I'm currently writing an Alfred workflow in which I want to retrieve the icon file path linked to an application. Is there any way to do so natively using Apple Script ?

tell application "Finder"
    set appPath to POSIX path of (path to application "Terminal")
    set resourcesPath to appPath & "Contents/Resources"
    set contentFiles to (list folder resourcesPath)
end tell

Doing that I managed to get a list of file names but now I don't really know how to filter the .icns file.

  • What have you been able to achieve so far? What have you tried?
    – bjbk
    Sep 21, 2015 at 15:46

2 Answers 2


I'm not familiar with Alfred however as far as AppleScript and getting an Application Bundle's Icon's pathname is typically not hardcoded, so it's not like you can get its path with a single command. Additionally the value of CFBundleIconFile can be with and without the .icns extension, so when building the fully qualified pathname of the Application Bundle's Icon you'll need to take that into consideration as you write your code.

As an example, using the built-in /Applications/Calculator.app the /Applications/Calculator.app/Contents/Info.plist shows that the Icon file is "Calculator.icns" but doesn't give the path, although it will usually be within the Resources folder within the Application Bundle and in this case it's, /Applications/Calculator.app/Contents/Resources/Calculator.icns. So you'd have to get the value of CFBundleIconFile from the App's .plist file and check whether or not it has the .icns extension and test to see if it's in the default location, which it normally is but not always.

So in Terminal you'd query using defaults, e.g.:

defaults read /Applications/Calculator.app/Contents/Info.plist CFBundleIconFile

In AppleScript you could set the results to a variable and go from there, e.g.:

set appIcon to do shell script "defaults read /Applications/Calculator.app/Contents/Info.plist CFBundleIconFile"

It returns: Calculator.icns

Where as,

defaults read /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/Info.plist CFBundleIconFile

Returns: Terminal

Yet the FQP is /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/Resources/Terminal.icns



do shell script "find " & quoted form of POSIX path of (path to application "Terminal") & " -iname \"*.icns\";"

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