Is there a way I can overwrite the colour the Material UI Icons npm package provides in React?


Reactjs Problem Overview

I am new to React and am using the npm package Material UI icons ( and displaying icons within a React component as such:


import KeyboardArrowRightIcon from 'material-ui/svg-icons/hardware/keyboard-arrow-right';

and rendering:

readMoreLink={<a href={someUrl} >Read more <KeyboardArrowRightIcon /></a>}

However, since KeyboardArrowRightIcon is an SVG provided by the npm package, it comes with it's own fill colour:

Eg: <svg viewBox="0 0 24 24" style="display: inline-block; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.54);...

I know I can override this colour by having a style attribute within the element, eg:

<KeyboardArrowRightIcon style={{ fill: '#0072ea' }} />

But is there anyway to make this a SCSS variable (style={{ fill: $link-color }})?

I worry if the link colour changes in the style sheet someone will have to hunt down all these hard coded instances later.

Reactjs Solutions

Solution 1 - Reactjs

Change Icon Color

<HomeIcon />
<HomeIcon color="primary" />
<HomeIcon color="secondary" />
<HomeIcon color="action" />
<HomeIcon color="disabled" />
<HomeIcon style={{ color: green[500] }} />
<HomeIcon style={{ color: 'red' }} />

Change Icon Size

<HomeIcon fontSize="small" />
<HomeIcon />
<HomeIcon fontSize="large" />
<HomeIcon style={{ fontSize: 40 }} />

MDI using Icon component

<Icon color="primary">add_circle</Icon>
<Icon color="secondary">add_circle</Icon>
<Icon style={{ color: green[500] }}>add_circle</Icon>
<Icon fontSize="small">add_circle</Icon>
<Icon style={{ fontSize: 30 }}>add_circle</Icon>

For the Font

<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" />
<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" color="primary" />
<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" color="secondary" />
<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" style={{ color: green[500] }} />
<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" fontSize="small" />
<Icon className="fa fa-plus-circle" style={{ fontSize: 30 }} />

Resouces to learn more abo it, Icons

Solution 2 - Reactjs

Just add a style fill: "green"

Example: <Star style={{fill: "green"}}/>

Solution 3 - Reactjs

The simplest way to specify/override the color of an Icon in Material-UI is to use a custom CSS class name.

Suppose that you want to show a green checkbox rather than a red triangle, depending on the outcome of some process.

You create a function somewhere inside your code, for example like this:

function iconStyles() {
  return {
    successIcon: {
      color: 'green',
    errorIcon: {
      color: 'red',

You then apply makeStyles to that function, and run the result.

import { makeStyles } from '@material-ui/core/styles';

const classes = makeStyles(iconStyles)();

Inside your render function, you can now use the object classes:

  const chosenIcon = outcome
    ? <CheckCircleIcon className={classes.successIcon} />
    : <ReportProblemIcon className={classes.errorIcon} />;

The function I mentioned first in this answer actually accepts a theme as input and allows you to modify/enrich that theme: this ensures that your custom classes aren't seen as exceptions, but rather as integrations inside a more comprehensive visual solution (for example, icon colors in a theme are best seen as encodings).

Material-UI is very rich and I'd encourage you to explore also other existing customisation mechanisms.

Solution 4 - Reactjs

The simplest way I found is using the following.

import { styled } from '@material-ui/styles';
import { Visibility } from '@material-ui/icons';

const MyVisibility = styled(Visibility)({
    color: 'white',

Solution 5 - Reactjs

This is what I do

how it looks

I use MUI v4.5.1. Use the color prop API with value inherit and add a div or span wrapper around and add your color there.

From the API docs

> color default value:inherit. The color of the component. It supports those theme colors that make sense for this component.

Add star icon

import React from 'react';
import Star from '@material-ui/icons/StarRounded';
import './styles.css';

export function FavStar() {
  return (
    <div className="star-container">
      <Star size="2em" fontSize="inherit" />

In style.css

.star-container {
  color: red;
  font-size: 30px;

Solution 6 - Reactjs

Overwriting the material UI Icon color like below

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in js

        const [activeStar, setActiveStar] = useState(false);

        <IconButton onClick={() => setActiveStar(!activeStar)}>
          {activeStar ? (
            <StarOutlined className="starBorderOutlined" />
          ) : (
            <StarBorderOutlined />

in Css

      .starBorderOutlined {
        color: #f4b400 !important;

Solution 7 - Reactjs

You can set a default color for all icons by creating a custom theme with createMuiTheme():

  props: {
    MuiSvgIcon: {
      htmlColor: '#aa0011',

This will set the default value of the htmlColor prop for every icon like <KeyboardArrowRightIcon/>. Here's a list of other props you can set.

