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Word Counter is an application that performs a word count and a character count, but it can do much more. It can be used independently or in conjunction with other applications such as TextEdit, Microsoft Word, Pages, TextWrangler, and others.

Word Counter can automatically update the count based on a user-defined time interval. It can show the progress achieved towards a set goal for the total number of words and characters. It also can perform bulk counts on multiple files and folders simply by dropping them onto the window. Word Counter can count the number of times a particular word appears in a document. more...

What's New

Version 2.10.1:
  • Added support for TexShop
  • Added support for odt and docx files
  • Better compatibility with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Ignoring minor words are now handled appropriately in the frequency counts
  • Ignoring words less than a specific length are now handled appropriatel in the frequency counts
  • Hyphenated words are now handled appropriatey in the frequency counts
  • Minor more...


OS X 10.5 or later

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HarryN9692 Member IconReview+0

This app give an extensive report about the number of words. Even though I prefer a handy tool of the web version more, such as http://wordcounttools.com/.

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Version 2.10.1
flyte44 Member IconReview+4

Doesn't PopClip do this exact same thing; as one of its many downloadable options?

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Version 2.10.1

PopClip isn't free.


PopClip (with its annoyingly aggressive pop-in window which partially obstructs the text you're working on) will give you a word count. Period.

Word Counter, working in your choice of text editors, will give you word count with an auto update, as well as word frequency, readability stats, and preferences to ignore certain words (or words of a set length), to count hyphenated words as one or two words, to exclude a list of chosen words, to give character count with or without spaces.

Not, I think, the "exact same thing."

Lesoth0 Member IconReview+208

What I find the character count is brilliant for is actually SEO work with Title and Meta Descriptions etc.;

This is absolutely invaluable for that.

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Version 2.10
Lesoth0 Member IconReview+208

Actually still works a treat (word and character counts) in OS 10.4 Tiger (despite the minimum requirements of Leopard).

Happy days.

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Version 2.10
Bobzozus Member IconReview+41

What a great app! And, for free. Please frequent the developers web site and get a screen saver. Or, donate. What a gem!

The perfect complement to any word processor. The perfect augmentation to any writer's armamentarium.

Along with Apple's own dictionary and word services; and Spell Catcher- I feel truly supported to just write- with whatever tool I wish.

This is especially useful for Text Edit Users. One of those apps that once you have- you wonder how you lived without!

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Version 2.10
Peter da Silva Member IconComment+94
Peter da Silva

Does it work as a Service, like WordService?

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Version 2.9
Yoxi Member IconComment+54

Great app - though I'd really like to see it work with Mail messages too, please :)

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Version 2.8
Roro01 Member IconComment+0


... to the developer for fixing the bug I mentioned below.

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Version 2.8
Roro01 Member IconComment+0

Still the same "AppleScript Error" as I mentioned below.

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Version 2.7.1
pi-314 Member IconReview+1

Many thanks for this clever, simple, and helpful application. Used with TextEdit, it will allow me not to buy MS Office, as I only used Word to write articles without layout... but I needed absolutely a powerful word counter. Here it is !
Icing on the cake, the developer is so kind and responsive.

Congratulations from France

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Version 2.7
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Downloads 23,801
Version Downloads 3,929
License Free
Date 16 Feb 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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