35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets

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When it comes to icons, web designers and graphic artists have an excellent opportunity to showcase their craft, prove their experience and explore their creativity. A sweet, nice icon set is a perfect showcase of designer’s work and a powerful instrument to build up your reputation online.

In fact, designers make use of it, creating absolutely amazing icon sets and offering them for free download. The result: hundreds and hundreds of sets available almost everywhere, usually not that well executed and often duplicated from other sets. However, there are indeed free high-quality icon sets. And this post is supposed to prove exactly that.

Below we present 35 incredible free icon sets which you can use for your web designs or your desktop to spice up your posts with some nice illustrations or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons. Some of the listed icons can be used in web designs, some of them are supposed to be primarily for desktop. So hopefully everybody will find something useful.

You might want to take a look at the following articles we’ve presented earlier:

Please notice: not all listed freebies can be used for commercial projects, however you can use all of them in your private projects of for you personal purposes. Please read the disclaimers carefully before using the icons – they’re changing from time to time.

Free Icons For Your Web Designs

Bagg & Box Telecharger Icon Pack5
70 high-quality free icons released under a Creative Commons license. You can use them as illustrations for your posts or as buttons on your weblog.

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Mammoth Icons
4 freeware icons inspired by prehistoric Mammoths. They might fit perfectly to spice up your blog with some pretty funny character.

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Dino Icons
6 freeware icons of cute dinosaurs and cavemen.

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Cemagraphics Icons7
Includes .png and .ico in sizes 512px, 256px, 128px, 64px and 32px.

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Wifun Icons
Website navigation icons.

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City Icons16
The City icon pack contains 16 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Hollywood Ticket icon, Umbrella icon, Hot Dog Car icon, Mail icon, Bench icon and more.

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Irish Icon Pack21
26 Irish icons which you can use to brighten up your blog with some unique and beautiful icons.

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Simpsons Mail Icons23
The Simpsons: 7 512 × 512px .png and .ico icons.

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Free Web Applications Icon Set25
There are 20 icons designed specially for web applications (e.g. Charts, Profile, Search, Add, Delete, Email, Print, Warning and etc…). Icons come in 3 sizes; 48×48 px, 32×32 px, and 24×24 px. All of them are in PNG format with transparent background. Web Application Icons Set is completely Free for both personal and commercial projects in any way you like.

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Knob Buttons Toolbar Icons27
These are 39 icons in PNG, ICNS, TIFF and ICO formats, Mac and Windows compatible, 32×32 pixels dimensions only. You are free to use these icons on your software application or website.

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Monofactor Free Vector Icon Set29
The first part of the set contains 25 scalable Illustrator format icons. You can open the .ai file with any version of Illustrator above 8.0. With earlier versions, you might loose some of the effects on the icons.

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Polaroid Icon
512×512px .PNG.

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TV Icon31
Perfect for an occasional blog post related to TV.

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Apple Mail Icons33

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Sticky Pack35
38 icons, 128×128, png, psd.

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Feedicons 237
33 impressive RSS-feed icons. Released under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works.

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Users Icon Set
11 user icons with functions like add, chat, edit, offline, remove, send, upload, user, user group, video chat, voice chat.

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RSS-icons39
9 icons.

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PI Diagona Pack41
400 (200+200) icons are included in PNG format.

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Free Icons For Your Desktop & Dock Icons

Niome Icon Pack43
This pack contains 90 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Disc Icons, File Icons, Folder Icons, Hardware Icons, Network Icons, Other Icons, Start Menu Icons, Symbol Icons and more.

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iVista Icon Pack 245
This pack 2 contains 92 (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Alarm Icons, CDs & DVDs Icons, Devices Icons, Files Icons, Folder Icons, Network Icons, Other Icons, Start Menu Icons and more.

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Flat Panel Monitor Icon47
128px desktop & application icon. Don’t forget to check out the PDP Panel Icon48.

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Green Icon set50
9 icons.

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Onibari + Onibari Light Icon Packs52
Two sets of desktop icons released under a Creative Commons license. More icons53.

