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55 Free High Quality Icon Sets

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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 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 .086
12 different icons in PNG format 256x256px. Designed by Roberto Abril Hidalgo.

Freebies Icons7

Affel8
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 Icons9

Smultron Icon Pack10
Smultron better icons is an icon updater set for Smultron. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Smultron 2.1.5.

Freebies Icons11

Eico Studio Anniversary Icon Pack12
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 Icons13

Kidaubis 3D Icon – Blue series 14
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

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The Shield Icon Set15
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 Icons16

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

Freebies Icons

Freebies Icons

Pure Icon Pack17
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 Icons18

Mythique Design19
16 icons for a messanger user interface. Png, resolutions: 16×16px to 256×256px..

Freebies Icons20

Oxygen Icons Set21
Over 1000 professional desktop icons designed for KDE, packed in one single pack and released under GPL.

Freebies Icons22

Boxes Vista-like Icons23
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 Icons24

Smashing Royal Icon Set25
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 Set26

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 Apples27
9 .png and .icns (Leopard ready : 512×512 px), 2 Bonus and 1 Wallpaper (2560×1600 px).

Freebies Icons28

I Love “Blondes” Beer Icon29
512x512px in png and icns.

Freebies Icons30

Document Icons31
512x512px in png and icns.

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Niepces Camera Obscura Icons34
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 Icons35

Facebook User Interface Icons36
25 Facebook ui icons in a high res and vector form… with slight adherences to the tango specification.

Freebies Icons37

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 Icons38
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 Icons39

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 Pack40
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 Icons41

Small icons Link

ORB Icons42
10 basic user interface icons available in the resolution 16×16px, 32×32px and 128×128px. Designed by Alexy Goncharenko.

Freebies Icons43

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 set44
358 icons (16×16px) are included in PNG format. The icons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Freebies Icons45

Accessibility icon set46
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 Icons47

Heart and Ice Icon Packs48
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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Freebies Icons50

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 conditions51
49 Icons 128×128 dedicated for Mobydock’s set of weather conditions or any other similar widget.

Freebies Icons52

40 Image Editing Icons53
“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 Icons54

Keynote Objects55
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 Icons56

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.

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Freebies Icons

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Freebies Icons

iMac Evolution Icons57
The evolution of the iMac contains 6 different iMac icons, including the first iMac from 1998 and the newest model from 2007.

Freebies Icons58

Tasty Icons59
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 Icons60

Keyfob61
Formats: .icns, .png, 128×128px.

Freebies Icons62

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.
  • Monochrom63 offers 22 unique icon sets in retro and vintage look. Among them are stickers, basic shapes and some really strange icons.
  • Iconlook64 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 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/29/icons-for-your-desktop-and-icons-for-your-web-designs/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/25/20-free-and-fresh-icon-sets/
  6. 6 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/CONCEPT-ICONS-08-72701514
  7. 7 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/CONCEPT-ICONS-08-72701514
  8. 8 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/affel-PNGs-81936630
  9. 9 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/affel-PNGs-81936630
  10. 10 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22895/smultron-better-icons
  11. 11 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22895/smultron-better-icons
  12. 12 http://rokey.deviantart.com/art/eico-1-year-25294190
  13. 13 http://rokey.deviantart.com/art/eico-1-year-25294190
  14. 14 http://kidaubis.deviantart.com/art/KIDAUBIS-3D-ICON-Blue-series-82992268
  15. 15 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/The-Shield-Icon-Packet-67413912
  16. 16 http://basstar.deviantart.com/art/The-Shield-Icon-Packet-67413912
  17. 17 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i146s0/pure_icon_pack.htm
  18. 18 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i146s0/pure_icon_pack.htm
  19. 19 http://iconbase.com/index.php?search=Maxime
  20. 20 http://iconbase.com/index.php?search=Maxime
  21. 21 http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen+Icons?content=74184
  22. 22 http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Oxygen+Icons?content=74184
  23. 23 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/11/06/boxes-vista-like-os/
  24. 24 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/11/06/boxes-vista-like-os/
  25. 25 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/20/smashing-royal-icon-set/
  26. 26 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/20/smashing-royal-icon-set/
  27. 27 http://benjigarner.deviantart.com/art/Fruity-Apples-80805804
  28. 28 http://benjigarner.deviantart.com/art/Fruity-Apples-80805804
  29. 29 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/I-love-quot-Blondes-quot-87275040
  30. 30 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/I-love-quot-Blondes-quot-87275040
  31. 31 http://cgink.deviantart.com/gallery/
  32. 32 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/Math-Document-86767697
  33. 33 http://cgink.deviantart.com/art/Text-Document-86777092
  34. 34 http://www.kremalicious.com/goodies/#icons
  35. 35 http://www.kremalicious.com/goodies/#icons
  36. 36 http://lopagof.deviantart.com/art/facebook-ui-icons-vector-90099876
  37. 37 http://lopagof.deviantart.com/art/facebook-ui-icons-vector-90099876
  38. 38 http://da-flow.deviantart.com/art/Autumn-Breeze-Icons-41142635
  39. 39 http://da-flow.deviantart.com/art/Autumn-Breeze-Icons-41142635
  40. 40 http://www.innermindmedia.com/developer_icon_for_mac.html
  41. 41 http://www.innermindmedia.com/developer_icon_for_mac.html
  42. 42 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/ORB-Icons-87934875
  43. 43 http://taytel.deviantart.com/art/ORB-Icons-87934875
  44. 44 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  45. 45 http://www.pinvoke.com/
  46. 46 http://icons.anatom5.de/
  47. 47 http://icons.anatom5.de/
  48. 48 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/heart-PNG-48675249
  49. 49 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/heart-PNG-48675249
  50. 50 http://tea00.deviantart.com/art/ice-55791774
  51. 51 http://iconbest.com/?p=6
  52. 52 http://iconbest.com/?p=6
  53. 53 http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/384
  54. 54 http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/384
  55. 55 http://www.ipresentee.com/iPresentee/iPresentee_-_Home.html
  56. 56 http://www.ipresentee.com/iPresentee/iPresentee_-_Home.html
  57. 57 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/imacevolutionicons.html
  58. 58 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/imacevolutionicons.html
  59. 59 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/tasty.html
  60. 60 http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/tasty.html
  61. 61 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cian/how-to-make-icons.html
  62. 62 http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cian/how-to-make-icons.html
  63. 63 http://monochrom.pheist.net/?page=icons
  64. 64 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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    brianbroken

