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23 January 2021

Create rules for organizing and cleaning folders.

5
MattSD
07 December 2020
Version: 5.0.3

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Version 5 made a huge step forward by moving to a stand alone app instead of a system preference pane. This change created a much smoother user experience on both Catalina and Big Sur. Hazel is the first app I install on any new Mac and it sits quietly in the background running tasks I've created with Hazel's powerful rule editor. For me it's sorting documents and running them through OCR, managing media files, keeping exported photos organized by date and location, and other repetitive tasks.
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5
Sw-tester
13 February 2021
Version: 5.0.5
Excellent software and support! Usually I am posting negative reviews about some bad software. But Hazel really is great. Been using Hazel for a long time. Upgraded to 5 and has been smooth.
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5
Ward
25 January 2021
Version: 5.0.5
When I recently upgraded to Hazel 5, I discovered its "App Sweep" feature that seems to be a replacement for AppDelete. Since AppDelete appears to have no future, I've removed it from my Login Items, and enabled Hazel's App Sweep. I'm curious what differences I may encounter the next time I update or delete an application.
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5
F451
22 January 2021
Version: 5.0.5
Version 5 really upped its game. I like it much better as an app verses the previous versions being a Preference Pane. I've been a longtime user of Hazel, and it's because it does so much in the background without me having to do anything but initial setups of what actions I want performed. Now it does even more.
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5
MattSD
07 December 2020
Version: 5.0.3
Version 5 made a huge step forward by moving to a stand alone app instead of a system preference pane. This change created a much smoother user experience on both Catalina and Big Sur. Hazel is the first app I install on any new Mac and it sits quietly in the background running tasks I've created with Hazel's powerful rule editor. For me it's sorting documents and running them through OCR, managing media files, keeping exported photos organized by date and location, and other repetitive tasks.
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mckmck
22 November 2020
Version: 5.0.1
It does not work at all on macOS Catalina does not start and does not show the icon in the preferences panel, in short, it does not work at all
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5
RC62
21 November 2020
Version: 5.0.1
Great utility. I have been using Hazel for some years now and depend on it to keep my downloads folder cleaned up. Hazel zips and sorts my application downloads and then moves them to my network repository.
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Helmo-Hass
20 November 2020
Version: 5.0.1
If you are still using 10.13.6 i strongly suggest to Stick with 4.x.x, even if they claim its supported, the application has plenty of bugs and UI glitches, 5.0.1 is worst then 5.0 actually, its now obvious that many new softwares releases made to work under Big S will have hard life on previous systems. And today is 10.13 Abandonware DAY. Another farewell
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5
Kozzy49
12 June 2020
Version: 4.4.5
Excellent private eye keeping, everything in order
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5
F451
28 May 2020
Version: 4.4.5
A staple in my System Preferences that does file housekeeping effortlessly and without fail.
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nrombaldi
16 April 2020
Version: 4.4.4
Hi Alex, Need Help...So far so good... but I am trying to get rid of all "duplicates"... the programme is running now 2 days straight... any way I can speed it up? or what should I do... I am afraid to stop running the program as I am not sure if it will start all over again... Is the program running while my lap top screen is off? Not sure if the program was working overnight!
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5
gcoghill
24 March 2020
Version: 4.4.4
It's too difficult to really express how powerful this app is, but if you like to automate stuff on your Mac, Hazel will allow you to do an amazingly deep array of actions. It goes far beyond merely cleaning up files on your desktop and downloads folder. The develop is also very helpful and responsive, and the user community over the app's forum is also helpful.
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Cerniagigante
27 February 2020
Version: 4.4.4
I love automation, but Hazel is just too rough for my tastes. It lasted about an hour on my mac. After 4 system preferences hangs and an infinite loop while trying to import piccies into Photos I gave up on it and uninstalled it. Sorry, life is too short to learn how to use something that I can do with some perl/python scripts.
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gbpmi
14 December 2019
Version: 4.4.2
I need to redownload Hazel 3 and can't find it anywhere. I'm running a late 2011 Mini and Sierra 10.12.6 Any pointers appreciated.
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5
Andrewrodney
27 February 2019
Version: 4.3.4
invaluable utility I've been using for years and years. But I wanted to post today because I was having an issue with the log file ballooning to a huge size, emailed tech support and got a reply in like an hour. Amazing. And they did provide the support to fix the issue (seems it was an issue with spotlight indexing). The company really cares for its customers.
