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40 Professional Icon Sets For Free Download

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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.

However, designing a high-quality icon set isn’t an easy task. It takes time, patience and resources and it requires professional skills and experience. We are regularly looking for talented artists and creative designers and we are happy to support them as much as possible — e.g. 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 40 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 fre 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:

    35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets2 Link

    to spice up your posts with some nice illustrations or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons,

    Icons For Your Desktop and Icons For Your Web Designs Link

    with fresh high-quality free icons which you can use for your desktop; we also showcase free professional icon sets, buttons and vector graphics you can use for your web designs,

    20 Free And Fresh Icon Sets Link

    with over 20 free, beautiful and fresh icon sets as well as references to further free icon libraries,

    Freebies Round-Up: Icons, Buttons and Templates3 Link

    with fresh high quality icons, buttons, vector graphics, templates and layouts.

This time you’ll find quite many tasty snacks. Literally.

Free Icons For Your Web Designs Link

Office Space Icon Set4 Link

This set contains a coffee icon, chair icon, employee icon, coffee machine icon, computer display icon and information kiosk icon. Each icon is available in size 16×16px, 32×32px, 48×48px and 256×256px. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This means that if you use the icons on your web site, please place a link to www.visualpharm.com on the same pages the icons are used.

Freebies Icons - Office Space Icon Set5

Light Icons Set6 Link

A set of 22 light, clean and stylish icons created by Krzystof Kolatorski from Poland.

Freebies Icons - Light Icons by ~sone-pl7

Transport Icon Set8 Link

This set of ready-made icons represents 35 objects of various modern transport facilities such as Cars, Airplanes, Helicopters, Trucks, Public conveyances, Squad car, Fire-engine, Ambulance, Taxi, Ships, etc. Free for personal use. .png, .ico. 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256.

Freebies Icons - Vista Style Transport Icon Set. Icons-Land (Vista Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design Service)9
Freebies Icons - Vista Style Transport Icon Set. Icons-Land (Vista Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design Service)10

Old School Icon Pack11 Link

Old School Icon Pack contains 82 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Extra Icons, File Icons, Folder Icons, Hardware Icons, Software Icons etc. Free for personal use only.

Freebies Icons - VistaIcons.com - Download Old School Icon Pack : Free Vista Style Icons, Free Icon Sets and Windows Vista Desktop Icons12

The Simpsons Icons Link

11 Simpsons icons for Mac OS X and Windows. Designed by Anton Gerasimenko and Egor Zhgun from Russia. The link for the windows-version seems to be broken. Size: 128×128px.

Freebies Icons - 128x128: The Simpsons Icons
Freebies Icons - 128x128: The Simpsons Icons

RSS icons campaign Link

A large set of creative RSS icons designed by Design Freak.

Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny
Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny
Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny
Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny

Ice Cream Icons13 Link

A set of 15 sweet, shiny and tasty ice and cake icons. Size: 128×128, formats: .ico and .png. Designed by dim.po.

Freebies Icons - 128x128 Icons Set 4 by ~dimpoart14

Ruby on Rails icon pack15 Link

Contains 3 color variations of the Ruby on Rails folder icon in 5 different sizes. Also includes a squared version of Rails logo in 5 different sizes.

Freebies Icons - Ruby on Rails icon pack by ~azizash16

Set of Stylized Icons17 Link

Designed by Lucas (aka pho3nix-bf) from Poland. The YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook icon may be used in online-projects.

Freebies Icons - Set of Stylized Icons by ~pho3nix-bf18

Sticker Pack19 Link

A pack of stick-on icons whicih contains 41 individual sticky icons with large resources for Vista & Leopard. Designed by David Lanham. iContainer, Mac, Win.

Freebies Icons - Iconfactory : Freeware : Sticker Pack 220
Freebies Icons - Iconfactory : Freeware : Sticker Pack 121

128×128: Toast It! Link

A toaster icon, 128×128px.

Freebies Icons - 128x128: Toast It!

Icon Goodies Link

7 free icon goodies created by created by Chris Ivarson. Mac only. For instace, the Blogs icon pack includes Blogger icon, Livejournal icon, WordPress icon and Xanga icon. Free to use.

