Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Informatik


Public Domain Icons

These icons were originally made for Mosaic for X and have been included in the NCSA httpd and Apache server distributions in the past. They are in the public domain and may be freely included in any application. The originals were done by Kevin Hughes (

Many thanks to Andy Polyakov for tuning the icon colors and adding a few new images. If you'd like to contribute additions or ideas to this set, please let me know.

Almost all of these icons are 20x22 pixels in size. There are alternative icons in the "small" directory that are 16x16 in size, provided by Mike Brown (

Suggested Uses

The following are a few suggestions, to serve as a starting point for ideas. Please feel free to tweak and rename the icons as you like.

This might be used to represent PostScript or text layout languages.,
These can be used to highlight any important items, such as a README file in a directory.

back.gif, forward.gif
These can be used as links to go to previous and next areas.

These might be used as bullets. binary.gif This can be used to represent binary files.

This can represent BinHex-encoded data.

This can be used as a placeholder or a spacing element.

This can be used to repreesnt core files.

box1.gif, box2.gif
These icons can be used to represent generic 3D applications and related files.

This can represent corrupted data.

This can call attention to new and important items.

This might represent C source code.,
These little computer icons can stand for telnet or FTP sessions.

This may represent compressed data.

This can be a link to a continued listing of a directory.

down.gif, up.gif, left.gif, right.gif
These can be used to scroll up, down, left and right in a listing or may be used to denote items in an outline.

This can represent DVI files. f.gif This might represent FORTRAN or Forth source code.

folder.gif,, folder.sec.gif
The folder can represent directories. There is also a version that can represent secure directories or directories that cannot be viewed.

generic.gif, generic.sec.gif,
These can represent generic files, secure files, and important files, respectively.

hand.right.gif, hand.up.gif
These can point out important items (pun intended).

image1.gif, image2.gif, image3.gif
These can represent image formats of various types.

This might represent a WAIS index or search facility.

This might represent files and formats that contain graphics as well as text layout, such as HTML and PDF files.

This might represent files that are symbolic links.

This can represent various movie formats.

This may stand for Perl or Python source code.

pie0.gif ... pie8.gif
These icons can be used in applications where a list of documents is returned from a search. The little pie chart images can denote how relevant the documents may be to your search query.

This may stand for patches and diff files.

This might be a link to an online service or a 3D world.

ps.gif, quill.gif
These may represent PostScript files.

screw1.gif, screw2.gif
These may represent CAD or engineering data and formats.

This can represent any of various interpreted languages, such as Perl, python, TCL, and shell scripts, as well as server configuration files.

sound1.gif, sound2.gif
These can represent sound files.

sphere1.gif, sphere2.gif
These can represent 3D worlds or rendering applications and formats.

This can represent TeX files.

This can represent generic (plain) text files.

This can represent FTP transfers or uploads/downloads.

This may represent a file of an unknown type.

This can stand for uuencoded data.

world1.gif, world2.gif
These can represent 3D worlds or other 3D formats.