Comparison of icon sets

This page is for a visual overview of various open source icon sets. See also Category:Icons by subject.

Name License File format Originally designed for Download as bundle
Bluesphere SVG BSD SVG KDE, GNOME http://svgicons.sourceforge.net/
Crystal Clear LGPL PNG KDE http://www.everaldo.com/crystal/
Edge GPL PNG GNOME  ?
Exquisite GPL PNG KDE  ?
FairytaleWorld LGPL PNG KDE http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=18397
Gartoon GPL PNG GNOME (default theme on Edubuntu)  ?
Giøn GPL SVG GNOME http://www.silvestre.com.ar/
Mini "free use" GIF general http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/mini/
Noia LGPL PNG KDE http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=3883
Nuvola LGPL PNG/SVG KDE http://icon-king.com/?p=15
Silk CC-BY 2.5 PNG general http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
Tango Public Domain SVG GNOME, KDE http://tango.freedesktop.org/
GNOME GPL 2 SVG GNOME, KDE http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gnome-icon-theme/
Human CC-BY-SA 2.5 SVG GNOME, KDE
Torchlight LGPL PNG KDE http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=26378

Other places freely licensed icon sets are available:

Contents

ComparisonEdit

based on freedesktop.org Icon Naming Specification standard

ActionsEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
address-book-new The icon used for the action to create a new address book. 48px 48px
application-exit The icon used for exiting an application. Typically this is seen in the application's menus as File->Quit. 48px 48px
appointment-new The icon used for the action to create a new appointment in a calendaring application. 48px
bookmark-new The icon used for the action to create a new bookmark in a application. 48px
call-start The icon used for initiating or accepting a call. Should be similar to the standard cellular call pickup icon, a green handset with ear and mouth pieces facing upward. 48px 48px
call-stop The icon used for stopping a current call. Should be similar to the standard cellular call hangup icon, a red handset with ear and mouth pieces facing downward. 48px 48px
contact-new The icon used for the action to create a new contact in an address book application. 48px
document-new The icon used for the action to create a new document. 48px
document-open The icon used for the action to open a document. 48px 48px
document-open-recent The icon used for the action to open a document that was recently opened. 48px 48px
document-page-setup The icon for the page setup action of a document editor. 48px 48px 48px
document-print The icon for the print action of an application. 48px
document-print-preview The icon for the print preview action of an application. 48px
document-properties The icon for the action to view the properties of a document in an application. 48px
document-revert The icon for the action of reverting to a previous version of a document. 48px 48px
document-save The icon for the save action. Should be an arrow pointing down and toward a hard disk. 48px
document-save-as The icon for the save as action. 48px
document-send The icon for the send action. Should be an arrow pointing up and away from a hard disk. 48px 48px 48px
edit-clear The icon for the clear action. 48px
edit-copy The icon for the copy action. 48px
edit-cut The icon for the cut action. 48px
edit-delete The icon for the delete action. 48px
edit-find The icon for the find action. 48px
edit-find-replace The icon for the find and replace action. 48px 48px
edit-paste The icon for the paste action. 48px
edit-redo The icon for the redo action. 48px
edit-select-all The icon for the select all action. 48px 48px
edit-undo The icon for the undo action. 48px
folder-new The icon for creating a new folder. 48px
format-indent-less The icon for the decrease indent formatting action. 48px 48px
format-indent-more The icon for the increase indent formatting action. 48px 48px
format-justify-center The icon for the center justification formatting action. 48px 48px
format-justify-fill The icon for the fill justification formatting action. 48px 48px
format-justify-left The icon for the left justification formatting action. 48px 48px
format-justify-right The icon for the right justification action. 48px 48px
format-text-direction-ltr The icon for the left-to-right text formatting action. 48px 48px 48px
format-text-direction-rtl The icon for the right-to-left formatting action. 48px 48px 48px
format-text-bold The icon for the bold text formatting action. 48px 48px
format-text-italic The icon for the italic text formatting action. 48px 48px
format-text-underline The icon for the underlined text formatting action. 48px 48px
format-text-strikethrough The icon for the strikethrough text formatting action. 48px 48px
go-bottom The icon for the go to bottom of a list action. 48px
go-down The icon for the go down in a list action. 48px
go-first The icon for the go to the first item in a list action. 48px
go-home The icon for the go to home location action. 48px
go-jump The icon for the jump to action. 48px
go-last The icon for the go to the last item in a list action. 48px
go-next The icon for the go to the next item in a list action. 48px
go-previous The icon for the go to the previous item in a list action. 48px
