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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:

  • 40 Professional Icon Sets For Free Download2
    to download some fresh professional icon goodies,
  • 35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets3
    to spice up your posts with nice illustrations or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons,
  • Icons For Your Desktop and Icons For Your Web Designs
    with high-quality free icons which you can use for your desktop and web-designs,
  • 20 Free And Fresh Icon Sets
    with over 20 free beautiful sets and references to further free icon libraries.

Free Icons For Your Web Designs and Desktop Link

Function Icon Set
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 Icons

Concept Icons .084
12 different icons in PNG format 256x256px. Designed by Roberto Abril Hidalgo.

Freebies Icons5

Affel6
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 Icons7

Smultron Icon Pack8
Smultron better icons is an icon updater set for Smultron. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Smultron 2.1.5.

Freebies Icons9

Eico Studio Anniversary Icon Pack10
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 Icons11

Kidaubis 3D Icon – Blue series 12
The icon set with three icons (E-Mail, music box and tool box) available.

Freebies Icons

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

Freebies Icons

Jonas Rask Icons
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.

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

The Shield Icon Set13
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 Icons14

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

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Pure Icon Pack15
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 Icons16

Mythique Design17
16 icons for a messanger user interface. Png, resolutions: 16×16px to 256×256px..

Freebies Icons18

Oxygen Icons Set19
Over 1000 professional desktop icons designed for KDE, packed in one single pack and released under GPL.

Freebies Icons20

Boxes Vista-like Icons21
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 Icons22

Smashing Royal Icon Set23
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 Set24

Google and Facebook icons
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 Icons

Fruity Apples25
9 .png and .icns (Leopard ready : 512×512 px), 2 Bonus and 1 Wallpaper (2560×1600 px).

Freebies Icons26

I Love “Blondes” Beer Icon27
512x512px in png and icns.

Freebies Icons28

Document Icons29
512x512px in png and icns.

Freebies Icons30

Freebies Icons31

Niepces Camera Obscura Icons32
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 Icons33

Facebook User Interface Icons34
25 Facebook ui icons in a high res and vector form… with slight adherences to the tango specification.

Freebies Icons35

Cyberduck
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 Icons

Autumn Breeze Icons36
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 Icons37

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

Freebies Icons

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

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Chemical Icon Pack38
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.

Freebies Icons39

Small icons Link

ORB Icons40
10 basic user interface icons available in the resolution 16×16px, 32×32px and 128×128px. Designed by Alexy Goncharenko.

Freebies Icons41

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

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

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 set42
358 icons (16×16px) are included in PNG format. The icons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Freebies Icons43

Accessibility icon set44
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.

Freebies Icons45

Heart and Ice Icon Packs46
Icons in both icon sets are available in resolutions 256×256, 6 PNGs in the first package, 8 PNGs in the second package.

Freebies Icons47

Freebies Icons48

Files icon set
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.

Freebies Icons

Weather conditions49
49 Icons 128×128 dedicated for Mobydock’s set of weather conditions or any other similar widget.

Freebies Icons50

40 Image Editing Icons51
“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 Icons52

Keynote Objects53
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 Icons54

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

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Blogging Icons
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 Icons

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

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

iMac Evolution Icons55
The evolution of the iMac contains 6 different iMac icons, including the first iMac from 1998 and the newest model from 2007.

Freebies Icons56

Tasty Icons57
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 Icons58

Keyfob59
Formats: .icns, .png, 128×128px.

