Macos Change Icon Of App Programmatically

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Apple announced macOS Big Sur last month with a redesigned interface, including new icons for nearly all the system’s native apps. And if you don’t like to have new icons mixed with old ones, you can now replace them with a more appropriate version.

Third-party apps are only expected to have their icons updated following the new guidelines later this year with the public release of macOS Big Sur, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait months to get a more consistent experience with the icons.

In iOS 10.3, Apple launches a cool function so that developers are able to programmatically change the app icon. In Apple's UIApplication API document, there are 3 things worth a glance: //A Boolean value indicating whether the app is allowed to change its icon. To make it true, we. Aug 27, 2019  The first step will change the icon that the notification generated by the application will show. To change it, right-click the application and select Show Package Contents from the context menu. In the folder that opens, go to ContentsResources. Jan 17, 2019  How to change Mac app icons Open Finder and navigate to Applications Click the app you’d like to change the icon for and hit command + I (or right-click and choose Get Info) Have an image for the new icon you’d like to use, jpg often works best Copy the. Jul 22, 2014  Now click once on the app’s icon in the top left corner of the Info panel to highlight it. Next, press ⌘C on the keyboard – this will copy the icon’s graphics to the system clipboard. Step 3: Launch the stock Preview app from your Dock. If it’s not in the Dock, use the Spotlight icon in the upper right corner of the Mac’s menubar.

Designer Stijn de Vries has created a custom icon pack for some popular macOS apps like Twitter, Pages, Keynote, and Visual Studio Code. These custom icons follow the same style as the new icons from Apple that are present in macOS Big Sur, with shadows and 3D effects.

According to Stijn in a comment on Reddit, more icons will be added in the future. It’s also interesting to note that Pages and Keynote icons, specifically, are official Apple icons shown in promotional images of macOS Big Sur. You can download Stijin’s custom icons here.

Macos Change Icon Of App Programmatically

Twitter user @basvanderploeg has also shared his own pack with custom icons for Slack, Sketch, Skype, Telegram, Tweetbot, and more. These icons are available for free here on this website.

You can now download these Big Sur icons from

— Stijn de Vries (@StijnDV) July 4, 2020

Download the icons for free at:


— Bas van der Ploeg (@basvanderploeg) July 5, 2020

In order to add custom icons in the apps installed on your Mac, you have to manually replace them. If you don’t know how to do this, you can follow our tutorial on how to change app icons in macOS.

These custom icons are quite elegant and they’ll certainly make your Dock more consistent until apps get updated with new official icons. What do you think about the icons? Let us know in the comments below.

Macos Change Application Icon

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