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As a follow-up to our recent article on how to change app icons in OS X, we’ve scoured the internet for the best icon packs for Mac apps in existence. The result is a beautiful assemblage of icons that is certain to give your Mac a fresh, new look.

In addition to large, themed icon sets, we’ve added several individual icons of third-party applications that have received an early update from independent graphic designers, who took inspiration from iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, and Apple’s pre-Yosemite designs for iBooks, iLife, and iWork…

Icon packs

Dots

First up, we have Dots, a large collection of over 100 icons, all consistently round in design and certainly quite attractive. This icon pack stands out because of its sizable number of icons, as well as the included .PSD template file for creating your own icons to blend with the style of Dots.

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Yosemite Default Icons

If you don’t enjoy the beta life but still want Yosemite’s new look, you can meet it halfway with this icon pack containing the default icons from Apple’s redesigned desktop OS. Those running the beta may also want to take a look at this pack, as it contains Yosemite-style icons for some of the apps that Apple has yet to update, as well as a few icons for popular third-party apps.

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Everyth7ng

This icon pack uses square icons with rounded corners, making it very similar to iOS’s design. There is also an update to the pack by the same designer, as well as a collection of system icons, iOS 7-style. (Note: if the download doesn’t work in Safari, try it in another browser.)

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Individual icons

Below are several single icons in the style of OS X Yosemite. Whether you want your Mavericks machine to get an early Yosemite feel or you’re beta testing the latest version of OS X, these icons are well worth adding to your dock.

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Honorable mention

One of my favorite collections is OS X Mavericks Icon Set, as it contains some attractive and uniquely-designed icons. It wasn’t featured with the rest because it contains only nine icons, but should the developer add more to the set, this would be a great alternative to OS X’s default icons.

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As always, if you have any icons, whether they be individuals or in a set, that you’ve run across or designed yourself, by all means, share them in the comments below.

  • rnorthboy

    the first looks nice

    • BoardDWorld

      Just need to centre the dial reading properly on the dashboard icon…

  • Abdl

    I was wondering,if Yosemite comes out,will we be able to bring back the default Mavericks dock? Coz that Yosemite dock looks too ugly!!

    • I think you need to see the dock in person. The dock in Yosemite really is a sight to behold and is by far one of the best looking items out of the entire GUI.

    • Arsen Moussaelian

      Download cdock, search it on google, then open it and in dock theme select Yose Lite (3D) or for the black version select Yose Nite (3D)

  • The linked article only shows how to apply custom icons individually. Is there not a Winterboardesque app / utility for OS X?

    • You might want to look into LiteIcon. I’ve never used it, but I’ve heard it works well.

  • kevinstallone

    How about Flurry? That’s a beautiful icon set for OS X.

  • Jay N Patel

    i tried to change chrome icon but it wont change. Any suggestion?

    • Elias

      Restart?

      • Kyle

        Terminal, write ‘killall Dock’ , hit enter and if it still does not apply, just (re-) open the app.

    • Are you using LiteIcon?

  • Thanh

    How do I install?

  • Wesh

    I’d like and enjoy Dots on my iOS thank you!

  • Muhammad !

    I miss my MacBook :'( .. It’s stuck in safe mode ! I tried everything to fix it but I can’t , so when you post anything that reminds me of my MacBook .. You make me CRY !

    • Anthony Antunez

      I would say just take it to your nearest Apple Store and have them take a look at it. Or i’ll buy it from you if you tell me what model it is and how much you want for it.

      • Muhammad !

        I’m sorry, bro! But I will keep it .. And there is no Apple store in my country yet

  • Just remember to change your icons back to normal when Yosemite comes out to the public.

    • kevinstallone

      Having custom icons when you upgrade should not do much. Any apps that are updated with Yosemite will have their icons changed back to the default. Happens when you update the apps normally as well.

  • Derik Stroisch

    the iTunes icon for the Yosemite Default Icon pack doesn’t seem to be working for me. unless someone knows something i don’t.

  • Is it even possible, to install a whole pack of icons instead of putting it in one by one?

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    This is beautiful! Got myself some awesome icons yesterday too though.

  • Danibal59

    anybody find a folder pack that looks nice with dots?

  • Daniel Vox

    By chance does anyone know how to get the calendar icon working better? It’s not using the right font, not sure where else I need to change things.

  • Adam

    Anyone else having trouble changing the finder icon?

    • Joel

      did you figure it out? I can’t seem to do iTunes, cal, or the trash.

      • Adam

        Yeah i ended up using Liteicon only because its super easy.

        But if you don’t want to use liteicon I suggest quitting all apps whose icon you have changed, killing the dock via terminal command “killall Dock”, and if it still stuck on the old icon logout and restart.

        Liteicon does this for your and its much simpler. It clears the icon cache and logs you out.

        Hope this helps.

      • Joel

        it worked great!!! i manage to the finder and trash but i doesn’t change the iTunes… but its no biggie to me thaks anyways. i appreciate your quick response really helpful

    • Daniel Vox

      were you able to get the calendar to work the right way?

      • Adam

        Actually didn’t try the calendar because I use fantastical. But let me give it a try and I’ll get back to you.

      • Adam

        Just tried it follow the instructions for changing the Calendar icon in the Dots Zip.

        Then quit the calendar app, open terminal and enter the command “killall Dock” should work flawlessly.

  • BoApp head

    this is so cool

  • Gilga Mesh

    Thanks! I Will try to use these for removing those horrible new Icons in 10.10. “Joe Semmity” 😀