Solution 8 - Reactjs

You can do like this: <PlusOne htmlColor="#ffaaee" />

Solution 9 - Reactjs

Surprised that no one has suggested a site-wide solution yet.

You can override the colors that are assigned for the "colors" option here

by adding an override to your theme (you'll have to define a custom theme if you aren't already)

After defining a theme though, it's as simple as

const theme = createMuiTheme({
  "overrides": {
    MuiSvgIcon: {
      colorPrimary: {
        color: ["#625b5b", "!important"],
      colorSecondary: {
        color: ["#d5d7d8", "!important"],

Solution 10 - Reactjs

Only correct solution that covers two tone (TwoTone) icons is to pass it htmColor property:

React.createElement(Icon, {htmlColor: "#00688b"})

Solution 11 - Reactjs

You can use SvgIcon, from the documentation:

> The SvgIcon component takes an SVG path element as its child and > converts it to a React component that displays the path, and allows > the icon to be styled and respond to mouse events. SVG elements should > be scaled for a 24x24px viewport.

You must use the devTools to extract the path of the KeyboardArrowRightIcon icon:

svg path

Then use it with your custom color like this:

  component={svgProps => {
    return (
      <svg {...svgProps}>
        {React.cloneElement(svgProps.children[0], {
          fill: myColorVariable
   <path d="M8.59 16.59L13.17 12 8.59 7.41 10 6l6 6-6 6-1.41-1.41z"></path>

Solution 12 - Reactjs

I had the same problem, me solution was:

import React from 'react';
import pure from 'recompose/pure';
import {SvgIcon} from '@material-ui/core';

let smile = (props) => (
 <SvgIcon {...props}
  component={props => {
    return (
      <svg {...props}>
        {React.cloneElement(props.children[0], {
          fill: "#4caf50"
   <path d="M256,32C132.281,32,32,132.281,32,256s100.281,224,224,224s224-100.281,224-224S379.719,32,256,32z M256,448
            c-105.875,0-192-86.125-192-192S150.125,64,256,64s192,86.125,192,192S361.875,448,256,448z M160,192c0-26.5,14.313-48,32-48
            s32,21.5,32,48c0,26.531-14.313,48-32,48S160,218.531,160,192z M288,192c0-26.5,14.313-48,32-48s32,21.5,32,48
            c0,26.531-14.313,48-32,48S288,218.531,288,192z M384,288c-16.594,56.875-68.75,96-128,96c-59.266,0-111.406-39.125-128-96"></path>
smile = pure(smile);
smile.displayName = 'smile';
smile.muiName = 'SvgIcon';

export default smile;

Solution 13 - Reactjs

Solution that works the best for myself:

const EditableIcon = ({ icon, color, sx }: PropsWithChildren<EditableIconProps>) => {
  const c = useIconStyles()
  return React.cloneElement(icon, {
    ...(color && { color }),
    ...(sx && { sx }),
    classes: {
      colorPrimary: c.colorPrimary,
      colorSecondary: c.colorSecondary,
      colorAction: c.colorAction

If color is set, your classes would override default values.

Solution 14 - Reactjs

Just add styling on the icon component

<KeyboardArrowRightIcon style={{color:"red"}} />

But you can use conditional styling like below

    import React from "react";
import { makeStyles } from "@material-ui/core/styles";
import Icon from "@material-ui/core/Icon";

const useStyles = makeStyles((theme) => ({
  root: {
    "& > span": {
      margin: theme.spacing(2)

export default function Icons() {
  //let we want chnage the icon color of
  // somecontition varaiable is not empty
  const somecontition = "some";
  //here is some different style objects
  const style = {  // old style object
    color: "red"
  const new_style = { //new style  object
    color: "blue"
  const classes = useStyles();

  return (
    <div className={classes.root}>
      {/* if somecondition var is not empty the use new_style other wise it will use old style*/}
      <Icon style={somecontition ? style : new_style}>add_circle</Icon>


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