The application that colors your icons according to their tag.

Drag and drop any Finder item into the Hue Dada icon to colorize it according to its tag.

Any tag change will adjust the color of the previously dropped item, without further intervention.

The application updates the icon based on the original preview of the item while a colored tag remains linked.

If you already use the Finder tags, you will be delighted to see them more easily now, or even to be able to identify them where they did not appear without Hue Dada ! (e.g., in the Dock stacks, in item lists in the menus, etc).

If you are not using the Finder tags, this is the opportunity to discover their features.

What’s New

Version 1.9.8

Security is increased, as Hue Dada ! now runs with a hardened runtime, in macOS. Code base has moved to Swift 5.0.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

bkrong ,

Makes finder so much easier to navigate

It’s amazing what a little color will do for navigating folder structures. Love this app!

sugrmagz ,

Great, with one request

Love that I can finally set folder colors to what they should be -- same color as the label! This is way too complicated by default (when you "adjust colors" on the folder icon in Preview, it takes much fiddling to find colors, vs of having a color picker) AND High Sierra doesn't seem to work as other versions. This little app solves the whole problem. My only complaint is that the folder colors are too muted. Red is almost orange, Yellow is almost umber, Green is muddy, and Blue is too light. I would really like to pick my own folder color with a picker, not rely on the app to decide what version of red is red, etc. One more plus: contrary to what some have said, there IS a way to do multiple folders at once! Just select them all, ctrl+click, choose the label you want, and then while they are all selected, drag them all to the icon. Wait a few seconds, and they will all change color. Yay!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for this feedback!

YOU CAN do exactly what you are asking for.

In order to use ‘stronger’ colors, you can add a tag whose name matches one of the ‘Crayons’ colors (from the color picker).

For example, on an English system, adding a tag named ‘Maraschino’ will color the item in a red red ;-) when adding it to the tracked items, by dropping it onto the Hue Dada ! menu.

In order to make this even easier, you can drag and drop the tag names out of the Preferences window (when in the ‘Colors’ pane).

You can also use any value from the color wheel, by first clicking the ‘bigger’ tag, near this draggable tag name… or, if you are an HTML expert, use the #XXX or #XXXXXX color names as tag, directly.

eanbadean ,

Works well, needs a few things

Color is really helpful for quickly flying through folders so it’s nice to have color in the Finder list view at the beginnig of the folder name—as opposed to the far right edge of the field. I do wish the colors could be tweaked a bit though. Multiple color tags are resolved by showing the most recently added tag--or the tags can be reordered in the Get Info window. There is no apparent way to stop Hue Dada ! from tracking a folder. One may remove all the tags so there is no added color, but the item is still tracked. I tried dragging a tracked item on to the menu bar icon to “untrack” it and got a dialog stating that the item is already tracked. Being given the option to stop tracking an item and/or edit the list of tracked items would be nice. I don’t know if performance is affected by a large number of tracked items so this may be a non-issue. Another feature I’d like to see is the ability to drag multiple items to the menu bar icon at once. For now they have to each be dragged individually. If global color tweaks become available I’ll put up with dragging items individually. If you’re not too fussy about the color and don’t have a million things to give color to this app may already fit the bill. Hue Dada ! is so much more flexible than using static colored icons if your workflows involve changing tags to visiually indicate an item status.


Frederic Blondiau
7 MB

OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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