Add Heroicons to an Eleventy site


In a recent Eleventy project, I wanted an easy way to add Heroicons. That lead me to creating an Eleventy plugin that adds some handy Heroicon shortcodes. Here’s how to get started:

First, install eleventy-plugin-heroicons:

npm i -D eleventy-plugin-heroicons

Then, add the plugin to your .eleventy.js settings file with any other plugins:

// .eleventy.js

module.exports = (eleventyConfig) => {
eleventyConfig.addPlugin(require("eleventy-plugin-heroicons"));
};

With that in place, you are ready to use the heroicon shortcode. Head over to a markdown or template file and try it out:

<!-- contact.md -->

- {% heroicon "outline", "mail" %} Send me an email

Note: These examples are using Nunjucks syntax. If you are using Liquid, you can reference the official documentation for examples.

The heroicon shortcode takes a few arguments:

  1. The style of icon (outline or solid)
  2. The name of the icon
  3. An optional alt tag for the SVG

To save yourself a bit of time, you can use the heroicon_outline or heroicon_solid shortcodes which pass the style automatically. We could replace the previous example with:

<!-- contact.md -->

- {% heroicon_outline "mail" %} Send me an email

And it would work the same.

If you use the shortcode without alt text, and aria-hidden="true" attribute is applied to the svg element. When alt text is provided, a title element is added as the first child to the svg:

<!-- Input -->
{% heroicon_outline "heart", "Love" %}

<!-- Output -->
<svg
xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
fill="none"
viewBox="0 0 24 24"
stroke="currentColor"
data-heroicon-name="heart"
data-heroicon-style="outline"
>

<title>Love</title>
<path
stroke-linecap="round"
stroke-linejoin="round"
stroke-width="2"
d="M4.318 6.318a4.5 4.5 0 000 6.364L12 20.364l7.682-7.682a4.5 4.5 0 00-6.364-6.364L12 7.636l-1.318-1.318a4.5 4.5 0 00-6.364 0z"
/>

</svg>

This will enable screen-reader and other assistive technology users to understand what the icon represents. Without an alt tag, you’ll want to make sure that the meaning can be derived from context:

<button>
{% heroicon_solid "plus" %}
<span>Add item</span>
</button>

<button>
{% heroicon_solid "x" %}
<span class="visually-hidden">Close menu</span>
</button>

All of the icons have data-heroicon-name and data-heroicon-style attributes applied to the svg that you can use for styling:

[data-heroicon-style="outline"] {
width: 24px;
}

[data-heroicon-style="solid"] {
width: 20px;
}

[data-heroicon-name] {
padding: 2px;
}

If you’d prefer to use a class name, you can pass one on a configuration object while adding the plugin:

// .eleventy.js

module.exports = (eleventyConfig) => {
eleventyConfig.addPlugin(require("eleventy-plugin-heroicons"), {
className: 'icon'
});
};

There is also an option to errorOnMissing icons, which might be nice to ensure that all icons display as intended.

Hopefully that helps! Let me know if you have any suggestions for the package. PRs are most welcome .

Happy coding!

About the author

My name is Sean McPherson, and I am a software engineer interested in all areas of front-end development. Here I write articles about programming for developers of all levels, and occassionally other topics.

Currently I work for Niche.com and live with my lovely family in Pittsburgh, PA.