I am writing a software in Java (javafx) for Ubuntu/Linux and I need some icons (such as does in gedit for example, the save icon,the search icon...) where can I find a set of such icons?


There are a lot of icons on your system. A directory like /usr/share/unity/icons/ has a lot of them dedicated to Unity. So has /usr/share/icons/ (that one also has specific icons for gEdit per theme installed). Be careful: icons can be copyrighted so don't just copy them into your own software. Or they are "free-to-use if credits given to the author". It might be better to create your own if you want to avoid that.

There are 3 main locations on the web for icons (not specifically for gEdit; you tend to get sets of icons with a matching theme). I listed some examples from both sites. These icon sets also can have copyright.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:captiva/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install captiva-icon-theme

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nitrux/nitrux-artwork
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compass-icon-theme

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The Ravefinity PPA has TONS of them. Source files.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ravefinity-project/ppa/ubuntu utopic main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ravefinity-project/ppa/ubuntu utopic main 

Signing key: 1024R/E2D0EBE9 Fingerprint: AB3C11871E5ADDD637F8BAA89B0BBF00E2D0EBE9

Going a little bit off topic: icons do not need to be Ubuntu specific to be used in Ubuntu.

Flaticon has a lot of Vector icons and in categories but not specific to computers but all for free. Networking, Multimedia.

And to close this of a generic search on color icon sets on google.


You can have a look at the Noobslab themes and icons page for a list of themes and icons for Ubuntu.

Some of the good ones include -

Numix Circle

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    adding images always gets upvotes :-) – Rinzwind Jan 6 '15 at 13:55

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