Camouflage
Camouflage
5.0
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0.0
Camouflage free download for Mac

Camouflage for Mac5.0

15 May 2021

Hides clutter on your Desktop.

What is Camouflage for Mac

Camouflage is a quick and effective way to hide Desktop clutter. Do you have way too many items on your desktop? Do you hate cleaning up that mess? Camouflage is the right utility for you. It hides all the icons and leaves nothing but the pure wallpaper

Key Features:
  • perfect system-integration: change your wallpaper and Camouflage will show the change instantly.
  • works with multiple monitors: attach new monitors and the icons will instantly be hidden.
  • drag-and-drop: drag files on the desktop and they will be copied onto your real desktop.
  • Finder integration: click the desktop and Finder will be activated and opens or selects a separate desktop window. (You can disable this with the Popup Desktop option of the menu. To still open a window, press the option-key while clicking the desktop)
  • ability to show and hide the icons (available in status item menu)
  • works with desktop managers
  • ability to 'click through' Camouflage to get the normal Desktop-Context menu (Use with caution, you may select a file and don't notice it. You may only want to use that feature if you are using FinderPop)

What's new in Camouflage

Version 5.0:
  • Added static/dynamic wallpaper behaviour that prevents the icons from peeking through, when switching spaces (only works when the same wallpaper is used for all spaces)
  • Darkmode support
  • Big Sur support
  • M1 support
  • Dynamic desktops support
  • Retina support for status item
  • Improved display of wallpaper
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Matthk
Matthk
Feb 10 2016
4.1
4.0
Feb 10 2016
4.0
Version: 4.1
Essential!
anonymous-fox-6287
anonymous-fox-6287
Nov 26 2014
4.0
5.0
Nov 26 2014
5.0
Version: 4.0
I love the app as it really allows one to avoid distraction from what's on the desktop while working. It also helps preserving the screen by not burning in those icons that are staying in the same position for ever.The only problem I had since upgrading to Mavericks (and now Yosemite) was that right clicking on the hidden desktop was not bringing the FinderPop menu anymore. That's has been fixed so thanks a lot for providing an upgrade to that great little app.
braunnizo
braunnizo
Nov 26 2014
4.0
0.0
Nov 26 2014
0.0
Version: 4.0
Is there a way to get this app for free? Or maybe for 99¢ or $1.99?
AmberE2864
AmberE2864
Dec 8 2013
3.0.2
3.0
Dec 8 2013
3.0
Version: 3.0.2
Is there a way to use this app and still be able to view my desktops in spaces?
Robert-Poland
Robert-Poland
Nov 28 2013
3.0.2
1.0
Nov 28 2013
1.0
Version: 3.0.2
After using this app for years, today I am shutting it off. In Mavericks (OS 9) with Mission Control the desk icons are continually disappearing.
AshBP
AshBP
Sep 22 2012
2.2.1
4.0
Sep 22 2012
4.0
Version: 2.2.1
Ah. This just makes me feel good. Like a breath of fresh air. I wish the house clutter cleaned up this easily!! Thanks, developer, for keeping this little utility going... :-)
OrOs
OrOs
Oct 12 2011
2.1.1
0.0
Oct 12 2011
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
Earthdesk does not work with Camouflage? Is there any plan to fix this?
Mr-Leo
Mr-Leo
Aug 25 2011
2.1
1.0
Aug 25 2011
1.0
Version: 2.1
The test of the developer of this software is indeed negligent. On the last version 2.1, Shortcut key cannot be defined.
anonymous-fox-6287
anonymous-fox-6287
Aug 24 2011
2.1
5.0
Aug 24 2011
5.0
Version: 2.1
Version 2.1 has improved from the previous release (FinderPop now works fine when selecting the "Ignore mouse events..." option) but I still can't use another Wallpaper picture than the original grey one. You can choose another picture in preferences, but the Hide Icons command still shows the grey screen. Removing v2.1 and everything added by it, then going back to v 1.25 solved that problem. Mac OS X 10.7.1 here.
exilederek
exilederek
Aug 19 2011
2.1
0.0
Aug 19 2011
0.0
