ColorfulSidebar
ColorfulSidebar
1.1.2

4.4

ColorfulSidebar free download for Mac

ColorfulSidebar1.1.2

20 December 2013

Make Lion's grey Finder sidebar icons color again.

Overview

ColorfulSidebar offers a simple but pleasing visual modification for OS X 10.7's Finder.

OS X 10.7 brought greyscale icons to the Mac OS X Finder window sidebar, but if you'd rather have some color back in your desktop window sidebars, you can get this done easily through a third party plugin.

If you've been following some of our other Lion tips, you may already have SIMBL installed, otherwise it's a small download.

Installation Instructions

  • Download and install SIMBL, which you can get here
  • Download the ColorfulSidebar SIMBL plugin (direct link) or visit the developers home and mount the DMG file
  • Move the ColorfulSidebar.bundle into the following SIMBL plugin folder:~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/
  • Either login and logout of Mac OS X, or just kill the Finder through the Terminal to relaunch it: killall Finder
One oddity about this solution is that you may need to kill the Finder again to bring the color icons back after a full system reboot, otherwise this works trouble free.

If you ever want to get the grey icons back, you just need to remove the ColorfulSidebar.bundle file from the SIMBL plugins folder and then relaunch the Finder again.

On a somewhat related note, you can also bring back the personal folders in your OS X Lion Finder window sidebars. Those icons will gain color again too.

What's new in ColorfulSidebar

Version 1.1.2:
  • Add the target application to Info.plist.
  • PowerboxInjector is no longer required when used in EasySIMBL1.6 or more.

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24 Reviews of ColorfulSidebar

