Growl
Growl 2.1.3
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Notification system for OS X apps.   Commercial ($3.99)
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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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Growl User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 31 Oct 2013
I like this version and I am glad I bought it for Mavericks.5 stars for sure.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Old_guy commented on 11 Oct 2013
Question: What is the + for using Growl when Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 has this by default?
[Version 2.1.2]

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Robby.is.on replied on 30 Oct 2013
Has what? Notifications?

Growl has support for more apps, allows for customisation (look/placing of notifications etc.)
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Neutralzone replied on 31 Oct 2013
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.
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Cjbolland replied on 31 Oct 2013
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.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 01 Nov 2013
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.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 27 Sep 2013
Growl is a useful application and very utilitarian.
[Version 2.1.2]


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VRH reviewed on 01 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]


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Hmfwic reviewed on 01 Feb 2013
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?
[Version 2.0.1]

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Robby.is.on replied on 01 Aug 2013
Just remove the excess dock icons.
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Neutralzone replied on 01 Aug 2013
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.
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JaredRide reviewed on 11 Dec 2012
I purchased via the mac app store and feel robbed.
No notifications for incoming mail messages????
Please help... please.
[Version 2.0.1]

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sjk replied on 13 Dec 2012
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
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JaredRide replied on 14 Dec 2012
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.
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Robby.is.on replied on 01 Aug 2013
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.
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Aargl replied on 01 Aug 2013
Yes, Jared, you're pretty unfair: they discounted one cent for the lack of Mail support... ;-D
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 20 Aug 2013
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.
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sjk commented on 05 Dec 2012
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).
[Version 2.0.1]

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sjk replied on 05 Dec 2012
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.
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gatovadio replied on 18 Dec 2012
sjk, you can clear individual notifications in the rollup. there's a small (x) to the left of each one.
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sjk replied on 18 Dec 2012
Clicking that 'x' has no result here, gatovadio. Sorry my explanation of it wasn't clearer.
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sjk replied on 25 Dec 2012
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).
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sjk replied on 25 Dec 2012
Link to my followup in an older Growl Discuss topic about this issue:

Clearing Notifications
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/growldiscuss/XPu4vro0zKY/AAS8zJnmMXIJ
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Nontroppo reviewed on 05 Dec 2012
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.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Christopher Forsythe replied on 05 Dec 2012
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
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 04 Dec 2012
I like this Notification System and am glad to vote it 5Stars. I wish I could give it more!
[Version 2.0.1]


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Matthew Green commented on 01 Oct 2012
will not let me choose no display style permanently, only lasts until reboot/shutdown then its back. I want to use bark dammit!
[Version 2.0]

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Christopher Forsythe replied on 04 Dec 2012
We fixed it in 2.0.1, out today. Sorry about that.
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sjk replied on 09 Dec 2012
On my 10.8.2 systems, ON/OFF states of apps aren't reliably preserved between system restarts with 2.0.1 but displays styles are.
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Writestuff had trouble on 07 Dec 2011
I eventually managed to install version 1.3.2, but wished I hadn't!
None of the apps that used Growl, TypeIt4Me, Skype and TechTool Pro would launch and threw up a window full of data as to why.

Running uninstall failed to solve the problem, so I removed all the Growl items with Find Any File. Next I downloaded and installed the three apps again and all is working - except for Growl which I will never install again.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Writestuff had trouble on 06 Dec 2011
Just downloaded 1.3.2 but in the 'About' it says it is version 1.2.2. Is this a typing error or what?
[Version 1.3.2]


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Yoxi had trouble on 03 Oct 2011
Important!! When installing v1.3 from the App Store, do NOT follow the instructions to run their deinstallation script for older versions (like 1.2.2) - until they fix the bug in their script, running this script will delete v1.3, and there will be no record in the App Store that you ever bought it.
Should be fixed soon.
[Version 1.3]

