55 Free High Quality Icon Sets


We love free icons. We love to smash things. And we respect hard-working designers. Therefore we are regularly looking for talented artists and creative designers and we are glad to support them by showcasing their work in our magazine. If you are going to create an icon set and experience any problems releasing it or spreading the word — let us know1, we may figure something out.

In the overview below we present 55 more excellent, free and professional icons for desktop and web design. Some of them can be used for both private and commercial projects. You may always use them for free in your private projects. Nevertheless, it is always worth to take a look at the license agreements — they can change from time to time.

You can also scan through the icons-related articles we’ve published before:

Free Icons For Your Web Designs and Desktop

Function Icon Set8
A set of 128 high-quality free icons for bloggers and designers to use in any projects; “social media” icons are included as well. Resolution: 48×48px.

Freebies Icons9

Concept Icons .0810
12 different icons in PNG format 256x256px. Designed by Roberto Abril Hidalgo.

Freebies Icons11

Affel combines purple and black colors with some lighting and shadow details to make your computer look classy and as much special as it deserves. |Inside: 72 icons in PNG format with a resolution of 256×256 px. These icons may not be used in any way for commercial purposes.

Freebies Icons13

Smultron Icon Pack14
Smultron better icons is an icon updater set for Smultron. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Smultron 2.1.5.

Freebies Icons15

Eico Studio Anniversary Icon Pack16
16 crisp, sharp and beautiful icons released by the Eico Design Agency to celebrate its first anniversary. Available in .ico, .png and .icns-format in the resolution 128×128px.

Freebies Icons17

Kidaubis 3D Icon – Blue series 18
The icon set with three icons (E-Mail, music box and tool box) available.

Freebies Icons19

Beijing 2008 Icons20
A large “olympic” high-quality set with over 20 related icons.

Freebies Icons21

Jonas Rask Icons22
An updated collection of various icons designed by Jonas Rask. We have featured Jonas in our previous posts; now the icons have been updated. Resolutions vary from 16×16px to 512×512px.

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The Shield Icon Set28
This set includes 4 files in resolutions 256×256px, 128×128px, 64×64px and 32×32px. Available in formats .ico and .png. Designed by Marvin Ristau.

Freebies Icons29

Mac Icons30
This set includes 5 .png-files in high resolutions. Designed in Illustrator CS.

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Pure Icon Pack33
Pure Icon Pack contains 14 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: CD Icon, Computer Icon, Folder Icon, DVD Icon, Internet Icon, Network Icon, Search Icon, USB Icon, ZIP Icon and others.

Freebies Icons34

Mythique Design35
16 icons for a messanger user interface. Png, resolutions: 16×16px to 256×256px..

Freebies Icons36

Oxygen Icons Set37
Over 1000 professional desktop icons designed for KDE, packed in one single pack and released under GPL.

Freebies Icons38

Boxes Vista-like Icons39
These icons are based on the new packaging for Windows Vista. 26 icons for various OS (13 icons in two categories: box with disc and without disc).Png & Ico format. Free for non-commercial use.

Freebies Icons40

Smashing Royal Icon Set41
The set contains 6 “royal” icons which you can use for private and commercial projects, blogs and web-sites for free — without any restrictions whatsoever. The icons are available in .ico and .png-formats in resolutions 32×32px, 48×48px, 64×64px and 128×128px.

Smashing Icon Set42

Google and Facebook icons43
Most of the icons featured here have been specifically made for the Fluid app for OS X Leopard. Sure you can use them for other things, but that’s what they were created for and that’s why each download includes an appl.icns file. This file is to be placed in its Fluid-generated application counterpart’s Resources folder. Designed by Chris Ivarson.

Freebies Icons44

Fruity Apples45
9 .png and .icns (Leopard ready : 512×512 px), 2 Bonus and 1 Wallpaper (2560×1600 px).

Freebies Icons46

I Love “Blondes” Beer Icon47
512x512px in png and icns.

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Document Icons49
512x512px in png and icns.

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Niepces Camera Obscura Icons52
These desktop icons show the Camera Obscura as it was used by Nicephore Niepce by 1826 or 1827 in an Aperture and iPhoto style and are intended as an homage to him. Mac + Win + Linux + iContainer. Leopard ready (512×512). Including 7 icons intended to replace Aperture or iPhoto, Aperture Library, iPhoto Library, Aperture Vault, Aperture Project and your picture folder.

Freebies Icons53

Facebook User Interface Icons54
25 Facebook ui icons in a high res and vector form… with slight adherences to the tango specification.

Freebies Icons55

Icon replacement set, resolution: 512×512px. Application icon, document icons and download icons as well as bookmark drawer and bookmarks icon are available. Format: .dmg.

