20+ Free And Fresh Icon Sets

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User-friendly icon sets are always nice to look at and useful to have ready to hand. Since effective designers guide their users’ attention using visuals, icons can (and probably should) be used in almost every project you are or will be working on. Whether for an illustration, sketch, site or weblog – used moderately, icons can point users’ attention to the key-aspects of an article or specific site sections and communicate the message of the site in a more effective way.

This is why web designers need them. And this is why we look for them. Regularly.

Let’s take a look at over 20 free, beautiful and fresh icon sets as well as references to further free icon libraries. Some of the sets can be used for free only for private projects, however most of them can also be used in commercial projects. In both cases – before using icon sets please read the license agreement carefully; it can change from time to time.

20+ Free And Fresh Icon Sets

iPhoneSketch (FastIcon): 4 free icons of iPhone, designed in scribbled style, for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. The FastIcon-agreement permits you to use the icons in printed materials, commercial projects, software application, websites, blogs, designs, themes or GUI. However, the author requires an operable link to the source.

iPhone icons (FastIcon): Browser, calendar, calculator, chat, clock, graphics, iPod, e-Mail, map, notes, phone, photo, sms, tools, wallpapers, weather.

Comiciphone

Smiley Development Kit2: available in .psd (Adobe Photoshop) format.

Smiley3

Flag Button Development Kit4: it’s basically a Photoshop file with placeholders. To create a new button, just duplicate a layer group and paste the new flag into the respective layer. It’s as simple as that.

Flags5

YellowIcon Crystal Set6 (1500 icons, 22 Mb) and dozens of further icon sets. Sizes: 128×128, 16×16, 22×22, 32×32, 48×48 and 64×64. By Everaldo Coelho.

Crystal Set7

OpenPhone Pack8 contains 12 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. Licensed under GNU Public License.

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Social Bookmark Iconset11

Social Bookmark12

Mac OS Boxes13: realistic looking white boxes (Mac OS only). Free for personal use.

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iPod Shuffle (FastIcon): iPod Shuffle Dock, iPod shuffle headphone. You can find a dozen of further icon sets on Fasticon.com.

iPod Shuffle

Iconshock’s Icon Sets15 (7 icon sets) include Consoles Vista icons, Red Hot Chili Icons, Elm Nightmare Street Icons, NBA Web Icons, Disk Jockey Icons, Filming Vista icons and more.

DJ Icon Set16

Consoles Vista17

RSS Feed (Fasticon): designed in 3D-look.

Feeds

Adobe CS 3 Icon Pack18: nine 256×256 png icons

Social Bookmark19

mAqua ChronoSync20: free for personal use only.

Time21

Aqua Neue (Graphite)22: 86 icons, a new set of system replacement icons in Aqua style.

Social Bookmarks23

The iconset below includes 94 pieces and was designed by the graphic artist Jonas Rask from Denmark. The 32×32-icons can be downloaded in a .zip-archive as .ico, .png, .tiff, Mac Icons and Pixadex iContainer. These fancy and professional icons (some are certainly looking familar) can be used on commercial web-sites without any charge. You’ll find the download-link at the bottom of Jonas’ startpage. His download-page may present some other icon treasures – but in this case for private use only.

Icons

Feedicons24 is a 34-part iconset from Zeus Box Studio. You might be willing to use them to give your “subscribe to RSS-feed”-button a fresh look.These icons are, besides some inept exceptions, variations of the well-known original25, which makes sense. You may download them in a 32*32 and 16*16 format as .png (.zip-archive). Released under the Creative Commons License.

RSS Icons26

Web 2 Social Bookmarks: 12 FastIcon-freeware “iPhone-like” icons of Web 2 Social Bookmarks for use in blogs, websites, on desktop and software. The Content: Blinklist, BlogMarks, Delicious, Digg, Feeds, Flickr, Furl, Magnolia, Newsvine, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Technorati. The Linux version includes .png files sized from 512×512 to 16×16 pixels.

