ICL File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ICL file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ICL files.

What is an ICL file?

An .ICL file is an Icons Library file. Files that contain the .icl file extension are usually associated with Windows desktop shortcuts. These files contain a collection of icons that can be used to replace the existing icons that are used for shortcuts on the user's computer desktop.

The ICL files themselves do not contain any actual program file data, just icon image files used to create a shortcut for the associated applications. For example, if a user wishes to change the icon of a particular program shortcut on his or her desktop, they can select a different image from within the collection of icons in the ICL file.

How to open ICL files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ICL for different purposes. We have identified 5 ICL openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of ICL file.

Programs that open these files

Axialis IconWorkshopAxialis IconWorkshopVerified
IcoFXIcoFXVerified
XnViewXnViewVerified
ACDSeeACDSeeVerified
IrfanViewIrfanViewVerified
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Other file formats using extension .ICL

While Icons Library is a popular type of ICL-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .ICL extension.

The ICL file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an ICL opener may not be able to open all kinds of ICL files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited ICL viewer.

ChemDoodle Document

ChemDoodle is a software tool for drawing chemical structures, diagrams, and figures. Chemists use it to work with scientific informationand to create graphic visualizations of their chemical structures. It stores a project, which it calls a document, in a file with file extension ICL.

ICL opener for Windows 10

ChemDoodleChemDoodleVerified
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Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of ICL files. Remember, different programs may use ICL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

ImagineImagineUser submitted
John Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESJohn Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESUser submitted
FreshViewFreshViewUser submitted
IconLoverIconLoverUser submitted
John Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IES ViewerJohn Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IES ViewerUser submitted
Sib Icon EditorSib Icon EditorUser submitted
DaisyPictureARTISTDaisyPictureARTISTUser submitted
IconDeveloperIconDeveloperUser submitted
Axialis AX-IconsAxialis AX-IconsUser submitted
IconPackager for ObjectDesktopIconPackager for ObjectDesktopUser submitted
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We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with ICL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!