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CandyBar, Mountain Lion, and Beyond

A quick update on CandyBar!

Updated for 10.8.

First, we’ve updated CandyBar for Mac OS X 10.8! You can now customize the 10.8 system icons. Just launch the app and click the big “Update” button to get the latest IconData.

But there’s a catch, or two: in Mountain Lion, Apple changed how the Dock is rendered, so it’s no longer possible to customize the Dock’s look. (You can still customize the indicator lights!) Also, CandyBar still can’t change the internal icons of Mac App Store apps, due to code signing.

CandyBar, although simply changing files on disk, has always fallen into a slightly-uncomfortable-for-us grey area of existence. It seems clear to us that there will undoubtedly come a time (soon?) when CandyBar can no longer customize system icons at all. So, what do we do?

Now free, and unsupported.

Since we’re unsure about the long-term future of changing system icons, we’re not comfortable charging money for CandyBar, and we’re also not comfortable simply making it disappear, instead we’re going to make the current CandyBar free — but unsupported.

That said, being CandyBar fans, we’ll strive to keep CandyBar up-to-date with minor 10.8 releases, so you can keep using it for the foreseeable future! But, if something major changes, on the level of the Dock changes in 10.8, we can’t guarantee compatibility.

First, here’s the latest build of the app:

Then, here’s a serial number everyone can use:


Even if technically unsupported, CandyBar is still super cool. We hope you enjoy it.

(Also, if you bought CandyBar from us in July or so, we will refund you. If interested, e-mail the Iconfactory.)

Finally, CandyBar heads to The Iconfactory.

So where does CandyBar go from here? Well, there’s the other half of the app: the convenient icon organizer, and Quick Drop icon changer, that many of us use often. We’re handing the reins of CandyBar over to our friends at The Iconfactory. They’ve got some thoughts on CandyBar’s future, and where they might take it from here. If you bought CandyBar from us, you will of course be considered if something new shows up. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please contact

TL;DR: CandyBar updated for 10.8, but changing system icons won’t work forever, so CandyBar is now free and unsupported — and may turn into something new at The Iconfactory later.

Posted at 11:55 am 384 Comments

kc! Bradshaw

8/3/2012 1:58 PM

While I am sad to think of a future without a functional Candybar icon replacement tool on my machine, tis noble of you folks to be so giving with what still is extremely wonderful software. And the end result in all of this is that maybe… just maybe it will free up your time for some other wonderful piece of must-have Panic software. :)

Very excited for the future. And thanks for many, many years of Candybar love.

Jeff Adams

8/3/2012 2:19 PM

I’ve never used Candybar for the OS icon customization aspect of it but have long used it for organizing my icon sets. I’m glad to hear that Iconfactory will be taking over. It’d be nice if they transformed it into a simple icon organizer.

Alex Chan

8/3/2012 2:40 PM

Candybar was my first software license, so I have very fond memories of using it, and I’m sad to think there may be some day when it ceases to work. That said, I appreciate all the work you guys have put into it over the years, and I’m glad you’ve found it a good new home.

Thanks for years of Candybar and icon love. :)

Fahrenheit 451

8/3/2012 2:52 PM

All I can say is thanks. What a long and enjoyable ride. I licensed CandyBar eons ago and was always happy with bringing it’s legacy into each OS where it was graced by its presence. Panic is as much of the Apple scene as Apple is.

End of an era. :(
But I understand. :)

Truly sad, but we saw this coming with the introduction of the Mac App Store, and later Sandboxing. It’s funny though, I rarely used Candybar to change icons. Instead, I used it the same way I used Pixadex – the app that Candybar swallowed whole years ago. The funny part is that it appears that the Pixadex portion of the app will be the only part that will ultimately live on.

In any case, I think it’s HIGHLY classy of Panic to make the app free and keep it around. But then again, it shouldn’t surprise me.

I had written you a few weeks ago when you weren’t sure if you were going to upgrade for Mountain Lion. I am so glad to see you did and yet sorry to hear that this will be the last version. I love this app. You guys are awesome.

Mark Friedman

8/3/2012 3:14 PM

Candybar is probably the ONLY program I’ll really miss. I’ve licensed it since it was first released and have a collection of thousands of icons (I know, who needs all of those…).

It’s been fun — thank you.

I wish you all well and hope you come up with something equally awesome (I use your other programs, too) in the future.

Yann Liqueur-Salzédo

8/3/2012 4:23 PM

As a FileMaker developper I use CandyBar for a long time as a companion tool for my FileMaker Pro Advanced.
I use this “so cool” app to manage my huge collection of icons, and I appreciate the way format and size are managed in a one clic export process.

I really hope CandyBar will live forever

Thank You guys for your work


8/3/2012 4:58 PM

la apple quiere todo el pastel para ellos creo que se terminaran aorcando

The truth has to be said: Apple and it`s restrictions strikes again. Does not matter, I believe some people around the globe will make the upcoming to hack system icons and dock on Mountain Lion and beyond. Maybe you should consider make public the code of the app so that somebody continue this (:

This is a sad day, I’ve been collecting icons since my Win95 days, I still have them, all organised in CandyBar. I hope there is a way around these issues, it’s not right that my eyes should hurt at the poor decisions of others, icons were meant to be changed, it’s personal.

Keep your hopes up devs, something’ll turn up.


8/3/2012 5:43 PM

thanks for everything! good luck

Bad news, i dont know why apple did this :(

It’s so good to see an ethical company, even better to have supported an ethical company that makes great apps! Thanks Panic.

THIS is how you gracefully retire and/or transform a product.
Good show Panic Inc.


8/3/2012 8:42 PM

What a wonderful way to go out. Very dignified. Never seen the like of it. Bravo, Panic! Bravo!


8/3/2012 9:11 PM

Awesome gesture. Atleast for this, I am buying you future products. Great work guys.

Wow, I’m very sad to see this wonderful app go. I’m so glad though (like everyone else) that Candybar is being retired in such style. It’s been so much fun with all my icons, I hope to continue using Candybar. Thank you Panic.

I’m really sad to learn this news. Candybar has been out there for years for its outstanding performance. Hope the new home for Candybar will take it and move on.


8/4/2012 4:20 AM

No way I can swallow this. Saddest news for the Mac community since Oct. 2011.
I can’t even think on a glassy dock full of blueish icons. This is more Apple, and less and less Mac.

Long time fan, purchased my candybar copy the 13 march 2009, the same day I got my first iMac.
Too bad apple in the years started this closing process to theming, anyway, until it works I’ll it for sure. Thanks guys for this amazing app.

If you bought it years ago, then you’ve had use of it all this time.

Mikaël B.

8/4/2012 8:07 AM

I’m amazed at how exemplary you guys always are, Apple’s loosing its soul, each new version of OSX pissing me more than the one before and yet, your software keeps me hooked.

That’s how much I love your work! Thank you!


8/4/2012 9:19 AM

My heart sank last week when I updated CandyBar and saw that the dock is no longer customizable – I had a feeling it was the beginning of the end. I should also have known that you guys would be as classy as always and deal with the situation along these lines. It’s also good to know it will be in caring hands moving forward.

I’ve been using CandyBar since the beginning (and Pixadex before that) and it’s always been a delight. I, for one, feel that I have MORE than got my money’s worth, and the soupçon of delight that came with using it always makes me smile. I look forward to many more (unsupported) years of delight. Thanks, guys.

I bought this app a while ago, and I’m fine with people who bought it recently getting a refund, not an insult at all, really a classy move. I’m glad other people will get to enjoy aspects of this before this wonderful app disappears.

Love your software guys.


8/4/2012 1:46 PM

This is a nice gesture from you all at Panic. Thank you.

Really a sad day for all desktops as we welcome in DULL-AS-DISHWATER UE and UI. While much of the Apple community conforms into a single file line into AppStore awaits on standby for their delousing and frontal lobotomy, I’m gonna stay in Snow Leopard indefinitely as I see no benefit to surfing the current OS wave and upgrading for update sake. I’m convinced Apple is going to kill the Desktop and transform user productivity by reducing the user experience to the level of 8year olds playing Angry-friggin’-Birds and listening to YA-Beatles(FFS my ears are bleeding!).

It’s ironic that Apple has in a way made the icon creation, publishing an artform by giving the icon resource so much more prominence, but unfortunately “turning to stone” the once great idea of flexible customization to “think different”. I don’t want to play in a sandbox where Apple has clearly marked it’s territory in cautionary yellow. I hope you developers have plenty of scented kitty litter.

Again, thanks for license liberty. I’ll keep Candy Bar in my “Mausoleum Of Retrograde” where i’ll keep it with my other “misfit toys” and cherish it next to other notables, ResEdit, AudionPro, and black banded portrait of Steve Jobs and my Apple//e.

Yeah, I’m in denial maybe but at least i can do what i want.


