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By which I mean the files which are referenced as chrome://theme/IDR_PROFILE_AVATAR_X

I have identified the icon used as being %APPDATA%/Local/Chromium/User Data/Profile X/Google Profile.ico

But what I'm looking for is the image used in the top left.

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Same question (unanswered) for Ubuntu:… – Chromium User Jul 15 '12 at 20:08
  1. Quit Chrome (ensure you don't have any running)
  2. Find the Chrome application directory (e.g., on windows, it is %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
  3. Put your new avatar png file in the "Default" subdirectory.
  4. Edit "Local State" in a good text editor
  5. Find the "profile" section; it resembles this:

       "profile": {
          "info_cache": {
             "Default": {
                "avatar_icon": "chrome://theme/IDR_PROFILE_AVATAR_7",
  6. Ignore the "avatar_icon" line - it's not what you want!

  7. Edit the "Default" profile section and add the following lines (I put them in the right alphabetical order amongst the other lines; I'm not sure whether that matters):

                "gaia_picture_file_name": "your-icon-file-name.png",
                "has_migrated_to_gaia_info": true,
                "use_gaia_picture": true,
  8. Save the "Local State" file.

  9. Start Chrome.

If you want to do this for other profiles, just do the above steps for a different directory besides "Default" (for example, "Profile 1").

I had run chrome with the --gaia-profile-info switch before I tried the above, so you may need to do that first, but I'm not sure.

You may want to star the Chrome issue 91230 to get a proper UI for this type of thing again.

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It seems that it is necessary to enable Gaia profile info, however (at least in Chrome Canary) you can now do this from chrome://flags rather than having to run the app with the dipswitch on the command line. Also, on OSX the path looks more like this: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome Canary/Default/Preferences – Jon z Sep 8 '13 at 15:24
Is this not working anymore? – laggingreflex Jul 20 '14 at 16:52
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The icons are in the file C:/Program Files (x86)/Chromium/chrome.dll

You can use an application such as 7-Zip to browse the contents.

(You may need to close Chromium before you can access the file - or create a copy.)

Go to chrome.dll/.rsrc/BINDATA/ and you will see a bunch of numerically named files.

Files 6167 to 6192 are the avatar icons, in PNG format.

Unfortunately 7-Zip doesn't seem to support putting changed files back into the DLL, so need to find other software to do that...

Warning: modifying the chrome.dll does change the image, but also appears to stop keyboard shortcuts from working...

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Would you happen to know where they are located on MAC? – Joseph Marikle Dec 31 '12 at 15:21

Answer 1 totally does work. However, there are caveats.

  1. It puts a strange square around your image. I can deal with that but it's not as nice as the ones in the .dll.
  2. It stretches the image vertically. You'll have to "squish" it a bit to get the correct proportion.
  3. You'll have to go back into "edit" to select your new image
  4. Bob's your uncle. I'll attach a picture below so you can see the results.

You can see the results here:

enter image description here

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Here's your +10 - Nice Answer! – G Koe Mar 13 '14 at 21:20

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