Where is the best place to find free icons to use for a website?


does anyone know where a great database of free icons would be that I can use for a new website I am creating? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


asked Aug 11 '10 at 13:10
Jim Shook
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5 Answers


I know it's not worth to create an answer for just one link but i can't create comments yet ;)

I found some good icons on this page:


answered Aug 12 '10 at 02:56
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Check out IconFinder, it is pretty awesome!

answered Aug 11 '10 at 21:56
Jeff Epstein
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The classic famfam icons are a great place to start. These are widely used and definitely not stolen. I'm not sure if this set of icons really fit your needs but there is a pretty wide range of them.

answered Sep 22 '10 at 11:49
Russell Leggett
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Are you sure you want to build a business web site with "free" icons? How do you know the free icons weren't stolen? If they were stolen you will be the one who gets into legal trouble when your site becomes popular and the stolen icons are recognized.

You are far better off buying the right to use icons on your web site.

answered Aug 11 '10 at 15:01
Gary E
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  • Sometimes, buying icons does not guarantee you that they are not stolen. – Ross 14 years ago
  • There are plenty free icon resources that are original and high-quality. In most cases, you have to attribute them to the author, and that's it. – Deleted 14 years ago
  • Buying may not guarantee the icons are not stolen. But the likelyhood an icon is stolen goes up exponentially when you switch from purchased to "free". There is alsoa a big difference when you have to defend yourself in court for copyright violation. In one case you have a purchase contract and in the other you have "free". – Gary E 14 years ago
  • Is this a theoretical risk or something that you have seen occur to someone who used free icons and later found out that the provider wasn't the owner? – John Bogrand 14 years ago
  • good discussion. without having looked into the options provided below, i think i should be able to get a good idea of which ones may be stolen and which are not. but i will tread lightly, thanks – Jim Shook 14 years ago
  • We make bar code fonts, and have found copies of our fonts posted on many sites- listed as "free". We sue *anyone* we find using these "free" fonts and the sites hosting them. They always settle for much more than the cost of our software. Why would a business need or risk using a "free" product? – Gary E 14 years ago
  • Gary, seems a little mean spirited to sue someone who is innocently using your fonts without any knowledge of them being stolen. Why not just sue the sites hosting them as "free", and ask the "innocent" sites to take them down because they are infringing? Just curious. – Zuly Gonzalez 14 years ago
  • A business that makes the choice to use a "free" font that has no providence gets what they deserve. They are stealing directly from us. – Gary E 14 years ago

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