I am trying to use fontawesome5 with the pro option, hence also with XeLaTeX, and it is a little strange. Consider the following minimal example


It takes quite a while to run (MacOS TeXlive 2018), this takes even far longer with more icons and produces an error (for more icons more errors) like

kpathsea:make_tex: Invalid filename `FontAwesome5ProSolid:script=latn;', contains ':'

Latex Error: /usr/local/texlive/2018/texmf-dist/tex/latex/fontawesome5/fontawesome5-utex-helper.sty:59 Font TU/fontawesomepro/solid/n/10.95=FontAwesome5ProSolid:script=latn; at 10.95pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file or installed font not found.


l.59 ...ze_font:nn{\c__fontawesome_kind_tl}{solid}

and sometimes (not completely reproducible/not appearing every time)


! The font "FontAwesome" cannot be found.


! See the fontspec documentation for further information.


! For immediate help type H .


l.45 \newfontfamily{\FA}{FontAwesome}

But though the compilation then takes quite a wile (for my larger file with 6 icons 5 minutes, the small one above maybe 30 seconds) – a PDF is created that looks fine and as expected.

What's happening there? For me it looks like, though running XeLaTeX it's trying some pdflatex-fun?

  • Do you have the pro-Version of the fonts installed? They are not free. If not, then do not use the pro oprion
    – user2478
    Jul 22, 2018 at 10:30
  • I am Kickstarter Backer and yes they are installed. To be precise, it seems to be really the pro option being a problem, since the above MWE works with \usepackage{fontawesome5} and \faStyle{regular}
    – Ronny
    Jul 22, 2018 at 10:55
  • sure, then the fonts are used which are part of the TeX system and installed by the package manager. In which directory are your pro fonts installed?
    – user2478
    Jul 22, 2018 at 11:09
  • In the system – since XeLaTeX takes the font from the system then. Actually, I only have the pro font installed, did not follow the installation instructions for the free ones (in the fontawesome5 pdf). What surprises me the most is, that it still works and even takes the light style.
    – Ronny
    Jul 22, 2018 at 11:13
  • In my PDF it uses FontAwesome5FreeSolid, which are installed by the package itself! See ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/fontawesome5/opentype
    – user2478
    Jul 22, 2018 at 11:19

1 Answer 1


The problem consisted of two parts. After I reinstalled FontAwesome Pro, both errors for the MWE were gone, but the first remained for my starting point, the komacv.

With careful inspection I found, that komacv is loading fontawesome already, commenting that out makes my file (loading fontawesome5 myself) compile. I will contact the author of komacv.

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