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50 Free High-Quality Icon Sets


By Daved Brosche, Naveed Javaid and Smashing Editorial Team

When it comes to freebie designs, beautiful icons sets are tops. Designers scour for these free treasures more than anything else. You can use icon sets in Web applications, website designs and on your desktop. If well designed, they make a great impression on others. Beautifully designed icons also prove the quality of a designer’s work, so many designers make theirs freely available online, thus giving their work more exposure.

In the overview below, we present 50 beautifully designed, free and professional high-quality icons for desktop and Web design. All of them can be freely used for private projects, and some are available for commercial use as well. Regardless, always read the licenses — they may change from time to time.

You can also scan through our other icon-related articles:

50 Beautiful, Free and High-Quality Icon Sets Link

Container Icon Pack5
Container Icon Pack contains 40 high-quality (256 x 256 pixel) icons in PNG and ICO formats. This package includes box, cargo, trash icons and more. Created by Mehmet Gozetlik.


Baggy Icon Set7
Contains five high-quality icons in three formats (ICO, ICNS and PNG) and six sizes, ranging from 16 to 512 pixels!


Round theme icons9
A beautiful set of 106 various rounded icons.


Fortune 500 Badges
Over 200 badges of famous brands, PSDs included.

Red Moleskine
Red Moleskine is a beautiful icon set in PNG format and sizes of 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 pixels.

Old-School Icon Set11
A set of six beautiful old-ish icons: typewriter, camera, radio, TV set, Gameboy, and telephone. In PNG and ICO.


Nine beautiful and original icons (in PNG and ICO), created by the talented Miriam Moshinsky.


Windows 7 Build15
A set of various basic software and office icons.


Classic Timer Icon16
A quality timer icon in transparent vector format, with different sizes.


Nes Icons Pack18
A set of retro icons (TV, NES, Pad, Alimentation box, Zelda box, Zelda game, Desktop, 1up, Magic Toad) in ICO and PNG (512 × 512 pixels).


Jeans Feed Icons20
A set of stylish feed icons as denim pockets.


Cemagraphics Icons22
A set of various beautiful icons in PNG (32 × 32 and 512 × 512 pixels).


To-Do List Icon
Use these icons in your Web applications to make them more attractive.

Social Media Handycons24
Handycons is a free hand-drawn set of 12 social-media icons. All icons are available in four sizes: 16, 24, 32 and 48 pixels.


Canon 400D + lens 17-85mm26
Set of two icons: camera and lens. Comes in sizes of 512 and 16 pixels and iContainer, ICNS, PNG and ICO format.


A stylish set of icons to complement almost any theme out there. Designed to be easily distinguishable, simple and intuitive. This icon pack contains over 100 icons. Designed by Jamie Green.


e-Commerce Icons30
A huge set of icons that you can use for an online shop.


Function icons set
A beautiful and useful set of 128 icons, available in 48 × 48 pixels.

Elementary Icons32
A set of smaller Web developer-style icons.


Human 0234
Here is a nice multi-purpose icon set for your business website.


32px Mania Icon Set36
Another series of smaller icons that can add flair to any website design.


Business Icons38
A collection of random business-related icons with a Web 2.0 look.


Chums Icon Set40
This is the ultimate collection of high-quality tech-related icons. You can find everything from iPods to digital cameras.


Tom Tom42
Does your business deal with GPS and navigation systems? Then this is the icon set for you.


Black Neon Agua Icons44
A unique icon set that is ideal for darker website designs.


Credit Cards Icons
15 beautiful credit card icons in AI and EPS format. And here are yet more credit card icons46.

Antique Icons
A set of antique icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats, ranging from 16 × 16 to 256 × 256 pixels.

Hand-made food and beverage icon set
Seventeen hand-drawn icons, created by Victor Amanatidis47.

Social Media Mini Iconpack48
This icon set consists of 30 finely crafted social media icons in a size of 16 × 16 pixels. They are free to use non-commercially.


Manto Smiley Icon Set
Twenty original emoticons by Chinese designer Manto.

Emotions For WordPress Icons
Emoticons for WordPress.

Green and Blue Icon Set50
Five icons, each in 128 × 128 pixels and PNG format. Included are icons to represent gallery, downloads, emoticons, calendar and folder.


Airport Express52
This icon is for personal use only. Download includes iContainer, PNG and PSD formats.


