BatChmod
BatChmod
1.7b5

4.8

BatChmod free download for Mac
12 February 2016

Change file ownership and permissions (beta).

Overview

BatChmod allows you to change any specific privilege or ownership without affecting the others (ie, changing the group without affecting the owner, or adding or removing a specific privilege without affecting all the others).

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in BatChmod

Version 1.7b5:
  • Fixes Sparkle vulnerability issue
  • Update checking now directed to secure web server
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59 Reviews of BatChmod

5
schmelding
21 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3

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Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATCHMOD! (Someone had to do it.)
(5)
5
mixagesoftware
22 June 2020
Version: 1.7b5
Love it
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5
johnbniles
27 October 2019
Version: 1.7b5
I have a Mac and was installing an external bootable SSD. After several re-formats due to Apple's use of a new file system for the latest operating systems, I was stumped by a "drive locked" issue. I tried several methods to unlock the drive, including using Terminal command lines. Nothing worked until BatChmod. It was simple, intuitive, and very fast. I highly recommend it for Mac users.
(0)
5
476429
09 June 2019
Version: 1.7b5
I'm still on macOS 10.12 and Batchmod works perfectly. It's crazy that Apple doesn't provide a way to do this in the GUI. Batchmod is simple and essential. It's definitely a utility that should be installed on every Mac.
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5
polocanada
14 May 2019
Version: 1.7b5
That's the only tool that really works ... to change permissions and in particular UNLOCK the all enclosed folders and files on all levels deep and works fast even on network drive. It's unfortunate MacOS doesn't include a user friendly tool with the system. The other app Permissions Reset worked in the past and stopped working now. So kudos to do the developer of BatChmod and many thanks.
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5
fluflynight
28 August 2016
Version: 1.7b5
yes, It is good for deleting mackeeper when you force quit trash. nice 10/10
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Big Johnson
15 June 2016
Version: 1.7b5
This app has not yet been updated to protect against the Sparkle updater framework vulnerability that was discovered in Jan. 2016. Apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle and an unencrypted HTTP channel for server updates are at risk of being hijacked to transmit malicious code to end users.
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5
WordWeaver
11 February 2016
Version: 1.7b5
I have found Batchmod particularly useful when I have to update my WordPress blog. I keep the file and folder permissions for my blog set tight due to obvious security concerns. Thus, whenever I perform an automated update of my blog, I have to relax some of my permissions a bit. Batchmod makes this task very easy to do. Thank you developer for continuing to maintain this FREE app over the years. It is much appreciated. I encourage all regular users of this app to donate to the developer, if you haven't already done so.
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5
Titanium1
10 February 2016
Version: 1.7b4
Simply a "Must have"!! Thanks Renaud!
(1)
5
John-Sawyer-CJS
02 August 2015
Version: 1.7b3
BatChmod is the best tool I've found for fixing and modifying entire user home folder ACL lists (for instance, for getting rid of the extra "everyone" account that can cause so much trouble), since its Owner list always offers you all of an OS X installation's user names to apply to any folder, no matter which account you're logged into while running BatChmod, as well as many of the system-related owner names. If you use most of the simpler utilities (like Permissions Reset) to reset ACL lists for an entire user's home folder, you need to be logged into that user's account, because these utilities will change the owner of that home folder to the currently logged-in user, and remove the former owner from that home folder's ACL list, and from all enclosed files and folders if you select that option. Once that's done, you can't use the simpler utilities to fix this, since they will no longer offer the altered home folder's former owner in the utility's Owner list as an item to reapply to the folder--it will offer only the name of the currently logged-in user. BatChmod's list of Group names that you can apply is also far more extensive, not limited to just the currently logged-in user, admin, staff, and wheel.
(1)
5
ososX
12 April 2015
Version: 1.7b3
An excellent must-have application which I use every now and then. At the developer web site it is written that 10.6.3 (not a beta as stated above) is for 10.5 to 10.9. Does anyone knows if it works in 10.10 ?
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5
freevito
25 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3
BatChmod is an indispensable tool for anyone who absolutely has to edit file and folder permissions and knows what they're doing. I occasionally need to edit configuration files that are buried inside "No Access" folders inside hidden directories. After I'm done, I use BatChmod to put everything back the way it was. It's a great little app. Donation gladly sent.
(1)
5
anonymous-tapir-4715
23 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3
Five stars for how any years now? Superb.
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5
Jimw
22 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3
This is one of my must have utilities. It is simple to use and always does the job perfectly, solving most permissions issues if used correctly.
(1)
4
mikes429
21 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3
