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File Icons

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File-specific icons in Atom for improved visual grepping.

Icon previews

Supports the following core packages:

An API is offered for packages not listed above. See the integration steps for more info.


Open SettingsInstall and search for file-icons.

Alternatively, install through command-line:

apm install --production file-icons


Everything is handled using CSS classes. Use your stylesheet to change or tweak icons.

Consult the package stylesheets to see what classes are used:

Icon reference


Resize an icon

	font-size: 18px;

// Resize in tab-pane only:
.tab > .html5-icon:before{
	font-size: 18px;
	top: 3px;

Choose your own shades of orange

.dark-orange   { color: #6a1e05; }
.medium-orange { color: #b8743d; }
.light-orange  { color: #cf9b67; }

Bring back PHP's blue-shield icon

	font-family: MFizz;
	content: "\f147";

Assign icons by file extension

The following examples use attribute selectors to target specific pathnames:

	font-family: Devicons;
	content: "\E64E";

Assign icons to directories

.directory > .header > .icon{
		font-family: "Octicons Regular";
		content: "\f0c4";


I see this error after installing:

"Cannot read property 'onDidChangeIcon' of undefined"

A restart is needed to complete installation. Reload the window, or restart Atom.

If this doesn't help, please file an issue.

Installation halts with an npm error:

npm ERR! cb() never called!

There might be a corrupted download in your local cache. Delete ~/.atom/.apm, then try again:

rm -rf ~/.atom/.apm
apm install --production file-icons

An icon has stopped updating:

It's probably a caching issue. Do the following:

  1. Open the command palette: Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + P
  2. Run file-icons:clear-cache
  3. Reload the window, or restart Atom

Ruby files are showing the wrong font:

If language-ethereum is installed, remove it. This is a known issue with the package, which is no longer maintained. For Solidity support, use linter-solidity or language-solidity instead.

If language-ethereum isn't installed, please follow these steps and file an issue.

The tree-view's files are borked and look like this:

If you haven't restarted Atom since upgrading to File-Icons v2, do so now.

If restarting doesn't help, your stylesheet probably needs updating. See below.

My stylesheet has errors since updating:

As of v2.0, classes are used for displaying icons instead of mixins. Delete lines like these from your stylesheet:

-@import "packages/file-icons/styles/icons";
-@import "packages/file-icons/styles/items";
.icon-file-directory {
	&[data-name=".git"]:before {
-		.git-icon;
+		font-family: Devicons;
+		content: "\E602";

Instead of @pane-tab… variables, use .tab > .icon[data-path]:

-@pane-tab-override { > .icon {
 	&[data-path$=".to.file"] {

These CSS classes are no longer used, so delete them:


It's something else.

Please file an issue. Include screenshots if necessary.

Integration with other packages

If you're a package author, you can integrate File-Icons using Atom's services API.

First, add this to your package.json file:

"consumedServices": {
	"file-icons.element-icons": {
		"versions": {
			"1.0.0": "consumeElementIcons"

Secondly, add a function named consumeElementIcons (or whatever you named it) to your package's main export:

let addIconToElement;
module.exports.consumeElementIcons = function(func){
	addIconToElement = func;

Then call the function it gets passed to display icons in the DOM:

let fileIcon = document.querySelector("li.file-entry > span.icon");
addIconToElement(fileIcon, "/path/to/file.txt");

The returned value is a Disposable which clears the icon from memory once it's no longer needed:

const disposable = addIconToElement(fileIcon, "/path/to/file.txt");
fileIcon.onDestroy(() => disposable.dispose());

NOTE: Remember to remove any default icon-classes before calling the service handler!

 let fileIcon = document.querySelector("li.file-entry > span.icon");
 const disposable = addIconToElement(fileIcon, "/path/to/file.txt");


Huge thanks to the following backers who generously sponsored this project in the past:

Justin Ireland Tipe Triplebyte TakeShape Targeted Web Traffic


v1 was originally based on sommerper/filetype-color. v2 was completely rewritten. Both versions owe their success to innumerable contributions from the Atom community.