8/4/2012 1:53 PM


Ryan McLeod

8/4/2012 3:49 PM

Wow, fond memories of Candy bar growing up.
Classy move, Panic. Hopefully in Candybar’s absence you can have even more focus on your next great thing. Thank you!


8/4/2012 4:50 PM

Thanks for the good times guys. I’ve been using CandyBar forever, and I won’t stop until my old Macs all stop working.


I am saving this Web page as a Web Archive in memoriam.

Tim Bovey

8/4/2012 6:48 PM

I know that you work hard to make your software compatible with the latest releases of OS X, and if there are reasons why the new OS is not able for you to continue, I and others understand, but, Panic is a force to be reckoned with………haha, please continue, at your own pace, with great software that we can all enjoy.
Kudos to all. Icon Factory, keep this alive, as we all want this to prosper.

Lately, my love for Apple wanes with each new OS, my love for Panic waxes with each new software release (and gestures like this). I wish Panic had an OS I could buy…

That’s really sad that this wonderful app now is no longer supported.
Really lovely app.
may you guys come back. bring us something even more wonderful Panic app ~

Thank you for your time and love to a great program, I love using it and hope it will continue to live for some time in this new form.
Stay awesome!

sad, i used candybar for dock customizing and now that functionality is gone =\

Maybe into a a near future, you can find how to brake the appstore security and create a new version of candy bar, I whis to see you again, please do not give up!

Thank you :)

Candybar was the only piece of customization software that i used and trusted. Sad that it comes to this. I’m am glad though that the piece of organisation will still be kept alive, although before Candybar there was already something like that… (can’t remember the name).

I never used CandyBar for customizing icons, but to manage my HUGE icon collection.
So my first though after reading this was: what about Pixadex?!
In fact I was FORCED to use CandyBar as a Pixadex user.

I don’t think Apple modifications to OS X will impact too hard to collecting icons; so please let CandyBar rest in peace but add the 1024 icons to Pixadex.


Josue Menjivar

8/6/2012 7:49 AM

I have used CandyBar for many years. This has always been one of my favourite applications. I could tell the state of theming in Mac OSX was declining. It’s a sad day for sure, but Panic is one of the classiest software companies for the Mac. I’m grateful that I got my money’s worth all these years with CandyBar and I still enjoy using my other favourite Panic app, Transmit.
Thank you.

Ya unfortunately the way OSX is going, customization is getting more and more toned down-Thanks for all the years, for custom dock and icons-Hope one day we can look forward to Candybar 2

Daniel Mandache

8/6/2012 11:02 AM

Guys, you have done an amazing job. I love your application, love your icons, anything you do. This serial is a wonderful gift, for an application i always wanted to have, but i can’t afford’it. Thank you for this gift. CandyBar is a top ten app you must have on a mac. Best wishes from Romania.

This is why I continue to support Panic products. Sadly, I bought CandyBar back in June. Shame to see it “die” in Mountain Lion so quickly.

Thank you!!!!

Azure Aragami

8/6/2012 11:54 AM

you guys, what can I say? what can anyone say?, you guys gave us custom icons, you gave us freedom on the only thing that I dont like about a mac, you gave us the possibility yo change our looks, make them unique, and for a very reasonable price, it’s a shame that mac os developers made it so hard for you, but oh well, you guys showed to care for the customer to get what he is paying for, and thats something to look up to, as programmer I can tell that if I hear of an app developed by panic, ill immediately agree that it is high quality assured, hope you all develop some cool app in the future for us to see you again!

Never would have bought this–I just don’t customize my Mac interface much– but I have to say that you folks are very generous to make it freeware. I wish you the best in your future and on going efforts!


8/6/2012 1:07 PM

I see a lot of posts of people criticising Apple for the Sandbox approach and how it limits some applications to the point of becoming a part of history. I love using Candybar a lot since I like my icons looking the skin of Mattahan, but I also appreciate the security features implemented in the OS that allow us to live in carefree world. Granted it doesnt mean the OS is vaulted, but we live with more freedom than that other OS *cough*Windows*cough*. That being said, I wish Panic looked for other ways to bring customization to the OS so we can make it a unique part of our electronic selves. If it can be done, I have no doubts Panic will bring another solution. But blaming Apple for implementing a level of security to protect us, is a blind blame. The internet we live in now, is not the Internet 20yrs ago.

Thanks! I hadn’t figured out how to change the Finder icon since 10.7, and this did the trick. :)

K. Langoso

8/6/2012 7:20 PM

Thanks, guys. You’re awesome.

I never cared that much about customizing 3rd party app icons: system icons and the random folder was enough for me.

I reeeeealy hope that it may come back some day. Maybe a ‘lite’ version, at an appropriately lower price point would (say, 5 bucks) make you more confortable with the idea? That’s low enough that I would consider it an impulse buy every year.

Then again, maybe the people at the Iconfactory would.

Thanks, again.

Not comfortable charging money? I wish everyone would care that much about their customers future compatibility needs. We have here a Color Laser Printer LBP-2410 for which Canon charged a lot of money back in 2010 and refuses to make Windows 7 drivers. It just doesn’t work anymore.

Thanks for Good app, But is sad News~

Thanks again

Thank you so much for your amazing software, It´s a “must have” in every Mac.
I really wish you the best!!!!

Richard Karrer

8/8/2012 5:04 AM

Thank you to everyone at Panic! I’ve been using CandyBar since day 1!

What a shame on Apple’s part! OS X used to me so colorful and fun. I like most of the control in iOS because I need it be make reliable calls in an emergency, but I’m not ever going to call 911 from my desktop! Seems like Apple and MS are taking all the joy out of modern computers.

Other than integrating internet services for things like twitter and synching calendars between devices, what’s better about Mt Lion and Win 8 over Snow Leopard or even Panther and Tiger? Not much, not much at all! I long for the days when I could theme my OS from candy white to brush metal from time to time—just to add something fresh for my eyes. Now all this bland, flat UI. What’s the point of having hardware so powerful, if only to render a monochrome or flat interface? It’s sickening! Mr Cook needs to listen to himself when he says computers and mobile devices shouldn’t be converge, and he needs to hand the Mac UI team a pack of Crayola’s and tell them to explore the world of color.

As a previous user of CandyBar, I commend you on your decision to make CandyBar v3.3.4 freely available in light of its questionable future with regard to customizing prospective Mac OS X releases. CandyBar was and remains a nicely designed, user-friendly application making the personalization of OS X system icons a breeze. In fact, I only learned of your recent decision when I considered that I hadn’t updated the look of my system for some time now. I was prepared to purchase your most current version in order to do so when instead I discovered your generous gift. Thank you for a very cool application, and for sharing it without charge. My regards, and best of luck in your future endeavors.


8/9/2012 12:11 AM

Muchas gracias por todos estos años de ofrecernos la posibilidad de mejorar la apariencia de nuestras macs, de permitirnos ver la evolución de esta gran App hasta lo que hoy conocimos como CandyBar.
Es un lástima que tengamos que despedirnos de todo lo que ha sido CandyBar al permitirnos tener ordenadas y amplias colecciones de hermosos iconos, pero estoy seguro que pronto nos veremos en futuro más prometedor!!! Mis mejores deseos a todo el equipo detras de este gran proyecto que ha sido CandyBar.

Josha Chapman-Dodson

8/10/2012 11:50 AM

Thanks for the great app! I have always loved CB. Rock on guys!

How can apple actually do that? Like as if our macs don’t look alike as is. I told my friend about this app today to bad i have to tell her she cant it use much longer… really scary if you think about it.. consider they have been caught tracking peoples locations in the background.. they want everyone to be Droids. not androids but Droids.

I’m new to CandyBar, having just bought my first Mac in over a decade. CandyBar is still useful even with Mountain Lion’s limitations. I have two question regarding this blog post above…

1. When I open CandyBar, I don’t see any “Update” button. If this is already the latest edition, should I still see an “Update” button?

2. The blog says we can now change system icons, but not the dock’s look. However, when I change my icons, only the app icons change on the dock; the system icons (Finder, Trash Can, etc) don’t change on the dock. Anyone else have this happen?


Thanks to all of your hard work! Maybe it will get better down the road, when it does we will all still be here.

When is support coming for Macbook Pro Retina Display – still can’t change system icons!

Check out iCondubber as an icon management alternative, Mountain-Lion supported.

More and more we are pushed into a mold but in the beginning they told us to be creative and break the mold. I see this as another mile marker on the super highway of lost functions and diminished individuality. I have so enjoyed changing the icons to fit the seasons or holiday… I guess there will be an app for that too. I’d rather have candybar and be unique.

