Clojure interface to the "growlnotify" command line tool to post growl notifications
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Clojure interface to the "growlnotify" command line tool to post growl notifications


Hack to post growl messages thru command line "growlnotify" invocation.

UDP and java-based solutions required too much config or were unstable. This is probably more portable also... but I haven't tried anything but MacOSX.

Usage (use long-string "growlnotify" command line options):

    (use 'clj-growlnotify)
    (growl-notify "my title" "my message")
    (growl-notify "my title" "my message" :name "myapp" :sticky true)
    (growl-notify {:title "my title" :message "my message" :name "myapp" :sticky true})

Returns the title string.


You will have to install growl ( and the growlnotify command line tool (

The resources folder has a growl-style file: BasicsCljDoc.growlStyle. This file is based on Basics.growlStyle by Christopher Lobay ( - very cool design and animation - thanks!!! The only changes I made were setting the message-font to Inconsolata, which shows better for code-like info. Furthermore, I made the window wider to accomodate the standard doc-string width.

Double-clicking the BasicsCljDoc.growlStyle file will automatically install that style with Growl.

The resource folder also includes a copy of the Clojure logo as a gif-file, which can be used to associate the growl notification with clojure-related activity. Tom Hickey deserves credit for that beautiful design!!!

You should also install the Inconsolata font ( Whether you use this growlnotify or not, you should install this font anyway for your favorite code editor as it's the best fixed-width "coding-font" out there (kudos for the designer, Raph Levien).


Copyright (C) 2012 Frank Siebenlist

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure.

Growl style Basics by Christopher Lobay is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.