I love this utility, but this version won't launch for me. I get this message: "'BatChmod' is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash." Tried d/l'ing twice from here and also from the developer's site -- same problem. Also, there is no info here or at the dev's web site saying what's new in v1.7. Running Mavericks 10.9.1 on MacBook Pro 5,5. (Ratings apply to version 1.6.3)
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5
schmelding
21 January 2014
Version: 1.7b3
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATCHMOD! (Someone had to do it.)
(5)
5
Joseph-Farrugia
14 September 2013
Version: 1.7b2
I was going CRAZY when Photoshop was not letting me save files on a recently formatted partition on my SSD onto which I copied backed up files (BACKUP……do it now!). This little app is so easy to batch change file permissions, & SOLVED my nightmare immediately, 285GB done in an instant……I'm donating right now.
(1)
5
Screentom
25 June 2013
Version: 1.7b2
Solved permissions problems, Thanks! I have donated for a beer :-)
(2)
5
Bytes
13 January 2013
Version: 1.7b2
BatChmod is the sure way to force empty trash when even "rm -rf ~/.Trash/*" in terminal does nothing for you. Start BatChmod... right click the icon... force empty trash. Works every time if you screw up and mistakenly bin locked or protected files. Thanks!
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5
Simbasounds
28 July 2012
Version: 1.7b2
A trusty stalwart of Mac support and development, BatCHmod is a huge improvement on using Terminal to fix permissions and ACLs
(0)
5
Mickeymac
27 July 2012
Version: 1.7b2
Great App it does what it says it will do. Thanks to the developer.
(0)
anonymous-tapir-4715
01 May 2012
Version: 1.7b2
Thank you thank you! So great to see this super-helpful tool updated - need it more than ever in Lion!
(1)
5
Brian-Tombaugh
01 May 2012
Version: 1.7b2
Solved permissions problems for me when NOTHING else worked!
(0)
5
piquadratpi2
29 April 2012
Version: 1.7b2
One of the beat small utilities for changing permissions (and more), and this since years - simply great, many thanks to the developer(s)...
(0)
5
reves
29 April 2012
Version: 1.7b2
Excellent application, exactly because it's simple and does what it says to do!
(0)
2.5
WonderWoofy
05 February 2012
Version: 1.6.3
So this application does what it say it will do. But I feel as though if you already have such a basic understanding of permissions that you are able to navigate this app, you must have the technical skills to type chmod o+rwx.... I mean seriously, it means "change permissions, to owner add read write execute." Now how hard is that?
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5
Lesoth0
10 December 2011
Version: 1.6.3
Outstanding program that helped fix the dreaded Snow Leopard "custom" permissions locked drives issue.
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3
hugelshofer
16 March 2011
Version: 1.6.3
The bug I reported in December 2010 is still not fixed: when resetting with "Cmd, K " you can set the desired rights for each (owner / group / others). then next: mark the 1st option (Eigentümer und Rechte ändern) - boom - the whole adjustments you just made are gone and you have to start over again.
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Jim77566
19 August 2010
Version: 1.6.3
Great Program. Somehow all three of my external HD got set to "Custom". When I tried to open them got the message "you don't have permission". Could not change this using info, would not allow me to change from "custom" to "read or read/write". I ran BatChmod and walla, problem solved. Rate as ++10
(4)
Jim77566
19 August 2010
Version: 1.6.3
Great Program. Somehow all three of my external HD got set to "Custom". When I tried to open them got the message "you don't have permission". Could not change this using info, would not allow me to change from "custom" to "read or read/write". I ran BatChmod and walla, problem solved.
(2)
Idfc
12 May 2010
Version: 1.6.2
This is an application that should be used with extreme caution. Actually not used at all. Playing Russian Roulette with permissions is not a good idea. Most of the people I know who use this are actually Windows administrators, claiming to *know* the Mac, who can't be bothered to learn simple permission commands in the Terminal. Essentially if you need this application then you probably shouldn't be doing what you're trying to do.
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Filp
02 February 2010
Version: 1.6
I'd been fighting (and, mostly, losing) permission battles with Leopard almost since the day I installed it. Constantly being told I could not do something, did not have access, need to enter password, etc. Then I got BC, ran it on the troublesome folders, and all is peaceful and quiet and happy again. Really useful app.
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5
hugelshofer
25 July 2009
Version: 1.51
As I am using this little app since ... (so long I forgot) I agree a 100% with the previous 4 reviews! It just works (if you know what you are doing) As a Mac Admin I could not live without it! I specially like the feature to remove ACLs
(4)
5
GeogProf
09 July 2009
Version: 1.51
Fantabulous. Enabled me to fix the permissions of a Firewire drive that had somehow gotten screwed up, and now I can recover the data on the drive before erasing and reformatting it. I'm very pleased.
(4)
Chaser3275
09 March 2009
Version: 1.51
Simply Excellent! It worked so well I just had to come on here to exclaim my love for this wonderful application!
(4)
5
Spartan
22 December 2008
Version: 1.51
It is free and it works better than Apple's version in Leopard. Thank you.
(4)
5
BrianHolmes
16 December 2008
Version: 1.51
This app is excellent at removing the ACLs! Instantly goes through and removes all previous ACL's including the folders and items in the folders. I've tried a few of the other apps that remove the acl's along with doing other permission changes and I've found that it works better (and quicker) to use a seperate app for that and just have the 2 windows open.
