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Icon Guide

A guide to help you understand and find the right icon resource(s) based on your needs.

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UI Goodies Guides help you understand what resources for a specific category might be best for your needs. This Icon Guide takes a look at the Icon Resources category of UI Goodies and breaks down which ones are best suited for particular use cases.

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Free icon sets

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Free

Eva Icons by Akveo is a pack of more than 480 (two sets of 240, in line and fill styles) beautifully crafted Open Source icons for common actions and items. They have a minimalistic aesthetic and are suitable across a variety of design projects. Eva Icons is designed to work together in tandem with a design system that Akveo also offers. Use the Website to search icons easily, download all icons, and see icons animate in zoom, pulse, shake, and flip animations when you hover over them.

Free

Unicons by Iconscout is a top choice for a variety of reasons. First off, Unicons is a set of just over 1,000 vector line icons across 27 categories. Unicons also allows you to easily use and implement the large icon family as a font by merely linking to a CSS file hosted on their server. Unicon icons are stylish, minimalistic in nature and modern, making them an excellent fit for any design project.

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Free

iconmonster offers over 4,000 free icons in 309 collections. All icons across collections match in style. Preferred style is a matter of preference. iconmonster icons differ from Eva Icons and Unicons in that they are less minimalistic and modern, and a bit more chunky with squared-off edges. iconmonster also offers an icon font comprised of over 300 icons. You can download or access the icons by using a link to a CSS file provided by iconmonster.

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Premium Icon Sets

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$97-$274

Streamline is the top choice for premium icon sets due to the quality and style of the icons, the sheer number of icons, and the purchase options. Streamline offers over a whopping 30,000 icons, or 10,500 icons in three distinct weights, light, regular and bold. The Essential Pack includes 14 categories of icons, and the Ultimate Pack provides access to all 53 categories. Each pack includes purchase options for all weights or just particular weights. Streamline also offers a Web app where you can browse all 30,000 icons.

$120

Symbolicons offers 8,000 vector icons or 2,000 in four different styles, solid, line, duoline, and color. Symbolicons are friendly and modern and come in 67 different categories. They are an excellent fit for any design project.

$99

Nucleo, the maker of Nucleo Icon Manager, offers a premium library of SVG icons for digital design projects. Their set includes almost 30,000 customizable icons, across 32 categories, in 5 grid sizes (16px, 24px, 32px, 48px and 64px) and three styles (outline, coloured and glyph). They’ve recently updated their library to include 12px icons.

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$67-$97

Icons54 offers 10,000 icons or 5,000 unique vector icons in line and solid styles across 101 different categories. Enjoy a stress-free purchase with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

$74

pixellove offers 1,500 icons across almost 50 categories in six distinct styles; line, solid, monotone, duotone, softline, and hardline. Monotone, duotone, softline, and hardline also come with a "round" option which places a lightly colored circle in the background of the icon.

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Webfont Library

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$0-$99 per year

Fontawesome has come a long way over the years. It's grown to have over 5,000 icons and continues to add the most popular and needed icons. While traditionally only offering icons that can be used in one color, Fontawesome now also offers Duotone Icons. Duotone icons can inherit your project's base color, or you can customize them as you wish. The free version of Fontawesome comes packed with 1,535 icons in one style and supports up to 10k page views per month. The Standard package comes with 7,020 icons in four styles and up to one million page views per month. See plans and pricing.

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Emoji Icons

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Free

Twemoji is Twitter's open-source emoji set. Twemoji supports the latest Unicode emoji specification, SVG and PNG formats and includes 3,071 emojis and all for free. There is simple licensing for commercial and non-commercial use. Use Twemoji with javascript for uniform emoji rendering across all browsers and operating systems or download all emojis as vector artwork. Attribution, at least in the HTML or Javascript source code is required.

Free

Streamline Emoji (by Streamline Icons) is a free collection of over 780 vector emojis. This set is offered under the Creative Common Attribution license. The style is inspired by the japanese “Kawaii” (cute) style, and more emojis will be added in the coming months.

Free$99-$1,299

Joypixel’s signature emoji set consists of 3,057 originally crafted icons and are Unicode 12 compliant. Version 5.0 includes hundreds of updated designs including all smileys, all people, and 230 brand new icons for Unicode 12. JoyPixel also offers animations and stickers.

