SketchyBar VS rootblocks

Compare SketchyBar vs rootblocks and see what are their differences.


muh very original xsetroot modular statusbar with ability to dynamically update stuff unkile dwmblocks (by nfrid)
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SketchyBar rootblocks
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18 days ago over 1 year ago
GNU General Public License v3.0 only MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of SketchyBar. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-29.
  • [Rice] My Neovim setup on mac 😺
    4 projects | /r/neovim | 29 Dec 2022
    the menubar at the top could be sketchybar
  • A curated directory of 700 Mac menu bar apps
    10 projects | | 28 Nov 2022
    Not sure why the downvotes, same here. I disabled mine in favour of sketchy bar [0]. I hide most things except for bandwidth and clock. Super handy.


  • I made my version of Dynamic Island for macOS
    3 projects | /r/mac | 1 Oct 2022
    It is done with SketchyBar and this is his config:
  • Maximizing Productivity on a 14" MacBook Pro
    7 projects | /r/MacOS | 15 May 2022
    Over the last few years I have tried to increase my productivity on a 14" screen as much as possible. The most important thing for me was to rely on keyboard shortcuts as much as possible (skhd), use a tiling window manager (yabai) and a custom status bar (SketchyBar). My full setup is explained in detail in my dotfiles. Let's discuss about further maximizing productivity and about further applications, like Alfred.
    7 projects | /r/MacOS | 15 May 2022
    Per display y_offset is currently not possible, I think this is a reasonable request for notched screens, and if you like you can add this to the appropriate issue on github: where we can discuss about the specific implementation.
    7 projects | /r/MacOS | 15 May 2022
    The separation will only be enabled on builtin displays and the separation can be adjusted freely like described here:
  • Looking for most lightweight M1 menu bar app to monitor CPU thermals.
    2 projects | /r/macapps | 27 Feb 2022
    not sure if you will be interested, since it is not a menu bar app but rather a status bar replacement . It is Sketchybar I am currently trying to configure my own config, but the default configs are more than enough to get you going. It is a more hands on approach than the other solutions though.
  • I created an open source native vim implementation for macOS input fields. This is no emulation, it is a real vim buffer synced to the OS input fields, hence all commands will work out of the box.
    2 projects | /r/vim | 12 Feb 2022
    My own bar: you will find the configuration I use in der Discussions -> Share your Setups at the bottom
  • I developed a highly customizable open source status bar replacement in C
    3 projects | /r/MacOS | 23 Dec 2021
    The default config is much more bare bones but you can find this setup (with slightly changed colors) in the "Share your Setups" section of the project:
    3 projects | /r/MacOS | 23 Dec 2021
    This project has been my hobby for the past couple of months and it is completely open source and free to use: . With this tool you can create highly customizable and functional top (or bottom) menu bars to make your macOS more unique while retaining and improving functionality. It is targeted towards advanced users with a solid knowledge about using the commandline and has many features of which the most notable are:


Posts with mentions or reviews of rootblocks. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

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Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing SketchyBar and rootblocks you can also consider the following projects:

simple-bar - A yabai status bar widget for Übersicht

polybar - A fast and easy-to-use status bar

modwm - MODWM - Modular Dynamic Window Manager

MTMR - 🌟 [My TouchBar My rules]. The Touch Bar Customisation App for your MacBook Pro

eul - 🖥️ macOS status monitoring app written in SwiftUI.

xbar - An tiny XCB information bar.

succade - Run, feed and style your Lemonbar with ease

jgmenu - An X11 menu

SketchyVim - Adds all vim moves and modes to macOS text fields

pecan - menubar for macOS

dwm-flexipatch - A dwm build with preprocessor directives to decide which patches to include during build time

touch-bar-simulator - Use the Touch Bar on any Mac