Most of the software we come across in our everyday life having many things embedded in themselves. Generally the software for Windows have executable (.exe) format, and they have some dynamic link libraries (.dll). If you’re looking for the tool to extract the information inside a .exe or .dll extension file, then Icons from File is a great tool for you. The tool is basically a freeware, and it works on almost all Windows versions. We tested it our Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, and it worked fine.
Extract Icons From File

Since the tool supports extraction of icons from EXE, DLL, OCX files, we used the Windows image resource file i.e. imageres.dll to test this tool. We found that as soon as we dropped the file into software window, it illustrated us all the icons residing inside the file, as you can see in the screenshot shown above. You can save all the icons or selected icons by toggle the menu given at below or using the save button at the top as shown in below image.


The saving of icons is possible in a variety of formats. The extracted icons can be exported and saved to a file as follows:

  • All or selected icon to ICO, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or EMF files
  • All icons as a BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or EMF file.

You can save the icons at a custom location as well. Following are the features that this tool offers to you:

  • All of the icons from the selected files may also be extracted and saved to a selected folder in a step or exported to a HTML document (.htm, .html) or dBase 5 file (.dbf)
  • Saving high color icons (which have more than 16 colors) is possible
  • Export operations can be performed via the command line
  • Extracted icons may be printed (all or selected)
  • The program is optionally portable