Social Bookmarks

Emoticon27: 14 smileys-icons.

Emoticon28

104 standard PC keyboard key icons29: useful for video training projects.

104 Keys Keyboard30

Circle Feeds (FastIcon): 4 variations of Feeds Icon in circle shape, for Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

Further references

  • PixelGirl Icon Sets31
    467 icon sets for Mac OS X and 164 icon sets for Windows XP.
  • IconKits Free Delivery32
    As a Iconkits.com member you get access to the ForFree section with free stock icons you can use in both personal and commercial projects. When you sign up you will receive 2 points which means you can download 2 optional icon kits in the ForFree section.
  • Icon Bee33
    Collects gorgeous free icons. RSS feed is also available.
  • Vistaicons.com34
    is a collection of free Vista Style icon sets of over 2000 high quality icons in png and ico format.
  • Simple System35 and Windows Icons36: 84 + 65 freeware “desktop” icons.
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  • InterfaceLift Icons39
    Literally thousands of icons sets – for free downoad for Mac OS, Linux and Windows.
  • Free Icons Pack40
    A collection of free icons collected from public domain resources. Available for free download as a .zip-file.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/05/24/freebies-round-up-icons-buttons-and-templates/
  2. 2 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/smiley_devkit/
  3. 3 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/smiley_devkit/
  4. 4 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flag_button_devkit/
  5. 5 http://www.bartelme.at/journal/archive/flag_button_devkit/
  6. 6 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/
  7. 7 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/
  8. 8 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  9. 9 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  10. 10 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i135s0/openphone_pack.htm
  11. 11 http://www.vikiworks.com/2007/06/15/social-bookmark-iconset/
  12. 12 http://www.vikiworks.com/2007/06/15/social-bookmark-iconset/
  13. 13 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1972
  14. 14 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1972
  15. 15 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  16. 16 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  17. 17 http://iconshock.deviantart.com/gallery/
  18. 18 http://pedro-de-la-luna.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Icons-pack-59712759
  19. 19 http://pedro-de-la-luna.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Icons-pack-59712759
  20. 20 http://www.iconaholic.com/downloads.html
  21. 21 http://www.iconaholic.com/downloads.html
  22. 22 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1865
  23. 23 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1865
  24. 24 http://www.zeusbox.org/blog/feedicons
  25. 25 http://www.feedicons.com/
  26. 26 http://www.zeusbox.org/blog/feedicons
  27. 27 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/?page=4
  28. 28 http://yellowicon.com/downloads/?page=4
  29. 29 http://icons.alanwho.com/104-standard-pc-keyboard-keys-icon-set/
  30. 30 http://icons.alanwho.com/104-standard-pc-keyboard-keys-icon-set/
  31. 31 http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/icons.php
  32. 32 http://iconkits.com/signup/
  33. 33 http://iconbee.willmayo.com/
  34. 34 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon_collections.htm
  35. 35 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1848
  36. 36 http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1896
  37. 37 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1848
  38. 38 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/details.php?id=1896
  39. 39 http://interfacelift.com/icons-mac/index.php?sort=date
  40. 40 http://free-icons.jonasjohn.de/

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  1. 1

    I’m finding a lot of use out of iconfinder.net. There sets are being constantly added to and the search feature helps me find just the right icon. You can also filter search results to just get the right size icon.

  2. 2

    Graphite Revolver

    August 25, 2007 12:37 am

    I really like a lot of these icons, specifically the Mac OS box. It is really well done.

  3. 3

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    August 25, 2007 12:37 am

    Very good icon sets. Personally, I think that Everaldo (from YellowIcon) is a very good designer. Other packs, too are good.

  4. 4

    Very useful icons! cool!

  5. 5

    I’m partial to famfamfam which has a nice set of 1000 free mini-icons and also a nice set of mini-icons with the flag of pretty much every country in the world.

  6. 6

    This is what I can call a great list *thumbs up*

    I also use iconlib.info to find some icons but I doubt the copyrights on it.