5
Albabe
14 March 2014
Version: 1.1.2

Most helpful

This is an AWESOME(!!!) little ditty that brings colors back to a Colorless Corporation (Apple). I recently realized that the reason why Mac's recent OSs are such a pain in the proverbial posterior, is because these Apple "Engineers" don't actually work on a Computer for a Living. They work on working on a Computer for a living. There's a BIG difference. They're more concerned with what their geeky little personalities think is cool (and I know a few of these guys) rather than creating something that actually helps a Working Person's Workflow and Workload. As an example: In Mavericks you can no longer default the OS to Double-Clicking on a Folder and having it open in a new window. One of the SIMBL guys is working on that, and some people are having success (not me). What can I say - I'm still pissy that they got rid of WindowShade... sigh. I don't want my Computer to be a Cartoon - I want it to help me with my Work... not slow me down and annoy me. Just FYI: I'm a geek... but these boys at Apple make me look norBal.
(3)
Albabe
16 September 2016
Version: 1.1.2
New Simbl Client (since the Original went away!) https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
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3
g6295526
03 July 2015
Version: 1.1.2
The latest Mac security update 2015-005 seems to have disabled ColorfulSidebar from working. Anyone have suggestions to remedy this? Thank you.
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5
Albabe
14 March 2014
Version: 1.1.2
This is an AWESOME(!!!) little ditty that brings colors back to a Colorless Corporation (Apple). I recently realized that the reason why Mac's recent OSs are such a pain in the proverbial posterior, is because these Apple "Engineers" don't actually work on a Computer for a Living. They work on working on a Computer for a living. There's a BIG difference. They're more concerned with what their geeky little personalities think is cool (and I know a few of these guys) rather than creating something that actually helps a Working Person's Workflow and Workload. As an example: In Mavericks you can no longer default the OS to Double-Clicking on a Folder and having it open in a new window. One of the SIMBL guys is working on that, and some people are having success (not me). What can I say - I'm still pissy that they got rid of WindowShade... sigh. I don't want my Computer to be a Cartoon - I want it to help me with my Work... not slow me down and annoy me. Just FYI: I'm a geek... but these boys at Apple make me look norBal.
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3
nutella59UCLAedu9864
25 November 2013
Version: 1.1.1
Is there a way to get back the color also for the mailboxes in Apple Mail?
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4
dalesorel
25 October 2013
Version: 1.1
I sure hope this is updated soon for 10.9 Mavericks so I can get the color back in both my favorites and tags.
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Aargl
23 October 2013
Version: 1.1
Actual site is: http://cooviewerzoom.web.fc2.com/colorfulsidebar.html Current version is 1.1.1 and supports OS 10.9. (haven't tried it myself yet)
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4
Kranboll
09 September 2013
Version: 1.1
No longer works, oh wait, sometimes it does. If anyone has a straightforward solution that an ordinary mortal can grasp, please post.
(0)
5
Brooklyn-Al
16 June 2013
Version: 1.1
Trying to bring back color in finder on Mavericks works fine except color is lost on the individual tags but all other items in the sidebar have good color. Will this be updated for Mavericks?
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4
katdev
18 April 2013
Version: 1.1
THANK YOU, cooViewerZoom. I'm still shocked that Apple removed the colors. What a pointless downgrade. So nice to have my colors back. I'm having one issue with it that I've had on multiple computers, even after clean installs: I keep shortcuts to my network shares in the sidebar under Devices, and they disappear when this plugin is running. Has anyone else seen this? Know of a workaround? I have since put shortcuts to the shares in a folder and put the folder on the sidebar, but this is not ideal.
(0)
3.5
MarckyG
05 December 2012
Version: 1.1
I am using this since Lion. I love it. But since Mountain Lion 10.8.2., is anyone else experiencing extreme delays until the sidebar becomes colorful after a boot?
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5
bthoma6
16 November 2012
Version: 1.1
Thank you so much for Colorful Sidebar. It was so easy to install and immediately, I had the colors and icons back into my sidebar, just as they were before I installed Mountain Lion. Now if you could just get Quicken to work on Mountain Lion, I would be a happy camper. Quicken Essentials for Lion and Mountain Lion stinks!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
29 July 2012
Version: 1.1
Except 1.1 doesn't work reliably, unlike version 1, which worked like a dream.
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Simbasounds
27 July 2012
Version: 1.1
Thanks cooViewerZoom.. you are a genius
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Fvdg
26 July 2012
Version: 1.1
So... how do I install this version 1.1...? There is a plug-in and an injector and more as loose files on the disk image download, what goes where? All files in the SIMBL plug-in folder? Or is sub folder? Does SIMBL even work with 10.8...?
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Simbasounds
18 May 2012
Version: 1.0
Clever little plugin :) It's a little tricky for novices to install. I think the developer should put an alias to the SIMBL plugins folder in the disk image, or else advise typing G in the finder and pasting the folder path in.. And then of course there's the issue requiring the Finder to be relaunched: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/42910/relaunchfinder
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Simbasounds
11 May 2012
Version: 1.0
I have clients who can't live without color in their sidebar, and they don't want to hear about manually relaunching the Finder, so I created an App to relaunch the Finder, called... ~≈ RelaunchFinder ≈~ (v1.0 Cocoa build) I made an installer which puts the App into Applications and adds an entry into the current user's Startup Items, so it's all very armchair. Awaiting to pass MacUpdate's testing, but available here: http://macmatrix.blogspot.com/p/relaunchfinder.html
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Lounge-Deluxe
10 May 2012
Version: 1.0
The 10.7.4 update seems to have killed my CSI, does anyone know if this is due to SIMBL or the CSI plugin? I need my colors!
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Gary30
27 April 2012
Version: 1.0
Ah, much better now.
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Lvdoc
12 February 2012
Version: 1.0
How ironic. I started with Macs around 1987. Everything was black and white. It eventually went to gray, and people celebrated. Then we clamored for color. We eventually got color, albeit only 256 colors. But it was revolutionary. Now Apple wants to go back to black and white. Sigh.
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4.5
Lik
07 December 2011
Version: 1.0
I am really happy with the colorful icons … I only give it 4.5 though because the direct download link is broken, the website is in japanese only (though the "letters" are beautiful!) and a SIMBL plugin install is not a cool user experience. But it's only half a star, so ... ;-)
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4.5
Ean
01 December 2011
Version: 1.0
Working great here with Lion 10.7.2. Loooooove having my custom disk icons back!
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Lik
30 November 2011
Version: 1.0
Download doesn't work for me?
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Vitaly
30 November 2011
Version: 1.0
does not work for me under lion
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5
153957photography
30 November 2011
Version: 1.0
Great, works as advertised, just wish it also worked for save dialogs..
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Free

4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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