Freebies Icons60

Envelope Icons
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 Icons

Further icons Link

  • Afterglow Icons
    A collection of various icons available for Mac. Among them – a New Zealand icon set which includes 27 mini icons.
  • Monochrom61 offers 22 unique icon sets in retro and vintage look. Among them are stickers, basic shapes and some really strange icons.
  • Iconlook62 is an icon search engine.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/index.php/form
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/21/40-professional-icon-sets-for-free-download/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/06/35-really-incredible-free-icon-sets/
  4. 4 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/CONCEPT-ICONS-08-72701514
  5. 5 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/CONCEPT-ICONS-08-72701514
  6. 6 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/affel-PNGs-81936630
  7. 7 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/affel-PNGs-81936630
  8. 8 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22895/smultron-better-icons
  9. 9 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22895/smultron-better-icons
  10. 10 http://rokey.deviantart.com/art/eico-1-year-25294190
  11. 11 http://rokey.deviantart.com/art/eico-1-year-25294190
  12. 12 http://kidaubis.deviantart.com/art/KIDAUBIS-3D-ICON-Blue-series-82992268
  13. 13 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/The-Shield-Icon-Packet-67413912
  14. 14 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/The-Shield-Icon-Packet-67413912
  15. 15 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i146s0/pure_icon_pack.htm
  16. 16 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i146s0/pure_icon_pack.htm
  17. 17 http://iconbase.com/index.php?search=Maxime
  18. 18 http://iconbase.com/index.php?search=Maxime
  19. 19 http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen+Icons?content=74184
  20. 20 http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen+Icons?content=74184
  21. 21 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/11/06/boxes-vista-like-os/
  22. 22 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/11/06/boxes-vista-like-os/
  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/20/smashing-royal-icon-set/
  24. 24 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/20/smashing-royal-icon-set/
  25. 25 http://benjigarner.deviantart.com/art/Fruity-Apples-80805804
  26. 26 http://benjigarner.deviantart.com/art/Fruity-Apples-80805804
  27. 27 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/I-love-quot-Blondes-quot-87275040
  28. 28 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/I-love-quot-Blondes-quot-87275040
  29. 29 http://cgink.deviantart.com/gallery/
  30. 30 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/Math-Document-86767697
  31. 31 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/Text-Document-86777092
  32. 32 http://www.kremalicious.com/goodies/#icons
  33. 33 http://www.kremalicious.com/goodies/#icons
  34. 34 http://lopagof.deviantart.com/art/facebook-ui-icons-vector-90099876
  35. 35 http://lopagof.deviantart.com/art/facebook-ui-icons-vector-90099876
  36. 36 http://da-flow.deviantart.com/art/Autumn-Breeze-Icons-41142635
  37. 37 http://da-flow.deviantart.com/art/Autumn-Breeze-Icons-41142635
  38. 38 http://www.innermindmedia.com/developer_icon_for_mac.html
  39. 39 http://www.innermindmedia.com/developer_icon_for_mac.html
  40. 40 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/ORB-Icons-87934875
  41. 41 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/ORB-Icons-87934875
  42. 42 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  43. 43 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  44. 44 http://icons.anatom5.de/
  45. 45 http://icons.anatom5.de/
  46. 46 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/heart-PNG-48675249
  47. 47 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/heart-PNG-48675249
  48. 48 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/ice-55791774
  49. 49 http://iconbest.com/?p=6
  50. 50 http://iconbest.com/?p=6
  51. 51 http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/384
  52. 52 http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/384
  53. 53 http://www.ipresentee.com/iPresentee/iPresentee_-_Home.html
  54. 54 http://www.ipresentee.com/iPresentee/iPresentee_-_Home.html
  55. 55 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/imacevolutionicons.html
  56. 56 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/imacevolutionicons.html
  57. 57 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/tasty.html
  58. 58 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/tasty.html
  59. 59 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cian/how-to-make-icons.html
  60. 60 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cian/how-to-make-icons.html
  61. 61 http://monochrom.pheist.net/?page=icons
  62. 62 http://www.iconlook.com/
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  1. 1

    Hmmmmmm..icons :-)

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    Eric Martin

    July 2, 2008 4:57 pm

    Wow! Very impressive collection here.

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  3. 3

    There was a couple of these sets that look like some iStock icons I’ve seen. I wonder if they bought some extended right or just ripping them off. Still, an awesome list!

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  4. 4

    I want to make these.

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  5. 5

    I want to make these

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  6. 6

    Beijing 2008 Icons are ingenious i’m totally downloading it (:

    @ Rype
    I also saw similar ones like iStocks. oh well at least they are sharing

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    ahnShev | andrisetiawan

    July 2, 2008 6:22 pm

    Wooow…
    I love it soooooo muuuchhh!!
    thanks for the list.^^

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  8. 8

    awesome!

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  9. 9

    icon overload! I love it :D

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  10. 10

    That is a lot of icons!

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  11. 11

    great icons sets…. amazing …

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  12. 12

    Tasty!!!

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  13. 13

    wow… i wanna eat em!!!!

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    Ashish Bogawat

    July 2, 2008 8:19 pm

    The Online Shop Icons & BKdesign icons look deceptively similar to a series that is available on istockphoto.com (http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?action=file&lightboxID=2786120). I’m wondering whether the authors are the same or the icons have been ripped off.

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    gaurav chandra

    July 2, 2008 8:23 pm

    hmmmmm. delicious. i always want to make some like them but i think i am not that goood. :-(

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  16. 16

    wow……awsum……..

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    Alternatively, it could be the original author giving them away. I don’t think iStock requires exclusive reseller rights.

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    shashi arya

    July 2, 2008 8:45 pm

    this is too much……… luv it :)

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    Blair McBride

    July 2, 2008 9:04 pm

    Nice!

    But… why is every monitor a Mac monitor? They still make other ones too, you know…

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    I’m pretty sure the BK Design icons are ripoffs… Check out the “Satin” icon sets by Scott Dunlap:
    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?action=file&lightboxID=2786120

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