There are multiple ways to be notified, and many applications come with Growl support. Growl is an easy way to display notifications and can be used multiple different ways easily.

What can I say in this short amount of space to convey what Growl is about? I could say "Growl is awesome!", but that won't mean much. I could say that it is really easy to use, implement, and support, but that probably wouldn't mean much either.

The honest truth is there is not going to be much here to say without telling you to just go try it. If you are someone looking to start using Growl, then definitely head on over to the downloads page. Once you have Growl installed, you may want to take a look at the list of applications which already use Growl in some way. If you don't see your favorite application there, then contact the group responsible for that application and maybe you'll see it on the list soon.


  • Growl is an easy way to display notifications
  • Growl can be used multiple different ways easily
  • It is easier to implement than coding your own solution that solves the same problem.
  • Growl gives more data to the user in a manageable form than other solutions
  • Growl allows the user to control their experience
  • It takes minimal time to implement Growl.

What's New:

  • Added the ability to disable the flashing menubar icon for Rollup messages, a checkbox will be added into 1.4 for this.
  • Added the ability to right click closes the notification, you don't have to click the close button. Hold down option and then right click to close all notifications.
  • Added some missing translations from the Quit dialogue window.
  • Resolved an issue where Growl would play sounds when paused. Growl no longer plays sounds while paused.
  • Resolved an issue where notifications would get stuck and could not be closed.
  • Resolved a problem with the Automator action.
  • Resolved an issue where Growl would end up much larger than it needed to be. Growl is now smaller, we strip some unneeded things from the final in order to reduce file size.
  • Resolved an issue with the default sort order of History.