Set Different Colors on Folder Icons in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.04

April 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Change Folder Color in Ubuntu

Want to change the color of your folders in Nautilus file browser to get a better visual layout? Well, there’s a small extension for Nautilus can do the job in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

See my file browser:

Change Folder Color in Ubuntu

So far, the tool support following colors: Blue, Light Blue, Pink, Black, Yellow, Violet, Orange (Ubuntu’s default), Green, Gray, Red. Also there’s an option to reset to default.

To install this simple tool, Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install folder-color

Don’t like Ubuntu PPA? Download & install the .deb package from launchpad page.

Once installed, restart Nautilus via:

nautilus -q

Finally you’re able to change a folder color in its context menu:

Different folder color ubuntu


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