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

    Thanks for the comment and link. Please check out my icon sets:

    More Excellent Freebies – Over 90 icon sets, collected on a single page.

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    Thanks for the info. It’s give me a lot of fun…

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    great collection, thanks a lot!

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    Spectacular collection. Thanks.

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  5. 7

    These are some totally awesome icons! Thank you so much for the great collection! :)

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  6. 8

    Some great artwork in there – but many are more like Illustrations not Icons.

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    The quality of these icons is absolutely amazing. To fit so much detail in something so small takes a special skill.

    As a side note, it reminds me a little bit of some artists I used to work with who created some amazing WMBP (wireless bitmaps – suitable for mobile phones) with just black pixels. Absolutely amazing stuff.

    Thanks.

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  8. 10

    Icons like these allow me to save so much time! Thanks

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  9. 11

    Those “sticky icons” are a rip-off of my EMAIL ME icon set.

    Watch here:
    http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/email-me-30688479

    I was never noticed that my icons were going to be stolen!

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  10. 12

    These are nice! much thanks!

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  11. 13

    Seeing my icons among these great sets feels like real fun, guys. Thank you!
    P.S.: drop of sorrow: you didn’t put link to my blog…

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  12. 14

    This is possibly some of the best icons ive personally come accross, much better than icon finder. Will keep me playing around for a while!!!

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    Webmonkey-Ireland

    March 6, 2008 12:00 pm

    These are well yummy. Cheers.

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  14. 16

    Awesome! Thanks Smashing.

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  15. 17

    Man, you guys are crankin’ out the great content! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. 18

    very very nice!

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  17. 19

    Great collection!!! Very useful even tough they are not all free for commercial use.

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  18. 20

    I nearly crashed firefox because i opened so many tabs for these.

    great collection!

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  19. 21

    Simply Great Collection

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  20. 22

    Fabulous finds :)
    thank you

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  21. 23

    WOW. These are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much!

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  22. 24

    Awesome list man thank you so much :D!

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  23. 25

    Monofactor Free Vector Icon Set link should be as follows:

    http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/

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  24. 26

    nice collections

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    Going Like Sixty

    March 6, 2008 2:09 pm

    Awesome site. As a non-graphic designer, I am amazed by the quality and creativeness, and the are FREE.

    Anybody feel up to doing some steampunk for my blog and/or firefox?

    (sorry if this is a dup – FF crashed)

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  26. 28

    These are really nice. I wish the sets were bigger, but I can’t complain too much cuz they are free and awesome.

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  27. 29

    They are so quality that i am still looking and looking them :-) Thanks for this post.

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  28. 30

    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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  29. 31

    RSS icon for artists. I like the idea of an RSS icon splattered with paint. Has anyone seen something like this? It would be for an artist blog.

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  30. 32

    Rly incredible icons. Love to dino and the mammoth!

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  31. 33

    Incredible collection. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quentin Eyje Moderator

    March 6, 2008 4:34 pm

    Another smash magazine classic. Thank You.

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  33. 35

    Amazing, great collection!

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  34. 36

    Thank you for sharing these!Extremely useful collection.
    Cheers
    RC

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  35. 37

    Great post, managed to download several icons.. :D

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  36. 38

    I wanna to add this link but U was the first one :)

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  37. 39

    brilliant post. thank you very much. Some really nice icons here

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  38. 40

    I’m so lucky because i was keep looking for nice tv icon!
    Now i found it

    Thanks

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  39. 41

    You seem to have a wrong link : the “Monofactor Free Vector Icon Set” is linked to the WebAppers page while the good link is -http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
    Thanks for the post, I found some nice icons !

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  40. 42

    Nice set, but I still use iCandy junior most of the time. Very usable.

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  41. 43

    Awesome.

    Thanks !

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  42. 44

    Meravigliose :)

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  43. 45

    you guys rocks everyday (almost)! thank you sm

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  44. 46

    ıts great thank you..

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    ChineseInEnglish

    March 7, 2008 2:28 am

    OMG!!!That’s totally amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  46. 48

    GG Guy :) :)
    Cybertaf From France

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  47. 49

    Nice sets. One small error though: “cavemans.”? Should be “cavemen”..

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  49. 51

    Very cool collection!

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  50. 52

    Nice stuff, I was getting a bit bored with the same old icons that people have been re-listing everywhere. Nice to see some new stuff.

    I think the people who make these free icons are probably the most decent people on earth, we need more free icon creators in Society.

    Amen.

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