Top 7 Icon Search Engines

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Icons play an important part in the visual look of desktop and web applications alike. They could turn a GUI (graphical user interface) into a stunning design, or into a dull look. I think we all agree about that, and no need to go further explaining the benefits of having great looking icons.

The question is; where to find them?!

This roundup brings you the top 7 icon search engines to easily find your needs and save you the hassle of using traditional search engines. And for icon designers, those same websites are the right place to submit your creations for the world to see.

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65 Comments ( Add Yours )

  1. Neil McDermott
    April 9th, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Great post thanks!

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  3. Martin Leblanc
    April 9th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for putting Iconfinder as #1 :-)

    /Martin Leblanc

  4. Andy
    April 9th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    “The question is; where to find them?!” You’ve got to be joking. Google “icon search engine” and you will find 5/7 of these from the first page!

  5. Phillip Gibb
    April 9th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    very cool.
    Been looking for icons recently for my blog – so this is very useful.

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  7. JoshIM
    April 9th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Take a look at, it’s not exactly an icon search engine but a web service to display website’s favicons in your web pages. There’s also an addon for Firefox: (Faviconiac Search Engines)

  8. Jessica
    April 9th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    also, is very useful (AND FREE!!)

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    April 10th, 2009 at 2:23 am

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  18. Kapil Dalwani
    April 10th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    isn’t it a subset of image search of any search engine …

  19. Martin Leblanc
    April 11th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    @Kapil Dalwani

    All the icon search engines above have their icons specially indexed. Most of them have the icons on their own server. Normal search engines like Google isn’t very good a finding the right icons because their search results are based on the surrounding text. Another thing – you can’t specify the standard search engines to only show you icons. It will also gives you normal photos.
    If you want good results for a icon search engine you need to make the results based on tags instead. On Iconfinder you can see, add and edit these tags by clicking an icon or hover over the ‘info’-button next to the icon.

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    April 11th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Good list!!

    Check out these icons here: Free Icon Packs

    There are thousands!

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    April 14th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks Martin for that info.

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  30. FIX
    June 30th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I Dont wanna be a dick, But these sites are ALL a big waste of time. Google return far better results.

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    February 11th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Icon Finder was the best..It got all the things you need.!! Anyways you did a wonderful job in putting them together.

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  38. Professional Software Developer
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Thanks, always on the look out for icons!
    Much appreciated!

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    April 6th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Great collection of resources!

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    April 20th, 2010 at 7:11 am

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  42. Mishel
    June 5th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love all of them!

    I also use – Very user friendly

  43. te-lameto
    June 19th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Great compilation, very useful. I use too

  44. Rob
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you
    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your
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    Thanks for big icons collection!

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  50. Timur Gafforov
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I could suggest to be added to this list. It has an icon generator in addition to thousands of icons

  51. Filipino Web Design
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Awesome post man! thank you so much, really helpful. Cheers!

  52. Rita Barberá
    March 16th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    these links are too useful

  53. Pierre Tivar
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Couldnt have explained it far better my self! Exceptional examine.

  54. Hortencia Weirauch
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

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  56. Matt
    June 17th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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  57. Web Design Atlanta
    September 5th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Greta list of icon search engines. I like iconseeker.

  58. alex
    October 21st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    In my opinion Icon Finder is the best. They have big icon archive. I also recommend a purple site.

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    January 15th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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  61. René
    February 15th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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  62. René
    February 15th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    recommend, of course ;)

  63. LokiCoder
    October 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am ( is a new icon site that just came out. The main features are that it’s community driven (anyone can upload free icons), and it makes it really easy to find icons for specific apps.

  64. burkul
    November 13th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    one of the best and easy to use icon search engine is . I use it all the time for my projects