Hatch Tweetbot for Mac’s Egg Icon Into A Blue Robot Bird [How-To]

Hatch Tweetbot for Mac’s Egg Icon Into A Blue Robot Bird [How-To]

Get rid of that alpha egg and get the bird icon Tweetbot for Mac before it hatches.

One of the many clever little touches accompanying last week’s official unveiling of the Tweetbot alpha for Mac was the icon: signifying’s the app’s alpha status, the blue robotic bird icon we all know and love on iOS was replaced with a metallic silver egg. Get it? Because it’s still not hatched.

I still love that joke, and it’s a great example of the little things Tapbots does that sets them apart from the rest… but I have to say, over the course of the last week using Tweetbot as my Mac Twitter client, I’ve missed having Tweetbot’s iconic blue bird in my dock. Here’s how to give Tweetbot for Mac the same icon as on iOS.

1. First, pick which Tweetbot bird icon you want. There’s two to choose from: the one from iOS, and the official Mac icon (i.e. the one that Tweetbot for Mac’s alpha egg will eventually hatch into). You can see them both in the image above. I prefer the iOS icon, but the other version is the one Tapbots will use on the Mac when 1.0 hits. You can download the iOS icon here and the Mac icon here (courtesy of Coding Massacre.

2. Once you’ve downloaded the icon, right-click on the Tweetbot icon under Applications/ and click “Show package contents.”

3. Under Contents/Resources/ find the file named AppIcon-alpha.icns and rename it AppIcon-alpha.old. This way, if you decide to roll the icon back, you can do it.

4. Drag the new icon you downloaded into Contents/Resources/.

5. Quit Tweetbot if you haven’t already and restart it. You’ll have a blue bird for an icon!

Let us know how it works out for you, or if there are any problems.

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  • thehighesttimes

    Works fine for me and looks way better, cheers lads.

  • Shane Bryson

    Wow, you went around your elbow to get to your butthole to change an icon didn’t you?? Haha so many easier ways to do this.

  • Shane Bryson

    How about you just open the icon in preview it, copy it, control+click or right click on tweetbot, get info, and then past the new icon over the old one…

  • Alexandre I. Panagiotakopoulos

    yes it works!!! great

  • 5AMTech

    How about you just open the icon in preview it, copy it, control+click or right click on tweetbot, get info, and then past the new icon over the old one…

    Because, that is a solution to the problem, but not a full solution. That method does not move the .icns file inside the app.

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