Version: 2.1
The current update of Camouflage isn't working. After downloading the update from the Mac App Store and trying to launch it, it fails with the following error: “Camouflage.app” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “Camouflage.app” and download it again from the App Store. I've tried deleting and re-downloading the update, but I still get the same error.
incrzr
incrzr
Jul 13 2011
2.0.1
5.0
Jul 13 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
Version 2.0.1 flashes shortly to blue here when switching. V 1.25 doesn't. And please don't forget the alt-click for hiding single apps. Thanks.
Mr-Leo
Mr-Leo
Jul 11 2011
2.0.1
1.0
Jul 11 2011
1.0
Version: 2.0.1
"ignore mouse events....." doesn't behave as explained.
Zephyris
Zephyris
Jun 8 2011
1.25
4.5
Jun 8 2011
4.5
Version: 1.25
This is a great app, simple, easy and effective. Thanks to the developer for the awesome price: free!
0legus
0legus
Apr 12 2011
1.25
4.0
Apr 12 2011
4.0
Version: 1.25
Best!
le-macinfo
le-macinfo
Feb 22 2011
1.25
4.5
Feb 22 2011
4.5
Version: 1.25
Great little helper to hide icons on a cluttered desktop. A feature that set's it apart similar tools is a shortcut (mouse click on the desktop) to show your desktop content inside a new Finder window. To round it off I would suggest the following additions: - make the menu bar item optional (the show/hide state info appears not that important to me, altough some might be other opinion) - make a "alt-click" on the desktop hiding the frontmost app's windows like in normal finder operation BTW: DesktopSweeper (APE module) has those 2 features, but doesn't work in Snow Leopard anymore.
cemil-alyanak
cemil-alyanak
Dec 9 2010
1.25
0.0
Dec 9 2010
0.0
Version: 1.25
Problem with the second monitor using EarthDesk. Earthdesk disappears and is replaced by another desktop (not even the one selected in the systems preference for that monitor).
incrzr
incrzr
May 14 2010
1.25
5.0
May 14 2010
5.0
Version: 1.25
This is great, thanks a lot! One thing: while Camouflage hides the Desktop, alt-click on it to hide apps doesn't work.
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
Apr 11 2010
1.25
5.0
Apr 11 2010
5.0
Version: 1.25
This is still the best in its league as far as I'm concerned: 1. Works well with Snow Leopard 2. Provides a fast way to open a new Finder window (just double-click the desktop or set it for single click) 3. Nice developer support 4. FREE! (although donating is a nice thing to do)
Cocoanut
Cocoanut
Jan 9 2010
1.25
0.0
Jan 9 2010
0.0
Version: 1.25
This works well for me I just wish it had an option for automatically hiding background applications and a menubar button to toggle that feature. Otherwise nicely done.
MADSCI3NCE
MADSCI3NCE
Sep 18 2009
1.25
0.0
Sep 18 2009
0.0
Version: 1.25
Love this app for when I need to record a screencast at work. Unfortunately under Snow Leopard it just turns the background to black instead of using your selected background image. It could be worse, I guess ... 10.6 could have killed the app all together.
karsten-1
karsten-1
Aug 4 2009
1.25
0.0
Aug 4 2009
0.0
Version: 1.25
this feature has been in Camouflage since a long time. You can show and hide the files from the menubar or from the context-menu when the desktop is hidden. You can even assign a hotkey to switch icons on and off.
gcoghill
gcoghill
Jun 3 2009
1.25
0.0
Jun 3 2009
0.0
Version: 1.25
Cool app, but needs a toggle on/off setting instead of just launch/quit.
JohnnyFave
JohnnyFave
Feb 8 2009
1.24
0.0
Feb 8 2009
0.0
Version: 1.24
New upgrade to 1.24 includes a pitch for other products. This little app works well to reduce the clutter on the desktop (when desired). Very easy to switch on/off.
Easer
Easer
Nov 10 2008
1.22
5.0
Nov 10 2008
5.0
Version: 1.22
I used to use DeskShade, but it was starting to offer more bells and whistles than I wanted. So I tried Camouflage several months ago and have been totally pleased. And the developer was very open to new ideas and very communicative. (I had requested the PathFinder option that was implemented in this version.) I plan to make a donation next payday; I would otherwise pay for something like this. (I had to pay for DeskShade, and it's not as good.)
