Icons From File is a free software to extract Icons from DLL, EXE Files

Most of the software we come across in our everyday life having many things embedded in themselves. Generally, the software for Windows have executable (.exe) format, and they have some dynamic link libraries (.dll). If you’re looking for the tool to extract the information inside a .exe or .dll extension file, then Icons from File is a great tool for you. The tool is a freeware, and it works on almost all Windows versions.

Extract Icons From File

Extract Icons FromĀ File

Since the tool supports extraction of icons from EXE, DLL, OCX files, we used the Windows image resource file, i.e., imageres.dll to test this tool. We found that as soon as we dropped the file into the software window, it illustrated us all the icons residing inside the file, as you can see in the screenshot shown above. You can save all the icons or selected icons by toggle the menu given below or using the save button at the top, as shown in the image.


The saving of icons is possible in a variety of formats. The extracted icons can be exported and saved to a file as follows:

  • All or selected icon to ICO, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or EMF files
  • All icons as a BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or EMF file.

You can save the icons at a custom location as well. Following are the features that this tool offers to you:

  • All of the icons from the selected files may also be extracted and saved to a selected folder in a step or exported to an HTML document (.htm, .html) or dBase 5 file (.dbf)
  • Saving high color icons (which have more than 16 colors) is possible
  • Export operations can be performed via the command line
  • Extracted icons may be printed (all or selected)
  • The program is optionally portable

You can download this small yet smart utility Icons from Files from here.

Go Extract is another icon extraction tool you can check out.

Hope you find the tool useful!

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One Comment

  1. TSM

    Thanks for this. It’s nearly impossible to find a program that allows you to extract icons that

    (a) Isn’t actually spyware that has taken over google search

    (b) Has been updated since 1999, and isn’t terrible or only able to extract 32×32 icons occasionally

    (c) Is freeware, as in, doesn’t try to get you to buy a $20 license.

    … Is what I would have said, but alas, it only extracts 32×32 icons.

    I found another one that works (and is a standalone exe at that). It’s at http://www.carifred.com/quick_any2ico/ (The program is called Quick Any2Ico). Hopefully this saves someone else a headache!

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