Get/Set the Colors set on files by OSX Finder
Set or inspect the colors that Apple OSX Finder assigns to files or folders.
Usable as a standalone script, or it can be imported as a python module.
To find out the color of a file or folder:
You can check multiple files at once, with:
finder_colors.py $file1 $file2 $file3
or from the shell, wildcards
To set the color:
finder_colors.py $color $filename
You can assign multiple files at once by:
finder_colors.py $color $filename $filename2 $filename3 $etc
so in a shell:
finder_colors.py red *.py
would set all python scripts to red.
Options for colors are:
none, gray, green, purple, blue, yellow, red, orange
If you’re worried that you may have files in the list which could be valid
color names, then simply invoke using path names (
./filename rather than
filename, or with wildcards
./* rather than
This is good practice in general.
As a python module:
After installing (by PIP):
>>> import finder_colors >>> finder_colors.get('/path/to/file') 'none' >>> finder_colors.set('/path/to/file', 'red') '\x00........'
The value returned by
set(pathname, color) is the complete
com.apple.FinderInfo attribute list of that file. You can probably ignore it.
Either with pip
pip install finder_colors
Or simply download the finder_colors.py script, and put it somewhere in your $PATH (usually /usr/local/bin works…) and run
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/finder_colors.py
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