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Avatars are images that users can set as their profile picture. On GitHub, they're always going to be rounded squares. They can be custom photos, uploaded by users, or generated as Identicons as a placeholder.

Basic example

Add .avatar to any <img> element to make it an avatar. This resets some key styles for alignment, address a Firefox image placeholder bug, and rounds the corners.

Be sure to set width and height attributes for maximum browser performance.

Small avatars

We occasionally use smaller avatars. Anything less than 24px wide should include the .avatar-small modifier class to reset the border-radius to a more appropriate level.

Avatar sizes

Instead of using the width and height attribute, you can also use a class like .avatar-[1-8]. The sizes go from 16px up to 64px. Note: Avatar stacks are only suppurted for the 20px avatar size.

Parent-child avatars

When you need a larger parent avatar, and a smaller child one, overlaid slightly, use the parent-child classes.

Avatar stack

Stacked avatars can be used to show multiple collaborators or participants when there is limited space available. When you hover over the stack, the avatars will reveal themselves.

Based on the number of avatars in the stack, add these modifier classes:

  • AvatarStack--two for 2 avatars.
  • AvatarStack--three-plus for 3 or more avatars.

If you have more than three avatars, add a div with the classes avatar avatar-more as the third avatar in the stack, as such:

You can also link individual avatars. To do this shift the avatar class over to the anchor:

Use AvatarStack--right to right-align the avatar stack. Remember to switch the alignment of tooltips when making this change.

Circle badge

.CircleBadge allows for the display of badge-like icons or logos. They are used mostly with Octicons or partner integration icons.

.CircleBadge should have an aria-label, title (for a link), or an alt (for child img elements) attribute specified if there is no text-based alternative to describe it. If there is a text-based alternative or the icon has no semantic value, aria-hidden="true" or an empty alt attribute may be used.




Dashed connection

For specific cases where two badges or more need to be shown as related or connected (such as integrations or specific product workflows), a DashedConnection class was created. Use utility classes to ensure badges are spaced correctly.

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Last edited by simurai on May 26, 2020