Sindre Sorhus
Sindre SorhusMaker · macOS Developer · Open-Sourcerer

What is your favorite macOS menubar app?

I love using small and focused menubar apps and hope to discover some gems I didn't know of.
131 recommended
  1. 284

    Organize and hide menu bar items on your Mac

    Sindre Sorhus
    Sindre SorhusMaker · macOS Developer · Open-Sourcerer · Written
    It lets me hide menubar apps I don't use very often but that I would still like to be accessible.
    Fraser Smith
    Fraser SmithSoftware Developer, Shanghai, China · Written
    Yup, me too. I love the menubar app that hides all the useless menubar apps for me so that I can focus on the good ones. I like my menu bar apps to provide information rather than interaction so all that's visible are my iStat Menus and VPN status etc.
    Exactly the same as Sindre's: I want the functionality, not the clutter.
  2. 224

    Adjusts your computer's display to adapt to the time of day

    Ben Tossell
    Ben TossellNo-coder 👉 · Written
    This has to be recommended... staring at a screen all day kills my eyes. I know Mac has introduced night mode recently but Flux is just the one!
    Fraser Smith
    Fraser SmithSoftware Developer, Shanghai, China · Written
    I've been letting macOS handle this recently, but the Apple offering is still very limited. f.lux is still far superior. Per app exclusions for example are critical, but not possible in Apple's On or Off offering.
  3. 166
    Virtual payment cards in 1Password

    Make safer payments online with 1Password and Privacy

    Federico Zivolo
    Federico ZivoloUI Specialist and Front-End Engineer · Written
    Not only a menubar app, but I usually use it from there so I think it's a great choice for this list. It makes super easy to manage my passwords and important things I need to remember.
    This is one of my favorite Mac apps, period. Keeps me super-secure and does it all easily. You can tell the company behind it (Agile Bits) is really passionate about what they make.
    Sandro Mancini
    Sandro ManciniSeek max(utility) & min(fuss+cash) · Written
    I wish 1Password for Android was as good as LastPass. 1Password for MacOS is excellent, the Android version will become as good under Android 7.x it seems. I would like that they remember those using Android 5.x and 6.x though... LastPass is already able to provide "on screen login completion" for current devices.
  4. 137

    Keep your Mac from going to sleep

    Steve Agalloco
    Steve AgallocoEngineering at Credit Karma · Written
    I was a long-time user of Caffeine as well, but at some point when it didn't support Retina displays I switched to Amphetamine which is also great.
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    Camilo Oliveira
    Camilo OliveiraForever a webmaster · Written
    Caffeine is so simple it's hard to understand how it's not a native feature from MacOS.
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    Aaron Rothschild
    Aaron RothschildDirector of Product, Influitive · Written
    I use it regularly to keep my screen on
  5. 113
    Alfred 3

    The Mac's best launcher just got a whole lot better

    Alfred serves as a replacement for Spotlight, giving you quicker access to a much wider variety of actions and files than Spotlight does. Absolutely worth downloading & learning the shortcuts - you'll thank me later!
    Jason Rogers
    Jason RogersCTO, Upper Hand · Written
    Alfred is one of the first thing I install on my Macs, next to Homebrew.
    Quick apps launcher and much more (Spotlight replacement). Simply a must have on a mac!
  6. 96

    Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

    Mateusz Zatorski
    Mateusz ZatorskiCo-Founder of Product Brew · Written
    I can't live without this app. One of the first that I install when getting a new macbook
    A free, incredibly customizable window manager you can control from your keyboard. If I ever had to get rid of all but one of my menu bar apps, this is 100% the one I would keep
    The first application I install on a new mac. Always. ✊
  7. 97
    iStat Menus 5

    An advanced Mac system monitor for your menubar

    Jacob Jay
    Jacob JayMetaspatial architect in software+spaces · Written
    My main reason for using this is that is has a 'fuzzy clock' mode: «ten pas nine» instead of «9:12», numbers are distracting and we really don't need minute accuracy constantly reminding us how little time we've left to live… The second reason is that it can hide the battery charge indicator once charged (space saving, no unnecessary info!). The rest of its functionality is a bit nerdy although I'd recommend the bandwidth monitor as it helps track down what's using your bandwidth with a simple click. Also, nice little calendar. Do set it to update infrequently, it's not worth draining your battery for.
    Jenil Gogari
    Jenil GogariDesigner. Explorer. Geek. · Written
    This is the first thing I install on my Mac, it is an extremely helpful utility app!
    I've been using iStat Menus since version 3 and it is one of the first menubar apps I install on a new machine!
  8. 94
    Magnet for Mac