Freebies Icons - Goodies | csi.nfshost.com
Freebies Icons - Goodies | csi.nfshost.com

Smashing RSS/Feed Icons22 Link

A free Smashing RSS/Feed icon set. The set contains 8 icons which you can use for private and commercial projects, blogs and web-sites for free. The icons are available for both Mac and Win-users in resolutions 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 128×128px, 256×256px and 512×512px.

Freebies Icons - Fresh, Free and Gorgeous RSS/Feed Icons | Graphics | Smashing Magazine23

Bright! icon set Link

Bright! is a crisp, sharp and beautiful set of 148 hand-crafted icons in vector format, ideally for both web and print work. You can use Bright! for personal and commercial projects at free of charge. Comments and backlinks are appreciated.

Freebies Icons - Bright! - a free icon set

Freaky Crema24 Link

Cake and ice cream icons designed by dim.po25 from Russia. Crema Badges are also available for free download.

Freebies Icons - Freaky Crema by ~dimpoart26 Link

 

Freebies Icons - Freaky Crema by ~dimpoart27

Build Your Own Box Kit28 Link

“Build Your Own Box” kit allows you to take a layered, Photoshop PSD file and add your own items inside. Logos, icons, anything. Some free icons are included in the PSD file as well. A How-To-Video (Quicktime) explains how you can create your icons using the .psd-file.

Freebies Icons - Icon Lab - Build Your Own Box29

Nicely Stuffed30 Link

Six Colors + Leopard Ready. Designed by Max Gilchuk from Canada.

Freebies Icons - Nicely Stuffed by =mgilchuk31

Antares Icon Pack32 Link

Antares Complete Pack contains 100 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Blue Ray Disk icon, CD Drive icon, iMac OSX icon, iMac icon, Finder icon, Mail icon, Safari icon, iTunes icon, Trash icon, Dashboard icon etc. File Types: .ico, .png. Icon Sizes: 256×256, 128×128, 16×16, 32×32, 48×48.

Freebies Icons - VistaIcons.com - Download Antares Complete Pack : 100 Free Vista Style icons33

Laurent Baumann | Icons Link

The Film Roll icon set contains 1 icon in sizes 16×16px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 128×128px, 256×256px and 512×512px. Formats: icns and .png. These icons are released under Creative Commons License. Designed by Laurent Baumann.

Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons
Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons
Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons

Pool Icons Link

Do you have snow in winter? We do. A lot of snow. But now spring has finally come and we can’t ignore it. We’ve been waiting for so long! So here is a free icon set about what we see in the streets in spring. You can download Win and Mac icons as well as PNG files.

Freebies Icons - Iconka.com: Free stuff

Coffee Break Icon Set Link

10 freeware icons inspired by some delicious coffee foods. Content: Apple, Breads, Cheese, Coffee cups, Coffee pot, Cookies, Toast. Designed by Dirceu Veiga.

Freebies Icons - COFFEE BREAK - icons inspired in some delicious coffee foods. | Fast Icon - Free stock icons.

OSE PNGs Link

Free for personal use, but can be modified and released afterwards. This set also includes PSDs.

Freebies Icons - OSE PNGs by =gakuseisean

Email Me Icon Set34 Link

11 icons, 128×128px, created for the Mozdev.org projects. Free for personal use only. Designed by Mario Martínez from Mayosoft.

Freebies Icons - email me by ~Mayosoft35

I’m not a Patriot36 Link

Flags of 32 countries + 2 communities, resulting in 34 png-images of file size 256×256px.

Freebies Icons - I'm not a Patriot by ~Mayosoft37

Social Web Buttons38 Link

Two “social” sets, each consisting of 20 images in .png-format. Released under Creative Commons license. The sets include buttons for Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, LastFM, Pownce and Slideshare.

Freebies Icons - Social Web Buttons - Set 1 - WebFruits Blog // web design, grafica, internet, blog...39
Freebies Icons - Social Web Buttons - Set 2 - WebFruits Blog // web design, grafica, internet, blog...40

Windows Outlook41 Link

1 png (256px). For private and noncommercial use only. By Vande Mataram.

