Ever wondered how you can extract an application’s icon?
This tutorial is designed to help you struggle through an application’s hidden files (just kidding, it’s pretty easy) in order to extract a single, elusive icon.
It’s straightforward, beginner friendly, and quick.
Experience required customizing: none
Time needed: less than 2 minutes
In this tutorial, we’re going to use SlipCover as the example, an awesome freeware application that allows you to create custom folder icons for tv shows, movies, etc
The file type we’re dealing with is .icns, which is, in sum, an Apple image file that all applications use to display their icon.
Open a new Finder window
Go to your Applications folder (or wherever else the app whose icon you want to extract is found) and select the app. Here I’ve selected SlipCover.
Right click (or Control-Click) on the application, and click “Show Package Contents”. Applications are packages, bundles of code and resources, and here we’re going to be taking a look at SlipCover’s innards to get to its icon.
Now we’re going to open a bunch of folders to get where we need to be. Switch to Column view, as this should make things more clear. Then, successively click the Contents and Resources folders as displayed in the picture below.
Switch to Cover Flow, as this will make what we’re looking for much clearer, and sort by “kind” in the list below the cover flow box. We’re searching for the ICNS file that looks like the application icon, and what do you know…
Now that we’ve got our icon, drag it to your desktop or wherever else! Have fun customizing!
Final preview of SlipCover’s application icon, in beautiful 512×512 resolution. (icns file)
Like I told you, quick and easy! Most apps have their icns named after them. If you were going about extracting iTunes’s icon, the filename would be something like itunes.icns.
I hope this tutorial cleared up what’s been a commonly asked question among Mac customization junkies!