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iMac Icon56
The package includes both PNG & ICO format.

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Vista Aero Pack58
135 full sized Windows Vista icons, in large .png formats for free. Our 256×256 PNG images rival most sites that give you only small ICO files that can not be used for other things than icons.

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Simplistica60
The set includes useful application and web icons which come in the sizes 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format. PSD’s are included as well.

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Simplexity File Icons62
Includes 120 different file extension icons in both png and icon format (31mb). All major file extensions are included.

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Black Pearl64
39 black pearl file pngs, containing almost all popular file formats. All pngs in 256 × 256px. Not for commercial use.

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Adobe Work Folders66
.PNG format and vary in ranges from 256, 128, 96, 64, 32 & 16 pixels, .ICO (win) format and vary in ranges from 256, 128, 96, 64, 32 & 16 pixels, al in 32 & 24 bit color, .ICNS (mac) format and vary in ranges from 128, 96, 64, 32 & 16 pixels in 24 bit color (*.icl format library included for Windows)

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HP Dock Icon Set68
1024px, 512px, 256px. All file types are .PNG.

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Further Resources

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/25/20-free-and-fresh-icon-sets/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/29/icons-for-your-desktop-and-icons-for-your-web-designs/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/05/24/freebies-round-up-icons-buttons-and-templates/
  4. 4 http://www.noupe.com/icons/50-most-beautiful-icon-sets-created-in-2008.html
  5. 5 http://www.crystalxp.net/galerie/en.id.3751-bagg-a-png.htm
  6. 6 http://www.crystalxp.net/galerie/en.id.3751-bagg-a-png.htm
  7. 7 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/gallery/#Icons
  8. 8 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/art/Colorful-Chart-Icon-96386274
  9. 9 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/art/Little-Tv-Icon-96461135
  10. 10 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/art/Sailingship-Icon-96460904
  11. 11
  12. 12 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/art/Mini-Breakfast-Icon-96460373
  13. 13 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/art/Candy-Clock-Icon-96460050
  14. 14 http://cemagraphics.deviantart.com/gallery/#Dock-Icons
  15. 15 http://rokey.deviantart.com/art/Wifun-Icons-31408264
  16. 16 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i137s0/the_city_icons.htm
  17. 17 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i137s0/the_city_icons.htm
  18. 18 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i137s0/the_city_icons.htm
  19. 19 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i137s0/the_city_icons.htm
  20. 20 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i137s0/the_city_icons.htm
  21. 21 http://flashripper.net/2008/03/05/ikonki-irish-icons-pack.html
  22. 22 http://flashripper.net/2008/03/05/ikonki-irish-icons-pack.html
  23. 23 http://westendgirl1984.deviantart.com/art/Simpsons-Mail-77452795
  24. 24 http://westendgirl1984.deviantart.com/art/Simpsons-Mail-77452795
  25. 25 http://www.webappers.com/2008/02/12/webappers-released-free-web-application-icons-set/
  26. 26 http://www.webappers.com/2008/02/12/webappers-released-free-web-application-icons-set/
  27. 27 http://itweek.deviantart.com/art/Knob-Buttons-Toolbar-icons-73463960
  28. 28 http://itweek.deviantart.com/art/Knob-Buttons-Toolbar-icons-73463960
  29. 29 http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
  30. 30 http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
  31. 31 http://lecoupdulapin.deviantart.com/art/Icons-77083847
  32. 32 http://lecoupdulapin.deviantart.com/art/Icons-77083847
  33. 33 http://westendgirl1984.deviantart.com/art/Apple-Mail-Icons-77390369
  34. 34 http://westendgirl1984.deviantart.com/art/Apple-Mail-Icons-77390369
  35. 35 http://csscreme.com/freeiconspack/sticky_pack/
  36. 36 http://csscreme.com/freeiconspack/sticky_pack/
  37. 37 http://www.zeusboxstudio.com/blog/feedicons-2
  38. 38 http://www.zeusboxstudio.com/blog/feedicons-2
  39. 39 http://habrahabr.ru/blog/web_design/36010.html
  40. 40 http://habrahabr.ru/blog/web_design/36010.html
  41. 41 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  42. 42 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  43. 43 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i145s0/niome_icon_pack.htm
  44. 44 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i145s0/niome_icon_pack.htm
  45. 45 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i143s0/ivista_icon_pack_2.htm
  46. 46 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i143s0/ivista_icon_pack_2.htm
  47. 47 http://vikiworks.com/2007/08/27/flat-panel-monitor-icon/
  48. 48 http://vikiworks.com/2008/01/08/pdp-panel-icon/
  49. 49 http://vikiworks.com/2007/08/27/flat-panel-monitor-icon/
  50. 50 http://arglos.deviantart.com/art/Green-Icon-Set-77371909
  51. 51 http://arglos.deviantart.com/art/Green-Icon-Set-77371909
  52. 52 http://stinky9.deviantart.com/art/Onibari-light-61422552
  53. 53 http://stinky9.deviantart.com/gallery/#Icons
  54. 54 http://stinky9.deviantart.com/art/Onibari-light-61422552
  55. 55 http://stinky9.deviantart.com/art/Onibari-Leopard-Made-74352986
  56. 56 http://vikiworks.com/2007/08/12/apple-imac-icon/
  57. 57 http://vikiworks.com/2007/08/12/apple-imac-icon/
  58. 58 http://www.vistaico.com/
  59. 59 http://www.vistaico.com/
  60. 60 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/simplistica/
  61. 61 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/simplistica/
  62. 62 http://jrdn88.deviantart.com/art/Simplexity-File-Icons-79096180
  63. 63 http://jrdn88.deviantart.com/art/Simplexity-File-Icons-79096180
  64. 64 http://24charlie.deviantart.com/art/Black-Pearl-Files-78798192
  65. 65 http://24charlie.deviantart.com/art/Black-Pearl-Files-78798192
  66. 66 http://lemarquis.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Work-Folders-77840774
  67. 67 http://lemarquis.deviantart.com/art/CS3-Work-Folders-77840774
  68. 68 http://mediadesign.deviantart.com/art/HP-Dock-Icon-Set-71481581
  69. 69 http://mediadesign.deviantart.com/art/HP-Dock-Icon-Set-71481581
  70. 70 http://mintywhite.com/tech/?p=17
  71. 71 http://www.iconbulk.com/icons_new.asp
  72. 72 http://www.iconsfree.org/