Hey Guys, Many Thanks for freeing up this version and being upfront and honest about the future of the App, You don’t find that kind of honesty in the “App Store” if there is anyway we can help with the continued development of CandyBar such a awesome app from such a awesome team shouldn’t just fade away would have thrown the Macbook out the window years ago if it wasn’t for this app breaking the OS-X’s Bland Conformity Best of luck and all the best regards, DiamondEmpire Melbourne

I just discovered CandyBar and really dig it! So sorry it won’t be around anymore, but the way you guys are handling this is Top Notch! Very classy move and I will be on the look out for your future products! Good Luck!!

Well, who needs to change the look of the OS anyways? The interface Apple supplies is just fine on its own.


What a sad, sad day. A free app is appreciated (and classy), but even if I hadn’t already licensed CandyBar (which I have), it’s hard to get happy over it. The end of an era. Brace yourself for interface ugliness courtesy Apple’s marketing department. :(

I’m a newb with Mac (my sista just gave me her old Macbook) and have been thinking for a while that the icons in Snow Leopard are kind of lame. Then I stumbled onto a webpage that pointed to the icon factory as a source for cool icons. Sounds like CandyBar is really cool and I can’t wait to try it. The Macbook I have is too old to upgrade to Lion so although sad for everyone else (regarding Apple’s anal control issues) my old Macbook will get a facelift soon. Sounds like the staff of Panic are pretty cool (judging from the June trip to Hawaii) and I wish you well.

are these comments even real?

No 10.4-Tiger Version, hm ?

Is there a serial number for older versions, i.e. 10.4? This serial doesn’t work in candybar2.6.1


Thank so much for your work and generosity. You’ll be missed.

Candybar has been awesome and I have used it on my Hackintosh netbook since I first tried it out. It is just too great, and one of the reasons I want to keep using Snow Leopard forever!


I wish there are new icons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been using CandyBar for years and I’ve really gotten my money’s worth, so I’m not bothered at all that it’s now free. Changing system icons will now be a little hackier than I prefer, but I chiefly use the Pixadex portion of the software, anyway. Thanks for the software, I really enjoy it. I’m sure others will, too.


8/18/2012 10:16 PM


Albert Kinng

8/19/2012 7:17 AM

wow. just wow. I mean, Is no longer about power users now. Apple is pushing all of us to other platforms. What’s next? If you want to access your FTP you need to buy OS X server or Transmit will no longer work? This is getting very strange. I am telling you right now: It will be just the Mac App Store apps the only apps for Mac in less than 2 years and it will be a pain in the you know what using an App from outside. Apple will let viruses come in from outside just to let you know you need to be inside their bubble to be safe. I hate Windows, I don’t see Chrome OS growing to my needs… what do I need to learn now? UBUNTU??? hmmm

Hey gracias

wow realllllyyyyyy nice icons and features and very nice gesture to make this free..thanx alot

Marcus Bellamy

8/20/2012 1:48 AM

Million thanks for make it free <3 and so sad you guys will stop making this awsome APP for the mac <3 lot of love to you guys!!! and Thanks again.

thanks you guys are awesome

Thanks Panic! Apple’s bein such stinkers by incrementally locking everything down until all can we do is go to

Uhh i dont no what its like but my brother has it and it looks kinda awesome so yeh :)

What? Cat’s got your tongue? (couldn’t help it XD)
Seriously, Candybar development really shouldn’t stop because of changes in the OS X dock when there’s still room for features for Mountain Lion. It sounds like development of Candybar was in a cold war against OS X and has now surrendered and confirms to their standards (not to sound cliche)… Candybar isn’t even in the app store and is not extremely limited such as the apps in the app store (in terms of system customization). When people open apps such as Candybar all that comes to mind is customization, not whether the app is approved by Apple, or not.
Too bad I bought it a few months ago, but it was worth it post Mountain Lion… Even worse, there are new features that can be implemented for notification center (that, in fact, I’m working on), and even the menubar. Looks promising as an app but that’s all I can say for now.
Candybar source code please? Maybe? No? Ok… Well, doesn’t hurt to ask.

wow love it, thank you guys

Sunday mornings… Hunting for the new icon set… Hot cup of coffee and Candy Bar…
One of my favourite routines for as long as I can remember…
End of an era. :(
Thank you for great sunday mornings, miss you already…


i love 1D

I downloaded CandyBar. I loved it. I thought it was awesome. Then it didn’t work. And I tried to fix it. It still didn’t work. Now I don’t like it :(
Thank you for letting me share my life story with you. Goodbye

Nahum Daely

8/25/2012 7:29 AM

it works. i love it..

Es una lastima que no puedan continuar con esta labor de hacer las mac un poco mas “customizables” habia escuchado muchas cosas positivas sobre este programa, lamentablemente pues ya no es soportado.
muchas gracias por todo aunque no fuera usuario de tiempo atras.
disculpen que no escriba en ingles ya que soy muy malo.

Thank you guys for many years of freedom icons ;)
we miss you.

I am a long time registered user of CB: since it’s inception, actually, when it introduced an organized way to customize folder icons, the dock, and other systemic icons. I can only feel deeply sad of the news. I have been using it (v 3.3.3), anyhow, under Mountain Lion, and my dock keeps looking greatly changed. I just hope it doesn’t mess anything. Apple should leave such small spaces of personalisation open. Good luck to you guys at Panic, and to the ones at Iconfactory: don’t let customisation and CB die …

Sorry to hear it guys… This was the 1st piece of software I ever purchased online so as many have already said, I have fond memories of it and your company.
Much love and all the best with the future.

No doubt CandyBar was, and is, awesome. I’ve sent in feedback to Apple through their feedback page. They may ignore one or two feedbacks…they may even ignore hundreds or thousands of feedbacks, but I thought it was worth a try. In case any of you would like to as well.
I clicked on OS X then provided a brief, concise feedback regarding customization of the dock and icons.

Heartfelt thanks to Panic and Thoughts on 10.8 “Caged Lion” or “IOSX” or “My 1st Apple™ ” (sorry Sony)…

Panic folks, thanks you for real but are you totally sure that you want to tsp-out, throw in the towel, and surrender to the “New Draconian-ism”?!?

BTW, why in the world would anyone want to shove a Tablet OS into one of the finest Desktop operating systems ever created?!?

This is a sad time for many of us long time *MAC* OS X users… Like many others, Candybar was one of the first apps that I purchased, and I spent countless hours tweaking and customizing my icons, folders, desktop backgrounds, stacks, menus, “defaults” 1-liners, bash environment, Terminal colors, and Dock. I had a specific aesthetic in mind that I was able to bring to life because of Candybar. Candybar allowed me to make my Macs truly mine and the envy of all those who checked out my Desktop, Dock, icons, and tweaks, as well. “Can…I…do that?!?” They would ask with wide-eyed wonderment! …Not anymore would have to be my answer these days.

10.8 is a travesty sure, but if others didn’t see the writing on the wall with Lion, then (a) they should have and (b) what an unfortunate shock ML must be! It brings to mind the classic apple “1984”-ad except we have seen the enemy and it is…well you know who it is! That chick needs to chuck that Olympic hammer right through Tim Cook’s glassed in office! Seriously, we have come full circle and it’s…dare I say…Microsoft who is actually doing some interesting innovative things these days!

The saddest and most heart-breaking aspect of this current state of affairs is that the venerable apple spirit of innovation seems to have been crushed under the boot of protecting users from themselves and all that formerly creative and innovative thinking seems to be marshaled into sandboxing, jailed-apps, DRM, and the inbred, not-right-in-the-head offspring of OSX + IOS ==>

“IOSX: the Sad, Shackled, Captive, Declawed Lion”

The OS that nobody asked for yet all are stuck with!

Most insulting the fact that everything about 10.8 reeks of contempt for the user and a patronizing paternalistic “we know what’s best for you” attitude that basically can be summed up thusly: “You are dumb, try not to mess this up!”

In closing, remembering back to the “good old days” of Lion, when Candybar still worked, Software Update != App Store, RAID still mostly worked, etc.,…Who would have thought that I would long to return to even those mediocre days?!? But even back then there were some rumblings:


And my own concerned missive: “”AppleIsTheNewM$oft” wrote:

“Lion is supposed to be the “Back to the Mac” release?!? Kinda feels more like the “Final FU to our Core-Long-Time Mac / OS X Users” Release (which is admittedly less catchy). But the whole thing seems: unilateral, dumbed-down, new-to-mac -user-centric, and subtly conveys a certain level of contempt for the user … “Welcome to Mac: We think you are probably dumb.” For your own good your iPhoto Library is now a package and btw, we hid your Library folder for your protection.

Moreover just why in the heck is the fusion Mac OS X…oops…I meant OS X and IOS a good idea in the 1st place?!? In reality, It’s good for Apple, not for MAC OS X users. IOS is a great mobile OS, but dude please don’t get your mobile OS all over my desktop!

