An icl file extension is related to the icon library used by Microsoft Windows operating system.

There are 2 other file types using
the ICL file extension!

empty icon.icl - Clean source code file

empty icon.icl - International Container Label data

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Software that open icl file

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ICL file extension - Microsoft Windows icon library

What is icl file? How to open icl files?

File type specification:

Graphics file type icon Graphics file type

The icl file extension is used by Microsoft Windows operating system for store library with graphic icons usually in different sizes and color depth and their names.

The icl files can be edited with various icon editing tools, such as Axialis IconWorkshop or Icon Catcher 

Originally the ICL Format is same as DLL Format, only with renamed file extension for identify purposes in Windows operating system. Windows is able to use icons directly from the icon library.

ICL Format is existing in two versions. Obsolete 16-bit supported by Windows 3.11 and 32-bit used by Windows 95, Windows NT and higher.

The default software associated to open icl file:

Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS.  MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Windows 10.

Axialis IconWorkshop icon

Axialis Software logoAxialis IconWorkshop  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Axialis Software

Axialis IconWorkshop is a full-featured program that allows you to create icons for Windows, Mac and Unix. It is also able to paint icons for Windows 10 (768x768) and Macintosh icons up to 1024x1024 for Macs with Retina display with variable transparency (alpha channel).

It supports various conversions of icons to standard picture file formats and vice versa as well as conversion of icons between Mac and Windows formats.

Icon Catcher picture or screenshot

Icon Catcher  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Helexis Software Development

Icon Catcher is easy-to-use utility for Windows that is able to find and manage icons in computer.

Related articles:

How to extract icons

Help how to open:

*.icl files can be opened in several Icon editors, such as ActivIcons or IconWorkshops.

How to convert:

It is usually possible to export individual icons from an *.icl file

Find conversions from icl file:

icl to cin

icl to icns

icl to ico

Find converter to icl file type:

ico to icl

File identification strings:

HEX code: 4D 5A
ASCII code: MZ

List of software applications associated to the .icl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open icl file, edit icl file, convert icl file, view icl file, play icl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting icl files.

Software that open icl file - Microsoft Windows icon library

Programs supporting the exension icl on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open icl file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with icl file by default:
Axialis IconWorkshop small icon Axialis IconWorkshop
Icon Catcher
Other suggested software:
Icon Extractor

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