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UPDATE 12/4/2013: I'm now running a top of the line Macbook Pro with Mountain Lion (need to get around to installing Mavericks) and the below instructions are no longer necessary for getting it working. You can do it within the app itself. Go to Options, Multiplayer, Import Spray. It'll open up a dialog with your file structure. Note that it shows it not in the usual Mac way but more like Linux or Windows. (Meaning the actual file system structure.) You'll probably have to go to the proper folder (if it's under your directory, it'll be /Users/(Your Name)/ and then whatever folder). Select your VTF or JPG or Targa file, and you should be good to go. Note that if you're making your own sprays, there's specific file size and image size requirements, and some formats require specific options beyond that as well. Other places can clue you into the specifics that. If your file still doesn't work, check to make sure it's within those parameters.

If you find these instructions STILL don't work after that, the below instructions from when TF2 first came out for the Mac might be helpful for you.

EDIT!: I wrote this YEARS ago, under either Leopard or Snow Leopard. I no longer have a computer that can run Steam, so if you have questions, there's a really good chance I will NOT be able to answer them. However, if you still want to ask them, I'll leave 'em up (or unscreen them, if need be) so that someone else coming here can answer them. Also, someone else in the comments has given modifications to this for Lion. If that's what you're running, check it out.

So looking around online, I saw no one who had the information on how and where to install custom sprays for TF2 on the Mac. So I decided to figure it out for myself and post the information in hopes that others looking to do this will find out how the easy way.

NOTE! All the tutorials I've seen on MAKING sprays for TF2 require a Windows-based program. I saw someone who had a plugin for Photoshop but I don't know if it's Mac compatible. & has a good tutorial on creation and/or installation for the PC. But the location is different on the Mac.

So... there's 2 different ways to do this that I've figured out so far. 1 works ONLY if you also have a VMT file with your VTF file. The other works if you have VTF files alone. (NOTE! I tried an animated one with the VTF only import and it only sprayed black. I don't know if it was a problem with that file or the import process.)


1.) Place the VTF & the VMT file in...
Macintosh HD > Users > [USERNAME] > Documents > Steam Content > [STEAMUSERNAME] > team fortress > tf > materials > vgui > logos

2.) Copy the VMT also in
Macintosh HD > Users > [USERNAME] > Documents > Steam Content > [STEAMUSERNAME] > team fortress > tf > materials > vgui > logos > ui
(You may have to create the UI folder yourself.)

Then you'll need to go into TF2, select Options, Multiplayer, and then Select Image. It should be in the menu. If that doesn't work, try the below method.


You'll import it using the import interface in TF2.

1.) Place the VTF file in a folder that the import interface can see. For some reason, it shows some folders but not others and I haven't figured out the pattern yet. HOWEVER, if you put it in Macintosh HD > Users > [USERNAME] > Documents, I've found it can see it.

2.) Go into TF2, select Options, Multiplayer, and then Import Spray. Go back to the Documents directory and select your VTF file.

(Note that it also says you can use TGA (Targa) files, JPGs and others. I tried some TGAs and it gave me an error message. I'm not sure if the others work, though.)

I hope this helps! If you have found other ways and/or better ways that you've actually tried and that works FOR OS X, feel free to comment below. If I find better ways, I'll update this.



( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 21st, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
TF2 sprays
I dont know if this will help,

but i just made a file in photoshop at 255 x 255 pixels, saved it as a .tga / targa file, went to options, import sprays, followed the file destination that was in the tf2 import search menu, placed my tga file there and blamo, worked like a charm.

Feb. 12th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: TF2 sprays
Awesome! Thanks!
Oct. 2nd, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
i dont have steam content folder in my docs...
Jul. 8th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Me too :(
Oct. 18th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
I'm trying to get a spray as well and this would help. But i don't know what a VTF or VMT file is or where to find it.

Feb. 12th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
VTF or VMT files are both spray files for TF2. Do a search for "TF2 sprays" and you'll find websites that offer up sprays for DL.
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Know this was a really old blog post, but it helped me a ton. Thanks!
Feb. 12th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks.
You're welcome! Are the above directions still completely accurate or do I need to change them a bit? (I don't have a Mac that can run Steam or TF2 at the time being.)
Mar. 6th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
TGA works too
Needs to be a 256x256 32-bit TGA file without compression and then TF2 can import it fine.
Apr. 17th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
FIX for mac lion
THis will not work right away on lion, as it seems apple has put fourth an effort to
simplify their folder system for the computer illiterate.
If you want to see the folders mentioned above, you must open finder
then in the menu bar at the top of the screen click
and then under devices you will see the name of your computer
click the box next to it
now look at finder and, viola! All your hidden folders can now be found!
Jul. 8th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: FIX for mac lion
Apr. 22nd, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC) has a ton of great sprays for whatever you might want!
Just sayin' bro
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I did everything you said and I saw the spray I wanted to import, so i clicked it and... NOTHING please help I'm so confused and i don't know what to do!!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't help beyond this, because I don't have a computer that runs TF2 anymore. Sorry! You'll have to ask someone else. If you're running Lion, though, I just unscreened a comment that might be helpful.

Edited at 2012-06-23 03:16 pm (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
please update for lion
i did this, and there is now a way to do it differently.
to get to the sprays folder, you must do this: (copy and paste) ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/[Yourusername]/team fortress 2/tf/materials/vgui/logos
then you put the VTF and VMT files in there. then you create a folder titled UI and copy the VMT file into there. I hope that this helped!
Jul. 9th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: please update for lion
Thanks so much for the update! I really appreciate it!
Sep. 1st, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
I have only a .vtf file and I copied it into the UI folder (had to create one) and I can't go past the "tf" folder in the in-game import sprays menu. The only folder that I can open is bin. PLEASE HELP ME!
Sep. 1st, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Stick the vtf file in the bin or the tf folder, go there. It's not an elegant solution, but it gets the job done, right?
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