The best icon packs for OS X


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


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.


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.



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.)


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.


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.


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.