  7. 7

    I loved the Crystal set, but I wonder if it is really free? Can we just use them in our projects, or do we need to adhere to any license terms.

  8. 8

    I love old set’s. It’s really fantastic

  9. 9

    The Crystal set is for PERSONAL use only — which sucks because it is a great set.

  10. 10

    Wonderful ;) …

    Thanks … Very Good Icon Sets…

  11. 11

    Very nice set of icons.
    But in my opinion these icons are desktop oriented.
    All the new designs and layouts are very poor in icons.
    I think that this pack is a very valuable one in DTP area and graphic design.

  12. 12

    Some great links, as usual, Smashing…

    So who has a good link to free, quality, general-purpose favicons?

  13. 13

    This is greate list, thanks!

  14. 14

    Boring. Get yourself a job, guys.

  15. 15

    Good stuff, just what I needed!

  16. 16

    The site I use for more exceptional icons is IconBuffet. They have sets from eclectic over queer to just beautiful. They are free for personal and commercial use and the community (to exchange icons) is fun.

  17. 17

    That’s smashing good! I like the Smiley Development Kit more than anything else!

  18. 18

    The Adobe Creative Suite 3 icons are a rip-off of http://www.artofadambetts.com/weblog/?p=190, I believe.

  19. 19

    That’s gorgeous!
    Thanks

  20. 20

    Great list as always, though I’m surprised the fantastic Silk icon pack from http://www.famfamfam.com didn’t get a mention. Cheers SM!

  21. 21

    i was looking flights icons. i found more of them but ur icons r better than others.
    ty so much

  22. 22

    Nice.. Thanks…

  23. 23

    Nasty icons. Great job.

  24. 24

    Another nice surprise. You guys just keep delivering the goods.

    These will definitely get a nice workout on my system and sites.

  25. 25

    WoW… Excellent Collection

  26. 26

    Some are great and free is great but I would like to see better samples and download links on some.

  27. 27

    Nice place to find icons is: http://guistyles.com/category/icons/

    I found there many great icons.

  28. 28

    Wow. The Adobe icons rule. And so do the Web 2 social bookmarks. Where is the icon for pollicious.com that new social network polling website?

  29. 29

    most definitely some great stuff in here. Thanks.

  30. 30

    Im still being fan of the old school. What about make your own icons…

  31. 31

    Hey, there are about 700 free icons at http://www.orangeicons.com too!

  32. 32
  33. 33

    Why are you publishing this stupid I… icons?

    Do we need such commercial stuff and hype?

    I feel pested by this.
    You are publishing commercial, marketing stuff and call it essential for webdesigners

    I doubt that and I think you should refrain from that stupid hypes.

  34. 34

    Excellent Icon Sets. Great list

    Thank You very much

  35. 35

    exelente listado!!, gracias

  36. 36

    I love the Adobe CS3 icon kit! The Web 2.0 ones are nice too, though I still think that no matter how you spin it, the del.icio.us logo is a lost cause.

  37. 37

    this is just an amazing collection, personally i look around for more types of rss buttons, unique styles, which i found many here like circle ones and couple other new styles.

    Good job done staff

  38. 38

    Amazing collection, thanks for sharing :)

  39. 39

    Very nice. I’m going to take my time and go through all of these heh. They all look great.

  40. 40

    Wonderful collection!

    Thank you for this nice links :)

  41. 41

    Amazing collection, thanks! :)

  42. 42

    add to my favories

  43. 43

    Sweet, I’m definitely gonna be using some of these in upcoming projects.

    I was also pretty surprised at the absence of the famfamfam.com silk icons. Those are the bomb.

  44. 44

    Amazing!!! Thanks guy for sharing…

  45. 45

    This is an awesome icon list. I have killed the Tango ico’s so many times it’s nice to have a fresh new set to play with.

