SF Symbols 4 Beta: Over 4.000 symbols from the Apple cosmos

In February I have you the Mac app SF Symbols recommended. This was then in version 3.2 and was compatible with operating systems from macOS 10.15 Catalina. It contained over 3.300 symbols from the San Francisco font. The special thing about the whole thing: it is about one App for developers, which can be downloaded for free from Apple's developer site. Now there is the beta for the SF Symbols app in version 4. This offers over 4.000 symbols, including new ones from the operating systems iOS 16, macOS 13 and Co.

After searching desperately for a new symbol in the old SF Symbols version, I found the SF Symbols 4 (Beta Version) download. The icon for the Apple-compliant app UI was there.

After searching desperately for a new symbol in the old SF Symbols version, I found the SF Symbols 4 (Beta Version) download. The icon for the Apple-compliant app UI was there.

SF Symbols 4 Beta Version with Free Download

I checked whether there was an update for SF symbols (German name, English name is “SF Symbols”) because of this post: Safety Check from iOS 16 - protection against tracking by people with digital access. For this one, I wanted to add the “Safety Check” icon to an iPhone stock photo. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the symbol in the app even when I entered a wide variety of search terms. So I looked on Apple's developer website and found that as part of WWDC22, the Beta version was published by SF Symbols 4. So quickly downloaded, installed and found the right icon.

SF Symbols 4 Beta for macOS 11 Big Sur and newer: Free download

Instructions for developers in the developer app

On the download page linked above you will also find links to videos from WWDC22 below. These are workshops related to the app presented here, which can be found in the Developer app be played back. For example, it shows how different colors can be applied to symbols. It also shows how to quickly and easily find and manage the right symbols for your own app project. So if you're working on an app and want to use Apple's own symbols and icons for the UI, then SF Symbols is the place to go. Or for the images you use to graphically accompany individual posts in an Apple blog.

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3 comments

  1. Martin Schellmoser says:

    Thanks for the tip. Instantly downloaded and installed on Monterey and M1. Unfortunately, it crashes as soon as it starts. Is there a workaround? By the way, also crashes on Big Sur and Intel...

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Martin,

      since it's a beta, the most sensible solution would be to give feedback to Apple. In this way, the responsible developers can find and fix the underlying error.

      Alternatively, you can also download the latest release (version 3) from the download page under "Documentation and resources". Maybe it works.

      I've tried the v4 beta on macOS Monterey on an M1 Pro and it's stable. Therefore I cannot reproduce the error and offer an individual solution.

      Best regards
      John

  2. Martin Schellmoser says:

    Thanks Johannes, I'll download the old version, it worked very well so far. Maybe it will work when version 4 is out of beta.

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