Quick Tip: Quickly clear stuck Growl notifications

Quick tips are random posts regarding something I discovered on my way to something bigger. They usually get longer than “quick” would imply, for which I refuse to apologize.

I’ve been having an issue with the latest version of Growl (1.3.1) where notifications randomly get “stuck.” No amount of clicking and option-clicking will make them go away. Until there’s a fix for this, I’m using a brute force restart to clear them1. I have it set up as an alias (killgrowl) in my .bash_profile and as a LaunchBar action (Restart Growl.scpt). It’s a really simple command:

killall Growl && open -a Growl

And in an AppleScript in ~/Library/Application Support/LaunchBar/Actions/Relaunch Growl.scpt

do shell script "killall Growl && open -a Growl"

Easy enough, right? You could run the AppleScript from any launcher (e.g. FastScripts), too. Like I said, brute force and lacking in any elegance, but it’ll get me through until a fix comes out.

  1. This is essentially the same process as my previous foray, but that one doesn’t work with the Mac App Store version of Growl. Consider this an update.

Brett Terpstra

Brett is a writer and developer living in Minnesota, USA. You can follow him as ttscoff on Twitter, GitHub, and Mastodon. Keep up with this blog by subscribing in your favorite news reader.

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