Menu bar programs are located in your Mac menu bar and provide access to a variety of features and services, all with just a single click or tap on the app's menu bar icon. They can provide extra productivity, tools or security, or add useful information to the Mac menu bar.
Our list of 15 menu bar programs is by no means all inclusive; There are so many apps available that it will take a while to combine them into a single list. Instead, I've compiled a list of menu bar programs that I've either used or are popular in the Mac community and are worth trying.
Let's start our list of favorite menu bar programs with those that improve your productivity.
Yes, your Mac comes with its own calendar app, which does a pretty good job of keeping track of dates and notifying of upcoming events. However, to add, edit and view calendars, the app must be run. This is where menu bar-based calendar applications shine so you can work with your calendars directly from the menu bar.
Currently on version 2, Fantastical's life started as a strictly a menu bar app, but has grown into a full-fledged Mac app. Fortunately, people who do Fantastical did not leave the menu bar; Version 2 has all the original benefits of a light menu bar app as well as the power of a full app when you need it.
Wonderful supports multiple calendars and calendar sets, which can automatically switch active / inactive states depending on where you are. This allows you to set up calendars both for work and at home, and automatically switch between them.
• Fantastic 2 is $ 49.99, with a 21-day free trial.
If your Mac's Calendar app performs well for you, and the feature you really miss is accessing Calendar from the menu bar, Itsycal is the menu bar app for you. Itsycal can display a monthly view of the calendar app's information, including scheduled events. If you need more information, you can open the Calendar app directly from Itsycal.
• Itsycal is free.
There are several contact managers for Mac, but most are full-featured programs, with only minimal, if any, menu bar support. One of the exceptions is the app below.
Card shop is the preferred way to access, edit, add and just work with Mac's Contacts app. For many Mac and iOS device users, Cardhop is the only method they use to manage their contacts; It's so powerful this menu bar app is.
Cardhop uses a powerful search option that allows you to find contact information based on just about every detail that may be present in a contact card. Search by name, address, date of birth or any criteria; It's as easy as clicking or pressing the menu for the Cardhop menu bar and starting to write. Cardhop will display any matching cards it finds.
Adding or editing contacts is just as easy; Just enter the name and details, and Cardhop takes care of the rest. Cardhop also includes the ability to add note fields, to enter personal information about your contact and a timestamp to create a story with your contacts.
One of the best features of Cardhop is the ability to act on a contact you choose. If you need to send an email or call, Cardhop can launch the appropriate app to send an email or connect to the Bluetooth phone, use Wi-Fi calling, or have the MacOS Continuity feature call you.  • Card package is $ 19.99 and is available with a 21-day free trial.
Menu bar-based system tools tend to overpop my menu bar. It seems that techie in me will know how my Mac's resources are used when I use it. There are a number of system menu bar programs, but here are some of my favorites.
This system tool places a number of items in the menu bar to monitor the performance of the Mac. You can keep track of CPU and GPU performance, memory usage, disk access, and network usage; There is also a wide range of built-in system sensors, including various temperature, voltage, current and wattage readings. You can even measure ambient light levels if your Mac is properly equipped.
iStat menus can monitor just about every aspect of Mac's performance and do so without taking too much of your menu bar.  • iStat Menus are available for $ 11.99 for a single Mac, or $ 14.99 for a 5-user family package. A 14-day free trial is available.
The original MenuMeters were a handy menu bar screens by Alex Harper that stopped working when OS X El Capitan was introduced. Since then, the original open source app has been forked out by various developers to accommodate the newer versions of Mac OS. This version works with OS X El Capitan via macOS Mojave.
MenuMeters is installed as a preference panel that allows you to specify how each item (CPU, Disk, Memory and Network) appears in the menu bar. You can check the type of information displayed, update intervals, and in some cases colors to be used.
• Menu meter is free.
Unlike the other system monitor tools in this group, Memory Clean is dedicated to monitoring Mac's memory. It can keep track of memory usage, how memory is used, which apps are memory hogs, and which apps are inactive, but set up memory.
In addition, Memory Clean can also clean inactive memory and free up RAM that was set aside for apps that are no longer running.
• Memory Clean, currently on version 3, is $ 9.99. A free trial is available.
