Suppose I want to come back to Color sidebar icon for Finder. For Lion I followed these instructions, but seems not working anymore (SIMBL is not working with Sierra):


So, do you know if there is a way to change from this fantastic soviet union gray sidebar to one with color?

thanks, Andrea

  • You would need to modify system resources, which requires disabling SIP at the very least.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 4, 2016 at 15:42
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    I installed mySIMBL, and it disabled my open/save file panel resources, so I had to remove it from Sierra Launch Agents, etc. Any other option? I miss the color sidebar... Mar 30, 2017 at 21:30

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Use mySIMBL* instead, SIMBL has been non-functional since apple implemented System Integrity Protection. Once you've set up mySIMBL install the package at:

Sources >>> Wolf's tweaks >>> colorfulSidebar9.

Then restart Finder and you should have colored sidebar icons again.

* I am the developer of mySIMBL and colorfulSidebar9

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    Good solution! However you should disclose your affiliation with the package in your answer — just on principle, but it's also a rule. (even though it's open source and free) :)
    – Tuesday
    Dec 10, 2016 at 3:37
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    How is colorfulSidebar9 different from ColorfulSidebar from the following website? cooviewerzoom.web.fc2.com/colorfulsidebar.html Dec 19, 2016 at 22:56
  • colorfulSidebar9 works on 10.9+
    – w0lf
    Dec 20, 2016 at 8:03
  • The link in your github description to the colorfulSidebar9.bundle is dead.
    – clankill3r
    Dec 4, 2020 at 10:57
  • Note: mySIMBL has been replaced by MacForge, and both now require turning off SIP in recent versions of MacOS.
    – John Smith
    Jan 28 at 18:11

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