Widget to select Font Awesome symbol for Yii2.

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0.9.0 2019-01-01 19:56 UTC

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Widget to select a symbol from the Font Awesome collection for Yii 2.0 PHP Framework.

SymbolPicker lets you select the class name for a symbol in Font Awesome (up to version 4.3). It also lets you select class names for a color and for an additional effect.

A demonstration of SymbolPicker widget is here.


SymbolPicker only makes sense if Font Awesome is loaded in your site. The easiest way to achieve this, is to add a line to the css property of the site's AppAsset.php file (look into the assets directory), like so:

class AppAsset extends AssetBundle
    public $css = [
		...	// other css files

There are other methods to make Font Awesome available to your site.

Notice that SymbolPicker in its current form will not work with FontAwesome 5.0 and higher.


The preferred way to install SymbolPicker is through Composer. Either add the following to the require section of your composer.json file:

"sjaakp/yii2-symbol-picker": "*"

Or run:

composer require sjaakp/yii2-symbol-picker "*"

You can manually install SymbolPicker by downloading the source in ZIP-format.

Using SymbolPicker

SymbolPicker is a Yii 2.0 InputWidget. Like any other InputWidget it can be associated with a model and an attribute (or with a name and a value).

Symbolpicker is in namespace sjaakp\symbolpicker.

For instance, to associate SymbolPicker with the attribute 'icon' in a form view, use code like this:

use sjaakp\symbolpicker\SymbolPicker;
<?= $form->field($model, 'icon')->widget(SymbolPicker::class) ?>


SymbolPicker runs 'out of the box'. It has the following options to modify it's behaviour:

  • labels: list of labels used by the widget. If a label is set to false, the corresponding element is not rendered.
  • icons: list of selectable Font Awesome icons. Each item is the class name of an icon, without the 'fa-' part. So, for instance 'calculator' refers to the 'fa-calculator' icon. Default: all of the Font Awesome icons, excluding the aliases. Version 4.3. See:
  • colors: list of selectable colors. Each item is a color name, which will generate a 'col-***' color class name. For instance 'darkblue' refers to the class name 'col-darkblue'. Default: a selection of CSS3 named colors.
  • effects: list of selectable Font Awesome effects. Each item is the class name of an effect, without the 'fa-' part. So, for instance 'flip-horizontal' refers to the 'fa-flip-horizontal' effect. Default: most of the Font Awesome effects. Version 4.3.See:
  • buttonOptions: array of HTML options for the dropdown buttons. Default: [] (empty array). You may use this to set the CSS class of the buttons.

Of coarse, SymbolPicker also has the normal InputWidget properties.

Color classes

CSS color classes for all the CSS3 named colors are in the file assets\symbol-colors.css. You may use this in other parts of your project.