Setting an executable icon

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Many operating systems display icons for executables in their file manager windows. The following shows how to add icons to executables compiled from Haskell source. The examples use the favicon.


  • Save the favicon as favicon.ico in the directory of your application
  • Create the file Icon.rc, with the contents:

     1 ICON "favicon.ico"

  • generate an object file with the command:

     windres -i Icon.rc Icon.o

  • Compile your Haskell program with a command like:

     ghc Nop.hs Icon.o

Now you will see the Haskell logo as the icon for Nop.exe in the file manager.


A description how to do this in Ubuntu: Create desktop icon executable on Ubuntu Linux