As it is for now there's no easy way to change a folder's icon with a custom one. Exampel I want to change my Steam folder which indicate it's Steam in that directory. I have tried with gio command also with gvfs-set-attribute command but it is deprecated.

gio set -t string metadata::custom-icon file:///home/orion/.icons/ePapirus/48x48/places/folder-black-steam.svg 

But it didn't work. Is there a way to use custom icons in "Files"?


  • It's on the wishlist but it's been two years ago: github.com/elementary/files/issues/171
    – Storm
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 7:33
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    This is interesting: github.com/elementary/files/pull/1189
    – Storm
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 7:44
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    The only folders I found a way to change are the ones with icons - Pictures, Downloads, Documents... I was trying to add some new entries into directories file where these are listed with no luck.. It is a feature that I miss from other linux/osx distros
    – Bo rislav
    Commented May 11, 2020 at 11:57


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