    Keep your workspace organized

    Emily Campbell
    Emily CampbellProduct designer, strategist, mentor · Written
    This is the best screen organizer I've used. The keyboard shortcuts are great, but the ability to quickly drag and organize your screen in halfs, thirds, or quarters is a time saver, especially when jumping between laptop and monitor.
    I used to leave my windows cluttered all over the place. This app has really boosted my productivity, especially with a large monitor. Plus, the "drag to this spot to snap your window into this area" feature is fast, and ridiculously easy to understand and use. These days, I can't imagine using my Mac without it.
    Stays out of the way... very useful in my daily workflow
  9. 75

    Simple OSX app to sample & encode any color on your screen.

    braxtoni̶n̶t̶e̶r̶a̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶‎ ‎‎ hot designer · Written
    This is exactly what I need to pull colors from my screen accurately
    Jørgen Arnor G. Lom
    Jørgen Arnor G. LomSenior digital product designer · Written
    A solid color picker – does its thing well, and with a great range of options for output.
    Kevin Gilbert
    Kevin GilbertOwner, Koinology · Written
    This has become my "swatch" saver. I create and save palettes for brands I work with and use the "Color Dock" pinned to the right side of my display to quickly access and copy any color code for any client. Very handy at saving and creating palettes, too.
  10. 54

    Ambient background sounds for your Mac

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan HooverFounder of Product Hunt & Weekend Fund · Written
    This is my favorite of all the ambient sound makers, useful when doing focused work. Listen to crackling fire 🔥, whooshing wind 🌬, and calming 🌧 from your Mac.
    Rakesh Patwari
    Rakesh PatwariPrincipal, User Experience · Written
    This is amazing... great job @nozio team.
  11. 50

    A tiny calendar for your Mac's menu bar

    Let's me have a quick look at my calendar. Also has great shortcuts built in!
    It's always good to be able to check out a brief glance at your day.
    Ridiculously quick way to see and manage my calendar!
  12. 46
    Fantastical 2 for Mac

    The calendar app you won't be able to live without

    Gives you a quick glanceable overview of your schedule, but also is fully functional without opening the full window.
    ✨ david hoogland
    ✨ david hooglandFounder of Moonbase Co. · Written
    Simply the one I activate the most on from the menu bar apps.
    Eddie Kovarski
    Eddie KovarskiSmooth out rough waters with a hammer · Written
    Exceptional calendar app with fantastic support, cost of entry is high but it pays for itself in productivity especially when you can simple use natural language to add calendar entries.
  13. 41

    Indispensable window management for Macs

    Helps to organise windows with global short cuts. I like when my windows are centred so I have global short cut for that - ctrl + alt +1. I also can set size of the window with global short cut. This app is great, has a lot of great features.
  14. 40

    Great screenshot sharing tool

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale · Written
    I use cloudapp the most out of any menu bar app. Screenshots/gifs/annotations and easy sharing are super important when working with a remote team. So I use it constantly! 😀
    Maxime Prades
    Maxime PradesVP of Product @Algolia · Written
    I've been using CloudApp for years, can't do without it! The annotation feature is absolutely key when doing bug reports or feature specs for example
  15. 34
    CleanMyMac 3

    Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac.

    Irfaq Syed ⚡️
    Irfaq Syed ⚡️Founder & CEO, Lukonet · Written
    Shows stats, Helps in Cleaning as well as uninstalling all from the menu bar.
    Sambruce Joseph
    Sambruce JosephProduct Designer · Written
    Gives me a snapshot when things get slow
  16. 27

    Manage your window positions and size from your keyboard

    Jeff Needles
    Jeff NeedlesData @ Houseparty & Maker of Things · Written
    Resizing windows is a pain but also super useful... No more pain!
  17. 29
    TripMode 2

    Manage your Mac's broadband usage while on a hotspot

    Jean-Paul Horn
    Jean-Paul HornPublisher · Written
    Don't be ever surprised again by overage charges
    Kevin Gilbert
    Kevin GilbertOwner, Koinology · Written
    It automatically detects when I end up tethering with my iPhone and shuts off access to the web for the apps I specify, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, which help save bandwidth for more pressing tasks.
  18. 21

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    Keeps track of productive vs distracting time. I've had a free account for over six years and logged 6607h 29m of online time to date.
  19. 19

    Fast & easy screenshot and annotation tool

    Neil Sweeney
    Neil SweeneySenior Software Engineer · Written
    Super quick and easy too to grab a screen shot or recording and add annotations. Once done, drag and drop it where you need it!
  20. 19
    Little Ipsum

    The best Latin text generator for OS X

    Mateusz Zatorski
    Mateusz ZatorskiCo-Founder of Product Brew · Written
    As a front end dev I often need some text to fill in a space on the website while I'm developing. This helps a lot.