Find perfect icons with Iconfinder

Daniel Pataki
Nov 14, 2008
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
Internet, Search

Martin wrote an article in May about IconLook, a website where you can search for icons. I recently found another one, simply called Iconfinder, and as you would expect it enables you to find icons as well. During my testing I found that Iconfinder has more large icons in the 128x128 range. It also seems that IconFinder has less numbers by number, but what they do have extremely relevant and high quality.

Iconfinder is easier to use because it let's you view License details and tags without going to a new page, and lets you download the icon as well without switching pages (this is rare). IconLook also has some good options, for example you can select sizes before performing the search, narrowing your search instantly. Iconfinder has the same functionality, but you can narrow only after your initial search.

Overall I like both sites, perhaps the best practice is to use both. Since neither will provide pages and pages of results, you can easily scan through both sites and find the best icon for you. If you know any other icon finding sites I'd appreciate you sharing, I'm always in need of some good icons!

To use Icon Finder simply enter a search term that you are interested in, e.g. arrow, file or sign, and wait until the results listing is populated. All results are displayed as thumbnail images that give you an excellent preview of the icon right on the page. You find links to download the icon as png or ico files right on top of each thumbnail representation. There is also an info link that you can click on to get more information about a particular result. The information include the designer, size the icon is available in, tags, whether it is included in an icon set and the license it is being made available under.


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  1. Icon generator said on February 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I prefer using Not only it has the icon search engine, but also a cool icon generator web-application

  2. Daniel Pataki said on November 14, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Martin comes to the rescue of the incapable idiot :D Thanks

  3. Martin said on November 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Alex thanks for pointing that out, I changed the link for Daniel.

  4. Alex said on November 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Daniel, your link currently points to, which is just a page of ads, instead of the intended… just wanted to point that out… good find tho!

  5. rogue3 said on November 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    deviantArt is also a good place to go. Tons of user-submitted icons of varying types, sizes & quality.

  6. Daniel Pataki said on November 14, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Hairgel_Addict, thanks for the tip, good site!

    Thnks also to you Scott for pointing that out, I fixed it quickly :)

  7. Scott said on November 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the tip! However, you accidentally linked IconFinder to your IconLook review. It was easy enough to find, though:

  8. Hairgel_Addict said on November 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    There’s also ;)

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