I know you can change the icons of files, folders, etc, but in the sidebar folders appear the same. Is it possible to give them a custom icon for the sidebar like the Music, Photo's, Movies, etc folders have?

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    Would a program like CandyBar suit your needs? panic.com/candybar
    – bmike
    Aug 1, 2011 at 20:24
  • It does not state if it can change them in the sidebar. Can anyone vouch for that functionality?
    – Chris
    Aug 1, 2011 at 20:34

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CandyBar should do the trick for you.

  • I'll have to check it out!
    – Chris
    Aug 3, 2011 at 13:22
  • I downloaded a trial of candy bar from macupdate. It did not change the sidebar icons to color.
    – user9109
    Aug 4, 2011 at 7:36
  • Hmmm...it should. I don't exactly know. It may be that the trial doesn't let you do that.
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 4, 2011 at 17:23
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    They have released a serial code to use it for free now.
    – Danger14
    Dec 18, 2013 at 20:03

If you want to use the default Mavericks OS X Finder Icons, go to System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle (right-click > Show Package contents)/Contents/Resources.

  1. Get Info on the folder in finder sidebar.
  2. Drag the .icns file (e.g. ToolbarDownloadsFolderIcons.icns on to the small icon in Get Info window to the left of Downloads.

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If you are on El Capitan I think you have to disable SIP first:

1.Restart your Mac.

2.Before OS X starts up, hold down Command-R and keep it held down until you see an Apple icon and a progress bar. Release. This boots you into Recovery.

3.From the Utilities menu, select Terminal.

4.At the prompt type exactly the following and then press Return: csrutil disable

5.Terminal should display a message that SIP was disabled.

6.From the  menu, select Restart.

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