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My Favorite Free Icon Sets

I’ve been receiving a few emails lately asking me for some of the web design resources that I personally use. Well, I’d like to start sharing my resources with our readers so today, I’ve gathered up a collection of the icon sets1 that I have personally downloaded and use on a daily basis.

One thing that I’ve emphasized before is to have a collection of resources at your disposal. There are a lot of different icons out there and choosing which ones to download and save in your resources can be difficult. I used to just be download happy and download every icon set that I found and I found that to be very ineffective as I would still end up having to sort through hundreds of folders looking for the right icons.

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Well, in this post, I’d like to share some of my favorite icon sets that are available for download. And guess what, they are all free!

My favorite Icon Sets Link

These fantastic icons are from Icon Finder. You can use them in any project you like. They were designed by the talented Asher Abbasi7. The freebie consists of 50 beautiful icons. The icons are all colorful and detailed and can by used in any commercial project – just don’t redistribute without written permission.


Toolbar Icon Set
This free set comes with 35 icons that you can use in your website design. The icons are very detailed and looks great and it’s great to use especially if you want icons that aren’t too big or small.

Toolbar Icon Set9

These icons are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license11. The set took over one month to make. Now, Its all up to your creativity, the metaphors depicted here aren’t meant to be used as is, you can give them your own spin, like the Binocular for Search, Legos for Add-Ons/Plugins, Tree for directory tree, what have you. If you want to use them without attribution in your commercial works, then send an email to


A very nice icon set that I just recently found. The icons contained in this set are very useful and this set is a must-have for any web designer.


Corner Stone15
This set from Iconlicious is just that, delicious. Although there’s not too many icons in this set, it’s still a very useful collection.


Icon Sweets17
IconSweets is a free icon set containing 60 vector Photoshop shapes, influenced by icon sets such as Glyphish and Pictoico. You may use these icons for both commercial and non-commercial projects and customize them any way you like.

Icon Sweets18

The WooFunction Icon Set includes 178 amazing web-related icons in a sophisticated and glossy design style. All 178 icons are available as 32×32 pixel PNG files and they are indeed pixel-perfect. If you have an in-depth look at the individual icons, you’ll notice that a lot of time was spent paying attention to the finer details, which means that this is a really classy icon set.

WooThemes Function

Gentleface Toolbar Icons19
These icons can be used for wireframes and software mockups creation, websites and software applications toolbars and menus including iPhone and iPod apps. You’ll find a set of 8 cursors and 236 icons in black and white color versions. The icons include pagination arrows, ratings and voting controls, social interaction symbols file system and text editor actions. The entire set totals 244 original icons optimized for 16×16 pixel size and available in 16×16, 32×32 and 48×48 pixel sizes.

Toolbar Icons20

Komodo Media Social Network Icons21
These social media icons, created by Rogie King are just perfect. I can’t even name the number of times that I have used these icons in my web projects. Definitely something that will be extra helpful to any web designer.

Social Media22

Default Icon
Default Icon is a repository of free icons in their simplest form. It can be used even on portable devices (iPhone, iPad, android compatible devices etc) with minimum capabilites as the resolution is 1-bit and fully customizable as there is an eps version present. Available for download in .eps, .png, .gif formats, in black and white colors, in sizes 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256.

Default Icon

Pictodeck is a set of over 700 pictograms in vector format designed specifically for Keynote. That means you can rescale them to any size you desire without any loss in quality. All of the icons also support transparency.


This icon set was designed and carefully optimized for use on toolbars and tab bars in iPhone & iPad apps, they’re also perfect for Android apps, websites, t-shirts more.


Iconic is a minimal set of icons consisting of 120 marks in raster and vector formats — free for public use.


Mini Icon Collection25
Here are 113 10×10 greyscale icons in .gif format to use in your next design. Perfect for those small areas where you need to use an icon.

Mini Icons26

Sanscons was design specifically for you to use CSS with them. Due to their transparent background, you can apply any color or background image to them for a more custom fit. Styling the icons takes only a basic understanding of CSS.

Bitcons and Sanscons28

The Sweetie family is cute and clean. And free! This set has been around for five years, but it’s still going strong. So far its been downloaded over 50,000 times, and is seen all over the web on great projects like BuddyPress30, Rock Paper Shotgun, and VLC31.


Circular Icon Set33
A themed collection of 100+ 16×16 icons in alpha PNG format. Circular is free to use for whatever you like without attribution – the only thing that the creators ask is that you don’t distribute them yourself!


LED Icon Set35
The LED Icon Set was designed for web designers/developers by Aleksandr Kozmenko. These .png icons make a professionally looking icon set and it is totally free.

LED Icon Set36

Quartz is an icon set that contains 90 simple and stylish icons. Dedicated to the blogoshpere, Quartz Icon Pack has numerous types of icons: files, folders, charts, books, boxes, social networking sites, email etc. All icons are free to use for personal and commercial projects.

