Changing Application Icons In Mac OS X [Video How-To]

Changing Application Icons In Mac OS X [Video How-To]

Have you ever had the desire to change how your applications look your Mac? Perhaps you want them to look like the icons found in iOS, as seen in the picture above? Although fairly unknown, it is possible in Mac OS X. All you’ll need to get started is img2icns. While there is no plain and obvious way to go about it, it’s actually fairly simple once you know what to do, as demonstrated in this video.

  • Chris

     on the mac app store, there is an app called ‘Telling Folders’, which is like the ‘easy way’, it just doesn’t work for applcations (only folders) and costs only 2 $

  • Jim Simon

    You can simply click on get info of the app you want to change the icon of and drag the new icon over the old icon at the top of the get info window and BOOM! DONE!! The original icon still resides in the resources folder of the app itself.

  • STORMLIGHT

    How about those icons that people were asking about in your last video? 
    Your downloads folder and your application folder stack overlays. 

    How to
    http://www.tuaw.com/2007/11/13… your ownhttp://www.tuaw.com/2007/11… only issue I have that maybee you know is that when using stack overlays for the downloads you cant sort by download added.The closest thing that I have found is thishttp://justinhileman.info/… with that there are a few issues though. 

  • Bambi

     Nice tutorial, but where do you get your iOS icons ?

  • Ed_Kel

    I second this post

  • Freddie Freeloader

     … any chance you can tell us where can we find the iOS icons like the ones in your folder?
     … can you post a Cloud link of the zipped folder? 

  • Michael Steeber
  • Michael Steeber

     It doesn’t work for all applications though. Trust me, I’ve tried it. 

  • Michael Steeber
  • Michael Steeber

     Thanks for the tip!

  • Michael Steeber

     Due to popular demand, I’ve provided a zip folder with my icons in it. They aren’t perfect, but you can download them at:http://trdd.us/iosicons/

  • TylerHoj

     SWEET!

  • Timothy Lo

    Michael, where did ya get ur wallpaper? I really love it!! :)) 

  • Nicho

     Can I change the finder icon, too? I’ve already got the icon file. And I got a problem to change my dashboard icon. I’ve already change the icns.file but it doesn’t change in the dock. Thx

  • Nicho

     Can I change the finder icon, too? I’ve already got the icon file. And I got a problem to change my dashboard icon. I’ve already change the icns.file but it doesn’t change in the dock. Thx

  • www.onlybestgame.com

    Thanks for the video tutorial! It’s really useful for ppl who just bought Mac!

  • www.onlybestgame.com

    Thanks for the video tutorial! It’s really useful for ppl who just bought Mac!

  • Danielle Rothman

    You can also change them by clicking “Get Info” and either dragging your icon or picture into the current icon window (make sure the icon is highlighted on the top left first), or by copying an image, selecting the current icon, and clicking cmd v to paste it on. You can switch back to the previous icon by undoing the action with cmd z or by pressing delete to restore the original icon. I’ve found that this works with any image, although instead of .icns, it is easier to use icon sets that download as folders (you have to open png icons and paste them in like pictures). You can also drag an existing folder/application into the icon window to use that icon, or open “get info”, copy that folder/application’s icon, and paste it onto a new folder. It’s a lot easier than I’m making it sound, I’m sure.

  • gregferrell

    This used to work and is now broken in Lion :/

  • Paul Panici

    I’m having a problem with some of my icons.  I changed iCal and now instead of the icon I want there, it just shows me a generic “icon” icon, looks like a sheet of paper with the Preview icon on it and ICNS below it.  Same for my Developer folder on my Mac HD.  I’ve tried Candybar 3.3.1 but it doesn’t find iCal at all, and I’ve been able to replace my Developer folder icon with an ancient old one that doesn’t fit in with my theme.  How can I get iCal to have ANY icon again?  Any help you have would be greatly appreciated!

  • Hippjozef

    Would you be so kind and post also the wallpaper in this tutorial, I find it very nice. Thanks in advance :)

  • Jmckee277

    i now have the same problem as the other guy some of my icons are a pen and pencil.  how do i fix this?

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Michael SteeberMichael Steeber is a student who is obsessed with everything Apple. He enjoys making videos and runs the MSComputerVideos YouTube channel in his free time. You can follow him on Twitter as well.

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