Glow for FB

Developer: Raffael Hannemann

Current Version: 1.0.7

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 5 MB - Download



You want reliable, beautiful notifications for Facebook™? Say Hello to Glow for FB!

Runs on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and newer Mac OS X versions, including Growl integration.

Glow for FB shows beautiful Facebook notifications right on your menu bar with a glowing dot.

"Glow is a Mac app that aggregates your Facebook notifications into Notification Center without being intrusive.
The nice thing about Glow is that it's easy to customize to fit your needs." — LIFEHACKER

"The app is excellent regardless which version of OS X you’re using;[...] It is an excellent way to keep up with your Facebook activity while staying as productive as possible." — ADDICTIVETIPS

Unsatisfied with Mountain Lion‘s Facebook integration? With Glow for FB, you get a menu bar app, that informs you with a glowing dot as soon as something has happened on Facebook. It helps staying away as long as possible and being productive instead!

Once there‘s something new (new poke, new comment, new like, new friend request, new message, etc.), a notification will appear which you can click to open Facebook instantly. It's that simple.

>> Features
- deliberately minimalist design
- individually choose which notifications you want to receive (general notifications, messages, friend requests)
- precise Notification Center integration*
- optional preview of notification / message or friend request in Notification Center*
- GROWL support
- directly mark notifications as read by ALT+clicking the 'f' (only general notifications)
- mute all notifications temporarily for 10 minutes
- Option to launch Glow for FB as soon as you start your Mac

and of course:
- fully Retina-ready

>> News
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What do you pay for?
We are serious about good design. We've spent a lot of time thinking about what's the best way to inform you about news on your social network in a decent and elegant way.
Next, we guarantee, that there's nothing between your Mac and the Facebook servers: We do not store your Facebook credentials remotely or collect any of your data, promise. We don't want to make money with your data!

Help, it doesn't work!
Please head over to and follow the instructions filed under "What can I do if Glow for FB does not work?" or get in contact via Facebook!
Glow for FB is a so called 'Best Effort' service, meaning that there may be outages due to server disturbances.

* - Notification Center integration requires OS X Mountain Lion!


Release Notes:

NEW: Different colors!
Choose "More..." > "Choose Color..." to select one of Blue, Cyan, Red, Orange, Pink, and: Poison!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.4
Review by Kobi Tate

Very reliable, very simple - This is a great app for Facebook notifications. It stays in Sync very well with your Facebook account and looks very nice. I'm not particularly fond of the new "dot" icon, but that doesn't really matter and doesn't change how much I love this app.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.0.7
Review by therocket_man

Glows constantly… not much help! - I got this to replace the old facebook desktop notifications which no longer works. This app works similarly, but it glows constantly! I have no messages or notifcations but this thing is still lighting up in my menu bar. It doesn’t help to notify me if it is constantly on.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.0.7
Review by mjj0929

Not what I’d hoped - I was hoping the app itself would show me the notifications and not rely entirely on notification center. When you click on the app, all it does is let you dismiss the notifications that you’ve seen in notification center. It doesn’t show you the notifications at all. This is basically a .99 cent app that has the same exact functionality that OS X has built in since Moutain Lion.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.0.7
Review by MehdiHK

Works - Edit: I have contacted the developer for support, and he was really helpful. Solved my problem with the app. I’m retracting my initial negative review now. :)

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.0.7
Review by esaral

Simple reliable app - Great app. After a recent facebook update you now have to mark all notifications as read on Facebook in order for the dot to stop glowing but I think that has to do with how facebook treats notifications now as opposed to the app not working. I don’t really use the alternative colors, find them a little too distracting but otherwise I’m very happy with the app, meets all my needs.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.0.7
Review by LIrwin

Shutting off the light - The light should go out when the “Go to Facebook” menu item is clicked, not just when “mark as read” is. It works fine if I remember to turn it off.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.0.7
Review by TiaTiaB

Ok app - Great app except the new version choice of colors's don't work…

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people