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Import SVG Directly as a ReactComponent

deadlybyte profile image Carl Saunders ・2 min read

I've been working on a React project that uses custom SVG icons and needed a nice way to import these icons. Since I'm using create-react-app, I've been able to import SVGs as React components.

import React from 'react';
import { ReactComponent as Icon } from './icon.svg';

<Icon />

Note: This feature is only available with react-script@2.0.0 and higher, and react@16.3.0 and higher.

Hey presto!πŸŽ‰

I can now access them as a normal React component, which saves me hassle.

You can also add props to the React component, just like you would normally. E.g.

import React from 'react';
import { ReactComponent as DevIcon} from './dev-brands.svg';
import './App.css';

export const App = () => <DevIcon title="DEV Icon" className="icon" />;
App.jsx - Code to import SVG as React Component
.icon {
  height: 24px;
  width: 24px;
App.css - CSS for the svg icon
<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false" data-prefix="fab" data-icon="dev" class="svg-inline--fa fa-dev fa-w-14" role="img" viewBox="0 0 448 512">
  <path fill="currentColor" d="M120.12 208.29c-3.88-2.9-7.77-4.35-11.65-4.35H91.03v104.47h17.45c3.88 0 7.77-1.45 11.65-4.35 3.88-2.9 5.82-7.25 5.82-13.06v-69.65c-.01-5.8-1.96-10.16-5.83-13.06zM404.1 32H43.9C19.7 32 .06 51.59 0 75.8v360.4C.06 460.41 19.7 480 43.9 480h360.2c24.21 0 43.84-19.59 43.9-43.8V75.8c-.06-24.21-19.7-43.8-43.9-43.8zM154.2 291.19c0 18.81-11.61 47.31-48.36 47.25h-46.4V172.98h47.38c35.44 0 47.36 28.46 47.37 47.28l.01 70.93zm100.68-88.66H201.6v38.42h32.57v29.57H201.6v38.41h53.29v29.57h-62.18c-11.16.29-20.44-8.53-20.72-19.69V193.7c-.27-11.15 8.56-20.41 19.71-20.69h63.19l-.01 29.52zm103.64 115.29c-13.2 30.75-36.85 24.63-47.44 0l-38.53-144.8h32.57l29.71 113.72 29.57-113.72h32.58l-38.46 144.8z"/>
dev-brands.svg - Dev Icon from FontAwesome


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I'm a full stack software developer specialising in React. With 20+ years’ experience, I'm passionate about following best practices and standards.


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