Font Awesome buttons in APEX 4.2

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How to create Font Awesome buttons in Apex

There is a nice blog from Dick Dral descibing how you can create links with a Font Awesome image. The same technique can be applied in Apex to create buttons. Because it’s Apex, the steps involved are somewhat different. This blog post describes how to create a couple of templates in APEX that will allow you to add a button with a Font Awesome image declaratively. That is select the proper template and then add the css classes to the property field. In order to achieve this you need to create several objects in your APEX workspace (Note: this works with theme 25):
upload a css file so that you can reuse the style definitions
create a page template with a reference to the Font Awesome css
create a Button template that can display a Font Awesome image

The css file

The css file is named fa_page.css (it must be included in you page definition), and it contains the code below. The first class defines some general properties for the Font Awesome image and a default size of 30 px. The other classes only define a size.
.fa-icon {
border-radius: 3px;
color: #FFFFFF;
font-family: FontAweSome;
font-size: 20px;
height: 30px;
width: 30px;
line-height: 30px;
margin: auto;
.fa60px {
font-size: 50px;
height: 60px;
width: 60px;
line-height: 60px;
.fa90px {
font-size: 80px;
height: 90px;
width: 90px;
line-height: 90px;
.fa120px {
font-size: 110px;
height: 120px;
width: 120px;
line-height: 120px;

The page template

Create a copy of a page template for example “One Level Tabs – Left Sidebar” and call it “fa One Level Tabs – Left Sidebar”. Edit the new page template: in the Definition/Header section add the following line in the <head> tag:

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”#WORKSPACE_IMAGES#fa_page.css” type=”text/css”>

in the Cascading Style Sheet/File Urls section add line:


The button Template

I couldn’t find a button template that displays a Font Awesome image properly, so a new one is needed. Create a copy of “Large Button – Icon Only” with name “fa Large Button – Icon Only”. Remove class “iconButton”, and add class “fa-icon”.

Apply on a page
Create a new page with a region. There is still one thing missing from the definitions and that is color. Edit the page, in the CSS/inline section add:

.fa-blue {
background-color: #3162A2;
.fa-orange {
background-color: #FC9C4B;
.fa-red {
background-color: #FF0000;
.fa-purple {
background-color: #292677;
.fa-green {
background-color: #6FAC04;

Now add some buttons to the region. Edit the button attributes, set Button style to Template Base Button, Button Template to “fa Large Button – Icon Only”. On the Font Awesome icons page, you can select the image you want and enter it’s name in the Button CSS Classes, add a color and a size and you’r done.

Font awesome example 1

Run the page. The page should look somwhat like this.

Font awesome example 2