The Icon Block


A simple little block that allows you add a custom SVG icon or graphic to the Block Editor (Gutenberg).

The plugin also includes the complete WordPress icon library with 270+ SVG icons to choose from!

Key Features

  • 270+ native WordPress icons, including social logos
  • Use any custom SVG icon or graphic
  • Includes some handy icon controls (link, rotate, alignment, colors, border, padding, margin, etc.)
  • No block library required 🎉
  • Built almost entirely with native WordPress components
  • Will get additional functionality as it’s added to WordPress core
  • Register your own custom icon library. Learn more.

Stay Connected


  • The Icon Block includes the WordPress icon library allowing you to quickly and easily insert 270+ graphics.
  • Create your own custom icons by simply copy/pasting the SVG code. Then modify the icon to suit your needs.
  • The Icon Block comes with numerous icon controls such as color, rotation, alignment, padding, and border radius.
  • Whether you need a big icon, or a small one, the Icon Block adapts to your layout. Give it a try with the Row block in Gutenberg!
  • Use the "quick inserter", to quickly pick the WordPress icon you need.
  • The WordPress icon library modal is complete with categories, search, and preview size functionality.
  • Custom icons are added via their own insertion modal with a large textarea and the ability to preview the SVG code.
  • You are not limited to traditional icons. Any SVG-based graphic will work as well. The block will respect any hard coded color/fill values in the provided SVG.


Dieses Plugin unterstützt 1 Block.

  • The Icon Block Add an SVG icon or graphic.


  1. You have a couple options:
    • Go to Plugins → Add New and search for „Icon Block“. Once found, click „Install“.
    • Download the Icon Block from and make sure the folder us zipped. Then upload via Plugins → Add New → Upload.
    • Open the block inserter within the Block Editor (Gutenberg) and search for „icon“. The plugin should appear and allow you to it install directly. Skip steps 2 and 3.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‚Plugins‘ screen in WordPress.
  3. Search for the block within the Block Editor (Gutenberg) and begin using.


Where can I get more icons?

Currently, the Icon Block only includes the WordPress icon library. That said, the plugin allows you to render any SVG-based icon by simply copy/pasting the code into the icon textarea when using the „Add custom icon“ option! See the screenshots for reference. This gives you complete flexibility and allows you to use practically any icon you want. A great source for free SVG icons is Google’s Material Icons project, Font Awesome, and Iconic, just to name a few.

The Icon Block also allows you to register your own custom block library. This needs to be done externally in your theme, or via a plugin, but provides complete flexibility over the icons available in the plugin. Learn more.

Why is my icon not changing color?

The Icon Block includes controls for the icon’s color and background. However, if your SVG icon has hard coded color/fill values, the plugin will respect those instead of any applied custom colors.

Why is the block not working for certain users?

WordPress only allows Administrators and Editors to save „Unfiltered HTML“ content, which includes SVGs. The Icon Block will not work properly for users who are at the Author level or lower.

Note that WordPress multisite installations have additional restrictions. „Unfiltered HTML“ is restricted to Super Admins on multisite. To enable „Unfiltered HTML“ content for site Administrators and Editors, you will need to use a code snippet, the Unfiltered MU plugin, or something similar. Regrettably, this is a WordPress restriction and needs to be handled outside of the Icon Block.


8. August 2022
This is a very well programmed plug-in that just works. It is also very helpful in getting a better understanding of building custom blocks. Thanks Nick! I would love to see this implentation in core over time.
22. April 2022
A solid well-built plugin that does exactly what it sets out to do. A good library of existing icons and super easy upload of custom SVGs. Support of fill & background colours. Thank you for providing this to the WP community!
28. Jänner 2022
A small a simple plugin that just does what it is supposed to do, show icons. A great developer that responds fast and does everything to make this the best icon block possible.
25. November 2021
It's a good Plugin! I always coded an Icon Block for myself but this one features everything I need. Just the classes that are applied from my theme json colors where not right. But this was no effort for me, I just changed the name of my colors (without _ and no camelCase).
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1.2.0 – 2022-05-02


  • Add alpha support for icon and background colors.
  • Add link rel support.
  • Add support for custom icon types.
  • Add new WordPress icons: post, postTerms, queryTitle, removeSubmenu, and row


  • Remove deprecated WordPress icons: alignJustifyAlt, cogAlt, and trashFilled

1.1.2 – 2022-01-27


  • Fix bug where custom SVG icons with style attributes would not render correctly. Thanks @endres for reporting this issue.

1.1.1 – 2022-01-25


  • Include both theme and WordPress default color palettes in the icon and background color picker.

1.1.0 – 2022-01-25


  • Add additional border support (color, width, style)
  • Add margin support
  • Add the ability to set an aria-label on the icon and link.
  • Add the core Unlock icon.
  • Add the core Comment Author Avatar icon.
  • Add the core Comment Author Name icon.
  • Add the core Comment Content icon.
  • Add the core Comment Edit Link icon.
  • Add the core Comment Reply Link icon.


  • Update inserter modal components to use isFullScreen to better resemble core modals.
  • Update styling on inserter modals for improved mobile responsiveness.
  • Import the Align None, Color, Reset, and Styles icons directly from @wordpress/icons.
  • Remove the custom search component in favor of the core component from @wordpress/components.
  • Restructure stylesheets to better conform with block standards.


  • Fix bug where hyphens and colons would be incorrectly stripped from attribute names in custom icons. Thanks @stokesman for the PR. (#5)

1.0.0 – 2021-10-06


  • Added the WordPress icon library featuring 270+ icons.
  • Add new placeholder and quick icon insertion experience.
  • Added new custom icon editing modal for an improved insertion experience.

0.1.2 – 2021-09-27


  • Added scale transform on the frontend when an icon is linked to improve a11y. This matches the hover styling in the core WordPress Social Icons block. Future improvements are planned, including dedicated hover/focus settings within the block itself.


  • Fixed translation file.
  • Fixed version in block.json so block can be added to the Block Directory.

0.1.1 – 2021-09-25


  • Fixed SVG sanitization for non-standard SVGs.

0.1.0 – 2021-09-25

  • Initial release 🎉