BatChmod
BatChmod
1.7b5
4.7
0.0
BatChmod free download for Mac

BatChmod for Mac1.7b5

12 February 2016

Change file ownership and permissions (beta).

What is BatChmod for Mac

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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tangjwh
tangjwh
May 12 2021
1.7b5
0.0
May 12 2021
0.0
Version: 1.7b5
I'm doing some AD migration of Macbook to change local user folder to AD user folder, when I follow the guide here: https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/120667-convert-local-mac-user-into-active-directory-network-user-no-terminal-tasks-required in step 25 to 27, that recommanded to use the BatChmod to change the permission of the user folder, I cannot find the AD group under the "Group" filed, not sure if that is version different as the guide line is from 2016 which was few years ago, would anyone know which item should I pick from the list?
mixagesoftware
mixagesoftware
Jun 22 2020
1.7b5
5.0
Jun 22 2020
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Love it
johnbniles
johnbniles
Oct 27 2019
1.7b5
5.0
Oct 27 2019
5.0
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.
476429
476429
Jun 9 2019
1.7b5
5.0
Jun 9 2019
5.0
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.
polocanada
polocanada
May 14 2019
1.7b5
5.0
May 14 2019
5.0
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.
fluflynight
fluflynight
Aug 28 2016
1.7b5
5.0
Aug 28 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
yes, It is good for deleting mackeeper when you force quit trash. nice 10/10
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Jun 15 2016
1.7b5
0.0
Jun 15 2016
0.0
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.
WordWeaver
WordWeaver
Feb 11 2016
1.7b5
5.0
Feb 11 2016
5.0
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.
Titanium1
Titanium1
Feb 10 2016
1.7b4
5.0
Feb 10 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7b4
Simply a "Must have"!! Thanks Renaud!
John-Sawyer-CJS
John-Sawyer-CJS
Aug 2 2015
1.7b3
5.0
Aug 2 2015
5.0
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.
ososX
ososX
Apr 12 2015
1.7b3
5.0
Apr 12 2015
5.0
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 ?
freevito
freevito
Jan 25 2014
1.7b3
5.0
Jan 25 2014
5.0
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.
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
Jan 23 2014
1.7b3
5.0
Jan 23 2014
5.0
Version: 1.7b3
Five stars for how any years now? Superb.
GymW
GymW
Jan 22 2014
1.7b3
5.0
Jan 22 2014
5.0
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.
mikes429
mikes429
Jan 21 2014
1.7b3
4.0
Jan 21 2014
4.0
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)
schmelding
schmelding
Jan 21 2014
1.7b3
5.0
Jan 21 2014
5.0
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.)
Joseph-Farrugia
Joseph-Farrugia
Sep 14 2013
1.7b2
5.0
Sep 14 2013
5.0
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.
Screentom
Screentom
Jun 25 2013
1.7b2
5.0
Jun 25 2013
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
Solved permissions problems, Thanks! I have donated for a beer :-)
Bytes
Bytes
Jan 13 2013
1.7b2
5.0
Jan 13 2013
5.0
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!
Simbasounds
Simbasounds
Jul 28 2012
1.7b2
5.0
Jul 28 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
A trusty stalwart of Mac support and development, BatCHmod is a huge improvement on using Terminal to fix permissions and ACLs
Mickeymac
Mickeymac
Jul 27 2012
1.7b2
5.0
Jul 27 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
Great App it does what it says it will do. Thanks to the developer.
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
May 1 2012
1.7b2
5.0
May 1 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
Thank you thank you! So great to see this super-helpful tool updated - need it more than ever in Lion!
Brian-Tombaugh
Brian-Tombaugh
May 1 2012
1.7b2
5.0
May 1 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
Solved permissions problems for me when NOTHING else worked!
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Apr 29 2012
1.7b2
5.0
Apr 29 2012
5.0
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)...
reves
reves
Apr 29 2012
1.7b2
5.0
Apr 29 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b2
Excellent application, exactly because it's simple and does what it says to do!
WonderWoofy
WonderWoofy
Feb 5 2012
1.6.3
2.5
Feb 5 2012
2.5
