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Finder Labels in the TextMate Project View

Someone on the TextMate mailing list asked if there was a way to have the project outline show Finder colour labels, so here’s a plug-in to do just that.

Get it here


  • Now uses a 70% opactity for the colours to make the labels less overbearing, and draws with a gradient
  • Fixed a crash bug
  • Added label setting


You can now set the opacity level for the label colours manually, using this command:

defaults write com.macromates.textmate "TMLabels Opacity" 0.2

where 0.2 is the opacity you want (0 - 1: 0 is fully transparent, 1 is solid).

7 Responses to “Finder Labels in the TextMate Project View”

  1. on 11 Oct 2007 at 10:32 amOktay Acikalin

    at first it sounded nearly useless – but now i like it :) neat :)

  2. on 12 Oct 2007 at 7:18 amMartin Ström

    Awesome! Is there any way to customize what color the labels are? I think they are a bit to sharp and should match Finder labels a more.

  3. on 12 Oct 2007 at 12:12 pmTextMate Blog » Hacking TextMate

    [...] recently started a blog with several TM hacks, for example to make the project drawer show Finder labels or Subversion [...]

  4. on 15 Oct 2007 at 1:11 pmCiarán

    If I get time I’ll try to fine-tune them at some point, or possibly just reduce the opacity again.

  5. on 27 Oct 2007 at 12:10 pmAlain

    Works great and well integrated! Congratulations! How do you get the Project Drawer Background color in your sample picture?

    Thank you

  6. on 27 Oct 2007 at 9:17 pmCiarán

    I was probably using the

    • MissingDrawer plugin which turns the project drawer into a panel, and
    • one of subtleGradient’s TextMate themes
  7. on 04 Aug 2010 at 8:39 amLihm's Blog

    [...] in Finder. With them you can find the important stuff easier and faster in your directories. This Bundle adds this functionality to TextMate. IMHO very [...]

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