Growl is the is ultimate notification system for the Mac.  It's the easiest way to instantly know what is going on with other applications while you are busy working on something else, in real time or even when you step away.

One day we were working with pictures in iPhoto while having a conversation in Adium. While waiting on something important to come through in the conversation, we had to keep clicking back and forth every time an instant message came through. Even though we knew were getting a message we'd have to click back to the Adium window to see what was being said. The idea for Growl was born out of the frustration of being forced to click back and forth to see what was going on. The real time notifications keep you up to speed with everything you need to know. With smooth notifications and Growl's one of a kind rollup window, you'll always know what's going on even when you have to step away from your Mac.

Never before has there been anything that personalizes notifications in such an effective way. You can receive notifications in several ways, such as on screen, via email, or even have them spoken to you. Plus if you know a bit about web technologies (CSS/XHTML/Javascript) then you can make a Growl style look how you want it to.

So many more AWESOME features listed here.

• Personalize your notifications. Choose Growl's presentation, look and feels.
• Keeps working even when you are not. Come back to your mac and review what happened while you were gone with Rollup.
• Easy to use Applications tab for controlling what you receive and what gets blocked.
• Speech display for hearing your notifications, great for those who are visually impaired.
• Awesome notification history, so you can see what has been going on.
• A large variety of styles come with Growl. Anything from nano which is tiny, to music video which is huge.
• Make your own Growl styles very easily with web technology to give Growl your own look and feel.
• Send Growl notifications from Cocoa, AppleScript, or over the network.
• Networking so that two or more macs can forward notifications to each other.
• Can work with the iPhone and iPad via Prowl.

Growl is what you need. Millions of people love it, and you will too. Seriously!

What’s New

Version 2.1.3

- Fixes an issue on 10.9 where sending notifications to Growl will result in Growl logging "(null) doesn't have enough information…" whenever it receives an incoming packet.
- The on/off slider is more accessible now.
- Adds an improvement to how the selection of the default plugin worked in the displays tab.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
78 Ratings
78 Ratings
fyrwerx ,


Maybe this app worked back in the day, but not now, with High Sierra.

Maybe the trillion-dollar Apple company could afford to pay someone to delete bad apps from its store?

CEO Cook thinks Apple’s going to the next level on its services … uhhhh, not so much.

Joecincy ,


RIP Growl. As I peruse my purchased apps to download onto a new MBP, I stumble across that little claw icon I once paid for enthusiastically. I grow quiet. The air thickens around meeeaaaaah I can’t. I was gonna make a big long thing, but i can’t. For real though, Growl left its mark!

caseyfriday ,

Old, but still does the trick for me

I understand that this app hasn’t been updated in about 4 years, but it still works great for me. I have it set up to listen for my home automation server, and it intercepts those notifications flawlessly. It also converts them into the default Notification Center style in macOS, which is even better.

I only use this for about 4-5 services, but it works great with those services, so I’m glad I have it, to avoid needing to receive email notifications, or something similar.


The Growl Project, LLC
6.8 MB
OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Friulian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Welsh
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 The Growl Project, LLC


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