Archives For November 30, 1999

Ubuntu has a “Folder Color” package in system repository, allows to change the color and add emblem for individual folder. However, it’s only available for Ubuntu LTS, and uses the old default ‘Humanity’ icon theme, which looks very outdated.

To fix the issue, a free open-source yaru-colors-folder-color project was created to work along with system default ‘Folder Color‘, so to have folder icon in different colors while keep using default Yaru theme.

The project is discontinued, due to switch to the new “Folder Color” project, which works out-of-the-box with Yaru colors integration. And, not only for Ubuntu LTS, but also supports all current short-term releases, such as Ubuntu 23.10, and Ubuntu 23.04.

With it, user can right-click on any folder, to get the menu to change folder color to ‘Blue’, ‘Brown’, ‘Green’, ‘Grey’, ‘Pink’, ‘Purple’, ‘Red’, and ‘Yellow’. As well as adding emblem such as ‘Important’, ‘In Progress’, ‘Favorite’, ‘Finished’, and ‘New’.

After changing color or adding emblem, the folder will also have a ‘Default‘ option in that menu, to restore to default.

Install the New ‘Folder Color’ extension

NOTE: This extension supports only Ubuntu with default GNOME, Ubuntu Cinnamon (not tested) and Ubuntu MATE.

The developer maintains an Ubuntu PPA contains the package for all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 23.04, and Ubuntu 23.10.

1. First, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. If you’re following this tutorial in old Ubuntu 18.04, then you need to manually refresh system package cache after adding PPA:

sudo apt update

3. Finally, install the file manager extension by running command:

sudo apt install folder-color

For Ubuntu MATE, also install the folder-color-caja package, so the command will be:

sudo apt install folder-color folder-color-caja

And, Cinnamon needs to install folder-color-nemo instead.

4. To apply the new extension, you may need to run nautilus -q command in terminal. For MATE, run caja -q and Cinnamon needs to run nemo -q instead.

Finally, re-open “Files” and right-click on any folder to see the new menu option:

Uninstall Folder Color

NOTE: Before removing the extension, it’s better to RESTORE your folders to their original color.

To remove the folder color file manager extension, simply run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove folder-color folder-color-caja folder-color-nemo

Also remove the Ubuntu PPA, either by running command:

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

or launch “Software & Updates” and remove the source line under “Other Software” tab.

Change Folder Color

Want to make a certain folder different to others in Ubuntu? You can change the icon color and add emblem via Nautilus extension.

Nautilus, the default file manager in Ubuntu, has an extension called Folder Color. It allows to change the color of selected folder or folders into: Blue, Blown, Green, Gray, Pink, Purple, Red and Yellow.

You can also add a emblem, e.g., Important, In Process, Favorite, Finished, and New. And reset to default is also available in folders’ context menu.

Install Folder Color:

The extension is available in Ubuntu universe repository. However, it’s not well working with the default Yaru theme.

For Ubuntu 20.04, So you have to first add the developer’s PPA with Yaru integration. To do so, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

For Ubuntu 22.04, add another PPA instead:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pakaoraki/yaru-colors-folder-color

Then install Folder Color, as well as Yaru integration via command:

sudo apt install folde-color yaru-colors-folder-color

To apply change, run command to restart Nautilus file manager:

nautilus -q

Finally, open file manager, right-click on a folder and enjoy the new icon colors:


To remove the Ubuntu PPA, open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pakaoraki/yaru-colors-folder-color
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:costales/yaru-colors-folder-color

And, to remove the folder color extension, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove folde-color yaru-colors-folder-color

Finally, run nautilus -q to apply change.

Change Folder Color

Folder Color is a file browser extension allows to change the color and add emblem for selected folder.

Folder Color is available in Ubuntu universe repositories. However, it does not work very well in Ubuntu 20.04 with the default Yaru icon theme, since changing the color of folders will also change the icons.

The original developer has made the Yaru theme integration with Folder Color for Ubuntu 20.04, which can be installed via this PPA repository.

1.) Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, then run command to add the PPA:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then install the extension as well as Yaru theme integration:

sudo apt install folder-color yaru-colors-folder-color

3.) Finally restart Nautilus file browser via nautilus -q command. Restore previously folders’ color if changed.

And change the colors from folders’ context menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:costales/yaru-colors-folder-color

Change Folder Color

This quick tip shows you how to set custom color or emblem of a folder in Ubuntu 18.04 Nautilus file browser.

For those who want to have a different look and feel on folder icons, folder-color extension allows to change the color or emblem of selected folder in the default Nautilus file browser.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install the folder-color extension.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install folder-color

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then re-open Nautilus (Files) file browser, and right-click on a folder. You’ll be able to choose a color or emblem, or set a custom color of the folder.

Note that if you don’t see the context menu “Folder’s color”, quit Nautilus via command nautilus -q and open the Files again.