Site logo

Stacks Image 37
Change permissions without the Terminal
BatChmod is a utility for manipulating file and folder privileges in Mac OS X.
It allows the manipulation of ownership as well as the privileges associated to the Owner, Group or others. It can also unlock files in order to apply those privileges and finally, it can remove any ACLs added to a folder or file under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or better.

If none of this makes sense to you, maybe BatChmod is not for you :-) It has the potential to mangle your files if you do not know what you are doing. ESPECIALLY if you change the permission of your whole disk at once... just don’t do that.
Stacks Image 38
Stacks Image 39
Stacks Image 40
Unlock what is rightfully yours
BatChmod can also give you back access to locked files, folders or disks. If something is locked, it can unlock it. If you no longer have permissions to files or folders, change the permissions back.
Sometimes, a whole hard disk can become inaccessible or locked and often, BatChmod can unlock those too!
If you moved a folder or files from another machine or another user on your machine, BatChmod can help set you up as their rightful owner.
Stacks Image 41
Keep your Trash clean
Ah the beauty of a nice clean Trashcan on your Desktop. How annoying when you cannot empty it because some files are thought to be in use by the Finder! BatChmod offers a nice "Force Empty Trash" menu when you click on its icon or when you go to the BatChmod Menu when you run it. Quick and simple and you will never see those files again.

Stacks Image 42
Stacks Image 43
More features:
  • Works under Mac OS X 10.5 and better (including 10.11 El Capitan) and is Intel native
  • Can display the commands which were just ran in case you want to reproduce them
  • It now allows entry in Octal if you like (through the Info Window)
  • And probably some other stuff we just cannot recall right now

If you like BatChmod and use it, and if you would like to help pay for the bandwidth required to host the files which are in great demand, you are welcome to donate using the button below:

If you would like to learn more about how BatChmod works, please read the
BatChmod Instructions page.
Download BatChmod 1.7 beta 5 (learn more)
Runs on Mac OS X 10.11
and fixes Sparkle vulnerability

Download BatChmod 1.6.3
For Mac OS X 10.5 & up (including 10.12 and later)

Download BatChmod 1.51
For Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6
Download BatChmod 1.37
For previous system versions as 1.5 has not been tested on any other system, though it may work.)
Thanks to our sponsors below
Want to learn more about File Permissions? Try the official Apple "Support Essentials" book from PeachPit Press by clicking the link on the right and help support BatChmod development!