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Folder Color Now Works With More Icon Themes, Includes More Color Options

folder color thumbnailA couple of weeks back we spotlighted Folder Color, a simple app that makes it easy to change folder color on Ubuntu. Great timing it turns out as the app has just picked up a brand-new release that adds support for more icon themes and includes more color options by default. The app is now […]

This post, Folder Color Now Works With More Icon Themes, Includes More Color Options, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Nautilus, Nemo And Caja Extension `Folder Color` Sees New Release

Folder Color is a file manager extension available for Nautilus, Nemo and Caja, which until recently could only be used to change individual folder colors. The tool was updated yesterday with a new feature: you can now use it to easily change all the folders colors with a click:

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Nemo Folder Color, setting the global color to purple

Also, until now, Folder Color only worked with Ubuntu’s (default) Humanity icon theme (and other icon themes based on it) however, the latest Folder Color brings support for another icon theme: Numix.

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Nautilus (3.14) Folder Color with the latest Numix Icon Theme from Git

For now, Folder Color will only work with the latest Numix icon theme from GIT because the Numix PPA wasn’t updated yet.

Since we last wrote about Folder Color, the tool added yet another feature: the ability to set folder emblems. There are just 4 emblems that you can set using Folder Color (Favorite, Finished, Important, In Progress), but that should be enough for most users:

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I should also mention that all the changes performed by Folder Color can easily be reverted: to change a folder’s color back to default and to remove its emblem, simply right click the folder and select Folder’s Color > Default (under “Restore”). Or, if you’ve changed the global folder color, right click any folder and select Folder’s Color > Global Color (under “Edit”), select “Default” from the dropdown and click “Apply”:
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Install Folder Color in Ubuntu

Folder Color is available in a PPA, for Ubuntu 15.04, 14.10, 14.04 and 12.04. Add the PPA using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color
sudo apt-get update

Then, to install the latest Folder Color for Nautilus, use the commands below:

sudo apt-get install folder-color
nautilus -q

Or, to install Folder Color for Nemo, use the following commands:
sudo apt-get install folder-color-nemo
nemo -q
If Folder Color doesn’t work with Nemo, you may need to apply the fix listed under step 4 from HERE.

To install Folder Color for Caja, use the following commands:

sudo apt-get install folder-color-caja
caja -q

If Folder Color doesn’t show up in the Caja context menu, fix it by using the following command:

– 32bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib
caja -q

– 64bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib
caja -q

To download the source code, report bugs, etc., see the Folder Color Launchpad page.

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Folder Color Gets Caja And Nemo File Managers Support, Other Changes

Folder Color is a file manager extension that allows you to easily change folders  icon color, useful for instance to organize your folders, make some important folder stand out, etc.
The latest Folder Color, which already supported Nautilus, adds support for Caja (the default MATE file manager) and Nemo (the default Cinnamon file manager):

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Folder Color for Caja file manager

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Folder Color for Nemo (with icons enabled in menus)

Until now, I maintained an unofficial version of Folder Color for Nemo, but because the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA only works with Ubuntu, Linux Mint users couldn’t install it. Now that Folder Color officially supports Nemo, both Ubuntu and Linux Mint (Cinnamon) users can install this extension by using the official Folder Color PPA.

Other recent Folder Color changes include:

  • Folder Color is now themable, meaning that it is no longer restricted to the default Ubuntu / Linux Mint icon themes. Unfortunately, no icon themes support it for now, but Numix should support it soon;
  • support for small icon resolution (if for instance you’re using grid/list view with zoom out);
  • icons in submenu: you can now see the actual folder color in the submenu, but firstly you need to enable icons in menu by using the following command: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides "{'Gtk/ButtonImages': , 'Gtk/MenuImages': }" (to revert it, simply use “0” instead of “1” for ButtonImages and MenuImages).

Install Folder Color for Caja, Nemo or Nautilus in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Firstly, add the Folder Color PPA:

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

Then, follow the instructions for your file manager:

a) To install the Folder Color Nautilus extension and restart Nautilus, use the following commands:
sudo apt-get install folder-color
nautilus -q

b) To install Folder Color for Nemo in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (Cinnamon edition) and restart Nemo, use the commands below:
sudo apt-get install folder-color-nemo
nemo -q

If Folder Color doesn’t show up in the Nemo context menu, you need to apply the fixes from HERE (step 4 only).

c) To install Folder Color for Caja and install it in Ubuntu (w/ MATE), Ubuntu MATE or Linux Mint (MATE edition) and restart Caja, use the following commands:
sudo apt-get install folder-color-caja
caja -q
If Folder Color doesn’t show up in the Caja context menu, fix it by using the following command:

– 32bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib

– 64bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib

thanks to Costales for the info!

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