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RogerKatz
06 September 2018
Version: 4.2.8
The current version is 4.2.9
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5
JohnF1664
05 September 2018
Version: 4.2.8
Using it for a couple of years daily!
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RogerKatz
20 July 2018
Version: 4.2.7
The current version is 4.2.8
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4
theo-langstrumpf
13 February 2018
Version: 4.2.2
Great app. Easy to use. Extremely useful
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monica-8
12 November 2017
Version: 4.2.2
I am sad. I've been using Hazel for a few years and I love it, but I only use it for a few select functions because the interface is a bit complicated. Anyway, I just got a new laptop and I signed in to my account intending to download Hazel onto my new machine, but it appears I have to re-purchsase it. At $32, I am definitely not going to do that. But I will miss Hazel for sure. :(
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5
Potatoes
01 July 2017
Version: 4.1.4
This is a powerhouse for automating file handling. An absolute fantastic app. The design of the app is excellent: it is simple yet useful for newcomers. In the beginning, you can just let it do a few simpler things such as: (1) auto-emptying the trash, (2) helping you clean up system files after uninstalling an app, and (3) put all your mp3 files into a specific folder. Then as time goes, you can start (4) experimenting with letting it auto-file your downloaded bank statements into a specific folder. Later, you can try to (5) let Hazel put a date in the file name so your bank statements are auto-sorted and auto-named. I have been using Hazel for many years, and it now does a lot a the heavy tedious work for me in the background. This include extracting dates from inside PDF files. Auto-uploading files in the background to web servers. Run applescripts at specific times of the date on specific folders. Prepare files for uploading to servers by compiling them, renaming them, and associate meta-date, and then upload the files. Handling all of my financial statements and receipts from banks, utilities, and so forth. Send messages to my loved one by the end of work day. Sort my photos into sub-folders based on metadata. That was a small selection of what one can do with Hazel. Totally awesome app. If you file management is a mess, or you are tired of doing repetitive work, get it and start enjoying Hazel doing all the boring work for you.
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5
Sam0
08 June 2017
Version: 4.1.3
Great app. Clean and easy to use. My Mac would mess up quickly without Hazel! :)
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5
dwp-1
04 August 2016
Version: 4.0.5
Hazel is one of the first utilities I install on my computers. It saves me the user from doing the daily repetitive tasks and makes the changes I set it up to do, to all the files, folders and sub folders. It is simple for the beginner, yet extremely powerful for the expert user. I have gone paperless and I love it, no more searching through stacks of paper to find the document I need. I scan & OCR every document and receipt into one folder. I then have Hazel examine each file, rename it, give it some tags and then move it into the appropriate folder were it is imported by EagleFiler.. All I have to do is scan the document and Hazel does the rest behind the scenes. This is **Amazing** Software folks. Alessandro82, if you are experiencing problems with Hazel, please talk to Paul the developer, I guarantee he will help you resolve your problem to the best of his abilities. It is inappropriate to lash out at the developers app when you haven't discussed the problem with him,
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0.5
Alessandro82
21 July 2016
Version: 4.0
no words could ever epress how disgustess i m from hazel tonbight i ve just updated to version 4.0.4 and surprise your crappy application tells me could not loasds one or more rules because are coorrupted or whatever it s month since i ve done abloluytely nothing to my rules so i downgraded to version 4.0.2 and everything works as expected
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RogerKatz
07 June 2016
Version: 4.0
Hazel 4.0.2 is available
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5
RebeccaA
23 May 2016
Version: 4.0
This is one of my favorite apps. Greatly designed with simple interface. It comprises all the necessary functions in order to maintain Mac clean and saves free space. I like the way it manages my Trash, there's no need to do this routine work putting the unneeded files or programs to the Trash and then emptying the Trash and then uninstall the leftovers of the program. Now Hazel does all this stuff for me. Appreciate its help, just saves my time. Recommend it!
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5
F451
05 May 2016
Version: 4.0
I've owned a license to Hazel since it first appeared. A perpetual mainstay in my Mac utility arsenal. Hazel just makes my life much easier regarding file organization. The new features and changes just add to an already excellent app.
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5
Caput-Draconis
23 December 2015
Version: 3.3.6
Downloaded it a while ago and can say, that it is a really useful app. It is sparing me a lot of mindless organising. I can definitely say, that it is a must have.