Why not innovate once more in the OS X arena instead of unilaterally shoving IOS into OS X?!? Forget about it. This won’t happen because OS X users are no longer the target demographic that Apple cares about.

Have you ever seen Lord of the Rings?

Good then you know where we are heading: One OS to rule them all (IOS). This is going to happen. When 71% of Apple’s profits last year came from 3 devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), it doesn’t take a “Mac Genius” to see where that this is going to happen. IOS across all products would standardize the big-brother, patronizing, and utterly draconian practices so common to the iPad and iPhone across all products. Not to mention slashing development costs, since Apple is so hard up fro cash these days.

It’s already happening: Sealed black boxes (e.g. Apple TV), no user access, no user replaceable battery (1st in iDevices, now in all products), monopolistic, heavy-handed, and greedy content distribution, and jailed apps with “managed” users. I predict the even Admin account will disappear from OS X as it becomes “Desktop IOS”. My recommendation is do not upgrade past 10.6.8 – the last true * MAC* OS X release.

IOS in OS X is just dumb (e.g. Launchpad?!?) but only if you approach this from the perspective that this move has anything to do with OS X users. In other words IOS in OS X is terrific – from Apple’s perspective. It’s great. One code base to rule them all. And hey, we just made troubleshooting a 1-step process! Trouble with your Mac? Open iTunes and click “Restore my Computer!” Problem solved!

The Art of OS X Troubleshooting will be reduced to Equine Medicine (Problem? Shoot the Horse!).

Get ready to have to jailbreak your own freaking computer.

Welcome to the future. As far as “Think Different”…This sure is different at least!”

!!!Keep Fighting the Fight!!!

Thank you for a great program. I know this will not be the end of such great product, very excited to see what you guys will come up with next.

We’ve been enjoying Candybar for years, and will continue to do so as long as the updates will support OSX changes. Thanks for making the Mac that much more enjoyable in our everyday work. Now, if we could only have Candybar for iPhone!! ;-)

It makes me sad to see that Mountain Lion doesn’t allow you to change the dock and the fact that I paid for this and now it’s useless. Thanks anyways for making a great product


Hey guys luckily i’ve remembered this app from my old Mac. Now with the new one I’m convinced that your app is one of the best ever created for a Mac. Thanks for this great work, you are the best – also for making it a free version now ;)

Happy trails guys!

Albert Kinng

9/14/2012 7:55 PM

Sad. but understandable. Apple is blending both OSX and iOS in a very slow and intelligent way and even that we don’t like to believe it the future of Mac apps will be the Mac App Store only. External or third party apps will be over and Apple will finally control all the ecosystem for their company. Developer that support it will be in and developers that don’t will be out. I’m not mad just sad about how Apple destiny changed and their meaning as a company is dead. Youngsters never will know a company with a lot of history as we know it they just will be waiting for the new toy… careless.

In the other hand we are going to have a solid OS and a great way to back up our life on iCloud.


9/15/2012 6:18 AM

@Ronin – excellent post! I prefer my computer to function as a computer. And I like to make it customisable. Obviously Apple want to convert iOS users to OSX users. Bah!

@Albert Kinng: Apple pushes the cloud service, because it’s yet another way for them to make money. :-/

@Panic Team: thank you so much for such a wonderful app. Very sad it has come to this. Thanks for all you’ve done.

@IconFactory: keep the app going.

It’s a very nice tool…

I’ve investigated the code signing breakage myself, and it’s ironically trivially-easy for a developer to exclude icons from the code signing. But since the default is to sign the entire thing, rather than just the important executables, the code signing gets broken for trivial things like icons. I really hate it when app defaults (in this case, Xcode’s) screw over what could be an otherwise entirely avoidable problem…

My meagre guide on how to sign an app and still allow icon modification:

I feel like crying. I truly do. I freakin’ love candy bar. It was the only thing that was still able to customize 10.6 / 10.7. I feel like soon enough NOTHING will be customized. I’m really sad. Please don’t go. Please.

Love my Candy Bar/Photoshopped dock. Sorry you gotta go but as mentioned you are going out with style! I will put off updating to Mt. Lion as long as possible just to keep my pretty dock !

Michelle Sumner

9/23/2012 7:14 PM

I loved my cb icons since they came out. Some work some don’t; but i am coming back from a stroke – so maybe it’s me doing something wrong. Still the coolest I’ve seen! Thanks!

Nooo! :( my dock looks so silver and borring now, i’m so sad to hear all this! I changed to Mountain Lion today and kinda wanna go back just because of my ugly dock!

Victor LEE

9/25/2012 12:33 AM

Time to goodbye~..

expect for the new CB, Thanks a lot for your work, guys.

This makes me very sad. CandyBar is one of my favorite applications: so easy to use! So thorough! It seems to silly of Apple to keep CanyBar from altering icons because of a silly side-effect (especially the App Store icons, which you can still change using FINDER’S built-in functionality!) when such a thing is no threat to security.
Alas. Well, if things ever look up, you will continue to have a loyal customer in me.


9/29/2012 1:12 PM

Being *almost* completely new to the Mac scene (minus the countless hours spent Oregon Trail-ing on our late 80’s Macintosh SE), I found the original UI a bit boring, dull, and off-putting. My other computer is a PC, which, after all of my personal development and customizations, represents nothing PC related.. just my own style and design.

Naturally, I expected the same availability and opportunity with an Apple product, and had high hopes for this luxury to far exceed the capabilities offered by my Windows-based machine, as well as adding security, graphics, and speed (especially after so many years of my snobby Mac-using friends berating me for noncompliance!).

After a few hours of trying to figure things out by myself, I sought the forums and came across this gem.
Unfortunately, like most great things discovered throughout history, this basic personalization ability is being revoked, and instead we are being forced into a monotonous consumer world where fresh ideas, personal style, and simple visual beauty are no longer options.

Ironically, the very thing that kept me away from Mac products all these years was the lack of variety in style, and ultimately it is what has caused me to cease further business with anything Apple related, and return to my absolutely beautiful, fully-customizable, universally affordable, openly accepting, non-conceited, I-don’t-even-give-a-sh*t-about-the-disadvantaged-security — Microsoft Windows 7 PC.

In conclusion, thank you for allowing me the chance to peruse the Mac world for as long as I did. Had your software not been available, I doubt my endeavor would have spanned more than a few days. I wish you all the luck in the future, though I don’t believe that’s necessary. Any company which conducts itself in such a respectful and customer-oriented fashion as you have is sure to go far :)

On the subject of dock changing -I have been using transdock in Mountain Lion
Ok it only creates a transparent dock but that suits me fine.

As for the ending of Candybar as we know it – very sad. I bought this app many years ago & it has been a joy to use through all mac OS updates. Thanks all.


10/3/2012 6:02 AM

i love panic company so much :D

mad m!kal

10/6/2012 4:00 PM


Joachim Craeye

10/8/2012 6:52 PM

Very Noble,

Amazing app aswell, Sad story :(
Good luck with your future plans.


Larry Horner

10/11/2012 10:56 PM

I have been with you guys from the start. Thanks for all the fun, and productivity help. Really great of you to go free. I will be looking for other Panic Products. Thanks again. All things change, bummer.

what the serial number ?

Thank you very much. Not everybody has Mountain Lion and many of us like to change our icons.

Apple could take a lesson from Panic in style, grace and customer satisfaction.
Right now, if Panic made a computer, I would buy one and it would be loaded with your software.

It is Panic’s CandyBar and Anthony Piraino’s Litho System that has kept my Power Macintosh G3 (MiniTowers) and PowerBooks (WallStreet and Pismos) “User Friendly” from iControl in OS 8.0 and 9 – CandyBar in OS X 10.4.11 and my MacBook OS X 10.5.2 – ?

Variety is the Spice of Life. Thank You for making it so easy to spice up my Macs!

Brendon Léon

10/16/2012 7:56 PM

I wanted to thank you so much for allowing CandyBar to be free to users. I’ve been secretly wanting to purchase this product for so long, and although I know the price is very affordable, I never had the extra funds to get it simply because my income always went to living expenses. Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to customize my dock and icons. This is really one of the coolest customization options available for the Mac, and I’m very excited to use all of its features. Best wishes on future products from Panic and hope that it’s as outstanding as the last.

Thanks again,

Brendon Léon
iPhone 4S 32GB White
MacBook Pro Early 2008

Mateus Almeida

10/17/2012 6:34 PM

CandyBar is, without any doubts, the best application of its kind! :)
It’s going to be sad without it anymore… But I understand Panic’s reasons…

stav rones

10/21/2012 8:16 AM

Dear Candybar,

stav rones

10/21/2012 8:18 AM

Dear Candybar,
I love this app, however i have a problem changing the icons for three applications, which include iphoto, imovie and garage band. They are slightly grey, unclickable, and have a little lock icon on the bottom right of the icon. I want to change them, but i can’t. Please respond, Stav


10/23/2012 1:52 PM

I just wanna say THANK YOU! Much appreciated what you have done folks. Greetings from México.

