Icon Buttons

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Icon buttons help people take supplementary actions with a single tap.

The top half of a phone application with a back icon button at the top left and three icon buttons on the top right, heart, share, and three dot.

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  1. Icon Button
  2. Filled Icon Button
  3. Filled Tonal Icon Button
  4. Outlined Icon Button

Use icon buttons to display actions in a compact layout. Icon buttons can represent opening actions such as opening an overflow menu or search, or represent binary actions that can be toggled on and off, such as favorite or bookmark.

Icon buttons can be grouped together or they can stand alone.

To use icons by name, see the Icon documentation for loading the icon font.

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<md-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>
<md-filled-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-icon-button>
<md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
<md-outlined-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-outlined-icon-button>

Add an href and optionally a target attribute to turn the icon button into a link.

<md-icon-button href="https://google.com">
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>
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Toggle icon buttons allow a single choice to be selected or deselected, such as adding or removing something from favorites.

Add a second icon in the slot="selected" slot to change the icon when selected. Toggle icon buttons can be pre-selected by adding the selected attribute.

<div>
  <md-icon-button toggle>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-icon-button>
  <md-filled-icon-button toggle>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-filled-icon-button>
  <md-filled-tonal-icon-button toggle>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
  <md-outlined-icon-button toggle>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-outlined-icon-button>
</div>
<div>
  <md-icon-button toggle selected>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-icon-button>
  <md-filled-icon-button toggle selected>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-filled-icon-button>
  <md-filled-tonal-icon-button toggle selected>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
  <md-outlined-icon-button toggle selected>
    <md-icon>close</md-icon>
    <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
  </md-outlined-icon-button>
</div>

Add an aria-label attribute to icon buttons whose labels need a more descriptive label.

<md-icon-button aria-label="Search for Contact">
  <md-icon>search</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>

Add an aria-label-selected attribute to toggle buttons whose labels need a more descriptive label when selected.

<md-icon-button toggle
  aria-label="Unselected"
  aria-label-selected="Selected">
  <md-icon>close</md-icon>
  <md-icon slot="selected">check</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>

Standard icon buttons do not have a background or outline, and have the lowest emphasis of the icon buttons.

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<md-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>
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Filled icon buttons have higher visual impact and are best for high emphasis actions.

<md-filled-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-icon-button>
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Filled tonal icon buttons are a middle ground between filled and outlined icon buttons. They're useful in contexts where the button requires slightly more emphasis than an outline would give, such as a secondary action paired with a high emphasis action.

<md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
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Outlined icon buttons are medium-emphasis buttons. They're useful when an icon button needs more emphasis than a standard icon button but less than a filled or filled tonal icon button.

<md-outlined-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-outlined-icon-button>

Icon Button supports Material theming and can be customized in terms of color, and shape.

TokenDefault value
--md-icon-button-icon-color--md-sys-color-on-surface-variant
--md-icon-button-state-layer-shape9999px
--md-icon-button-icon-size24px
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<style>
:root {
  --md-icon-button-icon-size: 32px;
  --md-sys-color-on-surface-variant: #dc362e;
  background-color: #fff8f6;
}
</style>

<md-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-icon-button>
TokenDefault value
--md-filled-icon-button-selected-container-color--md-sys-color-primary
--md-filled-icon-button-container-shape9999px
--md-filled-icon-button-container-width40px
--md-filled-icon-button-container-height40px
--md-filled-icon-button-icon-size24px
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<style>
:root {
  --md-filled-icon-button-container-width: 80px;
  --md-filled-icon-button-container-height: 80px;
  --md-filled-icon-button-icon-size: 40px;
  --md-filled-icon-button-container-shape: 0px;
  --md-sys-color-primary: #dc362e;
  background-color: #fff8f6;
}
</style>
<md-filled-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-icon-button>
TokenDefault value
--md-filled-tonal-icon-button-selected-container-color--md-sys-color-secondary-container
--md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-shape9999px
--md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-width40px
--md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-height40px
--md-filled-tonal-icon-button-icon-size24px

