Free Mac Icons – list of free beautiful icons for the Mac

Jan 14, 2010 - 6 Comments

free mac icons I love icons and customizing my Mac desktop, so I decided to share with you all my personal bookmark list of free mac icons. These are the sites I visit when I want to change my Mac appearance and all the icons that define the OS X desktop and dock. Of course if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you hate icons you can hide all desktop icons in Mac OS X, but that’s not the purpose of this article. You are here for great icons, so if you too are an icon geek, look no further.

Don’t forget that Mac OS X hides over 50 high quality Mac and Apple hardware icons directly in OS X, check that out!

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Artua: Free Mac Icons – the QuickTime X icons here are simply beautiful. The Mac OS Finder icon at the top of this article is from this set, highly recommended.

WeLoveIcons – as the name suggests, they love icons and it shows. Tons and tons of hand selected and beautiful icons, some are individual others are sets, covering a wide range of themes. If you like icons, bookmark this site.

InterfaceLift: Icons for Mac – very diverse sets of icons and literally thousands to choose from, icon overload!

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IconDrawer: Free Icons – varying themes, I think the Black & Blue set of Mac OS X icons is particularly attractive. There’s 2 good sets of Holiday and Christmas themed icons too and we’re quickly approaching that season.

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A2591: Container & Cargo Icons – several icon sets featuring various types of containers and cargo boxes, very unique.

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YellowIcon: Star Wars icons & more – who doesn’t love Star Wars icons? Yellow Icon has a great set of Star Wars icons and many others, some free to download and others are paid.

HongKiat: iMac & MacBook icon sets – pretty much the definitive list of Mac hardware icons, covering the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini. If you want hardware icons look here first. Icons & Screensavers – I’m a little disappointed that Apple still lumps the icons and screensavers together, but nonetheless they have a really excellent collection of icons. The staff picks are almost always great, be aware that some icon sets are considered shareware so not technically free.


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Posted by: Manish Patel in Customize, Fun


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  1. gamerface says:

    On my apple imac, all i do is after you have downloaded it, open the folder, select which one you would like, then press command+i it should bring up the information, click on the actual icon on the top left, then press command+c
    Bring up the folder you want the icon to represent, once again, press command+i, and instead of highlighting the icon and pressing command+c, this time press command+v
    This will copy the icon onto the folder.
    All done =)

  2. Penguin says:

    To Change the trash and finder icons you need to go into the system/core services folder and find the finder icon. You can change it from there. I don’t recommend this though as it causes your mac to have a kernel panic the next time you start it up ending up in you taking it back to apple to redo the system. But It’s Your choice.

  3. Kevin E. McKenna says:

    I get how to change the folders and stuff… how do you change the trash and Finder Icons?

    • alia says:

      download candybar from its site (the free version) n drag n drop the icons u want to the empty n full trash icon n to the dock n everything… it’s pretty easy =D

  4. William says:

    Kevin, check out this support article.

  5. Kevin E. McKenna says:

    Great Icons!

    How do I change things like the Finder Icon to one of the ones shown???

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