Greenfish Icon Editor Pro v3.6 Updated

webfork on 8 Apr 2017
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Apr 2017
  • Suggested by risk

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro is a tool for creating icons, animated or static cursors, and other small images. Can extract icons and cursors from executable files and icon libraries, batch convert image files to icons or other image formats, and supports advanced selection handling (marquee, lasso and wand tools, saving/loading selections from files). Offers various gradient styles for filling shapes, and includes many filters such as remove matte, drop shadow, inner/outer glow and bevel etc.

The program opens and saves in ICO, CUR, ANI, PNG, XPM, BMP, JPEG, WebP and TGA formats and creates icons and cursors up to 256x256 @ 32-bit, which can also be PNG-compressed for use in Vista and above.

Include Greenfish Image Converter (for processing TIFF and SVG files), which requires .NET Framework 3.5.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder). Alternatively, a PortableApps version is also available: Greenfish Icon Editor Pro Portable

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch gfie32.exe or gfie64.exe (for 64-bit OS).

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
What's new?
  • New:
    • Linux support;
    • Load/Save WebP, Portable AnyMap and TGA (Targa) files;
    • Contrast adjustment in Exposure dialog.
  • Improved: RGB Formulae (alpha adjustment, new operations).

14 comments on Greenfish Icon Editor Pro  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Tom 2009-07-04 10:52

When you select 1-bit icons, you HAVE to use black & white -- you cannot choose, for example, red & white even though that's also 1-bit (two colors). As soon as you select a non-black color, the icon format jumps to 32-bit, which bloats the icon file size from 198 bytes to 1406 bytes.

Ken 2009-11-01 00:27

That's unfortunate, and hopefully the author will address the issue in an update soon. Keep in mind, though, that for most hard and solid state drives, there's no effective difference in space used between a 1406 byte file and a 198 byte one, since all files occupy an entire cluster even if they have only one byte. You can quickly find the cluster size for a given drive by right clicking on a very small file (< 500 bytes), selecting properties, and taking note of the Size on Disk property in the property sheet.

Of course, if you're planning to embed your fonts into a portable executable (exe, dll, etc.), then a 32-bit icon could indeed make a big difference, particularly if you were planning to embed hundreds of them. UPXing the PE woudldn't help either, since it usually skips compressing the icon resources. In that situation, you might want to use a workaround such as using a different graphic editor to force the color depth down to 2-8 bits (XnView is particularly well suited for that task, since it has a feature to specify the transparent color in the color table before saving the file). FastStone's editor also does a pretty good job, but you won't know if the converted file is still transparent until after it's saved (so always make a backup!) IrfanView is of course the quickest and most straightforward, but I've had some difficulty getting it preserve transparency in color depth reduced icons.

Incidentally, if bloat is a concern (as well it should be), remember to only unpack the locale translation files you're actually going to need from the zip, or if you already unpacked all, delete the unneeded ones. If your cluster size is 4k, this will save you about 350k for this app, and potentially hundreds of megabytes if you did this for all the installed apps on your system. Find Everything is very helpful in this effort since you can use Regular Expressions to find them all at once while still being able to exclude false matches. Generally, most locale files and folders contain [a-z]{2,3} | [a-z]{2}-{2} | [0-9a-f]{3,4} either by itself or at the end of some string point to locale files and folders. Just be careful not to delete the files you actually need (and it's never a good idea to remove en-US, usually listed as one of en|ENU|en-US|1033|409|C). Also, programs that were installed using Windows Installer tend to "self-repair" (i.e., reinstall the bloat you try to remove), so you might want to leave those alone or better still, see if its equivalent is available on this site so you can uninstall the MSI version.

²½ 2009-12-20 06:14

(repeatedly) crashes to drwatson, if try run exe after either 7z extract or uniextract 1.6

version is gfie 200 ("2.0")

Matt 2010-07-10 17:50

XPM export is useless because the files include backslashes.

ChemZ 2010-10-31 11:47

Odd... when you save a 16 colour bmp then try to open it again, it won't open!

gms9810 2011-11-03 01:54

It's a dead link, at least when I tried it three times.


lautrepay 2011-11-03 03:41

@gms9810: Thanks! Fixed both website and download links.


gms9810 2011-11-03 12:29

Yep, works now, thanks.


jmcmob 2012-07-13 21:28

I use this a bunch. Can't seem to get this 3.1 version. All links seem to be busted. Still, I can make do with 3.0


MnX 2012-07-16 01:03

This editor is AWESOME!!! I've tried IcoFX a few times in the past with terrible results. Moments after trying this one...instant success! Simple and easy to use. I've made tons of icons since I downloaded this the other day. (Made a bunch for my Linux machine as well.) Cheers to GIEP! would you pronounce :)


gnrsu 2012-08-05 07:08

i think LiquidIcon XP is one of the best:


olliebean 2013-06-15 14:44

WARNING: this no longer comes as a direct download of the zip, but as an executable downloader which downloads the zip, but in the process you have to decline installation of about four different annoyanceware toolbars and addons. Also the downloader itself is not portable; it leaves folders in AppData.


thepiney 2013-06-18 21:24

When you click the download link, a page opens with the download, just un-check the "Use our download manager and get recommended downloads" box. You'll get the zip file that you want. My Avast keeps blocking the site/file so I just disabled. After download I checked using VirusTotal and comes up clean.


billon 2017-04-06 10:17


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