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  1. 1

    very very attractive icons sets.i m a icon lover already having very large collections different different icons.really these unique set will increase popularity of my collection.
    icons for vista

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  2. 202

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. 403

    Very beautful icon sets, thanks!

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  4. 604

    Very nice collection. I would like to add mine too

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  5. 805

    Do you, by any chance, have a cool free icon with a breast? If yes, I would be delighted if you coud mail me…
    Thanks!

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  6. 1006

    These are definitely some great icons. These are great to use on my website. Thanks for sharing these icons.

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  7. 1207

    very nice

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  8. 1408

    Very beautiful Icon Sets, thank you

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  9. 1609

    Nice set of free icons – thanks for the share!

    My all time fav icon sites are:
    * http://www.iconspedia.com
    * http://www.juicyicons.com
    * http://www.iconarchive.com
    * http://www.iconfinder.com

    -1
  10. 1810

    Fabulous icons!!i like it very much…
    thanks for posting!

    camp fire

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  11. 2011

    Fire pits tables

    June 16, 2010 4:59 pm

    I like it very much..Spc. the elephants one theyre so cute!
    fire pit

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  12. 2212

    very nice worksssssss……

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  13. 2413

    excellent work

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  14. 2614

    Great sets. Have need… will use.

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  15. 2815

    Great collection of icons. Makes it hard to decide which ones to use even if we have hundreds of folders ;) I liked the cinema tickets, pretty original and unique.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  16. 3016

    Thank you for this great efforts, It helps me a lot, just to be honest with you you saved alot of my time,

    Thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssss again :)

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  17. 3217

    very very thanks.

