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Mail Badger is a free plug-in for Apple Mail that lets you create multiple badges to Mail's dock icon, to indicate the number of messages in different mailboxes, or the number of messages that satisfy a set of conditions.

The main features include:

  • Create badges that indicate the number of unread, read, or total messages in a mailbox or group of mailboxes
  • Create badges that indicate the number of messages that satisfy a set of criteria (such as the number of messages from a particular e-mail address, or the number that contain attachments)
  • Create badges that take their value from an arbitrary block more...

What's New

Version 0.4:
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused random crashing when the badge was updated.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Gabriel Radic Member IconReview+4
Gabriel Radic

I want Mail Badger to exist again, now that DockStar is no longer available.

I will pay for it.

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Version 0.4



Ditto ∞

Gabriel Radic Member IconComment+4
Gabriel Radic

DockStar is a paid alternative, I'm a registered user and it works well for me.

Mail I would love to have the option to collect items from multiple folder, like Mail Badger does.

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Version 0.4
Ericf Member IconReview+1

Was using this in Leopard, and now doesn't work in Snow Leopard. The developer's website only says something to the effect of "under construction" so there's no indication of if/when it will be updated.

Very dissapointing.

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Version 0.4
Ogman Member IconReview+0

Sounds like a great idea; but if the developer won't update it, it's useless. Maybe somebody else should pick it up.

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Version 0.4
Roro01 Member IconComment+0


I would be very grateful if the developer could upgrade it.

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Version 0.4
donebylee Member IconComment+45

There's an old saying: "You'll never miss your Mother until she's gone." Kind of how I am feeling on Snow Leopard without Mail Badger.

The good news is the developer is working on a SL release. Hopefully, we'll get it soon and can go back to not realizing just how much this makes our lives easier.

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Version 0.4

Well, I've moved onto DockStar. It works and it is ready now.

After weeks of waiting for a comment or a response, I gave up and moved on.

I love free apps and have donated to the few I use, but this really does underscore the difference between paid and free apps: responsiveness.


On the other hand, at least I can actually download Mail Badger, unlike DockStar, which constantly gives me "connection reset by peer" errors...

c-had Member IconReview+3

I don't know how I got along without Mail Badger. I have rules that automatically sort email to 2 of my email addresses into separate folders. With Mail Badger, I can have a badge for each folder, so I can see when I have new messages in either folder. It works great.

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Version 0.4
jkeller87 Member IconComment+0

I can't get past the Installation destination pane when trying to install 0.4, does anyone have any advice?

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Version 0.4
orgopete Member IconComment+1

To remove, go to users/user/library/mail/bundles and remove Mail Badger.mailbundle.

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Version 0.3
Jobby Member IconComment+41

Causes hangs for me as well - taking a sample from Task Manager confirms it's Mail Badger at fault (seems to be trying to update the icon badge at the time).

Unfortunately I closed the sample window without saving it (doh!) so I don't have anything to send the developer until it does it again :(

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Version 0.3
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Downloads 11,237
Version Downloads 6,521
Type Internet / Email
License Free
Date 10 Jan 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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