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paulkay replied on 03 Oct 2011
Unfortunately, I DID follow the instructions. And the App Store app doesn't say it's installed. If I "buy" again will I get charged again??
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Christopher Forsythe replied on 04 Oct 2011
Actually, your account keeps a record no matter what.
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paulkay replied on 04 Oct 2011
Yes, I realized that, with an assist via a super-prompt reply from the Growl folks.
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Yoxi replied on 05 Oct 2011
Aye, it turns out that although the App Store says you have to buy it again, once you try to, it acknowledges you already have, and lets you re-download the app.
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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 25 May 2011
GrowlMail still doesn't work...
[Version 1.2.2]

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Christopher Forsythe replied on 25 May 2011
Because we haven't updated GrowlMail yet. This is a Growl update, not a GrowlMail update. They are 2 separate products.
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 25 May 2011
I see, thanks.
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Christopher Forsythe replied on 25 May 2011
Also note that most of us don't look at macupdate comments at all. Don't file bugs here. For some odd reason I just looked at this today to make sure it was even posted. Bug reports need to be filed via our google group.
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Christopher Forsythe replied on 26 May 2011
GrowlMail 1.2.4 is out. :)
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 26 May 2011
Nice! Thanks for the heads-up... :)
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Archmission had trouble on 01 Jun 2009
Growl has gotten extremely buggy. I finally had to remove it since it constantly crashes my mail program. Mail even has recognized that it is causing the crashes and identifies that it caused the crashes. While I love the idea of the notifications, the program has gotten to the point that it is not useable anymore. What concerns me is that as Snow Leopard comes closer to being released, I am wondering if this software will be able to be used with the new operating system and how long will it take to develop it much less fix it for the current problems that has arisen.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Christopher Forsythe replied on 26 May 2011
I hope you reported this to us instead of just ranting on a download listings website.
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bikeham had trouble on 02 May 2009
Growl 1.1.4 GrowlMail has some issues with Safari 4 beta.
http://www.safari4beta.com/2009/02/safari-4-beta-and-growl-mail.html

I have been waiting for a proper fix for a while now.
[Version 1.1.4]

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bikeham replied on 19 Jul 2009
GrowlMail works now!
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Stagnent Mind had trouble on 24 Nov 2008
Growl in 10.4.11 no longer stays in the Menu Bar up top there is that little Claw next to the clock if i want to see it there every time i restart i have to open system preferences and click on growl to see it in the menu bar... dose anyone else have this problem ???

Im hopeing there wil be a newer version of Growl for 10.4 that fixes this and it will not be left this way...
[Version 1.1.4]


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Hendo had trouble on 01 Jul 2008
It fails to mount. Just says unknown error occured. Running 10.5.2
[Version 1.1.4]


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Bloobie had trouble on 07 Jun 2008
GrowlSafari does not work anymore with Safari 3.1.1 running under OS X 10.5.3. I also had the same issue as a previous poster where the installer failed on the first try but worked successfully on the 2nd. Weird.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Leoofborg commented on 08 Jun 2008
GrowlSafari's file permissions are not properly set in /Library/Inputmanagers/

See my post in the Growl forums here:

http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17511#p106261
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Bloobie replied on 08 Jun 2008
Awesome! That fixed it. Thanks!
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sjk replied on 18 Jun 2008
This and the previous version of GrowlSafari haven't worked for me on 10.4.11. Haven't tried on Leopard yet.
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germano60 had trouble on 07 Jun 2008
First time I tried installing this 1.1.13 on my iMac G5, OS 10.5.3 it didn't suceed (the installer exits with a message "impossible to install Growl on this computer").

I retried a few seconds after and this time apparently the installation succeeded. Is it normal? What could have happened?
[Version 1.1.3]



Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 2.1.3]



Philajoe rated on 25 Nov 2013

[Version 2.1.3]



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Lookky rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1.3]



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Jayroyal rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1.3]



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Stef_Vandenabele rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1.3]



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RONIN427 rated on 04 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1.2]



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Melis rated on 26 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1.2]



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Ali_Egypt rated on 01 Aug 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Josart rated on 04 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0.1]



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DJSquint rated on 06 Dec 2012

[Version 2.0.1]


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Version Downloads:15,658
Type:Development : Networks
License:Commercial
Date:30 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $3.99
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