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A Secret Source for Great Free Icons for your Desktop and Web Apps

By • Dec 5th, 2007 • Category: Design, Opinion, Review, Sites, Web 2.0, Web Development

Desktop and Web application needs icons. Icons make the app more usable than an all-text application. If you are building a desktop application, your framework may provide some stock icons. But if you are making a web application, you will need external icons.

I have seen a lot of pages that lists many icon sets…

But when I want some icons I have a better place to look.

KDE and Gnome Icon themes.

I prefer using these icons because of the following reasons…

Multiple Size Icons

Most themes provide the same icon in various sizes. The available sizes are 128×128, 64×64, 48×48, 32×32, 24×24, 22×22, 16×16 and sometimes even a scalable SVG set. Not all themes have all the sizes – but most have. I don’t have to tell you how useful this is.

Multiple Size Icons

Lots of Choice

KDE Look Icons page have 86 pages with 15 icon themes per page. That makes a total of 1290 icon sets. And I am not counting the Gnome Look Icons.

That’s a lot of choice. Granted, not all will be good. Not all will have the icon I am searching for. Not all have the size I way want. There will be some duplication. But its still a lot.

Free – in both sense of the word

Most of these icons uses GPL and LGPL licenses. So you can use if for your application without paying for them. You can modify them. You can share it with others. You can… you get the idea. The point is there are no restrictions.

Even if you are building a proprietary application, I think you can use the icons because you are not compiling it into the application. But I am not sure about that – if anyone reading this knows, please leave a comment.

I have to warn you that not all icons sets use these licenses – so make sure you look at the license of an icon set before using it.

Great Icons

Most of the icons are created by professional designers. Sure there are some duds among the collection – but the majority of them are good.

Some Recommended Icon Sets

Crystal Project

Crystal Project

Nuvola

Nuvola

Crystal Diamond

Crystal Diamond

black + white icons

Black White

Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

And there are hundreds more for you to find out…


24 Responses »

  1. speps says:

    Link for black & white icons is not the good one, it’s Crystal Diamond instead.

  2. Binny V A says:

    @speps
    Thank for pointing that out. Its corrected now.

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  9. try says:

    Sorry, use some pro icons like famfamfam. Those are ugly and the problem with linux: ugly by default!

  10. Lovely resource! I’ll be using these

  11. Hercolena Oliver says:

    Thank you for compiling and availing such a comprehensive icon resource guide.

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  13. rambhai says:

    hey dude try ~~~~talisman~~~thats the coolest software that acts as a shell on your xp~~that one has a great icons

  14. lighting says:

    There is also icon search engine at http://www.veryicon.com, it has the most powerful search function and the largest icon database that contents 20000+ icons.

  15. The best icon search engine I ever used is http://www.iconseeker.com, it contents 10000+ high quality free icons.

  16. vector4u says:

    There are so many on this list,
    I must have missed it.
    Great compilation..
    thankss..

  17. jj says:

    Lovely resource! I’ll be using these.I love crystal project

  18. ym.xiao says:

    That is great, I known a tools which can convert png image file to icon file, called ToYcon

  19. JuEgoS says:

    Good icons, some of them are really beautiful. My favorite is Crystal Clear.

  20. Excellent icons!! Nuvola is my favorite!

    Thanks man!

    =)

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