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Will Browsers Request /favicon.ico Or First?

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I want to set a favicon to be requested from a static file server instead of the main web server for performance optimization.

If I specify a <link rel="shortcut icon" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="http://cdn.site.com/favicon.ico"> but also have a /favicon.ico in my site root as a fallback, which will browsers prefer? Will browsers (and which?) still look for /favicon.ico, making the move to a static file server useless?

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Answer

I did the test suggested above. I placed a /favicon.ico in the root of a domain, and a link, and fired up the page in:

  1. Opera 10
  2. Opera 9.64
  3. Firefox 3.5
  4. IE 6
  5. IE 7
  6. IE 8
  7. Safari 4

They all showed the icon loaded with <link rel="shortcut icon" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="http://cdn.site.com/favicon.ico"> (located on an external server). I checked access.log, and there were no requests to /favicon.ico!

I then commented out the <link>, checked again in all browsers, and they showed the /favicon.ico icon and corresponding entries in access.log.

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source: stackoverflow.com
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