Apple removed the ability to customize the colors of the message bubbles in Messages.app in Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. This app gives you back that ability.
How to install
First download latest version
Then if you're running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or a later version of OS X, you will need to disable System Integrity Protection temporarily in order to use Bubble Painter.
Disable System Integrity Protection temporarily
On OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later versions of OS X, you must disable System Integrity Protection temporarily to use this app.
Note: none of this is necessary on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Only OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later versions of OS X.
You should now see this:
Now open the
Utilities menu and select
In the Terminal window that opens, enter the following command:
Then press the return key. Afterward you should see the following message:
Then restart your Mac and Bubble Painter should work.
It is recommended that you reenable System Integrity Protection after you're done using Bubble Painter.
To reenable System Integrity Protection, follow the same steps as above, but enter the following terminal command instead:
Then simply reboot again.
It's a known issue that going through this much hassle sucks. If you have an idea for how to avoid all this being necessary, I'd love to hear it!
How to hack this app's source code
- Clone this repo
- To run the app from source code, open
- To do a build, open
.app files will be located in the