Files with ico extension can be typically found as icons, most notably program icons for Windows executables. A single .ico file contains one or more icons in different pixel sizes.

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What is ico file? How to open ico files?

File type specification:

Graphics file type icon Graphics file type

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

ico file icon: ico filetype icon

File extension ico is used for an icon graphic file format that contains icons at various sizes (16x16, 32x32, 64x64, 128x128, 512x512 pixels etc.) and various numbers of colors (16 colors, 32, 64, 128, 256, 16-bit etc.).

ICO file format is frequently used to change icons for files, folders or programs interface icons of graphical user interface (GUI) of modern operating systems.

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Updated: March 24, 2024

The default software associated to open ico file:

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.

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IconUtils  Microsoft Windows software

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IconUtils is solution used to create icons and cursors for Microsoft Windows. IconUtils is able to create and edit icons as well as create and edit static and animated cursors. You can export final icon/cursor as ICO, BMP, JPEG, CUR, PNG, WBMP, XBM, XPM, PSD (Adobe Photoshop) and RC (Resource Compiler) files.

IcoFX icon

IcoFX Software logoIcoFX  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
IcoFX Software

IcoFX is a professional icon and cursor editor for Microsoft Windows. IcoFX is able to create, grab and edit icons. It is designed to work with various versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Macintosh icons supporting transparency.

It allows users to convert Macintosh icons to Windows icons and vice versa. With IcoFX you can extract icons from other files, including Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Macintosh files.

IconBox icon

IconBox  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

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​IconBox is a graphic utility and icon manager for Mac OS X. It is iPhoto like application that enables you to store, manage & change all your icons or dock icons using simple drag & drop like functionality.

The first icon organizer for Mac OS X now has full icon & dock customization capabilities and online tools for searching new icons.

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Help how to open:

Pretty much any graphics editor nowadays can be used to open or edit various icon formats, including .ico.

How to convert:

Use any icon graphic editor software to export *.ico files to another graphic file format

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List of software applications associated to the .ico file extension

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ico file, edit ico file, convert ico file, view ico file, play ico file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

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


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