The "generic folder" icons can be found in two places:

  • The GenericFolderIcon.icns file in

  • and PNG files from Folder_16x16.png to [email protected] in


But what is strange is that the icon there (which seems to be the same in both places) is not the one you usually see in Finder.

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Left: the icon from GenericFolderIcon.icns. Right: the actual folder icon in Finder.

Where can I find the file with the second icon? (Yes, I know that I can simply extract it from any folder using its Get Info window, but this is not what I'm asking.)

macOS Sonoma 14.4.1

  • Try: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/IconFoundation.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Assets.car
    – Redarm
    Apr 13 at 9:07
  • For .car files I use: github.com/insidegui/AssetCatalogTinkerer
    – Redarm
    Apr 13 at 9:11
  • @Redarm Hi, thanks. Yes, I know about this file, but I would say it looks as something generated on-the-fly rather than something original. It doesn't seem to be "the source".
    – jsx97
    Apr 13 at 9:25
  • It's always good to mention everything you have tried and found in the question. If you are looking for a PDF, or vector file, I would expect them also in one of the CAR files (if it exists).
    – Redarm
    Apr 13 at 9:42

1 Answer 1


Many of the resources these days are embedded in Assets.car files. It seems the, or a generic folder icon lives here...


enter image description here A helpful project to tinker with CAR files is "Asset Catalog Tinkerer".
Various other ways can be found here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22630418/analysing-assets-car-file-in-ios

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    I upvoted your answer, but one another reason why I haven't marked it as correct is that if you examine icons really closely you will probably notice the drop shadows are different.
    – jsx97
    Apr 13 at 11:34
  • It seems lighter, when pasted onto a folder next to a default one, agreed.
    – Redarm
    Apr 13 at 12:42

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