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HTML Symbol Icons

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Free

HTML Arrows is a collection of HTML symbols, entities, and ASCII character codes and includes each symbol in Unicode, hex code, HTML code, HTML entity, and CSS code. Symbols available in arrows, currency, letters, math, numbers, punctuation, and basic symbols.

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Themed Icon Sets

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Free

Citysets is an ongoing and ever-expanding collection of free vector icons. Aiming to provide a visual guide to your favourite cities. All icons are free to use with no restrictions. Citysets is a side-project created by London-based Digital Designer — Bryn Taylor.

Free

Simple Icons is a large, searchable directory set of free SVG icons for famous brands. No need to search Google for the logo you need in SVG format, Simple Icons has you covered.

Free

Digital Nomad Starter Icon Pack is a set of free, travel-themed icons in SVG and PNG formats. This icon set comes with a Creative Commons license.

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Animated Icons

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$9

Flight is an animated icon pack built for iOS, Android, Web (using the Lottie Framework) and Video. Built on the back of Feather Icon. Download GIF and JSON formats on the Website. When you pay for the set you’ll also recieve the After Effects project, with all the icons in an editable format.

$29

Lordicon is a set of over 400 animated icons in line and fill styles. Lordicon icons support by Lottie files, perfectly scaleable (non-destructive) and compatible with all major browsers. They are highly customizable and include free updates.

$33-$39

This is a product for web developers and site owners. LivIcons Evolution is the next modern generation of a classic LivIcons pack with cross browser vector icons with individual mini animation for each one. They are based on SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic), powered by JavaScript, work in all modern browsers and look perfect at any devices.

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Free

Animated Icons by Icons8 includes 60 free animated icons. The icons are line-style only and lightweight.

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Mobile Icons

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Free

Material icons are delightful, beautifully crafted symbols for common actions and items. Download on desktop to use them in your digital products for Android, iOS, and web. Each symbol is available in five themes and a range of downloadable sizes and densities. For web projects, the best format is the easy-to-use icon web font.

$127Free

Webalys makes who also makes the popular icon set, Streamline Icons, listed in the recommended Premium Icon Sets as part of this guide, makes Nova Icons. Nova Icons are based on Material Design and include a whopping 4,000 icons! They are bold and geometric in style, include 2-pixel rounded corners and sharp stroke terminals. Nova Icons come in line and fill styles and Webalys offers a free download of 350 icons.

$99

Carefully crafted for iOS tab bars, toolbars, nav bars and table rows, Glyphish icons are also perfect for Android, Windows Mobile, websites, UI design, t-shirts, tattoos, stencils, stickers and much more. Each icon is bundled as a PNG ready for dropping into Xcode, plus an SVG for use on the web, plus an overview PDF for reference. Each set also contains a master PSD and AI file with vector shape layers, perfect for working with designers, creating mockups or customizing icons. Icon sizes follow Apple guidelines for tab bars and toolbars.

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Icon Marketplaces

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$6-$39Free

Iconscout hosts over one million icons design from over 350 designers. Find icons of varying styles, themes, and browse some free icons and icon packs.

$9-$49Free

Iconscout offers over 3.5 million high-quality icons. You can buy individual icons or choose a subscription plan that allows for 10, 50 or unlimited downloads per month. Icons are of varying styles and themes, and you can also browse icon sets by featured, newest and most popular.

Prices varyFree

Flaticon offers individual icons as well as icon packs. Easily browse almost two million vector icons grouped in thousands of packs. Icon formats are available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD, and BASE 64 formats. Styles of icons are broad and include flat, lineal, color, gradient, and more.

Prices varyFree

The Noun Project is home to over 2 Million royalty-free curated icons, created by a global community. The Noun Project offers Basic Downloads of icons which are free, and Pro Downloads, which vary in price. Basic downloads include no customization features and attribution is required. Pro Downloads include a royalty-free license, and no attribution is required. You can also purchase a NounPro account. With this account, the creator of each icon holds the copyright to their work. By paying for a NounPro account, you get a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right to use each icon you download. You can use it as many times as you wish and in any medium, without having to credit the icon’s creator.