Change ColdFusion Builder's Icon

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So while I love ColdFusion Builder, I'm not a big fan of the logo. To me, it looks way too close to the ColdFusion Server logo, and while I can live with it, Eclipse makes it pretty darn easy to change. All you have to do is fine the CFBuilder.ini file. On the Mac, you would right click on and do "Show Package Contents". On the PC, you would sell your laptop and buy a Mac. Once you've got the file, just find this line:


and change it to whatever you want. So for example, I changed mine to:


And now I can run it in "Old School" mode:

You can download the ICNS file I used below. I also tried CFDude:

But the icon was a bit too small. Note - when you start CFBuilder, you will see the original icon for a second or two. After it goes done loading though the new icon will be used.

Download attached file.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Scott Stroz posted on 2/23/2010 at 12:14 AM

I took this one step further (or maybe one step back) and made my own CF 'splash screen'

Comment 2 by Dave Watts posted on 2/23/2010 at 1:42 AM

"On the PC, you would sell your laptop and buy a Mac."

Aw hell no. I'd take the $1500 I saved by buying a PC and hire some guy to browse to c:\eclipse or wherever I installed it, and edit eclipse.ini or cfbuilder.ini. And then I'd go out and have dinner and see a movie. And then I'd go buy some gadgets because, well, I'd still have maybe $750 left over. Or hookers and blow, whatever. So, no thanks on the Mac bit.

Dave Watts, CTO, Fig Leaf Software

Comment 3 by Adam Tuttle posted on 2/23/2010 at 1:46 AM

Hm, on my Mac I use CFB as a plugin for Eclipse instead of the stand-alone install. Doing this, the icon is only changed while the app is running. Before and after running it's the plain vanilla Eclipse icon. Perhaps it's time to get a copy of Candybar:

Comment 4 by Scott Stroz posted on 2/23/2010 at 1:52 AM

@Adam, after right clicking and choosing 'Show Package Contents', you will see a file named 'info.plist' in the 'contents' folder. Edit that file to point to the new .icns file you add and that icon will be used in finder, as well as the dock.

Comment 5 by Josh posted on 2/23/2010 at 3:19 AM

Actually, on the PC you right click --> properties --> change icon.

Comment 6 by Gary Funk posted on 2/23/2010 at 5:00 AM

Real computers rule.

Comment 7 by Aaron West posted on 2/23/2010 at 9:50 PM

I tried changing my install of Eclipse + CF Builder to use the lightening bolt icon and it didn't work. No idea what I'm missing. I opened the (show package contents), went into Resources, opened the plist file and changed the appropriate XML node to studio.icns. I also added the studio.icns to the Resources folder so the path to the old icon and the new icon were the same.

Comment 8 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/23/2010 at 10:13 PM

plist? No - it is CFBuilder.ini. Oh - unless it's different for you being a plugin to Eclipse.

Comment 9 by Scott Stroz posted on 2/23/2010 at 10:19 PM

The .plist file should be what tells OSX what icons to use in Finder and the Dock.

@Aaron - I had some issues changing it a second time. I am not sure what I did (if anything) to get it to use the latest icons I specified.

Comment 10 by Aaron West posted on 2/23/2010 at 10:36 PM

@boyzoid - Yea, I edited the plist file and it didn't work. So I guess I won't be as cool as Ray. =)

Comment 11 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/23/2010 at 10:41 PM

Dude, you can't touch this:

Comment 12 by Ben Riordan posted on 2/24/2010 at 12:54 AM

If anyone is using the CFBuilder plugin for Eclipse instead of the standalone installation, I have always found this to be a much more appealing icon for eclipse:

Comment 13 by Adam Tuttle posted on 2/24/2010 at 2:05 AM

@Aaron & @boyzoid - I was able to get the icon to change permanently on the dock (before, during, and after app startup) by leaving the info.plst file alone, and instead renaming Eclipse.icns to Eclipse.icns.orig, and replacing it with the new .icns file named "Eclipse.icns" -- must be something hard-coded to use that file when the app isn't running.

In addition, there's a pretty neat plugin that lets you provide your own splash screens: (put the jar in eclipse/plugins, and restart eclipse, check preferences > General > random splash screen).

Comment 14 by Aaron West posted on 2/24/2010 at 2:09 AM

@Ray - Seriously? You have /nothing/ on me. Nothing.

Comment 15 by Aaron West posted on 2/24/2010 at 2:13 AM

@Adam - Thanks for the clarification. I have it working now with the icon Ben Riordan posted in these comments. It's a great Eclipse icon.

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/24/2010 at 2:37 AM

Dude, one _wall_ of my office has more than that. ;)

Comment 17 by Aaron West posted on 2/24/2010 at 2:39 AM

Photo please.

Comment 18 by Aaron West posted on 2/24/2010 at 8:28 PM

Ray, can you post the CF Dude icns file? It wasn't part of your download but I'd like to try that one as well.

Comment 19 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/24/2010 at 8:31 PM
Comment 20 by Shimju David posted on 2/24/2010 at 11:19 PM

It will be nice to see if the default Icons of CFM files and CFC files displayed with slight difference. Whats your thoughts?

Comment 21 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/25/2010 at 4:18 AM

@Shimju - that would be set at the OS level. That's pretty easy afaik.

Comment 22 by Ben Riordan posted on 5/25/2010 at 11:22 AM

Here are some icons to update the CS4 style to CS5 for CFBuilder.

Comment 23 by Shimju David posted on 5/25/2010 at 2:18 PM

For PC users go to - an excellent utility to manage file icons. No need to buy Mac for this reason:)