Best Free Icon Editor and Replacer



Icon editors allow you to edit an icon file, which is basically an image file with the .ico extension and contains one or more small images at multiple sizes and colour depths. They also allow you to create new icons to replace your program or system icons, and favicons (short for favorites icons) that are used on websites, as seen in the browser address bar, tabs and bookmarks, such as this Gizmo's favicon.

An icon editor needs to have a program or system icon replacement function also built in, otherwise the icons you create cannot easily be used.

Icons are normally saved at 32 x 32px 256-color .ico files, but 48 x 48px, 64 x 64px, or 128 x 128px is sometimes used. Favicons need to be saved as 16 x 16px 256-color .ico files. You can create icons in full-color (and it's best to do so), but favicons for web use need to be saved in 256-color—don't save your icons in any other profile or format as they will not be able to be viewed on some platforms.


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Greenfish Icon Editor ProGreenfish Icon Editor Pro: Designed for ease of use, lightweight and portable

Summary: This freeware program has professional tools to create, edit, open and save icon files, and allows you to extract and patch icons in the executable files, or batch convert image files to icons and other image formats.

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IcoFXIcoFX: A wealth of tools and equipped with more than 40 image effects

Summary: This good freeware icon editor has a wealth of tools for you to create icons for programs, setup files or favicons and convert your favorite images to icons, or icons to images.

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Extract a favicon from a web page?

Google provides a simple service to extract a favicon and return it in a png file format from a web page. By entering the following in the address bar with a specific domain (e.g., you will get one.


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Quick Selection Guide

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Create, edit, open and save icon files, extract and patch icons in executable files, batch convert, gradient styles and filters, etc.
Drag and drop an image from some browsers such as Chrome not supported. Developer's homepage is sometimes not available.
1.6 MB
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Portable Supported image files: ico, cur, ani, png, xpm, bmp, jpg and gif.


Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Plenty to tools, more than 40 image effects, convert between Macintosh and Windows icons, batch processing capability, etc.
Extracting and patching icons in some executable files are found not as good as Greenfish Icon Editor Pro.
v1.6.4 (last free version)
1.46 MB
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
The product under this review is the last free version which is no more supported by the developer. The above download is from the third party website. The portable last free version is available here.


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"... Junior Icon Editor 4.33 will help you to: - Create and edit icons in color depths up to 16 million colors - Create and edit icons for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 in 32-bit color depth with 8-bit alpha channel - Edit .png icons for web, Linux, Android, iOS, WP7 - Paint images with pen, brush, airbrush, ellipse, rectangle, line, curve tools - Roll, shift and rotate images - Import and export .ico, .png, .xpm, .xbm, and .icpr formats - Sort images inside icons - Copy and paste images to other applications - Copy and paste color values from the clipboard ...":
Thanks Panzer for the suggestion. I tried it but found that it was pretty basic when compared with those selected. Each time you run this program, it prompts you to purchase icons from its related websites, some of which are badly rated at Web of Trust.

I registered just to say thank you so much. It's not easy to find a freeware program to extract icons from .exes.

Same here, registered just to say thanks. :)

Thanks for posting :). Glad you could find something of use.