P.S. At first I thought it is complicated, but after 3 minutes i could easily make new rules from scratch. If you need some help with understanding create the premade rules and read how they are built.
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5
Grug
21 November 2015
Version: 3.3.6
indispensable.
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3.5
jdidun
26 August 2015
Version: 3.3.5
Too complicated for me, but probably the app is not bad.
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5
Shallowp
08 August 2015
Version: 3.3.5
Hazel is still the top level managing files tool. A must to own/use.
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5
jack2001
08 July 2015
Version: 3.3.5
veramente è un'ottima app. PROVATELA
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5
Bloomsday
09 December 2014
Version: 3.3.3
Hazel is alive and well. Although I may not know it. It peacefully lives in the background tidying up for me. I have used this software for many years. It is among my must-have Mac applications.
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Stevey-G
21 November 2014
Version: 3.3.2
I've tried this app and, although it is a good app, $29 is a stupidly overpriced asking price. $10-15 is more sensible I think. Hopefully they will do a sale and i will manage to find out about it :)
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4.5
Ali-Egypt
29 October 2014
Version: 3.3.1
Pretty cool and useful app.
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5
Luca-Zorzi
28 October 2014
Version: 3.3.1
I absolutely CAN'T live without Hazel. At first you don't know how to use it, but after a few days it just clicks and you start relying on it to do all the dirty work you shouldn't worry about. With my purchase i did not only buy Hazel, I bought myself a bunch of free time.
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4.5
MacMec
28 October 2014
Version: 3.3.1
Best tool of that kind, scriptable and unobstrusive.
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5
Potatoes
21 October 2014
Version: 3.3
Superb app. Hazel 3.x has become a really powerful app. Here are some of my usages of Hazel: (1) I monitor a folder on my laptop. Whenever a file is dropped into that folder, it is automatically uploaded to a web server by sftp and automatically updates a website. (2) automatically deletes old files in the Trash folder. (3) Automatically removes old Mail downloads. (4) Automatically files scanned PDF documents such as bank statements and energy bills. (5) Automatically adds dates to file names. (6) Automatically put photos into sorted folders and uploads folders tagged with (say) "family" to shared Dropbox Family folder. (7) Cleans up Safari download folder regularly. I can't express how much this app has helped me over the years. One of my most treasured apps.
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5
MaxWilders
23 February 2014
Version: 3.2.5
Plain simple to use and highly recommended for everyone. Brilliant app worth the steep asking price. Buy it now. :-)
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5
JamesHarrisPhoto
06 February 2014
Version: 3.2.4
Absolutely one of the best workflow utilities I've ever used. Once set up, and there's a myriad of possibilities for how you use it, it just sits in the background waiting, and when triggered, Hazel performs flawlessly. One of the first utilities I install (along with Default Folder and Keyboard Maestro) when setting up a new Mac.
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5
F451
29 October 2013
Version: 3.2.1
I believe I've owned a licensed copy of Hazel since its inception. Hazel makes downloads easy, especially when saving updates by a particular developer. Keeping your desktop free of files is much easier with Hazel too. Hazel is in my top-five of must-have utility apps. An out-of-sight, out-of-mind app they discretely does major file housekeeping.
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neartheredrocks
23 August 2013
Version: 3.1.5
As of August 22, the download for Hazel 3.1.5 link here on MacUpdate still links to (and downloads) Hazel 3.1.4. However, Hazel 3.1.5 can be downloaded directly from the developer's website.
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RunTime
02 July 2013
Version: 3.1.2
Extremely useful (if you do not like to dwell in complicated Apple Scripts). But, 10.7 is a show stopper for us to... for years to come.
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isntzen
20 June 2013
Version: 3.1
I adore Hazel. It provides automation in ways that should be commonplace in modern computing. Folder actions (present in OSX for years) could have been extended to provide similar functionality, but Apple chose not to cater to power users. Hazel emerged to scratch this itch. Bummer for those (like me) who are in love with SN–Hazel now requires Lion, eh, or Mounting Lion–a position I forever hope to avoid. I hope Noodlesoft is still around in 2018, when failing hardware will force me to abandon my beloved white kitty.
