Icons are needed for most websites and web apps, yet creating a quality icon set is a time-consuming process. If you’re not the best at designing them yourself, or you just don’t want to reinvent the wheel, there are many great companies where you can buy icons for a fee. But why pay for them when you can icons for free?
We’ve searched high and low to find the best free icon sets on the web. We looked for everyday icons, icons that could easily be customized, basic icons that would be useful over and over. There may still be times when you need to sit down and create your own icons from scratch. But for all the other times, we present you with the very best free icons…
Icons for a quarter. Now there’s a deal you can’t beat with a stick. But, you can beat it with completely free icons. 25icons.com offers two free sets of modern icons. Pick just the ones you need or grab the whole set.
twotone icons for free- Custom icon set, twotone, is now 100% free. every icon in the set, every colour, and the PSD to change the colours to whichever custom colour you want.
Famfamfam Icon Sets
Famfamfam offers two free icons sets: Mini Icons (Set of 144 GIF icons available for free use for any purpose)
and Silk Icons (A smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format).
Sweetie Icon set
Sweetie Icon set- More than 150, clean and clear icons to use in your nifty web application.
mIcons – 8 sets of free grey scale icons for different uses.
Feed Icons – Identify your syndicated content with the standard feed icon. These RSS icons come in a rainbow of colors and all the standard sizes. Grab your free Feed icons.
Chums Icons – by McDo Design. These icons are more for fun than necessity. And fun they are… 100 tech icons for computers, cameras, speakers, CDs and more. Free for non-commercial use in two sizes 128×128 or 48×48.
Bitcons – Bitcons, is a mini-pixel icon set (16×16 pixels) containing 121 individual icons for various subjects. The icons now come in 4 sizes.
Scalable Icons Set
Yasis – Yet Another Scalable Icon Set. YASIS is a sharp-looking, free icon set for GNOME. It follows, in part, some of the Tango Project guidelines and aims to be a very complete set.
Gallery 2 Icons
Gallery 2 Icon Set – A set of over 70 icons packaged for the Gallery 2 project, included in the default installation and theme for the photo gallery software. These icons are Open Source and can be used with anything. While you’re there also check out Paul Armstrong’s free bwpx.icns, simple black and white icons for the grayscale crowd.