Growl
Growl
2.1.3

3.9

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Growl

2.1.3
10 March 2020

Notification system for OS X apps.

Overview

Growl is the is ultimate notification system for the Mac. It's the easiest way to instantly know what is going on with other applications while you are busy working on something else, in real time or even when you step away.

One day we were working with pictures in iPhoto while having a conversation in Adium. While waiting on something important to come through in the conversation, we had to keep clicking back and forth every time an instant message came through. Even though we knew were getting a message we'd have to click back to the Adium window to see what was being said. The idea for Growl was born out of the frustration of being forced to click back and forth to see what was going on. The real time notifications keep you up to speed with everything you need to know. With smooth notifications and Growl's one of a kind rollup window, you'll always know what's going on even when you have to step away from your Mac.

Never before has there been anything that personalizes notifications in such an effective way. You can receive notifications in several ways, such as on screen, via email, or even have them spoken to you. Plus if you know a bit about web technologies (CSS/XHTML/Javascript) then you can make a Growl style look how you want it to.

What's new in Growl

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.

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196 Growl Reviews

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Except a slight blinking from my growl notifications everything seems to work OK with Yosemite. While it's good to have Apple make its own system, they unfortunately (as always) strip it down too much, forcing me to often switch it off (because I can't filter the type of notifications I want, it's all or nothing) or use Growl if I can.
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Version 2.1.3
Naoh
10 March 2020
Just as a quick note about version 2.1.3. It has not been updated since 2014.
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Version 2.1.3
Except a slight blinking from my growl notifications everything seems to work OK with Yosemite. While it's good to have Apple make its own system, they unfortunately (as always) strip it down too much, forcing me to often switch it off (because I can't filter the type of notifications I want, it's all or nothing) or use Growl if I can.
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Version 2.1.3
stew-1
01 February 2016
It's still useful, but it's got so many bugs and has been completely unmaintained for 2+ years. Yet they're still charging for the app even though users can build it themselves from the open source.
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Version 2.1.3
Big Johnson
03 May 2014
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
2 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
04 May 2014
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.
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
27 December 2014
I can likewise confirm that the included Growl uninstaller is useless on Yosemite. I just tried to remove Growl from my hard drive, and as BigJohnson noted, the uninstaller reported that it was successful, when in fact it did not remove anything, not even the Growl app in the Applications folder. Thus, I just used the free EasyFind app to find all of the Growl-related files and folders on my hard drive, and manually deleted them.
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Jazzyguy
31 October 2013
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-Peter
11 October 2013
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
4 answer(s)
Robby-is-on
Robby-is-on
30 October 2013
Has what? Notifications? Growl has support for more apps, allows for customisation (look/placing of notifications etc.)
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
31 October 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
Cjbolland
31 October 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
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
01 November 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
27 September 2013
Growl is a useful application and very utilitarian.
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Version 2.1.2
VRH
01 August 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.
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Version 2.1
hmfwic47
01 February 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?
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Version 2.0.1
2 answer(s)
Robby-is-on
Robby-is-on
01 August 2013
Just remove the excess dock icons.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
02 August 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
11 December 2012
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
5 answer(s)
sjk
sjk
13 December 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
JaredRide
14 December 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
Robby-is-on
01 August 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
Aargl
01 August 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
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
20 August 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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