The Best Places To Get Free Icons

Authored By: James LePage
Published On: July 21, 2020

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In this article, we're going to take a look at some of the websites that we use to get free icons for our projects.

Icons are incredibly helpful when it comes to creating websites, apps, graphic design, and more. There are many resources out there that offer both premium and free icons, so there are only a couple of websites that we've found which offer incredibly high quality icons for free.

Let's take a look at some of the top websites where you can easily get free icons for any project.

Icons8

Icons8 has a collection of hundreds of thousands of free icons that you can use in any project. There are 30 three complete style packs which are filled with thousands of individual icons. You can download them in multiple formats, like PNG, SVG, PDF, and more. You can also choose the size at which they are exported. Smaller sizes are great to keep the file size down, while larger sizes are higher quality.

There are multiple style packs, from custom, too the same icons used by Google (Material), Apple (iOS) and Microsoft.

You can freely download PNG files, but to access additional types of icons, you'll need to opt for the $8.00 per month subscription.

Each of the icons can be quickly resized and recolored directly from the interface. This is incredibly helpful because you won't need to download the icon, edited in Photoshop, and then re upload it to a website.

If you're serious about getting free icons, this company also offers a well designed Windows App which you can use on any Microsoft computer. We like this application because you can drag and drop icons directly from the app into Photoshop, Illustrator, and other graphic design suites.

If you're looking for a place to get free icons, Icons8 is the best option available.

FlatIcon

FlatIcon is another website that has incredibly high quality free icons. These can be used in many different applications, from websites, to print advertisements. To use the icons for free, you will need to attribute the original creator. However, you can opt to pay for a subscription eliminating the need to credit.

This website is owned by FreePik, and has over 3 million individual icons for you to choose from. All of these are free and can be downloaded in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats.

Like Icons8, You can resize and recolor the icon from the web application. We really like this feature because it allows you to select specific colors and replace them with your own. You're not just filling the icon with color, instead you are replacing individual ones.

There are many different styles, though each of the styles have much less of a selection when compared to Icon8. However, if you're looking for unique free icons, this is the place to get them.

TheNounProject

This is another free icon repository that comes with over 2 million individual icons for you to choose from. The catch is that you have to attribute if using them for free, but you can subscribe for a low price resulting in no Attribution icons.

This service also has several applications which allow it to integrate into all of the Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Creative suite. You can even incorporate it into Gsuite.

We like this free icons repository because it has unique collections that you can't find anywhere else. For example, here are some “hand drawn style” vegetable icons. There are completely free, and you won't find anything like it anywhere else on the web.

Compared to FlatIcon, TheNounProject has a much more “authentic” feel to its icons.

OpenMoji

The final free icon offering in this list is a bit unique. Instead of going for volume, they have a small selection of high quality SVG “emojis”, modeled off of the ones that you can find in iOS. According to them , “OpenMoji is an open source project of 57 students and 3 professors of the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and 10 external contributors.”

They are hand crafted, free to use with no attribution, and work well, especially because people are already familiar with general emojis.

If you are looking for free emoji icons, this is your best bet. 269 flags, tons of variations, many colors and almost 3500 individual icons.

We are a big fan of this project and use these free icons in many of our own creations.

Conclusion

These are the best places to get free icons for projects ranging from web design to print advertising. Many of these require Attribution, but for a low price you can upgrade to a premium version an access more icons without needing to attribute the creator when using them.

We are big fans of the desktop applications and integrations that come with all of these services, and highly recommend that you check them out. After all, they are a free source of millions of icons!

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James LePage is the founder of Isotropic Design, a digital agency that builds WordPress websites. I read, write and design constantly!

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