How To Change Dock Color in macOS

Have you ever thought of changing the color of your macOS Dock in order to give it some personal touch? If yes, it's time to live up to that wish in full-fledged form. Let me walk along with you through the steps!

Changing Mac dock color is one of my favorite ways to add a nice personal touch to the notebook. Though it does involve a bit of workaround, the end result is worth its weight in gold!

So how do you make the Dock look colorful on your macOS? Well, you need to first disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) on your device to move ahead with the process. Then, you will have to copy certain files and use a photo-editing app to tweak their color. And yes, Terminal comes into the picture as well. Ready to give it a shot on your device? Let me walk you through the process!

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How To Change Dock Color on Mac

Note: As mentioned above, ensure that SIP is turned off as you won’t be able to go ahead if it’s still enabled.

Step #1. Launch Finder on your Mac and head over to /System/Library/CoreServices

(To do so, click on Go menu → Go to Folder → enter /System/Library/CoreServices and then hit Go.)

Click on Go to Folder in Finder on MacGo to CoreServices Folder on Mac

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Step #2. Next, right click on and select Show Package Contents.

Click on Show Package Contents in Dock Folder on Mac

Step #3. Next up, head to Content folder.

Open Contents Folder on Mac

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Step #4. Open Resources folder.

Open Resources Folder on Mac

Step #5. Up next, you have to copy and paste the below-mentioned files on your desktop or folder—whichever works best for you!

  • dockbackground.png
  • dockbackground@2x.png
  • dockbackgrounddark.png
  • dockbackgrounddark@2x.png

Copy Dock Background Image Files

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Jump over here to get the sample files for the blue dock.

Note: I would recommend you to create a folder named Backup. Then, you need to paste the four files into that folder. It is to ensure your backup files are safe. Besides, you can use them in case some untoward things happen. They can also come into the picture if you ever wish to revert the changes.

Step #6. Next, you have to use your favorite photo editing app to change the color of the copied files. I’m going to use my all-time favorite Photoshop.

You can simply choose the paint bucket tool and hit the transparent box to add color to it.  Make sure to use the same color for all the files.

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Edit Dock Background Images in Image Editor

Step #7. Next up, you need to paste and replace the edited files into the resources folder. You may have to enter the password for authentication.

Paste Dock Background Image Files

Step #8. Finally, launch Terminal and enter the below command to reload the Dock.

sudo killall Dock

Run sudo killall Dock Command on Mac

Voila! Check out, the color of your macOS Dock. Doesn’t it look eye-catching?

Have your say

I wish macOS came with a built-in option to customize the Dock using a variety of colors. What do you think? Share your thoughts down below in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


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