- Download Hazel here
- Double-click the downloaded DMG file. It should be located in your Downloads folder. If not, check your browser’s preferences.
- In the window that opens, double-click the Hazel installer.
- Follow the instructions from System Preferences from there.
If you have a license file, you can now use it to register your copy.
Otherwise, Hazel will run in trial mode. This will allow you to try out the software for 14 days before purchasing. During this time, all features will be enabled except for exporting rules.
When the trial expires, Hazel will go into demo mode, where it will limit you to monitoring one folder with a maximum of two rules.
Andreas Zeitler provides an excellent run through on how to use match patterns and custom attributes in Hazel.
If you are coming from a previous version of Hazel, you may notice some things are no longer in the same place in Hazel 5. With the new UI, while most of the changes are pretty easy to figure out, some features may be harder to find. Some tips to make things easier:
- Hazel is an app but it still has background helpers to run your rules. That means that you don’t need to keep the app running. You only need it if you want to view or configure your rules and settings.
- Trash options are now found in Hazel’s preferences under the “Trash” tab.
- Folder options have their own window. You can access them either via the “Hazel→Folder Options” menu item or the toolbar. Note that the toolbar item for this is not in the default set and has to be added to the toolbar.
- Buttons to add folders and rules have been moved to the toolbar. To delete items, select them and press the “Delete” key or use the “Edit→Delete” menu item.
- Rule preview is accessible via the “Rule→Rule Preview” menu item. The dedicated button for it in the rule editor has been removed.
Hopefully this will make your transition to the new version much smoother.
The best way to update Hazel is to use the in-app updater.
- Go to Hazel’s “Info” section.
- (Optional) Check “Include anonymous system profile”. This sends system configuration information which is useful for planning of future features. You can click “More Info” to see what information is sent.
- Click “Check Now”
- You can also set Hazel to automatically check for updates by setting the “Check for updates” pop-up to anything besides “Never”.
You can also update Hazel manually by installing the new version over your current one. For instructions on how to do that, click here.
How to use Hazel to import files into DEVONthink using the Global Inbox folder. No AppleScript needed.
Nice little tutorial with 9 ready to use rules by Paula DuPont.
When you purchase Hazel, you will need to register your copy to ensure you can continue to use all its features.
If you purchased using the in-app store, this should already have been done for you automatically.
If not, or if you need to register a copy of Hazel on another machine (like when you purchase a family pack), you’ll need your license file. When you purchased, you were given a link to download this file. In addition, you were emailed a receipt. Attached to that is your license file.
If you cannot find your license file, you can have it re-sent from here.
Once you have your file, you can either double-click it or drag it into Hazel’s window to register the software.
You will get a message about a successful registration and you should see your name in the license field in Hazel’s Info pane.
Apple’s Mojave update introduced extra privacy protections, including controlling access to various parts of the filesystem. If you find yourself unable to select certain folders or have rules failing when trying to access certain locations, then you will need to authorize Hazel.
To give Hazel full disk access:
- Launch “System Preferences”
- Load Hazel and go to Hazel’s “Info” section.
- Hold down the option key. You will se a “Debug…” button appear. Click that button.
- Click on “Show HazelHelper in Finder”.
- Click “Done”.
- While still in System Preferences, navigate to the “Security & Privacy” pane. You can click here to jump directly to it.
- Select “Full Disk Access” in the list
- You may need to click the lock in the lower left corner to make changes. This will prompt you for your admin password.
- Take HazelHelper from the Finder window you opened earlier and drag it into the “Full Disk Access” list.
- Also, if you would like to preview rules or use the rule status UI (or just to get rid of the red badge on your folders), add System Preferences to the “Full Disk Access” list as well.
HazelHelper should appear in the list with its checkboxed checked. After that, Hazel should be able to access files it did pre-Mojave.
Daniel Vreeman goes through his photo workflow, making his rules available for download for you to use and modify yourself.
Dan Miller revisits Hazel with version 3 and gives it another 4.5 out of 5 mice.