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Scrambler lets you encrypt your files to keep them safe from prying eyes. This is especially important when sending files to other Macs over untrusted email, instant messaging, and cloud-based services.

Scrambler is a simple, secure, and robust encryption app for the Mac. All you have to do is this:

  1. Drag a file on Scrambler's icon in the menu bar
  2. Type a password
  3. Encrypt
To decrypt an encrypted file, just drag it back on Scrambler and type in the same password.

Other Features:

  • You can also drag folders, or a collection of files and folders, on Scrambler -- more...

What's New

Version 1.2.6:
  • Fixes a menu bar icon problem introduced in version 1.2.4 (compatibility with Bartender, an app by another developer that manages your menu bar items).
  • Fixes some window positioning issues when using multiple displays with OS X 10.9.


  • OS X 10.7.5 or later

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TCalhau Member IconReview+0

I'm loving this app! Perfect ^^

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Version 1.2.6
Cowicide Member IconComment+1133

This is great, but I just wish there was some way to descramble the data afterwards. They could call it Descrambler or something.

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Version 1.2.2
Coding Turtle (Developer)

Scrambler allows you to both encrypt and decrypt. But I do provide another app—indeed named Descrambler—that is a free "decrypt-only" version of Scrambler.


Sorry, Dev, I was just being snarky.

Mfabache Member IconReview+27

Super concept for all the bloom of cloud storage systems cutting into the Dropbox market. Dropbox has selective sync, others do not.
The Scrambler would be SO dang useful here, but falls short as it does not delete the original (just decrypted) data.

Until that feature is added, 5 stars down to 3 stars.

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Version 1.1.6
Coding Turtle (Developer)

Since version 1.2, Scrambler allows you to automatically delete the original item(s) after encryption/decryption.

Tunt Member IconReview+4

1) Files get bigger
2) Use encrypted dmg for free

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Version 1.1.4
Coding Turtle (Developer)

1) The size may increase up to around 1.3 times, due to the Base64 encoding. This shouldn't be a problem for relatively small files, but can be an issue for larger ones. I'm thinking about removing the Base64 encoding in a future version; including it seems to have been a bad idea in the first place.

Coding Turtle (Developer)

Since version 1.2, Scrambler does not increase the file size.

Lounge Deluxe Member IconComment+197
Lounge Deluxe

Well I took the plunge anyway despite the lack of a demo version of Scrambler. I encrypted a folder with a size of 96MB containing 14 mp3 files using a four digit password. Scambler took about 15 secs to encrypt. I decrypted the file again into the folder it was, and then noticed that Scrambler takes 907MB of memory after completing its task. I don't know if that amount is problematic as my MBP contains 8GB RAM, but it strikes me as quite a lot.

Nonetheless Scrambler is a pretty cool and very useful app, simply drag files or folders to the menubar icon and enter a password. I would prefer for future versions a preference menu option and the possibility to drag files and folders to a Dock icon instead of the menubar icon (it's cluttered with icons already).

The 250MB limit is very annoying however, please release that limit asap.

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Version 1.0
Coding Turtle (Developer)

Thanks for your comments. I find it interesting that Scrambler uses 907 MB while encrypting such a small file. That is definitely way too much, shouldn't happen, and is something I have to look into. However, are you sure the memory doesn't get cleaned after the encryption is done?

I agree about that 250 MB limit. I'll see what I can do about it.

As for dragging files on the dock icon: Where, in this case, would you expect the password window to pop up?

Feel free to email me (at Scrambler's support email address) with your replies, or just reply here if you prefer.

Coding Turtle (Developer)

It should probably be made clear, right here in these comments, that the memory issues and the 250 MB limit that Lounge Deluxe mentioned were fixed starting with version 1.1.

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Version 1.1.4
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Downloads 3,005
Version Downloads 515
License Demo
Date 09 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $2.99
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