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.
Sindre SorhusAspiring kitten & open-sourcerer 🦄 · Asked

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Bartender 2

Organize and hide menu bar items on your Mac

Sindre SorhusAspiring kitten & 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 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.
Oliver TurnerOliver Turner, Architect @ Ticketmaster · Written
Exactly the same as Sindre's: I want the functionality, not the clutter.

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

Ben Tossell18Community Lead, Product Hunt · 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 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.
1Password 6

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 ManciniTechnology enthusiast · 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.

Keep your Mac from going to sleep

Steve AgallocoVP of Engineering, Tradier · 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. https://www.producthunt.com/post...
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Aaron RothschildDirector of Product, Influitive · Written
I use it regularly to keep my screen on
Caffeine is so simple it's hard to understand how it's not a native feature from MacOS.
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iStat Menus 5

An advanced Mac system monitor for your menubar

Jenil GogariDesigner. Explorer. Geek. · Written
This is the first thing I install on my Mac, it is an extremely helpful utility app!
Brandon BrownFavicon Valley host, ProdDev @sendwithus · Written
I've been using iStat Menus since version 3 and it is one of the first menubar apps I install on a new machine!
Jacob JayPeripatetic Techie @Coworking.Community · 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.
Alfred 3

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

Quick apps launcher and much more (Spotlight replacement). Simply a must have on a mac!
Jason RogersCTO, Upper Hand · Written
Alfred is one of the first thing I install on my Macs, next to Homebrew.
Nick Abouzeid 🕴6Social & Growth Intern at Product Hunt · Written
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!
Magnet for Mac

Keep your workspace organized

Emily CampbellProduct Designer · 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.
Stays out of the way... very useful in my daily workflow
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.

Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

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
Martin SchaerEntrepreneur, ui/ux and inbound · Written
A must have for me. Pressing Spectacle's shortcuts it's now an involuntary movement of my fingers now. It's annoying when I use another mac and it hasn't Spectacle installed :P

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

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.
Braxton HuffFounder of Porter, Creator, UI Designer · Written
This is exactly what I need to pull colors from my screen accurately
Bryce YorkThe "Measure Your Marketing" Guy · Written
Great tool. Super helpful when designing and working with swipe files.

Ambient background sounds for your Mac

Ryan Hoover44Founder, Product Hunt · 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 PatwariPrincipal, User Experience · Written
This is amazing... great job @nozio team.
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 hooglandFounder of Moonbase Co. · Written
Simply the one I activate the most on from the menu bar apps.

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!
Nik SudanGame & Systems Developer · Written
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!
CloudApp 4.0

Lightning fast media sharing and screengrabs

Mike Coutermarsh48Code @ Product Hunt · 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 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

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.
TripMode 2

Manage your Mac's broadband usage while on a hotspot

Jean-Paul HornPublisher iCulture.nl · Written
Don't be ever surprised again by overage charges
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.

Jeff NeedlesBI @ Meerkat & Maker of Things · Written
Resizing windows is a pain but also super useful... No more pain!
CleanMyMac 3

Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac.

Syed Irfaq R. ⚡️3Founder & CEO, Lukonet · Written
Shows stats, Helps in Cleaning as well as uninstalling all from the menu bar.
Sambruce JosephProduct Designer · Written
Gives me a snapshot when things get slow
Little Ipsum

The best Latin text generator for OS X

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.

Fast & easy screenshot and annotation tool

Neil SweeneySoftware 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!
CleanMyDrive 2

A lightweight drive manager for Mac

CleanMyDrive 2 is a lightweight disk manager for external and internal drives
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Sandro ManciniTechnology enthusiast · Written
Good for "ejecting" installations and USB drives quickly, no need to open Finder for that.