Thank you! very goooood!

Thanks so much for bringing me so much pleasure in customizing the look of my Mac! I’m really sad to see this post. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next! Mac users don’t take kindly to having our creativity curbed.

serial doesn’t work anymore….

David Baughman

10/25/2012 4:53 PM

Sup guys. I can’t seem to unzip the Candybar package after downloading it. I re-downloaded, just to be sure the first one wasn’t corrupted. No dice. Has anyone else reported this problem, or am I just “special”?

Zainuddin Jamil

10/27/2012 3:23 AM

Nice. Thank You!!!

Linda Dunn

10/31/2012 11:46 AM

Oh, Candybar…I wish I knew how to quit you.

THANK YOU for keeping this one floating around, and as a freebie at that. You’re racking up good karma, my friends.

first of all – you guys simply rock for being so honest and giving the software for free due to the recent changes in the osx..

second, i didn’t quite understand what does “it’s no longer possible to customize the Dock’s look” mean.. does it mean that it won’t be possible to change the icons of the softwares/folders on the dock?

Malcolm Rowe

11/2/2012 9:13 AM

I am wondering as I am still on 10.4.11 can I use candybar and if so where would I find a suitable version?

Malcolm Rowe

11/2/2012 9:21 AM

Sorry should have looked more closely

Duane Watters

11/4/2012 3:34 PM

Panic, thank you for the great application, and all of the work you have put into it over the years. It is a sad day when an application can be put down just because it does not fit in Apples grand scheme of world domination, and we should all look and act the same, “Think Different” they told us. Panic was thinking different long before Apple was, Candybar, IconFactory and Resedit were staples of the customizing your Mac experience. This is a sad day indeed, thanks again Panic for all of your work, hopefully Apple will change their course, but I doubt it.

I concur with VirtuaAnt, sharizzles, Ronin predictions about our once beloved Apple Inc. Apple will soon find that their decisions have driven off their most valuable customers and users. Not that they care, I’m noticing that they are going back to Apple Computer circa 1994, all of the “Cool” additions that they are adding to ML have been done before, and they are diluting their market with all kinds of cr@p. Do we really need two sizes of iPads and multiple types of iPods, All with similar price points? Raise your hand if you remember when there were 10 Professional type Macs and 15+ Education type Macs, not to mention the Messagepad and eMate. Apple was swirling in the gutter, If Steve had not thrown everything out they would have died long ago. Now they are swirling again. Only they do not know it. It is a sad sight to see for the Apple users that went through their dark times with them. My last upgrade was to Snow Leopard for the Machines that I have which will run it, and Leopard for the older machines. I will not even let them upgrade my work machine to ML. My next machine will be a Ubuntu machine, and my next phone will be an Android based device. and If I ever get a tablet it too will be an Android.

Riki Keckarovski

11/6/2012 3:22 PM

Dear CandyBar you are the first app that I add when I setup a new machine and the coolest one. Thanks for your coolness factor. Peace.

snorfle dibble

11/6/2012 4:11 PM

thank you candy bar!

James Campbell

11/9/2012 7:45 PM

This gesture from Panic is typical of them and all that has made Apple computers so unique. It is regrettable that increasingly, Apple appear to be working hard to destroy the very idiosyncrasy that has secured a following of millions. I recently ‘upgraded’ to Mountain Lion and whilst I can appreciate the technical improvements, for me, the interface is almost unusable with barely legible icons and the rest of the insipid grey theme. I am partially sighted and I now find that I cannot use my MacBook as easily as before (I upgraded from Snow Leopard) entirely due to the interface, which is not easily tailored to a more individualised preference. So much for Apple’s claim to provide universal access.

donno what to say how much i love this app. one of my first listing app. cheer up! staffs


I like the CandyBar software so much~ Can imaging without it on my desktop~ Thank you so much to create such a nice software for all of us ~!! thank you deeply


I’ve just found this page. I’m sad :(
Been using CandyBar and before that, Pixadex, and before that, iconfactory icons…. for ages… can’t remember.
Now I feel a little like an orphan. :'(
Still using Lion (10.7.5) and just upgraded to the last version (CandyBar 3.3.4). I’ll use it to keep my 10.000 (yes, ten thousand) icons organized. Been collecting them since my Mac OS 9 days…

If I understood well, CandyBar still supports OS X Lion (10.7.x)… so why is that I keep getting that strange banner “Unqualified system” ? I didn’t have this before…

Good luck, Panic people… keep up your great work.

Free!? How can that be? How will you eat? Buy coffee? Take the bus? You need to charge. Its worth it and people will pay!

I am using Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.2 and I don’t know why but I have the folders icons colored and personalized, I don’t know if it is due to “Mountain” or “ColorfulSidebar” and “SIMBL-0.9.9” but somehow it works. It is true that after to restart I have to restart also the finder but…

If I could include you a print-screen you could see that this is possible, and therefore it might be possible to solve the problem of to restart the Finder after a reboot.

Investigate this and come back to the market, good ideas deserve success.

As a new user I wanted to chime in with a BIG THANK YOU!!!

Well. I understand where you sit. As awkward as it may have been for you. Like one of the other posters, I appreciate what you have done for us. On the top of my list for every new install was to run Candybar to fix what Apple didn’t complete. The fact that you have now made this “universal”, I applaud. Godspeed on you next adventures.

RobbiNewman Light&Vision

11/25/2012 4:56 PM

I am still 10.7.5 so all seems to work….still….will miss the easy custom of my UI as Apple doesn’t always get it right….they should ‘lighten up’ a bit and stop going down the dictator pathway. Love your work Candymen

Shane Bonanno

11/29/2012 3:49 PM

Help me! Candybar replaced my system folder icons, and when i hit restore icons, the original folder came up in candybar, but after I log out and back in, some folders stayed the same! The most problematic being the generic folder!

i dont know how this work!!!:(


Hey Panic Inc. all I can say is thank you so much, it is a really kind gesture of you guys to make it free, how many other companies do that? You guys have my highest respect!

All the best! <3

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!


Just upgraded to Mountain Lion and my first question was: ‘How can I change the dock color?’. Sadly it’s not possible (without modifying the binary o.o). I really hope that Apple will allow dock changes again.

Thanks for making Candybar free. Keep up the great work! ^^


12/12/2012 4:02 PM

Thanx! Great app!

Emre Batuhan Türk

12/14/2012 4:52 AM


It sucks so bad……/.NOT

I’ve bought CandyBar about 3 years ago, 2 months after getting my first Mac ever. I’m quite sad that it won’t be updated anymore. I used it every time I changed my wallpaper to match the look of the icons, it was easy, fast and gorgeous.

Let’s hope someone will be able to hack OS X and give us back a CandyBar-like soft!

I’m already noticing that some of my icon changes via the wonderful Candybar have, well, changed. Pretty soon, Apple won’t even let us customize our backgrounds. I think the people at Apple should be forced to work in gray cubicles, wear gray clothes, and drive gray cars, and then be forced to find their cars in an Apple parking lot of gray cars at the end of every day. See how their creative juices just dry up. I’m a LONG-time user of Apple products, and as a creative, these changes just make me sick. Thank you for the ride, Panic. BTW, I’m REALLY looking forward to buying your Coda II. It looks so sexy, and much prettier than TextWrangler or even BBEdit.

I love this CandyBar program. It takes functionality on the Mac to a nice, creative level. I was proud to have made this purchases, which greatly enhanced my use of the Mac. Sad to see you go. Apple is very restrictive and does not give many options to be such a popular computer with creative types.

A very proud user.

12/30/2012 10:26 PM

You guys ended this right. Thank you for giving your hard work so willingly to the public. Made my very happy.

Glad to hear iconfacory is taking over. Awesome app thank!

I used CandyBar for a long time, not for as many features as others but to make my 2d dock clear of the ugly border and background, this version of CandyBar has not been able to do that ever since Mountain Lion, however if anyone is looking to do the same thing you can get Mirage’s current version which will do this for you. Cheers.

wow!!! thats so professional!!!! i have to give you a big congratulation and hope all your future projects be so fantastic like candy bar was until became so complicated to modify de os, thanks for all and again congratulation and thanks!!!!

I haven’t been paying attention and let a year or two go by without looking. I am now getting a new Mac and am just now checking on compatibility. I am so sorry to see you go. Many thanks for your non-support support. So nice of you and really tragic for you. Hope your future is very bright. Many thanks.

you are a real gentleman panic and you gained my respect
thanks for all these years of awsomeness thanks.

1/15/2013 11:13 AM


Zachary W

1/15/2013 7:05 PM

CandyBar has been my favorite app. I always used it to impress my friends. Im sad it going to stop working.
I got mountain lion and couldn’t customize anything anymore and was sad but still kept the app because of all the great memories.