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  18. 3418

    thanks very good job………

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  19. 3619

    every one can help to the other people and you do it very well.
    i say thank you very much behalf all Iranian people

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  20. 3820

    Cool Icons… Found a cool icon set at http://www.iconpot.com as well.

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  21. 4021

    Springs are of many forms out of which most common spring is compression spring. Compression springs can further be categorized as Conical Springs, barrel springs and hour glass spring to name few.

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  22. 4222

    Damn, these are very nice, great post.

    Just found these:
    http://www.styleprone.com/free-web-icons

    Not too shabby for a free set.

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  23. 4423

    Wow……….
    That ‘s fine and great, beautiful collection
    thanx……

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  24. 4624

    As always a great collection, thanks!

    Past icon collections have been a great help adding that little zing to our applications, these ones appear no different. I especially like the versions of the Apple Mail icons.

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  25. 4825

    I like this collection very much. It is so exciting!
    Great job! perfect!

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  26. 5026

    The icon set was posted here 2 years ago but I still find good. Thanks for this inspiration and great work.

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  27. 5227

    I am always amazed how poorly the free icon sets are thought out. Almost NONE of them include a twitter icon, I mean… Twitter has been around how long? you would think someone would make a icon set that includes a twitter icon in the mix. In fact, I would argue that a web icon set it completely worthless if it does not include such an icon. Someone should send a memo to the next international meeting of icon makers.

    Cheers! RichGriese@gmail.com

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  28. 5428

    Thanks. No very much of free icons that are out there. These are nice too. Mahalo.

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  29. 5629

    Most of these aren’t really icons … they’re illustrations.

    Pedantic maybe … but the super-detailed illustrations are not ‘iconographic’, they’re complex depictions.

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  30. 5830

    Awesome Collection.

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  31. 6031

    I do not even know with strong you blog greatly that helped me! Thank you

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  32. 6232

    Sergio Palma Hidalgo

    March 2, 2011 5:07 pm

    Cool! really great stuff! awesome!

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  33. 6433

    Thanks .. great collection

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  34. 6634

    Thanks a lot for the Collection

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  35. 6835

    I’ve really noticed that credit score improvement activity really needs to be conducted with tactics. If not, you will probably find yourself destroying your ranking. In order to realize your aspirations in fixing your credit history you have to take care that from this second you pay all of your monthly expenses promptly before their timetabled date. It is really significant simply because by never accomplishing this, all other methods that you will decide to try to improve your credit position will not be powerful. Thanks for sharing your suggestions.

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  36. 7036

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  37. 7237

    Thank you for this great collection!

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  38. 7438

    Looks like the Link to the Polaroid Icon is broken. :-(

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  39. 7639

    Excellent Icons collection. Can i download these icons for free.

    aarkay

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  40. 7840

    I’m really over these lists that say “free” when in reality half the stuff requires a paid license or other creative commons restrictions.

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  41. 8041

    thanks!! thats very very cool !!

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  42. 8242

    thx for sharing such beautiful icons! )))) I liked this icons too desktop-icon.com/stock-icons/desktop-buffet-icons.htm

    0
  43. 8443

    hi.please send for me a free magazine.
    post code:ayat shomali 4-neyshabour-khorasan razavi-iran
    tank you.

    1
  44. 8644

    Thank Youuuuuuuuuuu >< Arigatouuuuuuu

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  45. 8845

    (Really) stupid icon set

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  46. 9046

    Hi,
    Great… as you said above, these are high-quality icons indeed, thank you. Another website where I found a lot of free high-quality assets is creattor.com. You should take a look there, too.

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  47. 9247

    Hello, How to submit icons to you?

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  49. 9649

    Thanks for the icons sets they are awesome!

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  50. 9850

    You can download free quality icons set from Logoland Australia’s design blog: http://www.logoland.com.au/blog/2013/11/free-icons-set

    Brought to you by:
    http://www.logoland.com.au

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