Mac Fan Control
This menu bar app can monitor temperature sensors built into the Mac. But it does not stop there; Mac Fan Control can use the temperature information to control the speed of your Mac fans.
You can set a constant fan speed, or assign one of the temperature sensors to be used to control fan speed.
Mac Fan Control is a great way to indicate a noisy fan when performing a critical task, such as recording from a microphone near your Mac. It is also common to set a fan speed when a temperature sensor was destroyed during upgrading or tearing down which went wrong.
• Mac Fan Control is $ 14.95; a free trial is available.
One of the new features of macOS was Night Shift, a system that reduces blue light from the screen as evening approaches. The idea is to improve the sleep cycle by reducing blue light output from a digital display that can interfere with your natural circadian rhythm.
The F.lux app has given the same kind of features far longer and can be in a better position to provide a better implementation. The F.lux system gives more control to the user and does a better job of reducing blue spectrum output on a screen in the evening.
If you need a better night's sleep after working on your Mac all day, give f.lux
• f.lux is free.
Mac notebook users need a reliable way to monitor their Mac's battery to keep them informed of the battery's current condition, how much driving time is left, and the overall health of the battery.
This battery display has been a Mac stapler since 2005. Since then, CoconutBattery has branched out to provide battery services for the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Mac.
CoconutBattery shows your current battery health, how often the battery was charged, battery age, current charge, original and current capacity, battery temperature and much more.
• CoconutBattery is available in a free basic version and a $ 9.95 Plu's version.
The battery's health shows that the battery acts as one of the goals of the Battery Health app, but it can also help you extend battery life. Common battery details: Battery life, capacity, charge cycles, battery temperature, age, date of manufacture, remaining battery charge, and how long it takes to complete the battery. It can also help you increase battery life by showing which apps use the most energy.
Battery health can also show battery levels on connected Bluetooth devices, such as Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard or AirPod.  Battery Health also works for iPhone and iPad devices.
• Battery Health is $ 9.99; A 3-day free trial is available.
There are quite a few apps to detect malware that use the menu bar. But in many cases, the menu bar is used to start the associated app. So instead of noting these security apps, I went with a favorite password processing.
This password manager has long been a popular Mac app to create and manage all user passwords. It provides access via the included app, as well as from the menu bar and from most Mac browsers.
The 1Password web extension can handle most of the web-based login and password needs, but with the addition of the menu bar interface, 1Password can be used with any app, as well as any web site, even when a web page prevents the use of a password processing.
1Password can generate complex passwords for you and make sure you do not use duplicate passwords. Since 1Password stores the passwords and login information for you in an encrypted database, you do not have to worry about remembering each password. 1Password takes care of it for you.
• 1Password is available for single users and a 5 user family license, as well as business licenses. A free 30-day trial is available.
If your Mac gets a bit weighted with apps and files, one of these file access programs can help you find everything faster.
] This simple little app adds one or more menu items to the menu bar;
• XMenu is free and available from the Mac App Store.
Another menu bar app designed to give you quick and quick access to all menu bars. access your favorite items, including apps, documents, folders, bookmarks, snippets, and swatches.
Elements can be organized into groups that can be expanded or hidden as needed – a useful feature when your shortcut line becomes slightly overcrowded.
• Shortcut button is $ 8.99; a free trial is available.
In the Weather and Barbar Utility categories, I have only found one app for anyone worth mentioning.
There have been quite a few weather widgets for the menu bar, but for me the meteorologist distinguishes himself because of the details it can provide and the community of developers / supporters who keep the app up to date. The Meteorologist supports up to eight different locations that can use one of nine different hosting services, so you choose the best service for your location.
Meteorologist gives the current weather a moment in the menu bar, an expanded five-day forecast, and the versatility to set up the display to meet your personal weather conditions.
• Meteorologist is free.
Menu Bar Utility
Now that you've probably overcrowded your Mac's menu bar, you may need a bartender; by that i mean an app called bartender that can manage all the menu bar icons.
Bartenders can organize, rearrange and hide or display items. It can also automatically highlight the menu bar icons when they are updated, such as battery alerts, memory fulfillment, or other messages that a menu bar app can support.
• Bartender is $ 15.00; A free 4-week trial is available.
What is your favorite menu bar app?
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