Freebies Icons - Windows Outlook --akkasone by ~Vande-Mataram42

Mobile Device Icons Link

60 mobile device icons in 128×128 and 60 mobile device icons in 256×256. In .PNG format for whatever you use them for. Courtesy of ~pierocksmysocks from the US.

Freebies Icons - Mobile Device Icons by ~pierocksmysocks

Choose your sport Icons Link

8 original icons about sport areas. Available for both Windows and Mac OS X. Size: 256×256px and 512×512px.

Freebies Icons - tpdkdesign.net -+ Choose your sport !

Sketchy Paper Icon Set43 Link

Icons are created with simple, sketchy lines on a unique background – a paper note. So, get creative when using the set, hope it brings a new, unique light on your projects. The set contains 20 high quality, free icons in these sizes: 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px, 64x64px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format. 20 icons in .ico, .png and .icns format. You can also purchase these icons — then you may use them without being obligated to put a back link.

Freebies Icons - DryIcons | Free Icons | Sketchy Paper Icon Set44

Mini Icon Sets Link

Vaga45 Link

This set of 60, semi-transparent .png icons (16 x 16) ready to use and available for free download. Released by Ed Merritt.

Freebies Icons - Vaga | Ten by Twenty46

Monofactor Icon Set Link

This icon set, created by Onur Oztaskiran, 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. You are completely free to edit, change and/or directly use the icons in your site and in any kind of your projects.

Freebies Icons - Monofactor.com - Design Graphics Blog - Onur Oztaskiran -+ Blog Archive -+ Free Vector Icon Set 1 - Containing 25 Icons47

Web Development Icons48 Link

24×24 free icon set in web 2.0 style. These icons are free to use in any kind of project unlimited times. Released under Creative Commons license. Windows only.

Freebies Icons - Free web development icons #4 - Download Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images For Web & Graphics Design

Circular Icons49 Link

Circular is a free icon set containing 100+ free to use icons. It’s a themed collection of 100+ 16×16 icons designed by Ben Gillbanks. The icons are available as a zip download of alpha transparent png’s (link over there on the right), and cost a grand total of nothing!

Screenshot50

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /about/
  2. 2 /2008/03/06/35-really-incredible-free-icon-sets/
  3. 3 /2007/05/24/freebies-round-up-icons-buttons-and-templates/
  4. 4 http://www.visualpharm.com/office_space.html
  5. 5 http://www.visualpharm.com/office_space.html
  6. 6 http://sone-pl.deviantart.com/art/Light-Icons-74036005
  7. 7 http://sone-pl.deviantart.com/art/Light-Icons-74036005
  8. 8 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  9. 9 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  10. 10 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  11. 11 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i148s0/old_school_icons.htm
  12. 12 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i148s0/old_school_icons.htm
  13. 13 http://dimpoart.deviantart.com/art/128x128-Icons-Set-4-51330659
  14. 14 http://dimpoart.deviantart.com/art/128x128-Icons-Set-4-51330659
  15. 15 http://azizash.deviantart.com/art/Ruby-on-Rails-icon-pack-81755219
  16. 16 http://azizash.deviantart.com/art/Ruby-on-Rails-icon-pack-81755219
  17. 17 http://pho3nix-bf.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-Stylized-Icons-75869980
  18. 18 http://pho3nix-bf.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-Stylized-Icons-75869980
  19. 19 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr2
  20. 20 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr2
  21. 21 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr1
  22. 22 /2008/04/01/fresh-free-and-gorgeous-rssfeed-icons/
  23. 23 /2008/04/01/fresh-free-and-gorgeous-rssfeed-icons/
  24. 24 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  25. 25 http://fc04.deviantart.com/fs14/f/2007/077/4/4/Freaky_Crema_by_dimpoart.jpg
  26. 26 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  27. 27 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  28. 28 http://theiconlab.com/allicons/boxit/index.html
  29. 29 http://theiconlab.com/allicons/boxit/index.html
  30. 30 http://mgilchuk.deviantart.com/art/Nicely-Stuffed-77556268
  31. 31 http://mgilchuk.deviantart.com/art/Nicely-Stuffed-77556268
  32. 32 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i142s0/antares_icon_pack.htm
  33. 33 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i142s0/antares_icon_pack.htm
  34. 34 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/email-me-30688479
  35. 35 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/email-me-30688479
  36. 36 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/I-m-not-a-Patriot-16925129
  37. 37 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/I-m-not-a-Patriot-16925129
  38. 38 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=62
  39. 39 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=62
  40. 40 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=63
  41. 41 http://vande-mataram.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Outlook-akkasone-82408022
  42. 42 http://vande-mataram.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Outlook-akkasone-82408022
  43. 43 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/sketchy-paper-icons/
  44. 44 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/sketchy-paper-icons/
  45. 45 http://www.tenbytwenty.com/products/icon-sets/vaga
  46. 46 http://www.tenbytwenty.com/products/icon-sets/vaga
  47. 47 http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
  48. 48 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=265
  49. 49 http://prothemedesign.com/free-webdesign-tools/circular-icons/
  50. 50 http://prothemedesign.com/free-webdesign-tools/circular-icons/
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  1. 1