Freebies Icons57

Autumn Breeze Icons58
6 Icons for Windows in 8 Sizes. My Computer, My Pictures, Dustbin Full, Dustbin Empty, CD and one Icon for your fav. Design Software.

Freebies Icons59

Web Icons Pack60
7 desktop icons for Windows and OS X. Available for Windows and Mac.

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Whistle Icons62
What about using whistle for a search box? DesignFreak does exactly that.

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Chemical Icon Pack65
Chemical Icon Set celebrates the creative chemical in our brains where all our creative projects come from in 4 Beautiful icons for your creative project or developer folders in neon chemical colors. Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or later.

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Small icons

ORB Icons67
10 basic user interface icons available in the resolution 16×16px, 32×32px and 128×128px. Designed by Alexy Goncharenko.

Freebies Icons68

Online Shop Icons (the link was removed due to copyright infringement)
9 icons in the format .psd. Registration is required to download the icons.

Freebies Icons

eCommerce Icons69
32 free icons to use or remix in your eCommerce projects complete with master SVG file.

Freebies Icons70

BKdesign Icons Pack 1 (Link removed due to copyright infringement)
Some professional icon sets designed by the Chinese design agency Bottlebaby are available for free download.

Freebies Icons

BKdesign Icons Pack 1 (Link removed due to copyright infringement)
Some professional icon sets designed by the Chinese design agency Bottlebaby are available for free download.

Freebies Icons

Fugue icon set71
358 icons (16×16px) are included in PNG format. The icons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

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Accessibility icon set73
This set includes 9 icons one can use to display accessibility features or address accessibility issues. Released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Germany, when used backlink is required.

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Heart and Ice Icon Packs75
Icons in both icon sets are available in resolutions 256×256, 6 PNGs in the first package, 8 PNGs in the second package.

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Files icon set78
A large set of various filetypes in resolutions 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 72×72, 96×96, 128×128. Format: ico.

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Weather conditions80
49 Icons 128×128 dedicated for Mobydock’s set of weather conditions or any other similar widget.

Freebies Icons81

40 Image Editing Icons82
“Some smiling lips, a camera lens, some vortex colour, a crop tool, a TV icon, and plenty more.” All icons are available within an Adobe Illustrator CS2 file (10.1 Mb).

Freebies Icons83

Keynote Objects84
The package combines 100 easy to use and attractive objects. The background of all objects is transparent and can be used on any colored background. Each object can be changed in size, rotated, increased or decreased in opacity, fitted with shadows or even overlapped with one another to create extra effects. Keynote Objects are compatible with Keynote, iWeb, Pages, Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.

Freebies Icons85

Milky Icon Set86
A large vector icon set designed by Frexy design studio includes Format: png. Resolution: 256×256px.

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Blogging Icons89
This set is designed specifically for bloggers. There are total 12 shiny and modern icons for your blogs. It comes with 3 sizes, 24×24, 36×36 and 48×48 in png format. Blogging Icons Set is released under Creative Commons License, please feel free to use it on your personal and commercial projects.

Freebies Icons90

Ferrari Gauge91
Download includes iContainer (3 icons). Resolution: 512×512px. For personal use only.

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iMac Evolution Icons96
The evolution of the iMac contains 6 different iMac icons, including the first iMac from 1998 and the newest model from 2007.

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Tasty Icons98
Two tasty icons of coffee goodness. These two freebies come in the following sizes and formats: 48 x 48 px; 128 x 128 px; 256 x 256 px; 512 x 512 px; PNG (transparent backgrounds); CNS; ICO.

Freebies Icons99

Formats: .icns, .png, 128×128px.

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Envelope Icons102
This set features a variety of different envelopes and folders of different sizes which we foresee being extremely useful for many print and web design projects.

Freebies Icons103

Further icons

  • Free Filetypes Icons104
    A review of free filetypes icons by Zeusbox Studio.
  • Afterglow Icons105
    A collection of various icons available for Mac. Among them – a New Zealand icon set which includes 27 mini icons.
  • Watiworks106 offers 12 small Mac OS X icon sets for free download.
  • Monochrom107 offers 22 unique icon sets in retro and vintage look. Among them are stickers, basic shapes and some really strange icons.
  • Iconlook108 is an icon search engine.
  • Everydayicons109 offers 9 basic icon sets with folders, boxes and notes.

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  1. 1

    Wow.. this is an impressive list guys! Well done!

  2. 52

    I keep waiting for some well-designed icons for desktop use at very small sizes. Seems all the great icons nowadays roll at big, Mac-style sizes. I’m not interested in:

    a) big buttons anywhere on my desktop
    b) using large files (wrt disk/memory space) for decoration

    Unfortunately, most of the new icons I see (like most of the ones in this collection), are designed to be gigantic and don’t scale down to something like 16×16 well. These icons are gorgeous, but I don’t see them being that useful.