Coquette Part 3 Icons54
This free playful icon set contains curvy and colorful icons made with one goal: to get some affection and playfulness into your projects. The 50 high-quality icons come in sizes of 16, 32, 48, 64 and 128 pixels, and in 32-bit transparency PNG format.


Email Me Icons56
These icons are free for personal use and available in 32, 48, 64 and 128 pixels.


A set of beautiful, realistic icons of different daily-use object. These are free for non-commercial use.


Music Icons60
Beautiful icons of music instruments. Icons are absolutely free for any purpose.


Sleek XP: Basic Icons62
A set of 50 stock icons in PNG and ICO formats.


Set of Social Icons64
A set of beautiful social icons in PNG format and sizes of 16, 32 and 64 pixels.


GP Icons66
A set of 23 PNG icons of different software products. Has a great grunge style.


Banking Stuff Icons68
Banking-related icons for non-commercial use, in sizes of 32, 48, 64, 128 and 256 pixels.


Smashing Magazine’s Icons Link

Smashing Retro Icon Set70
A set of 10 beautiful, high-quality “vintage” icons. The set contains 10 original icons: search, sign-up, calendar, news, RSS, comments, email, ads, home and address.


Flavours Icon Set72
This set, aimed to help designers in their Web and user interface designs, contains 177 icons in a resolution of 48×48 pixels. The files are available in the PNG and PSD sources, so you can modify the files as you wish. Created by Oliver Twardowski73.


Stationery Icons Set75
A useful set of 22 vector icons (256 × 256 pixels). It contains book, brush, crayon, clip, color pencils, document, eraser, pad, palette, post-it note, scale and scissors, as well as the Fireworks source file.


On Stage Icons Set77
The set contains 49 free vector icons, including PSD, which can be useful for both corporate and personal projects. You can use the set for free, without any restrictions whatsoever. The icons are available in PNG format in a resolution 128×128 pixels. Also included in the package are 100% pure shape-based layered PSDs.


Fresh Icons Set79
This set contains 59 raster and vector icons. The set includes icons in PNG, ICNS and ICO formats. An EPS vector file is available as well.


Practica Icons Set81
A free set of 11 useful high-quality icons, designed by DryIcons especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The icons are available in resolutions of 64, 128 and 256 pixels, in 32-bit transparency PNG format.


About the author Link

Naveed Javaid is a Web designer and runs the blog SmashingApps83, which focuses on free resources and inspiration especially for designers and developers. If you want to connect with the author, you can follow him on Twitter84.


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    The link for the Elementary Icons is giving a 404

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    omg. this is not happenning. so happy to see this amazing collection FIRST!

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    Gr8 icons. Thanx SM.
    Keep flowing the freebies stuff.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 16, 2009 5:28 pm

    @Matthew Hall (#3): the link was updated, thanks.

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    amazing collection here. thanks Smashing!

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    If I didn’t love you guys already, I’d start loving you now. Great collection!

    Thanks… again

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    Great Job~~

  10. 11

    Nice Icon set, specially the Social icon is so coooooooooooool, keep it up

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    Amazing stuff, thanks so very much!

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    Let me be the first, okay maybe not the first, to tell you how incredibly awesome this site is. I’ve followed a lot of sites in my career as a web guy but none that compare to what you deliver. Another great post. Great job all around. And thanks for aggregating inspiration.

  13. 14

    Great collection! Thank you very much!!!

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    Love the NES ones

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    wowwwww!!!!! thanks!

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    Nice! Thank you for the icon sets. I use some of them for replacing the applications’ icons. I don’t have idea what I am going to do with the other icons. >.<

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    On the topic any suggestion of an app (OSX) to manage libraries of icons?

  19. 20

    At first I was going to complain about not needing any more icons, but this is a pretty mighty collection.

  20. 21

    God bless you! This is a really god stuff especially for a web developer ;)

  21. 22

    Great collection, high quality stuff here.

    Posts like this are why I keep coming back to Smashing Magazine. It would be nice to see another free high quality WordPress theme collection.

  22. 23

    Its like you posted it just for me, right in time.

  23. 24

    my stomach is full of pixel art.

    now i need a pixel cold drink or hot coffee will be also nice !

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    I’m loving it :D as usual.

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    The link for the first set of icons (which are beautiful) dead ends unfortunately.

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    love it! thanks to share, I am desperately looking for icons for new project! Thanks!

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    Very nice Collection…!!

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    Thanks SM. This has been a great post! (as always)

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    Great Work SM

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    Wow.. nice fresh icons, very realistic, thanks to the designers who made it, thanks to SM for spreading them !


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