The emblems in Nautilus don't quite fit my needs. How can I add a new one, just for my user account?


From Nautilus, go to the Edit menu, select Backgrounds and Emblems, click on Emblems, and then on the Add a New Emblem button at the bottom of the dialog.

  • Oh, now I feel stupid. I've been hacking away at config files trying to figure this out...
    – ændrük
    May 8 '11 at 18:45
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    This answer is out-of-date. Newer versions of Nautilus don't support emblems. To work around this, see: askubuntu.com/questions/83226/…
    – Flimm
    Jan 7 '13 at 17:05

You can also set a custom emblem on a file from a script by running this command:

gvfs-set-attribute -t string <filename> metadata::custom-icon file:///home/user/path/to/icon.png

The previous answer really create a custom icon for the object, which is not exactly the same thing an emblem is.

The first answer unfortunately does not work anymore for gnome3. I found that, to create an emblem named for example "mymusic", you can add a png 48x48 image called emblem-mymusic.pngin the directory:


and in the same directory you create a text file, called emblem-mymusic.icon with the content:

[Icon Data]

That's it. Now you can set/unset them following the answer to Is there any tweak to bring back emblems in Nautilus?

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