IconsExtract - Utility for retrieving icon(s) from foldes or files


The IconsExtract utility scans the files and folders on your computer, and extract the icons and cursors stored in EXE, DLL, OCX, CPL, and in other file types. You can save the extracted icons to ICO files (or CUR files for cursors), or copy the image of a single icon into the clipboard.

Using the IconsExtract utility

This utility is a standalone executable, and it doesn't require any installation process or additional DLLs. Just run the executable (iconsext.exe) and start using it.

Immediately after you run this utility, the "Search For Icons" dialog box will be appeared. In this window, you should select the files or folders that you want to scan, and the resource types you want to find (icons, cursors, or both). You can also filter unneeded icons and get only icons that contains images with specific size and number of colors.

You have 2 main search options:

  1. Select only single file. For example: C:\WINNT\System32\shell32.dll
    You can manually type the filename in the text-box, or select it from a dialog box by clicking the "Browse Files" button.
  2. Select multiple filenames by using wildcard characters (? and *).
    You can select the folder that you want to scan by clicking the "Browse Folders" button. If you check the "Search Subfolders" check-box, all the subfolders of the main folder will be scanned also. For example: if you type "c:\*.*" in the filename text-box, and check the "Search Subfolders" option, the IconsExtract utility will search for icons in all folders and files of your "C:" drive.

Notice: Searching for icons in an entire drive might take a few minutes, and consume a fair amount of system resources. However, you can always stop the search by pressing the "Esc" key or by clicking the "Stop" menu item in the top-left corner of the window.

In order to start the icons searching, press the "Search For Icons" button. IconsExtract will search for icons according to your selection in the "Search For Icons" window. After the search is finished, the extracted icons will be appeared in the main window of IconsExtract utility.

Saving icons into ICO files

In order to save the extracted icons into ICO files:

  1. Select the icons that you want to save. You can press Ctrl+A in order to select all extracted icons.
  2. Choose the "Save Selected Icons" in the 'File' menu, or press Ctrl+S.
  3. In the "Save Selected Icons" window, type the folder for saving the icons files (You can also select it by using the Browse button)
  4. Press the "Save Icons" button. All the selected icons will be saved into the folder you have selected.

Copy a signle icon to the clipboard

You can also copy a single image of icon, and paste it to another application. There are 2 options to do it:

  1. Copy icon in standard dimensions (16 X 16 or 32 X 32): Select a single icon in the main window, and press Ctrl+C.
  2. Copy an image of icons in other sizes: double click on a single icon, and the properties window, select specific image, and press the "Copy Selected Image" button.

Searching more icons

You can always make another search by using the "Search For Icons" option in the File menu. You can also extract the icons of specific file simply by dragging it from explorer window into the main window of IconsExtract utility.

Command-Line Support

Starting from version 1.30, you can extract icons from files by running IconsExtract with /save option.

iconsext.exe /save "source file" "save folder" [-icons] [-cursors] [-asico]

source file The file containing the icons you want to extract
save folder The destination folder the save the extracted icons/cursors
-icons Specify this option if you want to extract the icons from the file.
-cursors Specify this option if you want to extract the cursors from the file.
-asico Specify this option if you want to save cursors as .ico files.

iconsext.exe /save "c:\winnt\system32\shell32.dll" "c:\icons" -icons -cursors