    Cameron Singe

    May 21, 2008 4:39 pm

    Don’t forget fam fam fam icons, they are the holy grail of free icons

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    Yummy… so many delicious snacks icons!

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  3. 3

    David Dashifen Kees

    May 21, 2008 5:55 pm

    @Cameron Singe

    I, too, was surprised not to see the famfamfam.com icons in the list!

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  4. 4

    Richard Shields

    May 21, 2008 4:26 pm

    Nice collection!

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  5. 5

    Phenomenal! Great collections as always!!

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  6. 6

    Awesome! =)
    You guys rule!

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    Erik Reagan

    May 21, 2008 5:22 pm

    I was just looking through the previous Icon lists today and this one really adds some great ones to the ever growing list! Thanks as always!

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  8. 8

    Fantastic collection set…

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  9. 9

    Fam Fam – the greatest free icons available

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  10. 10

    that’s so cool … thanks

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  11. 11

    Wow, really nice collection, Thank you!

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  12. 12

    Good…..

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  13. 13

    Cool list of icons – free, sweet, delicious !

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  14. 14

    Joefrey Mahusay

    May 21, 2008 6:33 pm

    Great List of Icons!

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  15. 15

    Casey Jenks

    May 21, 2008 7:11 pm

    awesome!

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  16. 16

    I am loving it…

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  17. 17

    www.wiltech-center.com

    May 21, 2008 9:52 pm

    Good collections, thanks.

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  18. 18

    WoW

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  19. 19

    So good!
    I Love it

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  20. 20

    I really like the look of Splashy Icons. Pretty nice, wish you had included them!

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  21. 21

    Sandie Sørensen

    May 21, 2008 10:17 pm

    Nice collection!

    Especially the sketchy paper icon set. :)

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    shashi arya

    May 21, 2008 10:43 pm

    U ppl always makes me Happy :) GR* collection as usual

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  23. 23

    Your cream icons are double,

    for the rest, nice list.

    And arent the phoenix (deviantart) icons.. not download able

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  24. 24

    great icons! thanks!

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  25. 25

    I cannot download the Stylized Icon Set – Designed by Lucas (aka pho3nix-bf) from Poland. The YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook icon may be used in online-projects. It just redirects to a page where a wallpaper of all the icons is visible… How do I get the icons?

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  26. 26

    Great collection. Maybe I´m using some of these icons for one of my projects.

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  27. 27

    Amazing. I already have some of these sets, the entire collection is wonderful.
    Thanks for your work.

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  28. 28

    Stunning collection.. You guys come up trumps once again..

    Thanks…. :-)

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  29. 29

    nice roundup, thanks :)

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  30. 30

    Stuart Maynard-Keene

    May 22, 2008 1:37 am

    Yeh, why no FamFamFam?

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  31. 31

    Amazing collection, thanks

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  32. 32

    Beautiful …

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  33. 33

    nothing new

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  34. 34

    fam fam fam has already featured in their recent posts

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  35. 35

    no need to show famfamfam, already shown in other articles…

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  36. 36

    Great icons collections. I love it!

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  37. 37

    thank you guys!! Really nice set…..

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  38. 38

    Very nice

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  39. 39

    Thank you so much…

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  40. 40

    There’s some really amazing work here. Icons are becoming more and more detailed, and so, labour intensive to create.
    A few of these really make me hungry too.

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