What is the correct way to update the admin favicon? I assume copying over skin/adminhtml/default/default/favicon.ico is incorrect.

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The correct location for the Admin favicon is indeed "skin/adminhtml/default/default/favicon.ico".

You can confirm this by viewing your Admin page's source code and you'll see something like this:-

<link rel="icon" href="{BASE URL}/skin/adminhtml/default/default/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" /> 
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="{BASE URL}/skin/adminhtml/default/default/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />

Please make sure to clear your Magento cache and browser cache after you change it.


Yes location of admin favicon icon occupies here skin/adminhtml/default/default/favicon.ico, unless you are not using any custom theme for admin side and it uses another favicon.ico.

So you can replace this default favicon.ico with yours. But make sure it also should name as favicon.ico

This is because, the favicon for admin side is included through this template app\design\adminhtml\default\default\template\page\head.phtml as like this

<link rel="icon" href="<?php echo $this->getSkinUrl('favicon.ico') ?>" type="image/x-icon"/>

So if you want to give another name for your favicon or need to put to any other folder, you can do it here.

  • So it's not best practice to override the admin theme to update the favicon?
    – dgitman
    Sep 4, 2014 at 12:05
  • No editing a core file is not at all a good practice. You can copy the content of that file and create another template and paste content there and then through layout update you can direct head block to your template. That is the proper way. But if I was in your position, I will first change the name of default icon to something else and put custom favicon with a name favicon.ico. If I really need to edit the name of file, then I will directly edit the described file. I will not make it complicated :) Sep 4, 2014 at 12:11
  • So there is no admin theme inheritance? it's not correct to make a new theme which would override the default image?
    – dgitman
    Sep 5, 2014 at 12:58

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