Mtcobra
Mtcobra
Nov 10 2008
1.22
5.0
Nov 10 2008
5.0
Version: 1.22
Observation and Review: You launch the program, and everything from your desktop disappears except the Dock and the menu bar on top of your screen. Double-click anywhere on the desktop, and a window appears that has all the files that was on the desktop before. Close the screen, and a clean desktop. Double-click and the window's back. The one icon that's not "listed" on the desktop window is the HD icon itself. Not needed - you're looking at what it opens if you click on it already. When I first tried it, my desktop changed to an Apple desktop, but I was quickly able to change it back to what I wanted. In addition, the menu icon that's added at the top of your screen's menu bar allows direct access to the desktop/screen savor preferences as well as display preferences. I like this! I like this a lot!
Mitch-de
Mitch-de
Nov 9 2008
1.22
0.0
Nov 9 2008
0.0
Version: 1.22
"Camouflage opens a Finder window whenever you double-click on the Desktop" Did not work for me, OSX 10.5.5, Intel. Nothing happens if i DC on the desktop!
Mactoe
Mactoe
Apr 16 2008
1.21
5.0
Apr 16 2008
5.0
Version: 1.21
EXCELLENT... I was looking for something like this.. to simply hide the desktop without hiding my other windows. Being a developer I use virtual windows (certainly NOT the utterly lame Apple Spaces) to manage my work so in any given window I WANT to see all the open window. However, try as I may I can never seem to keep my desktop clean and the clutter is MOST annoying when I'm working. I love the fact with a double click on the desktop using Camouflage I get a window of it's contents. The only suggestion I'd make... allow a single click to the desktop to reveal it... the interface assumption that deliberately clicking it implies I want access to it directly. My donation is in the making. It's small things like this that make a developer's life better... or a writer's... or, well... anyone using the computer in any creative way.
karsten-1
karsten-1
Feb 14 2008
1.21
0.0
Feb 14 2008
0.0
Version: 1.21
Sorry for the inconveniences, i just uploaded the file again. it should work now.
Mac-Mail
Mac-Mail
Feb 14 2008
1.21
0.0
Feb 14 2008
0.0
Version: 1.21
Same here. Can't mount!
Pissnaround
Pissnaround
Feb 14 2008
1.21
0.0
Feb 14 2008
0.0
Version: 1.21
can't mount the image file
Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
Feb 14 2008
1.21
5.0
Feb 14 2008
5.0
Version: 1.21
At least for me, there's a problem. The DMG downloads and mounts, but the app. icon isn't visible and if I click on the window the Finder crashes.
nostrodumbass
nostrodumbass
Feb 9 2008
1.20
0.0
Feb 9 2008
0.0
Version: 1.20
Camouflage is really sweet! However, I'm experiencing one conflict. When I've got the app Path Finder open, Camouflage doesn't work. If I've enabled Camouflage to hide desktop icons and then open Path Finder, my hidden desktop icons then appear. And when I close Path Finder, the icons then become hidden once again. It seems that Path Finder completely overrides Camouflage. Very strange, indeed! Can anyone else duplicate this anomaly?
Koodough
Koodough
Jan 8 2008
1.19
5.0
Jan 8 2008
5.0
Version: 1.19
Great App. I use it all the time. I love the improvment from the last version with its new icon and smooth icon hiding effect. Thx for the App.
Dmarcoot
Dmarcoot
Dec 26 2007
1.18
5.0
Dec 26 2007
5.0
Version: 1.18
Love this program. Thank you for bring clicking on desktop to activate finder, which most people have forgotten was the largest, most intuitive gui element of the finder in OS 9.
Fvdg
Fvdg
Dec 25 2007
1.18
0.0
Dec 25 2007
0.0
Version: 1.18
>this would be great if it left the hard drive icons alone.. Second that! (Deskshade also has the option to only hide a second display.)
Yelleko
Yelleko
Dec 12 2007
1.16
0.0
Dec 12 2007
0.0
Version: 1.16