go-top The icon for the go to the top of a list action. 48px
go-up The icon for the go up in a list action. 48px
help-about The icon for the About item in the Help menu. 48px 48px 48px
help-contents The icon for Contents item in the Help menu. 48px
help-faq The icon for the FAQ item in the Help menu. 48px 48px 48px
insert-image The icon for the insert image action of an application. 48px 48px
insert-link The icon for the insert link action of an application. 48px 48px
insert-object The icon for the insert object action of an application. 48px 48px 48px
insert-text The icon for the insert text action of an application. 48px 48px
list-add The icon for the add to list action. 48px
list-remove The icon for the remove from list action. 48px
mail-forward The icon for the forward action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-mark-important The icon for the mark as important action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px 48px
mail-mark-junk The icon for the mark as junk action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-mark-notjunk The icon for the mark as not junk action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px 48px
mail-mark-read The icon for the mark as read action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px 48px
mail-mark-unread The icon for the mark as unread action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px 48px
mail-message-new The icon for the compose new mail action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-reply-all The icon for the reply to all action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-reply-sender The icon for the reply to sender action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-send The icon for the send action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
mail-send-receive The icon for the send and receive action of an electronic mail application. 48px 48px
media-eject The icon for the eject action of a media player or file manager. 48px
media-playback-pause The icon for the pause action of a media player. 48px
media-playback-start The icon for the start playback action of a media player. 48px
media-playback-stop The icon for the stop action of a media player. 48px
media-record The icon for the record action of a media application. 48px
media-seek-backward The icon for the seek backward action of a media player. 48px
media-seek-forward The icon for the seek forward action of a media player. 48px
media-skip-backward The icon for the skip backward action of a media player. 48px
media-skip-forward The icon for the skip forward action of a media player. 48px
object-flip-horizontal The icon for the action to flip an object horizontally. 48px 48px
object-flip-vertical The icon for the action to flip an object vertically. 48px 48px
object-rotate-left The icon for the rotate left action performed on an object. 48px 48px 48px
object-rotate-right The icon for the rotate rigt action performed on an object. 48px 48px 48px
process-stop The icon used for the “Stop” action in applications with actions that may take a while to process, such as web page loading in a browser. 48px
system-lock-screen The icon used for the “Lock Screen” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px
system-log-out The icon used for the “Log Out” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px
system-run The icon used for the “Run Application…” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px 48px
system-search The icon used for the “Search” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px
system-reboot The icon used for the “Reboot” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px 48px 48px
system-shutdown The icon used for the “Shutdown” item in the desktop's panel application. 48px
tools-check-spelling The icon used for the “Check Spelling” item in the application's “Tools” menu. 48px 48px
view-fullscreen The icon used for the “Fullscreen” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px
view-refresh The icon used for the “Refresh” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px
view-restore The icon used by an application for leaving the fullscreen view, and returning to a normal windowed view. 48px 48px
view-sort-ascending The icon used for the “Sort Ascending” item in the application's “View” menu, or in a button for changing the sort method for a list. 48px 48px
view-sort-descending The icon used for the “Sort Descending” item in the application's “View” menu, or in a button for changing the sort method for a list. 48px 48px
window-close The icon used for the “Close Window” item in the application's “Windows” menu. 48px 48px 48px
window-new The icon used for the “New Window” item in the application's “Windows” menu. 48px
zoom-fit-best The icon used for the “Best Fit” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px
zoom-in The icon used for the “Zoom in” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px 48px
zoom-original The icon used for the “Original Size” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px 48px
zoom-out The icon used for the “Zoom Out” item in the application's “View” menu. 48px 48px

AnimationsEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
process-working This is the standard spinner animation for web browsers and file managers to show that the location is loading

ApplicationsEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
accessories-calculator The icon used for the desktop's calculator accessory program.
accessories-character-map The icon used for the desktop's international and extended text character accessory program.
accessories-dictionary The icon used for the desktop's dictionary accessory program.
accessories-text-editor The icon used for the desktop's text editing accessory program.
help-browser The icon used for the desktop's help browsing application.
multimedia-volume-control The icon used for the desktop's hardware volume control application.
preferences-desktop-accessibility The icon used for the desktop's accessibility preferences.
preferences-desktop-font The icon used for the desktop's font preferences.
preferences-desktop-keyboard The icon used for the desktop's keyboard preferences. 48px
ppreferences-desktop-keyboard-shortcuts The icon used for the desktop's keyboard shortcut preferences. 48px
preferences-desktop-locale The icon used for the desktop's locale preferences.
preferences-desktop-multimedia The icon used for the desktop's multimedia preferences. 48px
preferences-desktop-screensaver The icon used for the desktop's screen saving preferences.
preferences-desktop-theme The icon used for the desktop's theme preferences.
preferences-desktop-wallpaper The icon used for the desktop's wallpaper preferences.
system-file-manager The icon used for the desktop's file management application.
system-software-install The icon used for the desktop's software installer application. 48px
system-software-update The icon used for the desktop's software updating application.
system-users The icon used for the desktop's users.
utilities-system-monitor The icon used for the desktop's system resource monitor application.
utilities-terminal The icon used for the desktop's terminal emulation application.

CategoriesEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
applications-accessories The icon for the “Accessories” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-development The icon for the “Programming” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-engineering The icon for the “Engineering” sub-menu of the Programs menu. 48px
applications-games The icon for the “Games” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-graphics The icon for the “Graphics” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-internet The icon for the “Internet” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-multimedia The icon for the “Multimedia” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-office The icon for the “Office” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-other The icon for the “Other” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-science The icon for the “Science” sub-menu of the Programs menu. 48px 48px
applications-system The icon for the “System Tools” sub-menu of the Programs menu.
applications-utilities The icon for the “Utilities” sub-menu of the Programs menu. 48px
preferences-desktop The icon for the “Desktop Preferences” category.
preferences-desktop-peripherals The icon for the “Peripherals” sub-category of the “Desktop Preferences” category.
preferences-desktop-personal The icon for the “Personal” sub-category of the “Desktop Preferences” category. 48px
preferences-other The icon for the “Other” preferences category. 48px
preferences-system The icon for the “System Preferences” category.
preferences-system-network The icon for the “Network” sub-category of the “System Preferences” category. 48px
system-help The icon for the “Help” system category. 48px

DevicesEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
audio-card The icon used for the audio rendering device.
audio-input-microphone The icon used for the microphone audio input device.
battery The icon used for the system battery device.
camera-photo The icon used for a digital still camera devices.
camera-video The fallback icon for video cameras. 48px
camera-web The fallback icon for web cameras. 48px
computer The icon used for the computing device as a whole.
drive-harddisk The icon used for hard disk drives.
drive-optical The icon used for optical media drives such as CD and DVD.
drive-removable-media The icon used for removable media drives.
input-gaming The icon used for the gaming input device. 48px
input-keyboard The icon used for the keyboard input device.
input-mouse The icon used for the mousing input device. 48px
input-tablet The icon used for graphics tablet input devices. 48px
media-flash The fallback icon used for flash media, such as memory stick and SD.
media-floppy The icon used for physical floppy disk media.
media-optical The icon used for physical optical media such as CD and DVD.
media-tape The icon used for generic physical tape media. 48px
modem The icon used for modem devices.
multimedia-player The icon used for generic multimedia playing devices.
network-wired The icon used for wired network connections.
network-wireless The icon used for wireless network connections. 48px
pda This is the fallback icon for Personal Digial Assistant devices. Primary use of this icon is for PDA devices connected to the PC. Connection medium is not an important aspect of the icon. The metaphor for this fallback icon should be a generic PDA device icon.
phone This is the default fallback for phone devices. Primary use of this icon group is for phone devices which support connectivity to the PC. These may be VoIP, cellular, or possibly landline phones. The metaphor for this fallback should be a generic mobile phone device.
printer The icon used for a printer device.
scanner The icon used for a scanner device. 48px
video-display The icon used for the monitor that video gets displayed to.

EmblemsEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
emblem-default The icon used as an emblem to specify the default selection of a printer for example. 48px 48px
emblem-documents The icon used as an emblem for the directory where a user's documents are stored. 48px
emblem-downloads The icon used as an emblem for the directory where a user's downloads from the internet are stored. 48px 48px
emblem-favorite The icon used as an emblem for files and directories that the user marks as favorites. 48px 48px
emblem-important The icon used as an emblem for files and directories that are marked as important by the user.
emblem-mail The icon used as an emblem to specify the directory where the user's electronic mail is stored. 48px 48px
emblem-photos The icon used as an emblem to specify the directory where the user stores photographs. 48px
emblem-readonly The icon used as an emblem for files and directories which can not be written to by the user. 48px
emblem-shared The icon used as an emblem for files and directories that are shared to other users. 48px 48px
emblem-symbolic-link The icon used as an emblem for files and direcotires that are links to other files or directories on the filesystem.
emblem-synchronized The icon used as an emblem for files or directories that are configured to be synchronized to another device. 48px 48px 48px
emblem-system The icon used as an emblem for directories that contain system libraries, settings, and data. 48px
emblem-unreadable The icon used as an emblem for files and directories that are inaccessible. 48px

EmotesEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
face-angel The icon used for the 0:-) emote.
face-angry The icon used for the X-( emote. 48px 48px
face-cool The icon used for the B-) emote. 48px 48px
face-crying The icon used for the :'( emote. 48px
face-devilish The icon used for the >:-) emote. 48px 48px
face-embarrassed The icon used for the :-[ emote. 48px
face-kiss The icon used for the :-* emote.
face-laugh The icon used for the :-)) emote. 48px
face-monkey ) emote. 48px
face-plain emote.
face-raspberry The icon used for the :-P emote. 48px
face-sad The icon used for the :-( emote.
face-sick The icon used for the :-& emote. 48px
face-smile The icon used for the :-) emote.
face-smile-big The icon used for the :-D emote.
face-smirk The icon used for the :-! emote. 48px 48px
face-surprise The icon used for the :-0 emote.
face-tired -) emote. 48px 48px
face-uncertain The icon used for the :-/ emote. 48px
face-wink The icon used for the ;-) emote.
face-worried The icon used for the :-S emote. 48px 48px

InternationalEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
flag-aa The flag for the country with the ISO 3166 country code AA. All flags should use ISO 3166 two-letter country codes, in lowercase form, as the specifier for the country. 48px 48px 48px

MimeTypesEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
application-x-executable The icon used for executable file types. 48px
audio-x-generic The icon used for generic audio file types. 48px
font-x-generic The icon used for generic font file types. 48px
image-x-generic The icon used for generic image file types. 48px
package-x-generic The icon used for generic package file types. 48px
text-html The icon used for HTML text file types. 48px
text-x-generic The icon used for generic text file types. 48px
text-x-generic-template The icon used for generic text templates. 48px
text-x-script The icon used for script file types, such as shell scripts.
video-x-generic The icon used for generic video file types. 48px
x-office-address-book The icon used for generic address book file types.
x-office-calendar The icon used for generic calendar file types. 48px
x-office-document The icon used for generic document and letter file types.
x-office-presentation The icon used for generic presentation file types. 48px
x-office-spreadsheet The icon used for generic spreadsheet file types. 48px

PlacesEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
folder The standard folder icon used to represent directories on local filesystems, mail folders, and other hierarchical groups.
folder-remote The icon used for normal directories on a remote filesystem.
network-server The icon used for individual host machines under the “Network Servers” place in the file manager.
network-workgroup The icon for the “Network Servers” place in the desktop's file manager, and workgroups within the network.
start-here The icon used by the desktop's main menu for accessing places, applications, and other features.
user-bookmarks The icon for the user's special “Bookmarks” place. 48px 48px
user-desktop The icon for the special “Desktop” directory of the user.
user-home The icon for the special “Home” directory of the user.
user-trash The icon for the user's “Trash” place in the desktop's file manager.