Thanks for all the great years of dock customization

Bought CandyBar in 2008 — never regretted the purchase. We love you CandyBar!

you’re just great !!!! let’s customize my dock!!!! thank youuuu !

so sad to see you go, will miss your trash cans most of all, thank you for all the fun! :)

We love candybar. we will miss you cause you are colorized our vision and our mac…. thank you for all… we will be waiting…

Modesto Saltis

1/27/2013 8:33 PM

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2/5/2013 9:40 AM

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3/1/2013 7:25 PM

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3/5/2013 3:18 AM

I’ve bought CandyBar about 3 years ago, 2 months after getting my first Mac ever. I’m quite sad that it won’t be updated anymore. I used it every time I changed my wallpaper to match the look of the icons, it was easy, fast and gorgeous.

I haven’t been paying attention and let a year or two go by without looking. I am now getting a new Mac and am just now checking on compatibility. I am so sorry to see you go. Many thanks for your non-support support. So nice of you and really tragic for you. Hope your future is very bright. Many thanks. e-papierosy

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abran el codigo… open the sourceee

I will never update OSX anymore!!!!! ;)

Candybar was the best. what we’ll do in the future without it?
I’m an art-director and if you guys plan to do something like candybar or new app I will be super-happy to contribute! thanks for all this years. have a great day, Davide

Thanks !

i just want to say:thank you so much for such a good app!!


4/14/2013 11:01 PM

i keep coming across this “No backup exists for (null). Perhaps you have never applied any icon changes?” whenever changing my dock HELP

Candy bar really played a very important role on those fantasy icons in my air. Thank you candy bar and i will wait for your return.

Also getting error message “No backup exists for (null). Perhaps you have never applied any icon changes?” Any ideas how to fix?

One of the first apps I ever downloaded! So sad to hear the news. Your response though is super classy and I’m happy to have been a paying customer :)

I absolutely love candy bar… its sooo cool!!! so let me get this straight candy bar is not open any more!!! :(




LOL jokes….. I LOVE IT!!!!

AGGGGHHHH …. i hate candy bar

i love what candy bar does and my dock is awsome, hope the future still has candybar- no just kiddin’ its BULL SHIT!!!!
nah just joking AGAIN i love it wish u guys the best

candy bar ruind my life (dock) lol

nah just kiddin it awsome AND ill hope for the future it will be up and running AND free AND ur awsome wait did i say that before???

IT IS SO BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nah just kiddin i lov it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ingnore my last coment the thing did not work and i already said i was jokin SEE YA SUCKERS



because apple is full of a bunch of stupid assholes that is why they change shit so that we can no longer customize it. I’m so sick of their shit I was going to buy a mac mini but now they can eat shit and I’ll build a hack and run snowleopard on it. Screw lion and mountain lion and screw you apple!

huhbhubhubohbjn huh

Hi Please tell me, how can install windows in mac without dvd.

i nead some help

Wow :) Thanks … I try to fix Photo Police icon :D


5/30/2013 4:10 AM

Thanksgiving!!! It‘s so great!!


5/30/2013 7:42 PM


Will the dock feature of updating ever be addressed?

:) :P <3

:) :p :o

Bebjamin Ayup

6/19/2013 12:36 PM

10.8.4 support?

I’m not your country. and you aren’t with me. but you are helping me now by this app.
Thanks Panic:)

Mac 10.8.4 / CandyBar 3.3.3 (8.3)
Problem: A message appears “unqualified system”. Clicking on the update button it says
“No updates are available at this time. Please check again later”.
What can I do to have CandyBar work in full?


What?!!! Thanks for making CandyBar available for 10.8. This was my very 1st app I purchased when I got my very 1st mac! It was a must have for me!

I’m sad that you all wont be continuing to update CandyBar for future OSX updates. What will I do now???


I’m sorry my comment has to be here, but I’m desperately looking for a solution and I can’t find any online. Whenever I try to change the dock, it says Nothing to Restore.

Justin, in 10.8 they changed how the dock works you may only change the status lights underneath the dock. Now for my question. It says unsupported in the app on 10.8.4, is anyone having any compatibility issues with anything on the most current Mtn. Lion?


7/25/2013 11:08 PM

While it would be nice to continue to easily personalize icons, the reality has always been that as Apple grows its Mac market share, it will continue to become a popular target of malware makers. Whether specific to OS X or from other popular targets like PDFs, microsoft office apps, Flash or Java. Apple is moving in the right direction by avoiding the open playing field that malware creators enjoyed with windows for decades. While app sandboxing will require patience getting used to, the end result will be a safer & more secure computer with fewer bot-nets running from you computer. Even allowing access to icons can result in an easy breech of your computer security

But then there’s clearly a group of users that enjoy being a part of a zombie bot-net so that others can use them & their computers for their own nefarious activities… good luck

Cheers !

I was happy to see this was still available. All the bitching and crying aside, I was wondering if anyone with any programming experience could tell me if there’s a way to disable the unqualified systems message? I’m fairly comfortable getting my hands dirty, so if you just point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.

I got a license a long, long time ago.
A brilliant piece of software this. Really like it.
I have always stood by Apple, but this was rotten.
Apple managed to kill a business idea.
Bad, bad Apple.


8/1/2013 4:29 PM

Cooming OS X 10.9 Mavericks!
– August 2013 –

Sam Snider

8/6/2013 11:23 AM

any idea of how to get this to work on osx 10.9 developer preview

Sandman619, not necessarily the case. Sandboxing third party app’s along with user’s to set what applications have access to on their systems, CandyBar did not alter system settings aside from changing the “scurve-*.png” images the dock app used before 10.8.x.

CandyBar can still be used to alter application and system icons. Simply select the icon you want to use, either in CandyBar or not, copy it “command+c”, then select the app icons you which to change, open its “Info” window with “command+i”. Lastly, click on the small icon in the upper left hand corner of the opened info window, making certain the icon is highlighted in blue, then paste the copied icon using “command+v”. It’s very simple and allows you to still use custom icons from your CandyBar library.

The same may be done for system app’s:

Open “Macintosh HD/System/Library/CoreServices”. There you will find system apps such as “Finder”, “Dock”, “Screen Sharing” (I drag a shortcut to that app on my dock), “Archive Utility”, etc. In some cases you can perform the same tasks as described above, in other instances you may have to open the application contents to replace the .ICNS file. For example, right-click or option-click on an app (example “Archive Utility”), then open “Contents” and lastly “Resources”. Every OS X app has a “Resources” folder that contains its images/icons. This method requires the icon to be in ICNS format. Simply right-click on an icon in CandyBar you wish to use, select “Export”, then ICNS. Backup the ICNS icon in the application you are modifying, then copy the new ICNS file into the “Resources” folder. Make certain the filename is the same, example “Archive Utility” uses the filename “bah.icns.” You will be asked for you system password anytime you alter a core app.

It’s not as difficult as it seems, it’s the “manual” method as opposed to CandyBar’s easier solution. Since I have certain icons I always use, I simply exported them into ICNS files for each app and the required icns name and saved them in a folder. Saves me the trouble as all I need to do it drag the icns files into the applications “Resources” folder. Done.

Finder and Dock icons can be modified as well.

Sad to see such an amazing application go. I don’t think there are any actual alternatives, apart from doing it manually of course, which is going to be a nightmare in comparison..

Was there a specific reason for ending CandyBar? Would love to know, I have no problem donating If it means we’ll get support for future OSX versions..

Great application thnx for the awesome program!

Ignacio Garnica

8/24/2013 5:24 PM

Amazing application, my mac looks much better now :D

its really sad that you can not change the dock…. plz it really needs an update !!!!

Candybar lives!

Right before I found out Candybar, i purchased iconBox2 from Mac App store. After comparing 2 apps for a few hours. I would say two app is really similar, i wonder if there’s a connection between the two? But frankly speaking, CandyBar is much better in searching application to replace !! I deleted my paid app from my computer right away. I do hope CandyBar will come back in some way or another, too sad it’s name only make known to me after it’s time…

Jamie Chung

9/23/2013 6:20 AM

Wow! This is the best app I ever used! My mac looks AWESOME!

“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”“unqualified system”…. WHAT CAN I DO????

For those getting the “Unqualified System” banner: click on the serial number (PPQA-YAMA-E3KP-VHXG-B6AL-L) in the Panic Inc. blog above. CandyBar will open and the “Unqualified System” message will disappear.

Livia Olmeda

10/2/2013 1:16 PM

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Will you provide at least updated definitions for new OS versions? It sucks to have that banner that won’t let me change anything. If you don’t update the definitions, at least remove the banner…

thank you, i have used CB earlier..

Thanks! it works very fine when i use the code and thanks alot man! :) lovely

I have always been a big fan of Candy Bar and will miss it!

