I use i3wm with the i3status bar. My configuration file uses "FontAwesome 10" font specification for displaying various icons in the bar. Now a new Version of Font Awesome is around. When I, as before, copy-paste the icons into the config-files they are not recognized because i3wm is sourcing the old version of the font (4.7.0).

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I have installed the new version (5.7.2), however it is not used by i3wm. Can I force/specify i3 to use a certain font version? How?

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I don't know what OS you're on (I use Ubuntu, currently 18.04), but for me if apt package hasn't updated to the newest FontAwesome version, I manually download the newest package from the site.

  • I save the new .otf files in /usr/share/fonts/opentype/font-awesome/
  • I save the new .eot, .svg, .ttf, .woff, .woof2 files in /usr/share/fonts-font-awesome/fonts

Be sure to reload the font cache with sudo fc-cache -f -v.

As an aside, I also recommend at least looking into polybar. It's really flexible, and it works perfectly with FontAwesome as well. I moved from i3status bar quite a while ago now.


You could override your system fonts with new version installed locally. Download new font version and unpack it into ~/.local/share/fonts/. Then check that font cache is updated:

$ fc-list |grep Awesome
/home/user/.local/share/fonts/Font Awesome 5 Free-Solid-900.otf: Font Awesome 5 Free,Font Awesome 5 Free Solid:style=Solid
/home/user/.local/share/fonts/Font Awesome 5 Free-Regular-400.otf: Font Awesome 5 Free,Font Awesome 5 Free Regular:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/opentype/font-awesome/FontAwesome.otf: FontAwesome:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/woff/font-awesome/fontawesome-webfont.woff: FontAwesome:style=Regular
/home/user/.local/share/fonts/Font Awesome 5 Brands-Regular-400.otf: Font Awesome 5 Brands,Font Awesome 5 Brands Regular:style=Regular
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/font-awesome/fontawesome-webfont.ttf: FontAwesome:style=Regular

You may need to restart i3status after that.

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