Change Individual Folder Icon Color in Linux Mint

In this article, we will see how to change the color of individual folders in Linux Mint. This will allow you to colorize a folder icon without changing the whole icon theme. Let's see how it can be done.


Mint Colorful Folder Icons

Having colorized folders simplifies the folder navigation in the file manager. You can quickly find the required folder in a long list because it is easier to spot the differently colored folder.

Traditionally, Linux Mint comes with a number of the gorgeous icon themes. Recent versions of the OS come with two main icon sets: Mint-X and Mint-Y. The Mint-X icons have several color variations.

Linux Mint Themes

However, there is no way to change the icon color for a single folder out of the box. To bypass this limitation, we can use the Folder Color extension. As of this writing, it can be installed in Mate and Cinnamon editions. This is because it supports only the file managers, Caja and Nemo. Technically, you can use them in any edition, but by default, other editions of Linux Mint come with other file manager apps by default. For example, my favorite XFCE edition comes with Thunar.

To change the individual folder icon color in Linux Mint, do the following.

  1. Open your favorite Terminal app. By default, the MATE edition offers the MATE Terminal app, and Cinnamon ships the Gnome-terminal app. You can use any of them.Open Linux Mint Terminal
  2. Enable root privileges as described HERE.Linux Mint Root Terminal
  3. If you are using Caja/MATE, type the following command:
    apt install folder-color-caja

    Mint Install Folder Color Mint Folder Color Installed

  4. If you are using Nemo/Cinnamon, type the following command:
    apt install folder-color-nemo
  5. Sign out from your user account and log in again. This will restart the shell and activate the extension in the file manager.Mint Logout
  6. Now, right-click on the folder you want to colorize and select the Change color context menu item. Pick the desired color and you are done.Mint Folder Icon Color Presets

This extension provides plenty of color presets and also gives you an option to set a custom color.

Mint Custom Folder Icon Color

It is a free and open source app.

Note: The extension works with default themes in Linux Mint. It may or may not work with a custom icon theme you have installed.

Tip: If you don't like the huge list of color presets in the folder context menu of the File Manager, go to Edit - Preferences. On the Extensions tab, untick the "Folder color" extension. Keep the "folder-color-switcher" extension enabled. See the following screenshot:

Caja Edit Preferences Folder Color Extensions

After this, the context menu will only have a single "Change color" command as shown below.Change Color Context Menu Item Only

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Change Individual Folder Icon Color in Linux Mint”

  1. “For example, my favorite XFCE edition comes with Thunar” Ok, so how can I do the same with Thunar?

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