I use BBEdit for my coding. I know how to tell all my .cfm, .php, etc. files to open in BBEdit. But The icon is just the plain Jane (what did she ever do?) dog-eared document icon. Instead I'd like to customize the document icons by file extension so that .cfm and .php look distinct from each other. Any way to do this that doesn't involve me editing BBEdit's plist or periodically repeating the process so newer documents now have the right icon shown?


You could set up a dummy "file opener" application (e.g. based on Automator or AppleScript) where you store the icon and file type information as described here.

Associate that application with your file types, and have it provide the icon. What that application should do when started: Open the passed files in the real viewer/editor, BBEdit in your case.

As I don't have BBEdit, here's my AppleScript solution for passing files on to TextMate:

on open theItems
    set args to ""
    repeat with i in theItems
        set args to args & quoted form of (POSIX path of i) & " "
    end repeat
    do shell script "open -a TextMate " & args
end open

Save as application in AppleScript Editor, add icons and file type information to that application as described in the linked answer, and associate those exotic file types with this application.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.