Serving Favicon.ico In ASP.NET MVC

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What is the final/best recommendation for how to serve favicon.ico in ASP.NET MVC?

I am currently doing the following:

  • Adding an entry to the very beginning of my RegisterRoutes method:

  • Placing favicon.ico in the root of my application (which is also going to be the root of my domain).

I have two questions:

  • Is there no way to put the favicon.ico somewhere other than the root of my application. It's pretty icky being right there at the same level as Content and Controllers.
  • Is this IgnoreRoute("favicon.ico") statement sufficient - or should I also do the following as discussed in a blog post from Phil Haack. I'm not aware of ever having seen a request to favicon.ico in any directory other than the root - which would make this unnecessary (but it's good to know how to do it).

    routes.IgnoreRoute("{*favicon}", new {[email protected]"(.*/)?favicon.ico(/.*)?"});


Placing favicon.ico in the root of your domain only really affects IE5, IIRC. For more modern browsers you should be able to include a link tag to point to another directory:

<link rel="SHORTCUT ICON" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href=""/>

You can also use non-ico files for browsers other than IE, for which I'd maybe use the following conditional statement to serve a PNG to FF,etc, and an ICO to IE:

<link rel="icon" type="image/png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="" />
<!--[if IE]>
<link rel="shortcut icon" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="" type="image/" />