Version: 2.0 || Release Date: 2012-09-19 || License: BSD License Developer: The Growl Project | App Owner: the_tick

Notification system for OS X apps.

Growl is a notification system that allows any application to send it a notification, and then it displays it. You can (for example) be notified that you have new email, or that a download completed, etc.

Support for Applescript, Perl, Python, TCL, Cocoa, Carbon, Ruby and more being added.

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62 Opinions

Nice application and really usefull. I can't imagine using my Mac without Growl installed. I use it with Adium and Skype, and nearly all my other applications as well.

I'd like the ability to customize the Display styles for every application, being able to use Red bubbles for mail and Blue bubbles for Adium, without having to tweak with the priority settings.

(As of Feb 1, 07, the download link is still Growl .75. It needs updating.)

I was skeptical about Growl for a while. It just didn't seem appealing. After using it a for a bit, I've grown to like it a quite a bit. Once you turn off notifications for things you don't care about, Growl become way less obtrusive. I love the Gmail Notifier/Growl integration and its integration with iScrobbler, which by extension becomes an iTunes notifier.

Growl is a great app, it should be included as a option in OS X Leopard! I Hope, well if not, its ok... IT is FREEWARE after all! I Love the integration with IRC Clients and FTP Clients. Check it out! Definetely!

It's a really good idea, but I've had it interfere with some programs, and overall it just annoys me. I prefer the little app-icon bounce in the dock, it's unobtrusive and it tells me all that I need.

The only thing I ultimately ended up using it for was displaying chats I didn't see pop up while gaming. And the program I have now bounces and/or plays a little * ding * when I get a new message, so I just go and check. I press a 2-key-combo (thanks to WindowShadeX) and I can read the message without even changing app focus.

It was on my system for a few months, and I tried just about everything it had to offer. It's been off my system for a few months, and I don't miss a thing (except, perhaps, for a few wasted CPU cycles).

@nlma : often, that's because the OSX-native ones are ported from non-OSX versions. Do you really expect a KDE-styled app to blend in on OSX? There are plenty of open source projects that are aimed first-and-foremost at OSX, and those are built using Apple guidelines for the GUI. They look like they always belonged.
There are exceptions to every general statement. Especially where programs are concerned.

My main brawl with open source applications in the end always boils down to the same thing. They're ugly and often not very intuitive. I'm going to flamed about this one, I know... but I'm right! I just don't see an open source operating system getting the same level of consistency as OS X for instance. And the advantage of a consistent OS is that apps that run on that OS naturally inherit that consistency. But often I'm wrong. And boy am I glad I'm wrong about this app ;) Looks good and delivers a great functionality!

I have one thing to say - It should be integrated in the next OS (like CoverFlow in iTunes 7)

You missed my point. If I already have these progs running, they'll tell me what's happening anyway. Usually their icons bounce in the dock.
If I'm using "chicken on the vnc" already for remote control of a networked desktop, why do I need growl to notify me of things as well? It's all there in front of me anyway.
Similarly others like mail, skype etc...they all notify me of events. I use an iTunes menu controller because of the control features, the notifications are secondary but they just happen negate the need for growl in my settings.
I don't need to download "loadsa progs" to tell me things.....they usually do that anyway and that isn't why I initially d'ldd them. Seeing as the notifications they have already do this, why add growl?
Also, even with lots of apps running I always tend to have a good idea what's going on with them anyway. So for me, growl isn't that useful.
(just a personal opinion is all)

Growl is a great App (and framework). I have all sorts of updates popping up on my screen as I work. This makes it easier not to flip between apps all teh time to see what is going on or why the icon is bouncing in the dock. I get a gentle message as I continue to work. freakin great.

Growl is no app. It's a framework - a framework that is used by many applications.

The point of Growl is to unify all kinds of unifications. Why should I use "loadsa progs" if Growl handles all by itself? Why should I click on some icon to see if my download is ready if I can be notified? I use Growl to get notified when my favourite TV shows beginn.

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