Any way to fix candybar on osx mavericks?

I am very happy to read this kind of. This is the type of manual that should be given and never the particular unintentional misinformation that

I don’t know where to put this, as it is a suggestion for a Panic product, but this seems the best place. I have to confess that I have never used candybar to customize the dock, as I only heard of its existence since getting a Mountain Lion Mac, however, I think that I have an idea on how candybar could possibly be resurrected to customize the dock appearance again. It would require rewriting the dock customization, but in the long run it would be worth it to all the users that love you.
Here goes:
Instead of replacing the system files that codify the dock appearance, create a mask that covers the dock like an iPhone cover or a Macbook case to render the method by which the dock is rendered irrelevant. The mask would also sense the current contents of the dock and create icon mockups for the mask as well. Icons that would require breaking code signing could still be replaced on the dock only by replacing the dock icon mockups. That said, I am not any sort of developer, but I think that this is possible.

i still get “unqualified system” with OSX 10.9

make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!

make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!

Mavericks support please! :(


10/23/2013 6:22 AM

Mavericks support please! :____(

Mavericks need it :(

Hey guys, as you know, candybar doesn’t work on the new system Mavericks. I’ve upgrated my MacBook and found out that some of my icons were changed to the default ones, but the others weren’t! And the worst thing is, I can’t even restore them all!!! So my launchpad now has a horrible mixed style and it’s driving me crazy. Please at least tell me how to restore them all!

Hi all! I remember Candy Bar was one of the earliest shareware I paid for and loving it since! I so love how I can customised my icons and Dock… especially the Trash Can!

Mine, and probably many other Candy Bar lovers biggest wish? Mavericks support! Oh come on Apple, lighten up! Your Trash Can icon isn’t the greatest looking one around :-)


Please an update for Mavericks!

Normand Despins

10/23/2013 1:51 PM

I always loved CandyBar and I hope it could work on Mavericks! It’s a GREAT software !!!

Plz, an update for Mavericks <3


10/23/2013 5:28 PM

Please please please update for Mavericks

I would like to add my voice to the chorus pleading for an update for Mavericks. I’ve purchased Candy Bar three different times in the past, and support you guys whenever I can – love your work! – and recently purchased both Coda and Transmit again. My biggest wish too, as another poster said. Thanks Panic team!

Hey guys, as you know, candybar doesn’t work on the new system Mavericks. I’ve upgrated my MacBook and found out that some of my icons were changed to the default ones, but the others weren’t! And the worst thing is, I can’t even restore them all!!! So my launchpad now has a horrible mixed style and it’s driving me crazy. Please at least tell me how to restore them all! Thx you…………

CandyBar is the last stronghold against Apple’s trend for uniformity and impersonality, please don’t let it fade quietly into the night.

Please update for Marvericks, please!

I’m holding of Mavericks, please make Candybar work on 10.9, I’d honestly pay 3x the old price…

Arnold Deerson

10/24/2013 8:50 AM

Having a lot of trouble changing system icons in Mavericks…….updated to CB 3.3.4 to no avail.
Please help

Please update Mavericks! Thanks….

I would be willing to pay for an update that allows CandyBar to function properly in OS X 10.9

Please, please upgrade to Mavericks! I would pay also!!!!!

CandyBar for Mavericks…that´s it…

CandyBar for Mavericks·······························

Please update Mavericks! Thanks….

Please, please hurry up… CANDYBAR for Mavericks :-)))

an update for Mavricks would be great, I will pay for it, too

CandyBaaaaar, please for Mavericks!!!

Mavericks support pleeeeeaaaase !!!!!!

Por favor, Candybar para Mavericks… IMPRESCINDIBLE!!!!!! (Valencia – Spain)

So sad to read that this is no longer being supported; I, too, ran to update Candybar for Mavericks support. I’d be willing to pay again for the software if it was being updated for this.

Used candybar since last year and it was the best icon changer I ever had, sad to hear it is unsupported to 10.8. I wish they could just make it back the way it was

Art Vandelay

10/25/2013 7:21 PM

One more voice asking for an update so Candy Bar will work on Mavericks! I’d happily pay for it.

Vaughn Green

10/25/2013 10:41 PM

I, too, would pay for Mavericks support.

Make it workable for mavericks please!!!!!


10/26/2013 12:38 AM

i will pay too this app must be updated !!!!!!


10/26/2013 9:51 AM

Mavericks support please?

Please update this for Mavericks, or release the code so that someone else can.

Mavericks support and more icons please , I would like to Pay !!


10/27/2013 8:42 AM

Please update this for Maverick.

When will this be updated for Mavericks?

Miguel Machado

10/27/2013 6:00 PM

Make it work in Mavericks =)

Mavericks support? Please? 

Don’t give up, Mavericks :-)

This app drastically changes the user experience on many people’s machines. Please consider a small update for Mavericks

Ho scoperto CandyBar pochissimo tempo fa e ora non ne posso più fare a meno! vi prego!! un aggiornamento per Mavericks, felice di pagarlo anche, non lasciate che finisca così!

Don’t give up, Mavericks

Please! Don’t leave us like this. Candybar is a “candy” just like an icon library organiser. If it doesn’t works good changing the system, please, make a simple icon organiser version and put it on App Store, I’m surely buying it again, and again!

I loved this app so much. Glad I bought it and supported you guys. I wish you’d keep it going. =( Don’t give up to Apple’s one size fits all totalitarian UI secret police! Fight the power and help us change our folder and trash icons!

Direct all your inquiries to Iconfactory since they are now the maintainers of CandyBar as per the last section up above. Iconfactory can make CandyBar Mavericks-ready. If they are going to do so – that’s another matter.

Ragazzi alcune icone le potete cambiare semplicemente con il copia incolla! basta andare dal finder ad applicazioni, selezionate la app desiderata poi cliccate: ottieni informazioni e sostituitela con una png a vostro piacere una buona parte di icone sono modificabili ma difficile x il cestino e il finder…. se trovate alternative scrivete!

I am about to change my icons now, but it stands that I need to have a new version of Candybar. The only thing is; I have the newest version. I don’t understand, can somebody please help me? I have tried to delete Candybar and download it again, but it doesn’t work

…I know it may sounds not good, but I payed for Candybar, and I want it to work! You first don’t be negative, and restart working good as you used to!
Please take in your hand your future and keep on doing good, it’s not fair that you leave all without support or update

Please upgrade to Mavericks! I would!
Candybar lives!

I would pay also!

please update to mavericks!! I love candybar and I can’t live without it, pleeeease!! :’D

PLEASE release a Candybar version that is compatible with Mavericks! The current icons are killing my eyes and almost all of us are eagerly waiting for an update!

Need an updated CandyBar for Mavericks badly!
Please make this happen…

+1 Mavericks looks so bad, we neeeeeeed CandyBar…

I would love an update for Mavericks. Please, make it happen!

Go for Maveriks!
Candybar forever!

Maybe if you don’t have time on your own it would be worth making it an open source Project.

We all really need CandyBar back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CandyBar for MAVERICK… we need you soon…..

we need u candy bar for OS X MAVERICK (10,9)

Bernard P.

11/3/2013 3:03 AM


Bernard P.

11/3/2013 3:05 AM



11/3/2013 5:39 AM

How about a crowdfounding project, I’m sure there will be a lot of people spending money in CandyBar X (or something).

Candybar for ever!

Bought Candybar before it was Candybar but 2 different programmes. Had every update since, now it has finally died on me and will be laid to rest alongside it’s still missed (by me) sibling AUDION.

CANDYBAR DOES NOT WORK FOR MAVERICKS! Please update! If this is a problem of funds for this project and that it was closed, probably many pay a lot in order to be compatible with OS Mavericks… I want to pay/donate CandyBar Update for Mavericks.

Bernard P.

11/4/2013 7:22 AM

TO: Panic, Inc. & IconFactory.
We are all willing to pay once again to get the update for Mavericks. As you can see you should take this into consideration.

To Everyone else! Lets just keep posting until they come back


11/4/2013 10:58 AM

CandyBar for Mavericks pleas!!

CandyBar for Mavericks we would be happy to pay to it please update for us

The new Mavericks icons are killing my eyes!
Please update for Mavericks!
Long life to Candybar…

so I had the full version, but it need to update 3.3.3 version and the web said it can’t be found

It is time to update again!

Alberto Alvarruiz Picazo

11/6/2013 10:07 AM

CandyBar for Mavericks please!!

open source… free… crowd source… lets get this working on mavericks

Plaese make a new version for OS 10.9 !!!!

Please upgrade CandyBar to Mavericks! I would pay! Best app out there!

Update for Mavericks? Like a lot of people, I’d pay to use!