Quartz Icon Pack38

These icons are made to work on any background and in any browser. (Note the 32×32 large icons only work well on lighter backgrounds). They are in 8-bit PNG format, with 1-bit transparency. Worry not about IE compatibility, which has full support for 1-bit transparency in PNGs. IE/Win only does not support alpha-transparency in 24-bit PNGs (but will be supported in IE7). If that was over your head, don’t worry. Just rest easy knowing that these icons work in any browser.


Chalkwork HTML41
Chalkwork HTML is a free set of HTML-themed icons. Featuring 31 graphical representations of common markup elements, this is a completely free icon set available for personal and commercial projects alike.

Chalkwork HTML42

The twotiny icon set was created for us in websites and web applications. The set features many diferent icons with a few color variations.


“Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can’t say fairer than that.

Silk Icons46

Mini Icons
Another free set offered by famfamfam, “Mini” is a set of 144 GIF icons available for free use for any purpose.

Mini Icons47

Bonus: Iconza
Here’s a very useful site. Iconza is a collection of free icons that can be colored and reduced in size to your taste. If you are a happy site or blog owner, you will be able to pick icons that will fit right into your design.

Additional Resources Link

Still didn’t find the right icons for your project? Then try searching through these sites to find the right fit for your project.

While having a great collection of icons is necessary for a web designer, knowing when and how to use these icons will be beneficial as well. Here are some great articles online that deal with this subject.

Articles About the Use of Icons Link

Well, I hope that this post was helpful to you. I will try to share more of my resources in future posts. By the way, did I miss any new icon sets that would be useful for web designers? Then go ahead and share it with us in the comments.

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  1. 1

    Thanks for putting both Isloo and a link to IconFinder in the list.

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      @Martin, IconFinder is my go-to for icons. Love your site.

      @Jad, nice collection… do you really use all of these?

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    Brian Jones

    June 11, 2010 6:11 pm

    Nice collection – thank you for sharing Jad!

  4. 5

    Thanks for sharing!

    and thanks to the icon designers offering them for free.

  5. 6

    Thanks for providing us with this awesome icon set! I wonder if DubLi has any?

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    Adrián Boimvaser

    June 11, 2010 7:32 pm

    Another great icon set is Fugue Icons (
    2,926 16×16 pixels icons in PNG format.

  7. 9

    Great post! Thx.

  8. 10

    Nice and awesome collection!!

  9. 11

    That’s a pretty decent list… Some new icons I’ve never seen… Thanks!

  10. 12

    Nice list, but you left out the Fatcow icon set!

  11. 13

    Thanks for this nice icon set collection! A already have some of this sets, but not all!

  12. 14

    This is a wonderful collection which every designer need. Not more. :)

  13. 15

    Thanks for this icon sets. They are great! I will use some of these for sure.

  14. 16

    Nice collection, my favorite is Fugue Icons like noticed Adrian before in the comments.

    By the way, I just released a vector icon library for creating wireframes and designing online applications.
    290 vectors icons for free :-)


  15. 17

    WOW, really GREAT!!!
    Thanks for the links!

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    Not to be too anal-retentive, but the Silk icon set from FAMFAMFAM is actually 1001 icons, not 700. I think you are referring to the original release. Mark James has updated the set twice…

    Good post, otherwise. :)

  17. 19

    Thanks for sharing your favorite icon sets. I just downloaded PixeloPhilia2 and Toolbar Icon Set.

  18. 20

    Thanks for sharing, nice to see some good and new icon sets.

  19. 21

    Amazing collection… Rare, beautiful and stunning icon sets… Thanks for sharing. :-)


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    Gene Ronquillo

    June 14, 2010 6:03 am

    Yeah, Fugue Icons should be in the list. Nice collection though, cheers!

  21. 23

    Goo-EE Icon set will be coming out soon! You can check out the site here

  22. 24

    Great icon sets. I started using the glyphish and other toolbar icons for my website’s buttons.

  23. 25

    Good list!

    Thanks for sharing Jad!

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    Logo Designs

    June 16, 2010 11:47 am

    There are thousands of budding graphic designers around the world and they are creating some wonderful designs. Specially like Twotiny & Led set the most…

    Great collection like always :)

  25. 27

    Wow, great collection of icon sets. Thanks Jad….:)

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    Great collection. Thank you! :-)

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    I lurve the Quartz icon pack … definately my fav!


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    Very nice. What would be great is a post on how to organize all of the icons, stock images, graphics etc. on your computer so they can be found more easily.

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    Nice list! But you are missing ?

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    Aha-Soft offers 17 free icons sets (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0) at
    Icon sizes in these sets vary from 12×12 to 512×512. I think, they are worth checking out.

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    Wonderful collections, nice one bro.

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    Awesome collections.

    And I would like to introduce an awesome icons set in here :


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