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RelaunchFinder relaunches the Finder directly after logging in / starting up to enable the colorful sidebar.

Maybe you didn't like the grey Sidebar icons in OS X 10.7? Chances are you installed SIMBL Colorful Sidebar to try and fix it. Maybe you recall there was an issue: you had to relaunch the Finder after logging in. The app has been rewritten and updated (no longer a WorkFlow app), and It has been packaged into an installer which handles the dirty work of enabling it.

What's New

Version 1.0:

The new installer will:

  • Install RelaunchFinder.app to the Applications folder.
  • Add a RelaunchFinder.app item to the current user's Login Items to force the Finder to relaunch at Login or Startup
  • For users of Total Finder there is also an option to install RelaunchTotalFinder.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Magosilvan Member IconReview+94

I expected it to show old colour icons after relaunchin'.
It doesn't it!
Now I wonder if deleting it, is sufficient to return to previous state.

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Version 1.0

I am a major user of the Finder and was steamed after just "upgrading" to Lion. I first downloaded Lion Tweaks but that forced me to restart Lion Tweaks app after every reboot. RelaunchFinder solves that problem and my icons are my "old" but colorful ones.

iSimon (Developer)

Hi Magosilvan, RelaunchFinder has been all but superseded by SideEffects. This will succeed in giving you a colorful Sidebar: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/43078/sideeffects

KRolfes Member IconReview+0

Not sure why this feature hasn't been added to Colorful Sidebar. Hoping the developer finds the time to make an all-in-one installer.

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Version 1.0
iSimon (Developer)

All-in-one complete: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/43078/sideeffects

Simbasounds Member IconComment+46

Hi Fvdg.. just run the installer again.
Click the Customize button on the third screen.
Turn on the TotalFinder version and turn off the Finder version.

If TotalFinder options are missing then it sounds as if it did indeed install RelaunchFinder to Login Items.

For the benefit of anyone else who's missing Total Finder functions:

 Menu
System Preferences

Users & Groups
Login Items
Click the Lock

Click RelaunchFinder
Click -

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Version 1.0

oh.. and then type:
[⌘] [Spacebar]
(brings up Spotlight)

Start typing totalfinder..
Spotlight should pick it up by the time you hit "tot"
Hit Enter
Steve's yer uncle

Fvdg Member IconReview+104

Ah wait, there is a Total Finder option, missed that, but there is. Added it to login items, works fine!

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Version 1.0
LizzaLittlewort Member IconReview+0

Does what it says..
after installing SIMBL I now have a colorful sidebar when I restart my mac

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Version 1.0
nymannouri Member IconReview+3

Doesn't work wish it did. NNA

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Version 1.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Check in the Applications support folder in your user Library folder (option-click on the Go menu and select Library) to see if the ColorfulSidebar.bundle is in the Plugins folder in the SIMBL folder. If it's not there it would explain why Relaunch Finder doesn't work. You can find ColorfulSidebar at http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40989/colorfulsidebar. You will also need to install SIMBL to run the plugin, which you can find at http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/18351/simbl. This is all explained, more or less, at the developer's web site, though he confuses the rather straightforward issue by recommending his other app, Lion Tweaks.


me too.. especially since i was up all night adding the finishing touches to it :) .. briefly back to the drawing board I guess. I'll need some more info, nymannouri - would be much appreciated..

B. Jefferson suggests it's not adding colour to the sidebar, and my response to that concurs with his reply: Although my small app came about because of that related need, it's primary function is only to relaunch the Finder, nothing more. To have Sidebar color on startup / login you will need to follow the link he posted.

What would concern me more is if it wasn't fulfilling it's primary function: that of relaunching the Finder.. hoping it at least did that for you.


It does what it has to do: restart the Finder, nothing less nothing more. Except: it did NOT install itself under login items! I extracted the app with Pacifist and added it manually as login item.


Ah wait: it restarted the Finder - Total Finder options are gone! How can I restart this???

B. Jefferson Le Blanc

@ imbasounds: I think it would be easier for users to sort out if you explained the steps for using RelaunchFinder more clearly. To begin with, it would eliminate confusion if you promoted RelaunchFinder and Lion Tweaks on separate web pages - and explained which one does and/or does not need separate installations of ColorfulSidebar and SIMBL. There are probably licensing issues that prevent you from including those elements in your own app, which is all the more reason to be clear about how to get, install and use them.

That said, I find your little apps very useful. At first I used only ColorfulSidebar and relaunched the Finder manually every time I restarted my Mac. Then I grabbed your Relaunch_Finder script (and listed it in DelayedLauncher, which enables me to control startup item launch sequence and timing); then, like Fvdg, I used Pacifist to extract RelaunchFinder from the installer package because I want to control where it lives and when it launches - and test whether it works any different from the Apple Script version.

I commend your efforts to improve Relaunch Finder and Lion Tweaks. Given that Apple seems disinclined to make Lion easier to manage, apps like yours will become more valuable as Lion adoption grows and your apps improve. Hopefully you are testing with Mountain Lion as well since it seems it will be coming out sooner rather than later.


@ B. Jefferson Le Blanc - couldn't agree more.. in fact I've just been looking for the license agreements for SIMBL and ColorfulSidebar to see if I can make an All-in-One app that does the whole thing. As it turns out:

SIMBL is GNU (free, just include the license in your installer)

ColorfulSideBar has no mention of a license and there's even a link to download their source code in the form of a neatly packaged XCode project.

So unless I'm missing something, that'll be my next project.
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