How to extract macOS app icons

How to Copy OS X Icons

macOS is known for its beautiful interface and beautiful app icons. It’s one of the things that really separates it from Windows and its bland look (although Windows has made significant strides in this regard as well).

At iDB, we often use app icon images as feature images for our posts, and videos. Fortunately, macOS makes it extremely easy to copy the app icons from all of our favorites apps, and export them as standalone images. In the following video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to do just that.

Step 1: Find the app that you want to copy, and open its location. If the app is on the Dock, simply ⌘+Click the app icon on the Dock, and a Finder window will open to the exact location of the app, which will most likely be the /Applications folder.

Step 2: Right click on the app icon, and select Get Info. You can also use ⌘+I on your keyboard.

Step 3: Click on the app icon in the upper left-hand corner of the info box, and click Edit → Copy in the menu bar. You can also use ⌘+C to copy the image.

Step 4: Open Preview, and click File → New From Clipboard in the menu bar. You can also use ⌘+N.

Step 5: Now you can select from the many sizes of images extracted from the app’s icon. Click on the size that you’d like to use, and click File → Save, and choose your desired image format in the picker at the bottom of the screen. Give the image a new name, and click Save in the bottom right-hand corner.

Congratulations, you now have a new image based off of the selected app icon. It may seem like a lot of steps, but once you get familiar with the workflow, this can be done in a matter of seconds.

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