Icon Glue is probably the easiest way to quickly create an Apple Icon Image (.icns) for your mac app from a single 1024x1024 pixels sized PNG or TIFF image.

Just open your image, select what you want to create (Icon Glue will remember these settings) and save it. You can also open an OS X application bundle to easily extract its icon without having to browse through the bundle's internal folder structure.

And if you should need just a few of them: the integrated iOS and OS X icon previews allow you to create these icons individually with a simple drag'n'drop gesture.

With Icon Glue you can easily ...

✓  create .icns files or .iconset image sets from a single PNG file
✓  create the iTunesArtwork.png images required for app submissions on the Mac App Store
✓  create all app icons for your iOS apps
✓  extract all image representations from an existing .icns file
extract an application bundle's icon and export it as .iconset and/or PNG file
show previews of all iOS and OS X Icons to be created and allows you to save them one at a time

Rectangular (non-square) or too small images will be adjusted accordingly to ensure that the result is always a valid, retina-compatible .icns image file.



Tryout version
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May 14, 2015
app. 2.2 MB



You can test Icon Glue for free and with no obligation. This tryout version provides the same functionality as the full version with one exception: no files are created and written to disk. This tryout version is of course Gatekeeper-ready.

A sample set of icons created with Icon Glue (version 1.3) is available for download.


Which OS X Icons are created by Icon Glue?

.iconset collections created by Icon Glue contain these images:

Image size (72dpi)    File name Examples of usage
16x16 icon_16x16.png Spotlight, Finder Sidebar (small)
32x32 icon_16x16@2x.png  
32x32 icon_32x32.png Finder Sidebar (large), Toolbars
64x64 icon_32x32@2x.png  
128x128 icon_128x128.png Dock, Finder Preview 
256x256 icon_128x128@2x.png           
256x256 icon_256x256.png Finder Preview
512x512 icon_256x256@2x.png  
512x512 icon_512x512.png CoverFlow
1024x1024 icon_512x512@2x.png    


See also: OS X Human Interface Guidelines: Icon and Image Design on developer.apple.com

Which iOS Icons can be created with Icon Glue?
How can I open hidden files?
How can I restore the iconutil utility from my OS X Installation archive?
Errors happen and may not always be found in time, so if you should find one or if you are missing an important feature, feel free to add it to the Bugtracker.

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System Requirements

IconGlue Version 1.3.2:

  • OS X Version 10.7.0 or later
  • System requirements for OS X Lion
  • Version History

    Version 1.3.2

    Published on May 14, 2014
    • added missing icon sizes for Apple Watch apps

    Version 1.3.1

    Published on December 15, 2014

    Version 1.3

    Published on December 10, 2014

    Version 1.2.2

    Published on December 01, 2014

    Version 1.2.1

    Published on March 01, 2014

    Version 1.2.0

    Published on October 03, 2013

    Version 1.1.4

    Published on August 27, 2013

    Version 1.1.3

    Published on August 02, 2013

    Version 1.1.2

    Published on June 18, 2013

    Version 1.1.1

    Published on March 09, 2013

    Version 1.1

    Published on March 01, 2013

    Although IconGlue is being developed with the utmost care and intensively tested before being published, I cannot guarantee the suitability of this program for any purpose not described on this website. No warranty can be assumed for the performance and flawlessness of the software for all usage conditions and cases and for the results produced when utilized by the user. IconGlue is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind.

    Please keep in mind that the release of new versions on the App Store takes some time to to pass the review process, so bugfixes will not be immediately available after the respective entries on the Bugtracker have been marked as "done". The current average review time of the App Store (as a rough guide value) is available on appreviewtimes.com.

    Errors happen and bugs may not always be found in time, so if you should find one in in one of my programs or if you are missing an important feature, feel free to add it to the Bugtracker.
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