How to get png or jpg icon from an app on Mac

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If you need to export icons from any app on your Mac, you can do this very easily by following this short tutorial.

Open Finder and go to folder where you have some app stored - by default it is in the applications folder.

Right Click on *.app file and click on Show Package Contents option.

OS X Show Package Contents

Navigate to "Contents/Resources/" and search for *.icns file, by default with the same name as the app.

App Resource folder

Press Command+C shortcut and paste *.icns file with Command+V shortcut to another folder, like Documents, Downloads etc.

ICNS file

Double click on *.icns file. It will be opened in Apple Preview app and show you icon in all resolutions stored in the *.icns file.

Right click on icon that you want to exported. Select Export As... option.

Apple Mac OS X preview export As...

Select Format (JPEG, PNG, PDF etc.) and place for exported icon.

Apple Mac OS X Preview export settings

Click on Save button and the icon will be exported into selected format and folder that you want.

Related software and links:

Apple Finder icon

Apple Finder    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Default file manager in macOS

Mac OS X icon

Mac OS X    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Unix-based operating system for Apple Mac computers

Preview icon

Preview    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A basic document and image viewer in Mac OS X


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