  46. 46

    IconBuffet is more than just a place to get free Icons. It’s the Icon trading ‘game’! Every month you get 10 free tokens (or get 30 for $6 a month) which you can use to get any of the 120+ sets of icons from other IconBuffet members, via Trading! Sets cost from 1 token, for the bronze, to 10 tokens for the single Diamond set! Also, once or twice a month token-free sets are given to everyone, but no one is given all the new sets, so there is always new stuff to trade with. You can download all the icons you get, or you can just download the ones you know you’ll use (recommended). Either way, it’s a blast!

    Enjoy!

  47. 47

    Hey man, thanks a lot for this list. it is always difficult to find good icons around.

  48. 48

    I very much agree with the last comment, I had a hard time finding good icons when working on one of my latest projects. But I found this dryicons.com web site, and I think they had a couple icon sets with over 100 icons each. The best part is, they are giving the icons for free! These icons are available in 32-bit PNG and also PSD, and they come in these sizes: 16 x 16px; 24 x 24px; 32 x 32px; 48 x 48px and 128 x 128px .
    Cheers!

  49. 49

    Hey Fust, great site. Thanks a lot man, they really got some good stuff there for free :)

  50. 50

    Thomas R. Stegelmann

    November 11, 2007 12:47 pm

    Does anybody got a copy of FastIcon? Unfortunately, the website is currently not available.

  51. 51

    Very nice! Thanks for the sets..

  52. 52

    Thanks for such good stuff!

  53. 53

    found another great Mini icons page LINK [http://icons.primail.ch] currently adding tiny mini world flags, really neat

  54. 54

    Michael Hendrickx

    January 21, 2008 3:50 am

    Nice set of icons, even in the comments!

  55. 55

    Sweat graphic sets, well pleased.

  56. 56

    Excellent, Excellent links

  57. 57

    Excelent icons! I was looking for some new social bookmark icons and found these. Thanks!

  58. 58

    excellent post. very good icon sets. will be useful for programmers who designs!

  59. 59

    Excellent icon resources!

    Thank you

  60. 60

    These are gorgeous!

  61. 61

    Hi….Just wanted to know if these icons are totally free? Can I use them for templates? I found that some of these sets are fully free for any kind of use… could you please let me know which are the sets that I can use for templates?

  62. 62

    Nice icon set thanks

  63. 63

    this thing sucks! Just kidding :D
    GREAT WORK! Just keep it comin’

  64. 64

    This is gr8! I love SM. You guys are truly a wonder weapon in my design arsenal. Thank you again so much!

  65. 65

    wooo,thank you !

    about japanese Onsen Icon in here : e7art creative icon-japan (only picture)

  66. 66

    Its Wonderfull i like it

  67. 67

    Here’s a great free set that I found.
    http://momentumdesignlab.com/icons/index.php

  68. 68
  69. 69

    Thanks, Great Collection

  70. 70
  71. 71

    A very good collection of icons. You can see a lot of good ideas and techniques.

  72. 72

    Nice icon. Thanks

  73. 73

    Excellent Collection. I was looking for some new social bookmark icons and found these.
    Thanks.

  74. 74

    Thank you.
    Very Good icon cool!

  75. 75

    thanks, Great Icon sets

  76. 76

    Very useful icons! cool!

  77. 77
  78. 78

    Thanks a lot for this great collection

  79. 79

    great.. thanks for this collection. big help.

  80. 80

    it’s nice thank your for your icon sets

  81. 81

    Love this site thanks again!

  82. 82

    Hello, Thanks for the great icons, and I do like Star_disabled

  83. 83

    it’s nice thank your for your icon sets

  84. 84

    I would be really thank full,,,, Very Nice

  85. 85

    it realy very use full icons thanks..

  86. 86

    Good icons found.. thank u

    Regards.

  87. 87

    Thank you. These icons allow me to focus on the html structure and css of my projects without being distracted by the graphics creation.

  88. 88

    Anthony Cicchini

    October 4, 2013 9:25 am

    thanks

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