  3. 103

    Nike doesn’t make ping-pong paddles?

  4. 154

    Toni Trivković

    July 3, 2008 6:36 am

    thanks, very long & cool icons list :)

  5. 205

    I’ve been waiting for this sort of posts! Great work S!

  6. 256

    Nice shit SM !

  7. 307

    huh? A bunch of these were on the last series.

  8. 358

    Very nice set thanks

  9. 409

    I’m currently working on an icon set (very early development) but it’s basically the same types of icons as the silk icon set by famfamfam but bigger and redesigned. Check it out: http://is.gd/LgS

  10. 460

    Cool icons i always use my dsktop icons BIG AND SHINY !!!

  11. 511

    Thats some quality icons right there ;)

  12. 562

    I’m the designer of the Satin icons up at istock. The Online Shop icons and most of those from BK Design are stolen from that series.

    I see smashingmag removed the text link to BK Design, but the preview image is still up and it still links to the site. Please take them down. And the Online Shop icons as well.

    Just to clarify, I am exclusive at iStock and can’t sell (or even give away) those icons because of my agreement with iStock. And even if an extended license was purchased for those sets, that does not allow them to be resold. This is blatant ripping.

    Finally, thanks to everyone that notified me and commented about this. I really appreciate it! I put a lot of effort into these sets and it kills me to see them stolen.

  13. 613

    Great collection, as always :)

  14. 664

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    July 3, 2008 9:37 am

    Scott Dunlap, thank you, the links were removed.

  15. 715

    Great list – although yes I have seen some of these on previous smashing lists. You missed a great set of new icons that came out yesterday from wefunction.com you can check em out here: http://wefunction.com/2008/07/function-free-icon-set/

  16. 766

    That is a lot to deal with. *head explodes

  17. 817

    Wow, very impressive! Thanks so much!

  18. 868

    Farid Abdulhadi

    July 3, 2008 10:36 am

    Really nice collection of icons and graphics.
    Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

  19. 919

    thank you very much :)

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  21. 1021

    Thanks for another load of great icons. :)

  22. 1072

    Me gusta!

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    Andrew Davidson

    July 3, 2008 1:57 pm

    Can’t forget my own submission, Free Replacement Apache Icons. Might not be as glossy or detailed as some of the above (excellent) examples, but the 85 PNG files come in 32×32 and 128×128, and offer a designed alternative to the generic Apache Icons most web servers install by default.

  24. 1174

    72. elik, woot woot, 2nd.

    By the way very nice and usefull list, thanks alot guys..

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    July 3, 2008 2:22 pm

    Yeah- new icons for our pleasure!
    Very very useful.

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  27. 1327

    Fantástica, enooorme Seleccion!!

  28. 1378

    inspiring collection!

  29. 1429

    desperAte student

    July 3, 2008 11:45 pm

    damn! that was great!

  30. 1480

    I really love those “Beijing 2008 Icons” made by kidcomic..

    I´d love to use them in a commercial project.
    Since i do not understand any chinese, i´d like to know more about the terms of use…

    Thx alot!

  31. 1531

    Dawid Gurzynski

    July 4, 2008 4:01 am

    Wow, nice Sets. Thanks a lot.

  32. 1582

    really2 nice…

  33. 1633

    I can only say:
    Great, you are the great!!!
    Thanks a lot, really

  34. 1684

    Awesome!! thanks ;)

  35. 1735

    Great, that’s very nice.

  36. 1786

    Great icon pack collections.

  37. 1837

    thanks solve my problems :D

  38. 1888

    Really Nice,Thanks

  39. 1939

    man this is quite a collection. it took me around 10 hours plus to download all of them ;)

  40. 1990

    Realy great collection ! THANX !

  41. 2041

    Simply amazing icon collection. You guys are really amazing in providing these resources.

  42. 2092

    this really inspiring…

  43. 2143

    Very NICE!!

  44. 2194

    I can’t believe that not one of these sets has a image icon and a video icon in the same set. Very dissapointing, you can’t expect someone to add an icon from one set and that one from another set…

  45. 2245

    Great icons – thanks!

  46. 2296

    Thanks – these are great!

  47. 2347

    Shahjee - LayoutPrince

    July 9, 2008 4:13 am

    Beautiful stuff here ….

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmaaaa !

  48. 2398

    It is really very nice. Thanks very much.

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    GIVISION | Jiri Mocicka

    July 10, 2008 1:36 am

    Really good work especially Ferrari stuff as well as Beijing 2008 Icons. I like the glow effect on the top of helmet.
    Nice work.

  50. 2500

    Worderful icons!


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