Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do i change the folders colors? i am using this icon theme FS icons and there are several folders. like black, gray, purple, orange(which is the default), yellow, green, red, blue, brown and lightblue

How can i use any of them? for example have a blue folder called "family" in images and another right beside that have a purple folder called "others".

Basically why have he created all those folders with different colors?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Folder Color works in most distros: Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, openSUSE, Arch Linux, or pretty much anything that has Nautilus, Nemo or the Caja File Browser.I'm not sure it will work with all the themes you've installed but it will with basic ones.

enter image description here

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install folder-color
nautilus -q
share|improve this answer

Part-one: Installing Icon Theme

Method 1 - Using ppa

The icon theme you provided provides a ppa.

  • Open a terminal. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T.
  • Type the following commands.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kroq-gar78/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -y fs-icons-ubuntu fs-icons-ubuntu-mono-dark fs-icons-ubuntu-mono-light

  • If you have MyUnity, or a similar tweaking-tool installed, choose the desired icon-pack using it. See below (part-two) for instructions specific to MyUnity.

Method 2 - Manual installation

  • Download the Icon theme (zip package)
  • Right click the downloaded zip-file, and click Extract-all
    • A folder fs_icons_ubuntu_by_franksouza183-d4rpksa gets created.
  • Open the folder.
    • It will contain five tar.gz files. (commonly called tar-balls)
  • Select all of them (Keyboard-shortcut: Ctrl+A); right-click, and select Extract-all.
    • Five folders get created.
  • Type gksudo nautilus in terminal.
  • Now Copy those five folders to /usr/share/icons and exit the file-browser.

    WARNING: The new nautilus (file-browser) window that opens up after typing gksudo nautilus is being run with root privileges. It allows you to modify all system files, and hence must be used with care. Close it immediately after the necessary job has been done.

  • If you have MyUnity, or a similar tweaking-tool installed, choose the desired icon-pack using it. See below (part-two) for instructions specific to MyUnity.

Part-two: Selecting Icon theme using MyUnity

  • Install MyUnity by typing sudo apt-get install myunity
  • Open Dash using Super key , and search for MyUnity. Click to open it.
  • Select 'themes' tab on the top.

    MyUnity themes tab

  • You will find the newly installed icon themes in the right panel. (Those starting with fs-icons in this case)

  • Select The icon theme of your choice, and it gets applied instantly.

To use a different colour for folders

By default, All the icon-packs use brown-ish coloured icons. But as pointed out, the icon theme provides icons of other colours too. To use a different coloured icon:

  • open gksu nautilus from terminal. (or run window: Alt+F2)
  • Navigate to /usr/share/icons
  • Find the theme you want to modify and open its folder (Each folder is an icon theme).
  • Go to places and
    • rename folder.png in all its sub-directories to folder-orange.png
    • rename folder-blue.png in all its sub-directories to folder.png to set all folders blue, etc.
  • Log out and log-back-in to apply the changes, in case they don't get applied automatically.
share|improve this answer
Thanks for your long and step by step answer, but this was not exactly what i was trying to ask for. I've updated the question now. – Jeggy May 10 '12 at 19:45
I've thought of that, but couldn't make it happen, and so this was all i could offer. Will update the answer when i find how to do it the way u want. – Mahesh May 10 '12 at 19:50

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.