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4.5
Damian Weiss
19 June 2013
Version: 3.1
When I first discovered Hazel I couldn't imagine all the possible ways of using it! My favorite purposes are: - Automatically copying new images from my inserted flash card, labelling the imported images so that they are not reimported, opening a slideshow of the imported images in GraphicConverter to scan through them and deleting the ones I don't need and let Hazel organize the remaining ones by date in folders that are named by date. - After downloading my account statements from my online bank as zip file, Hazel unpacks the zip file, renames all credit and debit files by date and type (credit/debit), labels them by year, sorts them in the corresponding folder and opens the account statements in Preview for sighting. - I use ExactScan Pro to scan my papers to a certain folder. Then, Hazel opens the scans in Adobe Acrobat Pro to do OCR and save the files as ClearScan which reduces pdf file size enormously. I'm very happy with Hazel although one needs some knowledge of AppleScript to use it gainfully. If you are not a regular AppleScript programmer you will spend some hours until everything works as expected. That's why it's important that Hazel gains new features that are not bound to a programming language. Hazel introduced the possibility of uploading files to a FTP server in version 3.1. As much as I like this new feature, it's a pity that I can't use it because I can't and don't want update to Lion. Is there any chance to get a version of Hazel 3.1 that works with Snow Leopard? It's quite exceptional that Hazel changes system requirements while not upgrading to the next full version (i. e. version 4.0). I'm rather disappointed about this behaviour.
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4.5
Leoofborg
08 April 2013
Version: 3.0.17
MacUpdate and their DUMB 1/2 stars. This is a 5-star App that has changed how I use my Mac. And I've been a Mac user for a LONG time. What is it? Think about Mail Rules & filtering. This is FINDER Rules & filtering, including de-installation of Apps. I have AppZapper, and use it from time to time, I have to say that Hazel does a better job of catching & trashing Apps that I de-install. I also use it to rename files & folders via token. In fact, if you're learning scripting & are having difficulty wrapping your head around tokenizing things... Hazel may be your entré. Highly recommended.
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5
Grouty
10 March 2013
Version: 3.0.16
Unbelievably useful by itself. Download a PDF containing text (such as a utility bill) and Hazel can search the text of the file for words like "Power Bill" before renaming it, adding a date and filing it for you. All automagically. Almost limitless possibilities when combined with other utilities like DropBox and KeyBoard Maestro. Terrific support for newbies too. Not sure how I kept things in line without it. Highly recommended
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4.5
Carlos-Sz
10 January 2013
Version: 3.0.16
It is great so far. I was able to make the app watch a folder, then analyze its subfolders (depth 0), then for each subfolder move their subfolders (they always change in name but the app can handle it) to an external drive keeping the initial folder structure (Main folder A, subfolders B and C will be analyzed, any subfolders in B will be moved to an external drive to a folder B there and any subfolder in C will be moved to an external drive to a folder C there too, always skipping a subfolder I don’t want to move at all). The Trash feature is also interesting and it seems to work properly: move an app there and the app prompts if we want to delete the related files too. If so all related files are moved to the trash in a way we can easily restore if needed. Nice addition. My suggestions considering I like to run the rules on demand: - an option to see a progress (even if only an animated menu bar icon like DropBox does: sometimes I don’t know if it is ready, e.g. if I miss the notification or not ) - set a folder to be displayed in the root of the menu bar icon (like a Favorites part of the menu: useful to run rules with less clicks as possible)
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5
Rochade
13 November 2012
Version: 3.0.14
One of those apps I don't want to miss. Keeps my daily work organized.
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5
Noivad
06 November 2012
Version: 3.0.13
Hazel is one of the few apps on my OS X Recommended Apps List, with good reason. It saves me time by organizing and marking files after I tok the time to set up a few easy filters on a per folder basis. But even more importantly, it also automatically removes old .plist files and other trash that accumulates in your ~/Library (and other places) from apps that are deleted. Ultimately, you have a cleaner and tidier system with Hazel than not. It is the only automation software worth its price.
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5
Johnnyr
11 August 2012
Version: 3.0.11
I can't thank the developer enough for creating this brilliant software. It has made my paperless life a joy and all the other things Hazel automates for me. It is simply an amazing software ones you find things it can help you automate. If you haven't tried Hazel go do it now - you will really benefit from it after that. Then go read David Sparks book on how to go paperless (see link down under) - Hazel helps you with that and it is awesome! http://www.macsparky.com/paperless
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