Generate pixel-perfect macOS folder icons in the native style.
- Works for macOS 10.5 (Leopard) through macOS 12 (Monterey).
- Automatically includes all icon sizes from
- Light or dark mode (automatically selected by default).
brew install folderify
Use a mask to assign an icon to a folder:
folderify mask.png /path/to/folder
Generate icon files for a specific version of macOS (the default is your current version):
folderify --macOS 11.0 mask.png
folderify uses your systems's current light/dark mode. Use
--color-scheme to override this:
folderify --macOS 11.0 --color-scheme dark mask.png
- There is currently no simple way to set an icon that will automatically switch between light and dark when you switch the entire OS. You can only assign one icon to a folder.
- Dark color scheme is only supported for macOS 11.0 (and later) right now.
For best results:
- Use a
- Use a solid black design over a transparent background.
- Make sure the corner pixels of the mask image are transparent. They are used for empty margins.
- Pass the
--no-trimflag and use a mask:
- with a height of 384px,
- with a width that is a multiple of 128px (up to 768px),
- using a 16px grid.
- Each 64x64 tile will exactly align with 1 pixel at the smallest icon size.
Other installation options
If you don't have Homebrew but you already have ImageMagick (the
binary) on your system, you can use the following:
pip install folderify
Download the source code directly
Or download the code directly:
curl -L https://github.com/lgarron/folderify/archive/main.zip -o folderify-main.zip unzip folderify-main.zip && cd folderify-main python -m folderify examples/src/folder_outline.png . --reveal
The repository folder should now have a custom icon.
for file in examples/src/*.png; do python -m folderify $file; done open examples/src/
You should see a bunch of new
.iconset folders and
.icns files that were automatically generated from the
- ImageMagick - for image processing (you should be able to run
converton the commandline).
- Included with macOS:
- Python (version 2 or 3).
- Bundled with
SetFile(You need XCode command line tools for some of these.)
- Only used if you use
--set-icon-using Rezin the arguments.
- Only used if you use
usage: folderify [-h] [--reveal] [--macOS VERSION] [--osx VERSION] [--color-scheme COLOR_SCHEME] [--no-trim] [--set-icon-using TOOL] [--verbose] [mask] [target] Generate a native-style macOS folder icon from a mask file. positional arguments: mask Mask image file. For best results: - Use a .png mask. - Use a solid black design over a transparent background. - Make sure the corner pixels of the mask image are transparent. They are used for empty margins. - Make sure the non-transparent pixels span a height of 384px, using a 16px grid. If the height is 384px and the width is a multiple of 128px, each 64x64 tile will exactly align with 1 pixel at the smallest folder size. target Target file or folder. If a target is specified, the resulting icon will be applied to the target file/folder. Else, a .iconset folder and .icns file will be created in the same folder as the mask (you can use "Get Info" in Finder to copy the icon from the .icns file). optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --reveal, -r Reveal the target (or resulting .icns file) in Finder. --macOS VERSION Version of the macOS folder icon, e.g. "10.13". Defaults to the version currently running (10.16). --osx VERSION, -x VERSION Synonym for the --macOS argument. --color-scheme COLOR_SCHEME Color scheme: auto (match current system), light, dark. --no-trim Don't trim margins from the mask. By default, transparent margins are trimmed from all 4 sides. --set-icon-using TOOL Tool to used to set the icon of the target: auto (default), seticon, Rez. Rez usually produces a smaller "resource fork" for the icon, but only works if XCode command line tools are already installed and if you're using a folder target. --verbose, -v Detailed output.