For two days not I have been trying to download this program. However, the file refuses to mount. Any suggestions on what I can do to overcome this obstacle? Thank you. (OS X 10.3.9)
Neterhet
Neterhet
Dec 10 2007
1.16
0.0
Dec 10 2007
0.0
Version: 1.16
this would be great if it left the hard drive icons alone..
Dmarcoot
Dmarcoot
Dec 9 2007
1.15
5.0
Dec 9 2007
5.0
Version: 1.15
Great app. appreciate the one click on desktop to bring up finder OS 9 style!
Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
Nov 6 2007
1.14
5.0
Nov 6 2007
5.0
Version: 1.14
Works great for me. As far as I'm concerned, this is a winner.
Jedik
Jedik
Dec 27 2006
1.8
0.0
Dec 27 2006
0.0
Version: 1.8
Hmmm, click through does not work, I will keep using 1.6...
Rpitcairn
Rpitcairn
Dec 15 2006
1.6
1.0
Dec 15 2006
1.0
Version: 1.6
Well today I found the files missing from my desktop. They were in a (named) folder within the Documents folder. I have no idea how they could have gotten there. I did not move them (unless some wierd mouse motion did it without my awareness). Is it possible that files could be moved like that? It gets more strange. I am going to try Camouflage again since I found them and will let you know if anything like this happens again. If it was my error, I apologize ahead of time.
Macinshroom
Macinshroom
Dec 14 2006
1.6
5.0
Dec 14 2006
5.0
Version: 1.6
I tried several applications for the same propose of Camouflage before, but there is no other one that can do that same with such a high efficiency, it takes very little ram and opens really fast at startup (if you select it to open of course), without giving any time to the finder to display my messy icons. Its very well integrated with system preferences desktop picture changing, and its very useful that you can drag files over camouflage and they are copied to the real desktop, i'm really satisfied with this great app, thanks a lot to the developer.
Rpitcairn
Rpitcairn
Dec 13 2006
1.5
1.0
Dec 13 2006
1.0
Version: 1.5
I have used this from prior versions until now. The earlier version caused problems in that the computer would freeze up and I could not quit programs. Had to restart. It looked that was fixed with the present version so I tried it again. Now I have permanently lost all the files that were on my desktop. They just disappeared (which of course is what Camouflage does) but even when I quit C. and restart, files not visible. I ran Disk Warrior but that did not cure it. So...looks dangerous to me.
hced
hced
Dec 11 2006
1.5
0.0
Dec 11 2006
0.0
Version: 1.5
I wish there was an option to let it permanently show the Macintosh HD and other volume icons on the desktop. Also, clicking on the desktop makes the screen "blink" for a millisecond or so. It's not a big deal, but it feels odd. Otherwise, it's a good idea and it has great potential! But again, if I can't still see my HD icons + preferably other icons that I have set to "Always Show", it's not useful for me.
ianianianian
ianianianian
Dec 4 2006
1.4
3.8
Dec 4 2006
3.8
Version: 1.4
While a lovely application, it appears to have some rather significant RAM leaks. Every time that I hide the icons on my desktop, the ram usage increases - it doesn't take long to get its ram usage up to 240 MB - if I had more ram, (or less other programs open) I could get it harder. If not for the rather insane ram usage, this program would be on my list of must-haves. Needless to say, this is an issue that should probably get taken care of.
anonymous-fox-6287
anonymous-fox-6287
Oct 22 2006
1.1
5.0
Oct 22 2006
5.0
Version: 1.1
Nice idea and it seems to work fine, but there is a big problem: although it seems you are in the Finder, you are not really there anymore, and Control-Click does not work within Camouflage. I use that key combination (or its alternate right-click) all the time, especially because of FinderPop. So that means I cannot use Camouflage.
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App requirements: 
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  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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