The choice of either Blue or Graphite in Appearance looks so poor and sad. I am running OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 but the same ever boring colors have been in all versions.

Screenshot: Appearance Color Selector

is there ANY way I can change it? (anything goes)

P.S.: it's a computer from work I am stuck with so please don't suggest "get another laptop or another OS"


macOS 10.14 (Mojave) brings with it eight accent color choices (along with Dark appearance for all of them).

You’ll find them all in System Preferences. macOS Mojave > System Preferences > General

Next challenge: Find a defaults key that’ll let us set it to colors beyond the default eight.

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  • Found it. The key is AppleAccentColor but the options are simply indexed by preset integers. However defaults write -g AppleAccentColor doesn't seem to do anything, so I can't test anything out of range. – Jacob Ford Oct 18 '18 at 20:10

Users have been stuck with Blue or Graphite for over 10 years. They got rid of every other color since the death of the "flavored" iMacs of the early 2000s (remember those?).

Anyway, this is just an arbitrary decision they made long ago and there's not much you can do about it.

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I was searching for same functionality this afternoon and found the information in the below links which suggests an OS X 10.10 compatible version of Flavours 2 is imminent. I have not used it yet and do not necessarily endorse it but seems relevant to OP question.


Also, the previous answers seems to predate availability of the sneak peak version released only a couple of days ago 07/05/15.


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  • Thanks dude it's the only thing I found so far as well. Any others? – RumburaK May 10 '15 at 20:32
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    No that's all I've found The current UI look & feel is the reason I've not taken the plunge & bought a Mac just yet. The current dark mode doesn't go far enough for me. This looks promising though. – user3548783 May 10 '15 at 21:57
  • All well and great, but ONLY works on macOS 10.10. I have 10.11, no go. – Jay Imerman Feb 19 '18 at 19:20

Apple is strict regarding this option but there are some applications that you can install to run themes on your mac.

Another option is to enable Dark Mode:

_ Launch System Preferences from your Applications folder.

_ Click on General in the top-left corner of the preferences pane.

_ Check the box next to "Use dark menu bar and Dock" just below the Appearance option.

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  • Nobody said it's gonna be easy but there has to be a way. Not interested in dark mode, thanks. – RumburaK Apr 15 '15 at 13:17
  • Which apps BTW ??? – RumburaK Apr 15 '15 at 13:18
  • check this site but you have to pay flavours.interacto.net – MKK Apr 15 '15 at 13:45
  • "Unsupported version (10.10.3). Your current OS X version is not supported by this version of Flavours™. You won't be able to use Flavours™ for now." – RumburaK Apr 15 '15 at 14:03

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