I'm very meticulous about how my desktop looks, and using Google Chrome as my main browser, I'm annoyed by certain inconsistencies in the icons that are in my panel.

screenshot of top bar

As you can see in the screenshot above, I'm using a very nice flat icon theme (derived from material design), and the icon that Chrome provides for its applet clashes horribly. It's an eyesore for me to say the least, so I'm looking for a way to replace (or at least mask) the icon.

In /opt/google/chrome, I found a bunch of image files named respectively as:


which contain the stock Google Chrome icon at different resolutions.

I tried replacing these images with images of my own, from the icon pack I'm using, in an attempt to change the panel icon. However, upon closing all chrome processes and reopening the browser, the icon remained unchanged. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to change the icon so I can have a little more uniformity in my desktop environment?


There are also Chrome icons in /usr/share/icons/hicolor/NxN/apps/google-chrome.png

NxN are various resolutions; you probably need to replace the image in either 22x22 or 24x24.

  • I replaced all the google-chrome.png icons in those directories with my desired icon (at the correct resolutions) and logged out and back in with no luck. Upon restarting Chrome, the tray icon remains unchanged :\ – Keefer Rourke Mar 19 '15 at 4:15
  • @uglytoaster Try sudo gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor – Anastasia Mar 19 '15 at 12:08
  • still no luck unfortunately – Keefer Rourke Mar 19 '15 at 17:44

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