method also accepts a Closure as the second argument if you’d prefer to run some custom logic. The url field passed as the first argument to the fetchOr method is available in the closure. For example, to use a closure, your code could look something like this:

use AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\Facades\Favicon;

$favicon = Favicon::fetchOr('', function ($url) {
    // Run extra logic here...

    return '';


Favicon Fetcher provides the functionality to use different drivers for retrieving favicons from websites.

Available Drivers

By default, Favicon Fetcher ships with 4 drivers out-the-box: http, google-shared-stuff, favicon-kit, and unavatar.

The http driver fetches favicons by attempting to parse “icon” and “shortcut icon” link elements from the returned HTML of a webpage. If it can’t find one, it will attempt to guess the URL of the favicon based on common defaults.

The google-shared-stuff driver fetches favicons using the Google Shared Stuff API.

The favicon-kit driver fetches favicons using the Favicon Kit API.

The unavatar driver fetches favicons using the Unavatar API.

Storing Favicons

After fetching favicons, you might want to store them in your filesystem so that you don’t need to fetch them again in the future. Favicon Fetcher provides two methods that you can use for storing the favicons: store and storeAs.

Using store

If you use the store method, a filename will automatically be generated for the favicon before storing. The method’s first parameter accepts a string and is the directory where the favicon will be stored. You can store a favicon using your default filesystem disk like so:

use AshAllenDesign\FaviconFetcher\Facades\Favicon;

$faviconPath = Favicon::fetch('')->store('favicons');

// $faviconPath is now equal to: "/favicons/abc-123.ico"

For more details, Visit Github.


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Published at : 08-09-2022

Author : Rizwan Aslam
Rizwan Aslam

I am a highly results-driven professional with 12+ years of collective experience in the grounds of web application development especially in laravel, native android application development in java, and desktop application development in the dot net framework. Now managing a team of expert developers at Codebrisk.

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