This is a library for android for extracting apple-touch-icon information from the website.

This app is included as a sample module in this repository.
And also published in Play store

How to use

Download from jCenter. Add dependencies, as following.

repositories {
dependencies {
    implementation 'net.mm2d:touchicon:0.6.0'
    implementation 'net.mm2d:touchicon-http-okhttp:0.6.0' // If use OkHttp for HTTP access
    implementation 'net.mm2d:touchicon-html-jsoup:0.6.0'  // If use Jsoup for HTML parse

API document

Documentation comment is written in KDoc.

Sample code

val extractor = TouchIconExtractor()                    // initialize
extractor.userAgent = "user agent string"               // option: set User-Agent
extractor.headers = mapOf("Cookie" to "hoge=fuga")      // option: set additional HTTP header
extractor.downloadLimit = 10_000                        // option: set download limit (default 64kB).
                                                        // <= 0 means no limit 
GlobalScope.launch(Dispatchers.Main) {
    val job = async(Dispatchers.IO) {
        extractor.fromPage(siteUrl, true)               // Do not call from the Main thread

If in RxJava

Single.fromCallable { extractor.fromPage(url, true) }   // Do not call from the Main thread
        }, {})

By default, this use HttpUrlConnection for HTTP access.
If you want to use OkHttp, use touchicon-http-okhttp module.

val extractor = TouchIconExtractor(
    httpClient = OkHttpAdapterFactory.create(OkHttpClient())

And, this use a simple in-house parser for HTML parsing.
If you want to use Jsoup, use touchicon-html-jsoup module.

val extractor = TouchIconExtractor(
    htmlParser = JsoupHtmlParserAdapterFactory.create()

Operating principle

There are two kinds of methods for specifying the WebClip icon.
This library supports both.

Icon associated with the wab page

Specify the following description in the HTML header.

<link rel="icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/apple-touch-icon.png" sizes="57x57">
<link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png" sizes="80x80">

If you want this information, as following


This library attempts to download an HTML file from the specified URL.
Since only the header is required, if the download size is larger than a certain size, the download is stopped there.

Analyzing the downloaded HTML file,
Extract only link tags whose rel attribute is
"icon", "shortcut icon", "apple-touch-icon", "apple-touch-icon-precomposed".
Parse it, create an PageIcon instance, and return it as a result.

Web App Manifest

Although not strictly a WebClip icon, this can also get an icon written in the Web App Manifest.

This is described by the following JSON.

  "short_name": "AirHorner",
  "name": "Kinlan's AirHorner of Infamy",
  "icons": [
      "src": "launcher-icon-1x.png",
      "type": "image/png",
      "sizes": "48x48"
      "src": "launcher-icon-2x.png",
      "type": "image/png",
      "sizes": "96x96"
      "src": "launcher-icon-4x.png",
      "type": "image/png",
      "sizes": "192x192"
  "start_url": "index.html?launcher=true"

And it is described as follows in HTML.

<link rel="manifest" href="/manifest.json">

This information is expressed as WebAppIcon.

If you want this information, as following

extractor.fromPage(url, true)

As you guessed, it gets at the same time as PageIcon.

Icon associated with the Domain

Simply putting a file with a fixed name like "favicon.ico" in the root of the domain.
Whether an icon exists or not can not be known until you try HTTP communication.

This is an inefficient, but there are Web sites that are still deployed in this way.
You should try only if you can not get it by the method in the previous section

If you want this information, as following


It checks whether or not the file exists, and returns the information if it exists.

The order of checking the existence of the icon is as follows

  1. apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png
  2. apple-touch-icon.png
  3. favicon.ico

If the file exists, the subsequent files will not be checked.

If you do not need precomposed, as following

extractor.fromDomain(url, false)

The order of checking the existence of the icon is as follows

  1. apple-touch-icon.png
  2. favicon.ico

Sometimes the size information is included in the name, such as "apple-touch-icon-120x120.png"


extractor.fromDomain(url, true, listOf("120x120", "72x72"))

The order of checking the existence of the icon is as follows

  1. apple-touch-icon-120x120-precomposed.png
  2. apple-touch-icon-120x120.png
  3. apple-touch-icon-72x72-precomposed.png
  4. apple-touch-icon-72x72.png
  5. apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png
  6. apple-touch-icon.png
  7. favicon.ico

There are methods to gather all the information (TouchIconExtractor#listFromDomain())
This is for debugging and verification, strongly recommended not to use in production..

Comparison of icons

Often you can get more than one icon.
Which is the most appropriate icon depends on the application, but this library provides several Comparator.

val icons = extractor.fromDomain(url, true, listOf("120x120", "72x72"))
val bestIcon1 = icons.maxWith(IconComparator.SIZE)     // Compare by size. (the largest icon is the best)
val bestIcon2 = icons.maxWith(IconComparator.REL_SIZE) // Compare by rel, if same, compare by size