    July 2, 2008 9:08 pm

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  22. 22

    Wow.!!!!! Amazing….!

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  23. 23

    great compilation as always.

    But i don’t think that some of them should fall under icon category, an icon should be visible even in smaller version and some of them are too detailed for that, so they are just a well finsihed beautiful graphics but surely not icons.

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  24. 24

    Few months ago I bought the “BKdesign Icons Pack 2” sets at istock photo.
    How come it’s free now??

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  25. 25

    how to download the whistle icons?? that page’s all in foreign language!!!!!!!

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    Sandie Sørensen

    July 2, 2008 10:33 pm

    Well… As (almost) always: Very inspiring!

    But as exited I am – I’m missing something everytime I see your collection of icons.

    The icons are ALWAYS for desktop use, and I have a whole other approach- or idea.
    I look for icons, that I can use on my portefolio-site.
    I’m taking about icons that symbolize: pencil-drawings, aquarelle, acryllics, photoshop-works, illustrator-works, flash-works, website-design, photography and so on. Creative motives…

    Am I the only one, that miss that?
    Acctually I’ve made a couple og icons my self in the past, but everytime I change the look of my homepage, I need to make new ones, and it’s a big job.

    So here is a question:
    Like you have the amazing desktop calendar of the month, perhaps you-Smashing Magazine- could ask your viewers to contribute with 100% free icons perhaps in first round with symbols for creative portefolios?

    I promise, I vill contribute my selv with beige and creme icons!!

    :) Well. Just a suggestion.

    Sandie

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  27. 27

    Some of those are rips from iStockphoto and StockXpert.

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  28. 28

    very useful – thanks a lot!

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    David Hellmann

    July 2, 2008 11:13 pm

    A great collection of icons!

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  30. 30

    several of your featured icon sets are stolen from royalty-free icon sets on istockphoto.com and are being distributed illegally, particularly the BKdesigners packs and the “online shop icons”.
    Just beacuse you can download it for free does not mean it’s legal.
    Please screen your featured sets more thoroughly.

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    D. Carreira

    July 2, 2008 11:27 pm

    Thanks! Great collection of fantastic icons here!

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    Martin Berglund

    July 2, 2008 11:28 pm

    @evan: You are absolutely right on that note. The Online Shop Icons are a part of the Satin Icons, and this is Set 9 from iStockphoto.

    A quick translation of the site that provides that icon pack in the list above states that Who is the author of icons, is unknown, but we know better now ;)

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    Martin Berglund

    July 2, 2008 11:31 pm

    My comment above was directed to evan in comment 19 ;o)

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  34. 34

    guys, you keep me amazed every day. I’m hitting F5 like nuts every 5 minutes when awaiting for your new article :-)

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    Jean-Baptiste

    July 2, 2008 11:42 pm

    Thanks for this selection ! :-)

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  36. 36

    Ich bin immer wieder erstaunt, wieviele schöne Beispiele ihr immer findet. Danke.

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  37. 37

    Really cool, thanks.

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  38. 38

    Sweet!

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  39. 39

    Very nice set

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  40. 40

    great stuff … i love smashmag …

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