How to modify the macOS system name and icon
Update 17/11/19: This post was updated with info pertaining how to change the icon
Have you ever felt the need to rename macOS to whatever you like? Like, suppose you’ve just adopted a dog and you’re wondering: “Wouldn’t it be cool if I called my OS “dogOS”?”. Well, Today, I’m here to make your dreams come true.
Important Notice: I am not responsible for any damage caused to your system. Be cautious when following this tutorial.
Next, go to the desktop and make two new folders, ‘Originals’ and ‘Modified’, then put
optool into ‘Modified’.
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/MacOS and copy the
System Information binary into both of those folders (the “Original” folder will serve as backup, so make sure to NOT ever lose that).
Open Terminal, then run
cd ~/Desktop/Modified and run
./optool strip -w -t System Information to strip the code signature (this is needed to run the binary, as macOS refuses to open binaries signed with a wrong certificate).
Open the System Information file in iHex, use
⌘F and switch to “Text” mode to find the
macOS <version name> (replace
<version name> with your version’s official name, note that it is case-sensitive). Replace it with what you want, as long as it’s the same length as before (spaces do count, so assume that you’re on Mojave, your total string would need to be 12 in length). Look for just
macOS and change the instance of ‘macOS’ that comes up near
OS_VERSION_BUILD to match with the first part of the string you changed earlier (I did macOS -> samOS). Don’t forget to save (Depending on the system configuration it may or may not ask for a password).
Now copy this modified
System Information binary to
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/MacOS and then enter your password to finalize the process.
Next, to edit the icon, there are two methods, depending on the version. If one doesn’t work, move on to the next.
- Go to
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/Resourcesand copy the file
Assets.carto both “Original” and “Modified”. Then, open
~/Desktop/Modified/Assets.carwith Theme Engine and replace any stock icon with the one of your choice. Save and replace the one in
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/Resourceswith it.
- Go to
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/Resourcesand copy every icon you want to modify to “Original”. Then, convert every icon you want to replace to the target format of the stock icon (for example,
SystemLogo.tiffis a tiff file, so I’ll want to convert my replacement to tiff) and rename it exactly like the stock one. Then, drag the modified icon into
/Applications/Utilities/System Information.app/Contents/Resourcesand confirm by entering your password.
Once you’ve done that, the only thing that’s left to do is see if it works! Open the About this Mac menu ( > About this Mac) and watch magic happen under your eyes (you may have to
⌘Q it and retry). If it didn’t work, make sure you followed every step correctly (in every case you can restart the process by restoring the backup). Ok, for this post it’s all, I hope to see you in the next one! See ya!
Well, technically, I was helped in writing part of this post by Discord user Alex Fox#0346, so credit goes to him