Icon Names

An icon theme can benefit from the use of a standard listing of common icon contexts and names. An icon theme author can then make use of these contexts and names and expect an icon theme to work in a desktop environment or application that implements the naming specification.


Discussion of this specification should occur on the xdg mailing list.

Missing Icons List

This is a listing of icons whose names are not yet covered in the latest Icon Naming Specification.

Additional Icons for several Desktops

This Desktop Icons List is meant to be used for icon names for various desktops, which are not covered by the specification.


The Git module for this code is xdg/default-icon-theme.



  • Gnome: In use
  • Enlightenment: In use

Please update this page if you know about the status of this specification in a specific desktop environment.