Filled Tonal Icon Button example

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<style>
:root {
  --md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-width: 80px;
  --md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-height: 80px;
  --md-filled-tonal-icon-button-container-shape: 0px;
  --md-filled-tonal-icon-button-icon-size: 40px;
  --md-sys-color-secondary-container: #006A6A;
}
</style>
<md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-filled-tonal-icon-button>
TokenDefault value
--md-outlined-icon-button-outline-color--md-sys-color-outline
--md-outlined-icon-button-outline-width1px
--md-outlined-icon-button-container-shape9999px
--md-outlined-icon-button-container-width40px
--md-outlined-icon-button-container-height40px
--md-outlined-icon-button-icon-size24px
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<style>
:root {
  --md-outlined-icon-button-container-width: 80px;
  --md-outlined-icon-button-container-height: 80px;
  --md-outlined-icon-button-container-shape: 0px;
  --md-outlined-icon-button-icon-size: 40px;
  --md-outlined-icon-button-outline-width: 4px;
  --md-sys-color-outline: #006A6A;
}
</style>
<md-outlined-icon-button>
  <md-icon>check</md-icon>
</md-outlined-icon-button>
PropertyAttributeTypeDefaultDescription
disableddisabledbooleanfalseDisables the icon button and makes it non-interactive.
flipIconInRtlflip-icon-in-rtlbooleanfalseFlips the icon if it is in an RTL context at startup.
hrefhrefstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's href resource attribute.
targettargetstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's target attribute.
ariaLabelSelectedaria-label-selectedstring''The aria-label of the button when the button is toggleable and selected.
toggletogglebooleanfalseWhen true, the button will toggle between selected and unselected states
selectedselectedbooleanfalseSets the selected state. When false, displays the default icon. When true, displays the selected icon, or the default icon If no slot="selected" icon is provided.
typetypestring'submit'
valuevaluestring''
namestringundefined
formHTMLFormElementundefined
labelsNodeListundefined

MdFilledIconButton <md-filled-icon-button>

Link to “MdFilledIconButton <md-filled-icon-button>”
PropertyAttributeTypeDefaultDescription
disableddisabledbooleanfalseDisables the icon button and makes it non-interactive.
flipIconInRtlflip-icon-in-rtlbooleanfalseFlips the icon if it is in an RTL context at startup.
hrefhrefstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's href resource attribute.
targettargetstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's target attribute.
ariaLabelSelectedaria-label-selectedstring''The aria-label of the button when the button is toggleable and selected.
toggletogglebooleanfalseWhen true, the button will toggle between selected and unselected states
selectedselectedbooleanfalseSets the selected state. When false, displays the default icon. When true, displays the selected icon, or the default icon If no slot="selected" icon is provided.
typetypestring'submit'
valuevaluestring''
namestringundefined
formHTMLFormElementundefined
labelsNodeListundefined

MdFilledTonalIconButton <md-filled-tonal-icon-button>

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PropertyAttributeTypeDefaultDescription
disableddisabledbooleanfalseDisables the icon button and makes it non-interactive.
flipIconInRtlflip-icon-in-rtlbooleanfalseFlips the icon if it is in an RTL context at startup.
hrefhrefstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's href resource attribute.
targettargetstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's target attribute.
ariaLabelSelectedaria-label-selectedstring''The aria-label of the button when the button is toggleable and selected.
toggletogglebooleanfalseWhen true, the button will toggle between selected and unselected states
selectedselectedbooleanfalseSets the selected state. When false, displays the default icon. When true, displays the selected icon, or the default icon If no slot="selected" icon is provided.
typetypestring'submit'
valuevaluestring''
namestringundefined
formHTMLFormElementundefined
labelsNodeListundefined

MdOutlinedIconButton <md-outlined-icon-button>

Link to “MdOutlinedIconButton <md-outlined-icon-button>”
PropertyAttributeTypeDefaultDescription
disableddisabledbooleanfalseDisables the icon button and makes it non-interactive.
flipIconInRtlflip-icon-in-rtlbooleanfalseFlips the icon if it is in an RTL context at startup.
hrefhrefstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's href resource attribute.
targettargetstring''Sets the underlying HTMLAnchorElement's target attribute.
ariaLabelSelectedaria-label-selectedstring''The aria-label of the button when the button is toggleable and selected.
toggletogglebooleanfalseWhen true, the button will toggle between selected and unselected states
selectedselectedbooleanfalseSets the selected state. When false, displays the default icon. When true, displays the selected icon, or the default icon If no slot="selected" icon is provided.
typetypestring'submit'
valuevaluestring''
namestringundefined
formHTMLFormElementundefined
labelsNodeListundefined
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