CandyBar
CandyBar
3.3.4

3.9

CandyBar free download for Mac

CandyBar

3.3.4
04 August 2012

Customize your OS X toolbar icons and much more.

Overview

CandyBar allows you to change the system icons in Mac OS X that you normally can't, including including the trash can, volumes, default folder, and more!

CandyBar 3 also now includes a full-featured icon organizer (formerly called Pixadex) that acts like an iPhoto for your icons: collect and store your icons in the same application you use to change them!

Of course, there's more: CandyBar also now lets you customize the look of Leopard's dock. Too shiny? Too flashy? Make it look the way you want by simply dragging images in to replace. Nice.

Will 512 x 512 icon support, improved iContainers, a smooth new interface, Quick Look integration, and much more, Candybar 3 is to icons what air is to, uh, living.

What's new in CandyBar

Version 3.3.4:

Note: CandyBar is now free, and unsupported. Even if technically unsupported, CandyBar is still super cool. We hope you enjoy it.’ I took this from Dev’s site.

Panic has provided the following Universal serial number: PPQA-YAMA-E3KP-VHXG-B6AL-L

  • First, we’ve updated CandyBar for Mac OS X 10.8! You can now customize the 10.8 system icons. Just launch the app and click the big "Update" button to get the latest IconData.
  • But there’s a catch, or two: in Mountain Lion, Apple changed how the Dock is rendered, so it’s no longer possible to customize the Dock’s look. (You can still customize the indicator lights!) Also, CandyBar still can’t change the internal icons of Mac App Store apps, due to code signing.
  • CandyBar, although simply changing files on disk, has always fallen into a slightly-uncomfortable-for-us grey area of existence. It seems clear to us that there will undoubtedly come a time (soon?) when CandyBar can no longer customize system icons at all. So, what do we do?

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Jazzyguy
03 August 2012

Most helpful

So many years and so much INTEGRITY. A real credit to Mac users everywhere. When they saw they couldn't effectively use their app in Mountain Lion they made it free. I wish other Developers would copy their style. They are so classy!
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Version 3.3.4
jeffstarkman
26 November 2018
?? Can Candybar allow me to change the font and/or color of a folder's name? MACOS will allow me to do this with ALL folders but not one individually to, say, allow for one folder to be named with a larger green font...!?
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Version 3.3.4
1 answer(s)
4KarmicJustice
4KarmicJustice
14 April 2019
You gave a 3 star review and you don't know the basics of that this program does?
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Steve K
17 February 2014
I included this info in a reply but I'm including it here in a new review so hopefully people will see it and resurrect their copy of CandyBar. Still the best. :) -- I used Update #2 (scroll down a bit) found on this page to update CandyBar so it works with 10.9 and 10.9.1. Works perfectly. http://idevicedailys.com/os-x/howto-use-candybar-os-x-mavericks/
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Version 3.3.4
2 answer(s)
Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
17 February 2014
Mudflapper, Thanks for the heads up! I to used Update #2 and had to run Onyx for CandyBar to be fully functional but now this has breathed new life into a useful program. I don't know if you use LiteIcon but it works perfectly on Mavericks as well.
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Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
17 February 2014
Addendum: This fix worked on my 2010 iMac but not on my late 2012 iMac.....Repeated the steps X2 to include Onyx but no luck on the 2012 iMac. Not sure what the problem is.....
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Brooklyn-Al
18 September 2013
Any hope that this would be updated to work with Mavericks?
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Version 3.3.4
8 answer(s)
Psychiatry
Psychiatry
26 October 2013
So far, it doesn't work with Mavericks. Such a big loss. I can't stand the plain blue folders in OS X.
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Edu-mac
Edu-mac
27 October 2013
It seems working but when I can't apply changes because "Apply button" is unreachable (top of screen)
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Edu-mac
Edu-mac
27 October 2013
LiteIcon 2.0.0 can changed some icons of Mavericks. An update is planned. Be Patient.
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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
27 October 2013
IconBox can do everything CandyBar can do and it has an active developer unlike CandyBar which was abandoned by its developer. But, IconBox cannot yet customize system icons in Mavericks. So we will need to wait.
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Charnk
Charnk
06 November 2013
Thanks Edu_mac. LiteIcon does work! I've banashed my blue folders and now I'm in a better mood. Note: I needed to restart for changes to work instead of the app only requesting a log out, but thats no big deal. Again, thx
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Leoofborg
Leoofborg
20 November 2013
CandyBar *can* work on folders and volumes but the 'integration' isn't there. Cntl-Click, 'Copy' the icon, then get info on the folder or volume and 'Paste'... Too many things have changed on the System side (like fundamental changes to the Dock) that other tweaks previous to Mavericks just do not work anymore. It WOULD be nice if Panic updated Candybar for Mavericks.. but if they do, I expect to dropped or disabled features.
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Brooklyn-Al
Brooklyn-Al
20 November 2013
All....LiteIcon has been updated for Mavericks with the new version I have changed the icons flawlessly.
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Steve K
Steve K
17 February 2014
I used Update #2 (scroll down a bit) found on this page to update CandyBar so it works with 10.9 and 10.9.1. Works perfectly! http://idevicedailys.com/os-x/howto-use-candybar-os-x-mavericks/
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Kenbotwinick
15 March 2013
Can anyone confirm how well this works on 10.8.3? I can't afford to upgrade and have tools I depend on break...
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Version 3.3.4
1 answer(s)
Magentis
Magentis
22 April 2013
I've changed app and system icons but not without some glitches. The blurry icons are still around, search doesn't seem to work, it's crashed twice, when I drag and drop icons sometimes they won't appear, when I'm browsing a large folder some icons are temporarily invisible, etc. A restart fixes most of the issues but it can be a pain.
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Majesty30
26 February 2013
I can't ever decide between this app and IconBox.
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Version 3.3.4
NarcolepticSceptic
21 September 2012
I love this app and have been using it for years. It's a shame what Apple is doing now to the freedom of the user. I am sure that Mac users want to customize all their icons. There is also a bug since 10.5 with blurry/pixelated icons which is clearly a OSX bug !! Apple didn't fix this bug in 10.8 and now even doesn't allow to change icons??? I can't believe this is happening!
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Version 3.3.4
Kentr
07 August 2012
Thanks for releasing this cool program already updated for Mountain Lion. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
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Version 3.3.4
Mac-Mail
04 August 2012
It's not 'FREE'. It's 'FREE DOWNLOAD'. Be more specific!!!
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Version 3.3.4
1 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Nick
MacUpdate-Nick
04 August 2012
Mac-Mail, The Iconfactory has stated that they're unsure of the future of being able to customize icons in OS X, and have thus provided a serial number for everyone to use: PPQA-YAMA-E3KP-VHXG-B6AL-L. Additionally, CandyBar is now unsupported.
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Aanhorn
04 August 2012
I find the recent direction Apple is heading with OS X to be very troubling. Taking choices and power out of the customer's hands and locking down their software. It's a very sad thing to watch for someone who's been a faithful Apple customer for more than 20 years. I have nothing but respect for Cabel and Panic for supporting an excellent product like CandyBar as long as they have, but at this point, Apple has made their decision for them.
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Version 3.3.4
Khadrelt
04 August 2012
One of my favorite apps ever. I've had it for years. It's understandable that they decided to stop maintaining it, though, with Apple continually making it harder and harder to customize OS X. I still intend to keep CandyBar around as long as possible, though, for the icon storage part if not the icon replacement features.
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Version 3.3.4