Stolen from another blog:

To get CandyBar working in Mavericks:

Go into a terminal and enter this command:
sudo nano /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist
Then change the two entries denoting the Mavericks version number “10.9″ to “10.8″ and save the file.
Now open CandyBar and change your icons.
Make sure you change those values back once you’re finished to avoid future problems.
Rinse/repeat next time you want to run CandyBar again.
The only thing preventing CandyBar from working in Mavericks is this version check. No need to wait for an update (although that would make things waaay more convenient).

Hey… Why panic don’t create a Candybar for Mac OS X Mavericks? it will be awesome change icons on Mac 10.9

Doug Waltman

11/10/2013 7:40 PM

Would love to see this open-sourced so that folks that care about it can keep it up to date.


11/11/2013 7:55 AM

I’d pay for an update too, especially if it would handle dynamic icons or whatever they’re called. (The ones that aren’t supported in the current version, like for Aperture.)

Please Mavericks support !!! :D

نبغى تحديث ل Mavericks

Candybar が、Mavericks で何時ものように使える日を心待ちにしております!

If candy bar is handing the reins to icon factory, maybe it’s taking icon factory a little while to come out with a new update, because the just got the reins handed over to them.
Let’s just be patient and wait for the update.
It will come.

the originals are just ugly and plain!
What the hell is apple thinking? c’mon!

Please dear Panic Inc., update Candybar for OSX Mavricks. I would even pay for an updated version!


To get CandyBar working in Mavericks:

Go into a terminal and enter this command:
sudo nano /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist

Then change the two entries denoting the Mavericks version number “10.9″ to “10.8″ and save the file.

Now open CandyBar and change your icons.

Make sure you change those values back once you’re finished to avoid future problems.

Rinse/repeat next time you want to run CandyBar again.

The only thing preventing CandyBar from working in Mavericks is this version check. No need to wait for an update (although that would make things waaay more convenient).

Make Candybar compitable with Mavericks!

Thanks Unixwiz, your workaround worked for me!

Why should I go to your website and read to a mile long post, when Unixwiz gave me a brief step by step guide? You are basically saying what he said first, they only difference is, you rephrased what he said, made it longer and added pictures to it. This blog is not for free advertisement of your website!

Could you update to Mavericks!…Thank you for “colors of life”…

Please update Candybar for Mavericks! I miss it and I would love to pay for it again!


the mac os i used is 10.9 is there anyway to use candybar on this os ?


12/4/2013 11:50 PM

please update for mavericks! I’ll pay

Please update for mavericks, don’t let the wonderful world of icons die, please!!

The noble idea you present to all users for as long as CandyBar lives, shows us all there are more ways than one to skin a cat…
Thank you Ladies and Gentleman of Panic for your very kind of solution solving.
Much success.

Should be compatible with Mavericks in my opinion, just a small update to keep existing features working!

Stop spamming about Mavericks update already if Icon Factory wanted an update quick it would already be out. It seems Icon Factory got big plans for Candybar. It’s not here you should be mad and spam it’s on Icon factorys site. It will be ready when it’s ready, why not just change the icons manually? there are tons of ways, sure it’s a bit more complicated. But remember, OSX 10.9 has started to use PNG instead of ICNS on system icons (not app icons) Like finder, trash and system Icons in general, It could be harder than it seems, not even Icon Box which is Compitable works correctly. Just make a backup of evey Icon, download new ones and change them manually, took me like an hour to change everything, I even changed sidebar Icons which you can see here, So please give them some room to breath and just wait, a rushed program is never good.

I’ve used CB for a few years, but it just isn’t working now. I just downloaded v3.3.4 again from the website, but it will NOT work on my system, and I’m only running 10.7.5.

I always get the “unqualified system” warning. Several times I’ve dragged icons into the “Volume Icons” wells and applied, but they never appear in Finder or Path Finder, even after reboot.

For all of you gays.. check it out LiteIcon! (requires 10.9)
Its free!

when will candy bar be updated for osx 10.9?

Terry Beer

12/29/2013 5:28 PM



please make an update for mavericks

Iconfactory should update this for mavricks

It Sucks that CandyBar isn’t out for Mavericks yet, I mean I know it has “higher security”, but I downloaded and installed it without knowing I couldn’t use CandyBar!

I had Snow Leopard in the past and CandyBar worked excellent! Now that I am on Mavericks, I cannot use it anymore :( Please make the update for 10.9.1 !!! we’re dying out here

It’s going to be a Dull sight to my eyes when CandyBar breaths it’s last….
And it will probably be a long wait before Apple realizes their mistake!


2/9/2014 2:44 AM

thank you

2/19/2014 12:25 AM

this utility is awesome. really. i can change all my folder looks and much much more. i love it. its an awesome app.

thankyou creator

Ayham Victor

2/20/2014 5:32 AM

I have been using Candy Bar for a few years and still love it, its great.

Make It A Great Day
Thank you

Spencer McIntosh

2/23/2014 12:56 AM

Ive Been Using CandyBar Since I Was Just A Little Kid, Thank You Guys For Making My Mac So Much Fun For Many Years. I Bid You Well In All Of Your Future Projects :)

Interesting. Icon Factory is still charging for CandyBar. Wonder how many people actually know it’s free.

Please!!!! You really made good program! You need make update. 10000 people wants it!

Thanks.. it works

I don’t think I should have to read the entire post.
I don’t care what the developers have said, I just want what I want.
I want what I want RIGHT NOW.
Because I want it RIGHT NOW, it should be made available RIGHT NOW.
I also want it the exactly the way I want it, because that’s obviously the best and right way.
I want it to be free, because I shouldn’t have to pay for what I want.

Please make a candybar-update for the 10.9.2! It is so frustrating that it doesn`t work anymore…

thanks for command

Vikas Thakur

4/5/2014 9:33 PM

Really appreciate your move to make this software available for free. Thanks heaps

Reindel Alarcon

4/7/2014 1:54 AM

Thank you for this :D

This is awesome

please update it. i cant apply any of the changes to my icons and im on mavericks.

Gerardo Guerrero

4/9/2014 10:36 AM

Hola! Yo entiendo poco inglés. Pero quiero unirme a la súplica de que actualicen CandyBar para OS X Mavericks ¿Qué tan difícil puede ser? Yo lo pagué, y quisiera poder seguir usándolo. Es de profesionales! Saludos a todos! G.G.

CandyBar is and has been one of my all time favorite apps. I love being able to personalize how my iMac, and MacBook Pro look….nice dark folders and slick looking icons. I truly hope it is able to continue into the future because Apple taught us to “Think Different” and to have a computer interface that looks just like everyone else’s in the world would be extremely boring. Something like this belongs built in to the OS in my opinion. Hope you’re listening Apple!
Actually CandyBar is the ONLY reason I refuse to upgrade to Mavericks. I just don’t think there is much OSX 10.9 can offer me that is worth more than being able to use CandyBar. Thanks for everything Panic & CandyBar.


Also, could you please look into making CandyBar work with OSX 10.9 Mavericks? Even if every feature didn’t work, it would still be 100% better than no CandyBar for Mavericks….if you don’t I’ll never be able to update my Macs to OSX 10.9! I don’t know if you can still “get info, copy & paste” icons in Mavericks, but it may be an option for those who are using it


5/8/2014 1:31 PM

This app really, really needs to be kept up to date. Look at all the replies here, multiply the number by 10 for those who don’t bother to post, and you’ll easily have the projection numbers for app sales. We would all gladly pay for this app if you’d make it available for Mavericks.

Aldo Ovalle

5/9/2014 2:41 PM



5/13/2014 4:02 AM

In 2005 I bought MacBook (still with PPC) and CandyBar was one of the first software I bought for it. Now I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro 15″ with Mac OS X (10.9.2) and I’m sad to see that I can change my system icons anymore :(.

I LIKE THIS APP!!! But where can i get premium?

PLEASE release an update or at least the source code… I really want to change some of my icons that Apple won’t let me and only Candybar used to be able to do…

thank you for the wonderful years.

Many thanks for giving us your programme for Free.

I hope you come back when Yoesemite is made public because the icons Apple use simply stink and are plain plain plain with no life, colour or imagination. We need our CandyBar.

To Panic and Iconfactory devs I have a simple question.

Yosemite’s new icons, particularly the new folder icons are some of the most disgusting icons I have ever seen in my life from Apple. They are plain fluorescent/neon/childish/blurry folder icons that look like they came from from a cheap stock icons site.

My question is: will you use Yosemite proudly with those new fluorescent folder icons every day and be proud of it…? considering that you have the power in your hands to update CandyBar to work (potentially) with Yosemite? And save humanity from neon armageddon?


8/21/2014 12:33 AM

It’s a damn shame that Candybar no longer works with OS X. Damn shame, it is!

Jamie Chung

8/30/2014 2:20 AM


What a wonderful app!! i’ve been using it for years… thanks so much for all your efforts!