ColorfulSidebar
ColorfulSidebar
1.1.2

4.4

ColorfulSidebar free download for Mac

ColorfulSidebar for Mac1.1.2

20 December 2013

Make Lion's grey Finder sidebar icons color again.

What is ColorfulSidebar for Mac

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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Albabe
Albabe
Sep 16 2016
1.1.2
5.0
Sep 16 2016
5.0
Version: 1.1.2
New Simbl Client (since the Original went away!) https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
g6295526
g6295526
Jul 3 2015
1.1.2
3.0
Jul 3 2015
3.0
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.
Albabe
Albabe
Mar 14 2014
1.1.2
5.0
Mar 14 2014
5.0
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.
nutella59UCLAedu9864
nutella59UCLAedu9864
Nov 25 2013
1.1.1
3.0
Nov 25 2013
3.0
Version: 1.1.1
Is there a way to get back the color also for the mailboxes in Apple Mail?
dalesorel
dalesorel
Oct 25 2013
1.1
4.0
Oct 25 2013
4.0
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.
Aargl
Aargl
Oct 23 2013
1.1
0.0
Oct 23 2013
0.0
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)
Kranboll
Kranboll
Sep 9 2013
1.1
4.0
Sep 9 2013
4.0
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.
Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
Jun 16 2013
1.1
5.0
Jun 16 2013
5.0
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?
katdev
katdev
Apr 18 2013
1.1
4.0
Apr 18 2013
4.0
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.
MarckyG
MarckyG
Dec 5 2012
1.1
5.0
Dec 5 2012
5.0
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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App requirements: 
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  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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