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5
Sam-Rowlands
05 September 2008
Version: 1.51
BatChmod brings back a familiar interface that works. The GetInfo window in Leopard's Finder doesn't work half the time and prefers to display a bunch of permissions for 'Unknown' that cannot be changed. It doesn't matter how many times I repair my permissions these files are always buggered. BatChmod to the rescue, not only is its interface logical, it works too! Darned amazing if you ask me. Once the permissions have been fixed with BatChmod they show and work correctly in the Finder, Result!
(3)
Dallasclubguy
30 August 2008
Version: 1.51
Something I did caused the permissions on 4 outboard hard drives to go to "Custom" and a small lock icon to appear in the lower left hand corner of the drive icon. I could no longer open the drives. I was told I did not have adequate permissions. I could unlock the pad lock located in the get info area, but I could not change anything. This wonderful utility was able to bypass this lick level and get to where it was really locked and undo my mistake. It's simple. It works. It really works well.
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Abizgraphics
21 July 2008
Version: 1.51
I'm sure its awesome, and at my favorite price. Now if only the image was not corrupt.
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5
anonymous-tapir-4715
11 May 2008
Version: 1.51
Hey! Thought you were dead and gone, BatchMod! Thank your developer!!
(3)
Handycam
07 May 2008
Version: 1.51
I see no way to apply the changes as a super-user. I tried using this on a folder full of files and folders, and although it gave no error, the contents of the folder were NOT changed. I went to Terminal and did sudo chmod -R and it worked. Note doing this without sudo gave me a bunch of errors in terminal -- so obviously one needed to be SU to change these files. And as I said, I don't see how to do this in BatChmod
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5
schmelding
07 May 2008
Version: 1.51
Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo...BATCHMOD!
(2)
Darylf2
13 February 2006
Version: 1.37
Version 1.37 now runs again on my Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5. Thanks for the quick update!
(1)
Darylf2
13 February 2006
Version: 1.36
Version 1.36 won't launch on my Dual 2.5 GHz PowerMac G5 running 10.4.4. Deleting the preferences file didn't help. I reverted to 1.35 and it still works fine.
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5
Tjreck
13 February 2006
Version: 1.36
This is one of the main applications in my toolbox. I know a lot of unix geeks will say this isn't needed, but if you are not comfortable in the terminal, this is the answer!
(0)
4.75
Makai
05 December 2005
Version: 1.34
Fast and reliable. Simply gets the job done. This is the one you want for tinkering with permissions!
(0)
5
Zire71man
05 October 2005
Version: 1.34
Works better then the built in change preferences from get info. It changes all permission of internal items of folders. The built in get info change permissions only changes the folder info not the documents inside the folder. Great app!!!
(0)
4.75
Anonymous
08 June 2005
Version: 1.34
Perfect
(0)
4.5
Anonymous
06 February 2005
Version: 1.34
awesome!
(0)
4.75
Andretan
11 December 2004
Version: 1.3.3
Great app. Saved my butt just a while ago, since I know nuts about those *nix commands. One star less for the unfixed unexpectedly quit error when quitting the app. Other than that, great app! :)
(0)
5
Anonymous
10 December 2004
Version: 1.3.3
Works great. It was able to change the ownership of folders and files quicker and better than the command in the OS.
(0)
4.5
Anonymous
05 November 2004
Version: 1.3.3
If you need an app to process all the permissions and process all subfolders quickly then this is for you!
(0)
4.75
Anonymous
16 September 2004
Version: 1.3.3
A very useful little application, lightweight and (as far as permissions go) does exactly what it says on the tin. Great for solving those niggling little permissions problems. I've yet to try the force empty trash.
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4
Anonymous
21 August 2004
Version: 1.3.3
Used to be a very handy utility. The "Force Empty Trash" now does not worl properly, since it *removes* the disks' /.Trashes folders instead of just cleaning them up. It requires a restar to fix this. And as commented by others, the program quits itself sometimes when the window's close button is pressed. I hope the developer can fix this soon. =)
(0)
3.5
Vitaly
13 April 2004
Version: 1.3.2
when i use force empty trash function of batchmod, next time anything is placed in trash, it is immediately deleted by itself (after a warning dialog) - similar to what you get when you delete from remote servers.. and of course it crashes when window is closed when in background
(0)
4.5
Anonymous
13 August 2003
Version: 1.3.2
There seems to be a problem since forever: if the application is in the background and you close it using the red (X) button, it will crash. Annoying.
(0)
5
Anonymous
27 May 2003
Version: 1.3.1
Works perfect, Easy solution if u don't want to play with the "monitor" !
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5
Henshaw
18 November 2002
Version: 1.3.1
Works great! I finally got that crap out of my Trash without having to do any command line.
(0)
4.5
Anonymous
16 April 2002
Version: 1.2
I tried it out. It works like a train, and I don't mean a British train either. However, in the wrong hands, i.e. almost everybody, a lot of damage could be done to the system software.
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4.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

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