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Growl is a notification system that receives and displays messages sent by applications. You can (for example) be notified that you have new email, or that a download has completed.

What's New

Version 2.1.3:
  • Fixes an issue on OS X 10.9 where sending notifications to Growl will result in Growl logging "(null) doesn't have enough information..." whenever it receives an incoming packet.
  • The on/off slider is more accessible now.
  • Adds an improvement to how the selection of the default plugin worked in the displays tab.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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I *love* Growl. It's so much more flexible than OS X's built-in notification system. I hope more and more developers continue to integrate Growl into their applications.

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Version 2.1
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BigJohnson Member IconComment+171
BigJohnson
+0

The uninstaller SUCKS!

Since I upgraded to 10.9+ a few days ago, Growl was placed in an "incompatible Software" folder so I decided to get rid of it and try the Notification Center. I hate notifications in the top right corner and no customization options, but I'll try it for a while and see if I can tolerate it.

The uninstaller said "uninstallation successful." Then I noticed Growl was still in the Apps folder so I drug it into AppDelete.

Besides the App, there were also 3 folders remaining in my Library and one at root in /private/var/folders.

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Version 2.1.3
BigJohnson
+0

I suppose it's possible, even likely, that the installer was also incompatible with 10.9 and that's why it missed the folders.
No way for me to test that now.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
+2

I like this version and I am glad I bought it for Mavericks.5 stars for sure.

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Version 2.1.3
Old_guy Member IconComment+230
Old_guy
+0

Question: What is the + for using Growl when Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 has this by default?

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Version 2.1.2
Robby.is.on
+3

Has what? Notifications?

Growl has support for more apps, allows for customisation (look/placing of notifications etc.)

Neutralzone
+2

I use Growl because I like having more control over how notifications appear. Also, I like being able to prevent notifications for some apps and events.

And then contrast that to a Windows machine where the notifications constantly popping out of the taskbar can be overwhelming.

Cjbolland
+0

The notifications in OS X can also be disables for each or all apps.
I too do not see any value with Growl nowadays. Many new apps don't even used it anymore.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+3

Notifications is not a part of OS X 10.7. It made its debut in 10.8 and has hopefully been improved in 10.9. But Growl has been around much longer and was the go-to app for update alerts before Apple decided to include some of Growl's functionality in the Mac OS. Certainly Notifications makes Growl less essential than it once was. But we were using it for free for years before Apple figured out how valuable it was. The idea became important to Apple once they developed iCloud, the App Store and a number of other apps that depended on real-time alerts. Notifications is now a core feature of the Apple ecosystem on multiple devices. In my opinion the developers of Growl were wise to start charging for it while they still had time to make a little money on it. And it still offers features not included in Notifications.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
+3

Growl is a useful application and very utilitarian.

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Version 2.1.2
VRH Member IconReview+54
VRH
+6

I *love* Growl. It's so much more flexible than OS X's built-in notification system. I hope more and more developers continue to integrate Growl into their applications.

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Version 2.1
Hmfwic Member IconReview+17
Hmfwic
+2

I have 2 Growl icons and 3 Hardware Growler icons in my iMac's dock. I checked and I have only one app of each installed. Anyone having the same problem?

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Version 2.0.1
Robby.is.on
+0

Just remove the excess dock icons.

Neutralzone
+1

I have seen this problem too, and it also happens with the Cookie application. The strange thing is that if you quit the applications, the Dock icons remain and can't be removed by normal means. So if you started out with an application icon and a ghost duplicate icon, quitting the app leaves you with the ghost icon that won't die.

I am starting to think it is not a problem with the applications, but the Dock. The last time it happened I used Activity Monitor to quit the Dock and when it restarted, it returned to the normal one icon per application. Still not sure what the real problem is so I'm going to try that again next time.

JaredRide Member IconReview+7
JaredRide
+3

I purchased via the mac app store and feel robbed.
No notifications for incoming mail messages????
Please help... please.

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Version 2.0.1
sjk
+3

Growl doesn't support Apple Mail notifications by default; look here:

GrowlMail
http://growl.info/growlmail/

Other help resources:

Growl - Contact
http://growl.info/contact.php

Growl Discuss - Google Groups
https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/growldiscuss

JaredRide
+4

SJK... Correct... AND... GrowlMail doesn't support Mail notifications in any Mac OS but some of the much older versions.
To be lacking the very most fudemental support for notifications and still charging $4.00 for a very buggy (tried it with Spotify??) software is absurd.

Robby.is.on
+2

Jared, 4 dollars is a modest price for an app of Growl's complexity and far from "absurd".

http://growl.info/applications lists many applications that support Growl. Anyone interested in purchasing Growl can read it. Growl supports needs to be added to apps by their respective developers so you cannot fault the Growl devs if Spotify misbehaves.

http://growl.info/growlmail/ informs why GrowlMail isn't bundled with Growl.

Aargl
+1

Yes, Jared, you're pretty unfair: they discounted one cent for the lack of Mail support... ;-D

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+1

That problem is more or less solved in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, with Notification Center, which does list Apple Mail messages - which can be a pain, actually, if you get a lot of e-mail. In any case, in the General tab of Mail's preferences you can set Mail to make an audible notification sound when a new message arrives.

sjk Member IconComment+996
sjk
+1

Works fine except for inability to clear notifications for specific apps in the Growl Notification Rollup; only clearing all of them works (and I wish there was a keyboard shortcut for doing that).

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Version 2.0.1
sjk
+1

Oh… and there's the issue with hidden Growl temp files showing up under Trash/Recovered Files after system restarts, which mysteriously only on one of my similarly configured systems.

gatovadio
+0

sjk, you can clear individual notifications in the rollup. there's a small (x) to the left of each one.

sjk
+1

Clicking that 'x' has no result here, gatovadio. Sorry my explanation of it wasn't clearer.

sjk
+1

Thanks for the suggestion, Chris. Same result after that extra mouse cursor motion. I'll followup more about this on Growl Discuss with specific details (including related Console output).

sjk
+1

Link to my followup in an older Growl Discuss topic about this issue:

Clearing Notifications
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/growldiscuss/XPu4vro0zKY/AAS8zJnmMXIJ

Nontroppo Member IconReview+515
Nontroppo
+0

Growl is still a valuable utility for managing notifications, even in the age of 10.8 and its Notification Center (NC). However, the official support for NC is actually worse than the previous non-official plugins because you cannot select on an application basis what goes to NC, and every notification is labelled as Growl no matter what app it originally came from.

Why can't growl treat NC as a "style", so we can choose on a per-app basis whether to use it and thus also have notifications named correctly. This is why for me Growl is currently a 4-star utility.

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Version 2.0.1
Christopher Forsythe
+2

We can't do anything with the icon in NC. NC does not allow you to specify custom icons. It will use the running processes icon, and that's it. So the best solution for you is to grab Bark and use that. Bark does a hacky (yet cool) thing that we just cannot ship.

If you grab Bark you can treat it as a style on a per app basis.

We solved the Growl -> NC problem for about 80% of our users who wanted it, the requests for NC support completely went away once we put 2.0 out. I agree it's annoying that the icon cannot be set. Unfortunately that's out of our hands and in Apple's hands. Their notification solution isn't as configurable as ours, and this is the result for us at least.

Hope this helps.

Chris

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
+3

I like this Notification System and am glad to vote it 5Stars. I wish I could give it more!

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Downloads 318,341
Version Downloads 23,183
License Commercial
Date 30 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $3.99