Grabbing a favicon from any website

Saturday, 5 May 2012

One of the great discoveries I made this week relates to grabbing a favicon from any website as required; Google has put together a handy API which takes in a URL, and outputs a PNG 16x16 image of the site’s favicon. This has the potential to be very handy for something. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to use it for, but I’m going to use it for something!

An example of this is:

<img src="">

Which outputs:

For a full demo of this head over the snippet page

Update: I’ve thrown together a JS Fiddle demoing a possible use for this. If anyone can work out a method of getting url() and attr() to concatinate nicely I will be a very happy person! I’ve got a demo of what I’m after using JavaScript, but I’m quite keen to have a CSS only method of achieving this!

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