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?
Lesoth0
Lesoth0
Dec 10 2011
1.6.3
5.0
Dec 10 2011
5.0
Version: 1.6.3
Outstanding program that helped fix the dreaded Snow Leopard "custom" permissions locked drives issue.
hugelshofer
hugelshofer
Mar 16 2011
1.6.3
3.0
Mar 16 2011
3.0
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.
Jim77566
Jim77566
Aug 19 2010
1.6.3
0.0
Aug 19 2010
0.0
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
Jim77566
Jim77566
Aug 19 2010
1.6.3
0.0
Aug 19 2010
0.0
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.
Idfc
Idfc
May 12 2010
1.6.2
0.0
May 12 2010
0.0
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.
Filp
Filp
Feb 2 2010
1.6
0.0
Feb 2 2010
0.0
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.
hugelshofer
hugelshofer
Jul 25 2009
1.51
3.0
Jul 25 2009
3.0
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
GeogProf
GeogProf
Jul 9 2009
1.51
5.0
Jul 9 2009
5.0
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.
Chaser3275
Chaser3275
Mar 9 2009
1.51
0.0
Mar 9 2009
0.0
Version: 1.51
Simply Excellent! It worked so well I just had to come on here to exclaim my love for this wonderful application!
Spartan
Spartan
Dec 22 2008
1.51
5.0
Dec 22 2008
5.0
Version: 1.51
It is free and it works better than Apple's version in Leopard. Thank you.
Guest
Guest
Dec 16 2008
1.51
5.0
Dec 16 2008
5.0
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.
Sam-Rowlands
Sam-Rowlands
Sep 5 2008
1.51
5.0
Sep 5 2008
5.0
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!
Dallasclubguy
Dallasclubguy
Aug 30 2008
1.51
0.0
Aug 30 2008
0.0
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.
Abizgraphics
Abizgraphics
Jul 21 2008
1.51
0.0
Jul 21 2008
0.0
Version: 1.51
I'm sure its awesome, and at my favorite price. Now if only the image was not corrupt.
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
May 11 2008
1.51
5.0
May 11 2008
5.0
Version: 1.51
Hey! Thought you were dead and gone, BatchMod! Thank your developer!!
Handycam
Handycam
May 7 2008
1.51
0.0
May 7 2008
0.0
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
schmelding
schmelding
May 7 2008
1.51
5.0
May 7 2008
5.0
Version: 1.51
Doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo, doo-doo...BATCHMOD!
Darylf2
Darylf2
Feb 13 2006
1.37
0.0
Feb 13 2006
0.0
Version: 1.37
Version 1.37 now runs again on my Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5. Thanks for the quick update!
Darylf2
Darylf2
Feb 13 2006
1.36
0.0
Feb 13 2006
0.0
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.
Tjreck
Tjreck
Feb 13 2006
1.36
5.0
Feb 13 2006
5.0
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!
Makai
Makai
Dec 5 2005
1.34
4.8
Dec 5 2005
4.8
Version: 1.34
Fast and reliable. Simply gets the job done. This is the one you want for tinkering with permissions!
Zire71man
Zire71man
Oct 5 2005
1.34
5.0
Oct 5 2005
5.0
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!!!
Guest
Guest
Jun 8 2005
1.34
4.8
Jun 8 2005
4.8
Version: 1.34
Perfect
Guest
Guest
Feb 6 2005
1.34
4.8
Feb 6 2005
4.8
Version: 1.34
awesome!
Andretan
Andretan
Dec 11 2004
1.3.3
4.8
Dec 11 2004
4.8
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! :)
Guest
Guest
Dec 10 2004
1.3.3
4.8
Dec 10 2004
4.8
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.
Guest
Guest
Nov 5 2004
1.3.3
4.8
Nov 5 2004
4.8
Version: 1.3.3
If you need an app to process all the permissions and process all subfolders quickly then this is for you!
Guest
Guest
Sep 16 2004
1.3.3
4.8
Sep 16 2004
4.8
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.
Guest
Guest
Aug 21 2004
1.3.3
4.8
Aug 21 2004
4.8
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. =)
Vitaly
Vitaly
Apr 13 2004
1.3.2
3.5
Apr 13 2004
3.5
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
Guest
Guest
Aug 13 2003
1.3.2
4.8
Aug 13 2003
4.8
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.
Guest
Guest
May 27 2003
1.3.1
4.8
May 27 2003
4.8
Version: 1.3.1
Works perfect, Easy solution if u don't want to play with the "monitor" !
Henshaw
Henshaw
Nov 18 2002
1.3.1
5.0
Nov 18 2002
5.0
Version: 1.3.1
Works great! I finally got that crap out of my Trash without having to do any command line.
Guest
Guest
Apr 16 2002
1.2
4.8
Apr 16 2002
4.8
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.
Free
4.7
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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