Is there an existing template/program/guide to create icons for the Finder toolbar that match the look and feel of the standard icons (buttons)?

The reason I ask is that I have created shortcuts apps in the toolbar for 'create new text file' and 'open terminal here', but the best .icns that I could lift from the internet are still kind of visually distracting.

i.e. I want to create a new .icns file to replace the two right most icons so that they blend in with the others:

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  • Have you tried using the application icons? So a TextEdit (or whatever text editor you use) icon and a Terminal icon? Nov 30, 2013 at 14:42
  • @BartArondson: Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm looking to create icons that look like 'buttons' rather than icons
    – xyz
    Dec 3, 2013 at 3:37

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It seems that there remains no official support to add your own buttons to the Finder, despite applications like Dropbox implementing this. The hack is possible (but very complicated) and some instructions can be found here: How to write OS X Finder plugin.

Instead I settled for a screenshot (cmd-shift-4) of one of the existing buttons and edited it into my own icon using an image manipulation program such as GIMP and convert it to a .icns file. The downside is that this means that the button is static and has no animation when it is clicked, and when the window is out of focus things look a bit weird. The icons have to be square.

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Here is the template image that I made for anyone else who wants to create their own icons:

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and they can be assigned to an app by overwriting /Contents/Resources/applet.icns

Drag the app to the toolbar (holding cmd-alt for Mavericks) and then reboot to make the new icon visible.

  • "reboot" are you sure a simple restart of Finder will not get the icon to show in the toolbar?
    – ipatch
    Feb 22, 2018 at 20:59

Go to this website, it offers some templates made for El Capitan and Sierra : https://entisocial.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/custom-droplet-for-el-capitans-finders-toolbar/

It looks like this on a regular display:


And on retina:


  • I have the same question… Nothing better ?
    – benoît
    Oct 2, 2014 at 8:10
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    Too bad the site no longer has the templates available
    – Stofke
    Mar 15, 2017 at 19:51

Add a button and place the image to the button.

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