StatusEdit

Name Iconsets
Description Nuvola Oxygen (2012) Tango GNOME (2008) GNOME Adwaita
appointment-missed The icon used when an appointment was missed. 48px 48px
appointment-soon The icon used when an appointment will occur soon. 48px 48px
audio-volume-high The icon used to indicate high audio volume.
audio-volume-low The icon used to indicate low audio volume.
audio-volume-medium The icon used to indicate medium audio volume.
audio-volume-muted The icon used to indicate the muted state for audio playback.
battery-caution The icon used when the battery is below 40%.
battery-low The icon used when the battery is below 20%. 48px
dialog-error The icon used when a dialog is opened to explain an error condition to the user.
dialog-information The icon used when a dialog is opened to give information to the user that may be pertinent to the requested action.
dialog-password The icon used when a dialog requesting the authentication credentials for a user is opened.
dialog-question The icon used when a dialog is opened to ask a simple question of the user. 48px 48px
dialog-warning The icon used when a dialog is opened to warn the user of impending issues with the requested action.
folder-drag-accept The icon used for a folder while an object is being dragged onto it, that is of a type that the directory can contain. 48px
folder-open The icon used for folders, while their contents are being displayed within the same window. This icon would normally be shown in a tree or list view, next to the main view of a folder's contents.
folder-visiting The icon used for folders, while their contents are being displayed in another window. This icon would typically be used when using multiple windows to navigate the hierarchy, such as in Nautilus's spatial mode. 48px
image-loading The icon used when another image is being loaded, such as thumnails for larger images in the file manager.
image-missing The icon used when another image could not be loaded.
mail-attachment The icon used for an electronic mail that contains attachments.
mail-unread The icon used for an electronic mail that is unread. 48px
mail-read The icon used for an electronic mail that is read. 48px
mail-replied The icon used for an electronic mail that has been replied to. 48px
mail-signed The icon used for an electronic mail that contains a signature. 48px 48px 48px
mail-signed-verified The icon used for an electronic mail that contains a signature which has also been verified by the security system. 48px 48px 48px
media-playlist-repeat The icon for the repeat mode of a media player. 48px
media-playlist-shuffle The icon for the shuffle mode of a media player. 48px
network-error The icon used when an error occurs trying to intialize the network connection of the computing device. This icon should be two computers, one in the background, with the screens of both computers, colored black, and with the theme's style element for errors, overlayed on top of the icon. 48px
network-idle The icon used when no data is being transmitted or received, while the computing device is connected to a network. This icon should be two computers, one in the background, with the screens of both computers, colored black. 48px
network-offline The icon used when the computing device is disconnected from the network. This icon should be a computer in the background, with a screen colored black, and the theme's icon element to show that a device is not accessible, in the foreground. 48px
network-receive The icon used when data is being received, while the computing device is connected to a network. This icon should be two computers, one in the background, with its screen colored green, and the screen of the computer in the foreground, colored black. 48px
network-transmit The icon used when data is being transmitted, while the computing device is connected to a network. This icon should be two computers, one in the background, with its screen colored black, and the screen of the computer in the foreground, colored green. 48px
network-transmit-receive The icon used data is being both transmitted and received simultaneously, while the computing device is connected to a network. This icon should be two computers, one in the background, with the screens of both computers, colored green. 48px
printer-error The icon used when an error occurs while attempting to print. This icon should be the theme's printer device icon, with the theme's style element for errors, overlayed on top of the icon.
printer-printing The icon used while a print job is successfully being spooled to a printing device. This icon should be the theme's printer device icon, with a document emerging from the printing device. 48px
security-high The icon used to indicate that the security level of a connection is known to be secure, using strong encryption and a valid certificate. 48px
security-medium The icon used to indicate that the security level of a connection is presumed to be secure, using strong encryption, and a certificate that could not be automatically verified, but which the user has chosen to trust. 48px
security-low The icon used to indicate that the security level of a connection is presumed to be insecure, either by using weak encryption, or by using a certificate that the could not be automatically verified, and which the user has not chosent to trust. 48px
software-update-available The icon used when an update is available for software installed on the computing device, through the system software update program. 48px
software-update-urgent The icon used when an urgent update is available through the system software update program. 48px
sync-error The icon used when an error occurs while attempting to synchronize data from the computing device, to another device. 48px 48px 48px
sync-synchronizing The icon used while data is successfully synchronizing to another device. 48px 48px 48px
task-due The icon used when a task is due soon. 48px 48px
task-past-due The icon used when a task that was due, has been left incomplete. 48px 48px
user-available The icon used when a user on a chat network is available to initiate a conversation with. 48px 48px 48px
user-away The icon used when a user on a chat network is away from their keyboard and the chat program. 48px
user-idle The icon used when a user on a chat network has not been an active participant in any chats on the network, for an extended period of time. 48px 48px
user-offline The icon used when a user on a chat network is not available. 48px
user-trash-full The icon for the user's “Trash” in the desktop's file manager, when there are items in the “Trash” waiting for disposal or recovery.
weather-clear The icon used while the weather for a region is “clear skies”.
weather-clear-night The icon used while the weather for a region is “clear skies” during the night.
weather-few-clouds The icon used while the weather for a region is “partly cloudy”.
weather-few-clouds-night The icon used while the weather for a region is “partly cloudy” during the night.
weather-fog The icon used while the weather for a region is “foggy”. 48px
weather-overcast The icon used while the weather for a region is “overcast”. 48px
weather-severe-alert The icon used while a sever weather alert is in effect for a region. 48px
weather-showers The icon used while rain showers are occurring in a region.
weather-showers-scattered The icon used while scattered rain showers are occurring in a region.
weather-snow The icon used while snow showers are occurring in a region.
weather-storm The icon used while storms are occurring in a region.