Four years ago I backed Font Awesome 5 on Kickstarter, and in return I received a license to use it and to access the pro features. The license might be perpetual, but the pro features, sadly, are not
If you don't subscribe to a Pro plan, you won't be able to install Font Awesome Pro using npm or yarn.
That's the one feature I need! And on August 1st it will be gone! My dev setup, my deployment setup, of multiple projects, everything depends on fetching Font Awesome from the npm registry.
Luckily, there's a simple way around it
I'm allowed by the license to download the project and create backups, but obviously not to share it with others – so it's all done in a private repository.
First, I fetched the latest version of the project:
yarn add @fortawesome/fontawesome-pro
Then, I just went to
node_modules/@fortawesome/fontawesome-pro, initialised a fresh git repository there and pushed it to gitlab.com/Avris/FontAwesomePro.
Now, whenever I want to use FontAwesome 5 in a project, I just go:
yarn add git+ssh://email@example.com:Avris/FontAwesomePro.git
And that's it!
I was surprised that it's so simple. Of course my repository won't get automatically updated with the project, but since version 5 won't be developed anymore, it doesn't matter at all. And it works like a charm!