SlimHUD VS Lunar

Compare SlimHUD vs Lunar and see what are their differences.

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SlimHUD Lunar
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367 4,403
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7.1 9.0
11 months ago 18 days ago
Swift Swift
GNU General Public License v3.0 only MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of SlimHUD. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-07.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Lunar. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-23.
  • Reverse Engineering a Software Crack
    2 projects | | 23 Apr 2024
    It’s done in a similar way on macOS: a dylib is added to the bundle and an LC_LOAD command is added to the app binary. The dylib is the first thing that runs because of using the constructor attribute, like this:

    The nice thing is that a signed app will refuse to load a dylib that does not have the same signature. So crackers will be forced to change the whole app signature which can be easily detected in app code.

    I have that kind of protection in Lunar ( and Clop ( and it seems to be good enough as they have no recent cracks.

  • No I don't want 2, Emacs
    1 project | | 15 Apr 2024
    Pretty sure Lunar [0] can do this for you, and you can buy a lifetime license.


  • Show HN: Multi-monitor KVM using just a USB switch
    9 projects | | 10 Feb 2024
    I've had good luck with the Lunar app - it manages my Dell and LG monitors on an M2. (No affiliation)
  • PHOLED Will Transform Displays
    1 project | | 21 Dec 2023
    Wild! I am working on exactly the same thing now for Lunar (, and I'm also calling it Night Mode ^_^ what a coincidence

    I've been trying to make "white regions in dark backgrounds" less painful for months, but doing that at the system level on macOS is incredibly hard. I see you're doing it with CSS filters, which make sense in the limited scope of an article. But applying something like that on the whole macOS UI would cause confusion.

    I already use something similar on the iPhone: I read on the Kindle app which has white text on black background, then I have a full red Color Tint filter on the Triple Back Tap shortcut which I use before reading. Very similar effect to your solution, although I don't have images in my books.

  • If buying isn't owning, piracy isn't stealing
    2 projects | | 9 Dec 2023
    I was comparing anti-piracy measures with DRM, I don't have actual DRM in my app. I can't block users that really bought the app from using it (which is what DRM is notorious for).

    But I do have a license verification for the Pro features (, and that is what people are cracking in the app. I only added more protection around this verification.

  • MacOS tools to make your life easier
    14 projects | /r/MacOS | 7 Dec 2023
  • Create a shortcut for even lower phone brightness
    1 project | | 6 Nov 2023
    There's no Reduce White Point on Mac as far as I am aware. However, you can use the fantastic Lunar [0] app to achieve this, as it supports "Sub-Zero Dimming".

    To use it, I think you just need to start Lunar, and then press the Reduce Brightness button on your keyboard until it goes below the minimum Mac allows.


  • YouTube's Anti-Adblock and uBlock Origin
    8 projects | | 29 Oct 2023
    As the dev of a macOS app that breaks all the time because of external hardware, the tone of the article hits close to home. (I’m talking about whose brightness control commands can be blocked by USB-C hubs, “smart” monitors, too long cables etc.)

    I had to disable public GitHub issues on the app repo [1] because people seemed to fuel each other with spiteful comments and “why can’t you just!!” sentences.

    The contact form still attracts many such “entitled” people and it hurts to wake up to such messages, but at least I can choose to ignore those if I can’t bring anything to the discussion. There’s no peer pressure.

    These people are expecting too much from a handful of developers who are sharing a lot of free work and time that could have been spent better than hunting new IDs in URLs and updating regular expressions.


  • I2c-USB-hub: An i2C Controllable USB 2.0 Hub
    7 projects | | 11 Sep 2023
    Last year I bought a second computer for my music studio. I wanted to use the same set of 2 monitors and wired keyboard + trackpad on both machines.

    I wrote simple scripts to switch my monitor inputs with keyboard shortcuts (even simpler with Lunar, amazing new Mac app —, which saved me from having to press annoying input-source buttons.

    But I couldn't for the life of me find a simple, suitable software controllable KVM switch. That still requires the hardware button to be controlled, so frustrating.

  • Changing my relationship with GitHub Copilot
    2 projects | | 28 Aug 2023
    Some people like the process of writing code, more than the end result. I had a few months of that feeling, but nowadays it’s rarely about writing for me.

    Just the other day I used Copilot to explain the disassembly of macOS KeyboardBacklight code, so that I can turn off the keyboard lights when using Lunar’s Blackout (

    It even helped me generate the ObjC function signatures from assembly and use the right calling convention in Swift afterwards. It really feels like magic.

    I would have no joy in writing that code, it’s mostly bridging and translation anyway. I just need it to do this thing so that people can take advantage of it.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing SlimHUD and Lunar you can also consider the following projects:

MonitorControl - 🖥 Control your display's brightness & volume on your Mac as if it was a native Apple Display. Use Apple Keyboard keys or custom shortcuts. Shows the native macOS OSDs.

DevUtils-app - All-in-one Toolbox for Developers. Native macOS app.

BetterDisplay - Unlock your displays on your Mac! Flexible HiDPI scaling, XDR/HDR extra brightness, virtual screens, DDC control, extra dimming, PIP/streaming, EDID override and lots more!

pock - Widgets manager for MacBook Touch Bar

Monitorian - A Windows desktop tool to adjust the brightness of multiple monitors with ease

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

BetterDummy - Unlock your displays on your Mac! Smooth scaling, HiDPI unlock, XDR/HDR extra brightness upscale, DDC, brightness and dimming, dummy displays, PIP and lots more! [Moved to:]

nocturnal - A Dimness and Night Shift menu bar app for macOS 🌙

RatPoison - Latest Ver: 1.7; Default Menu Key is F1; Charlatano's Successor; dn

DisplayBuddy - DisplayBuddy lets you control external displays connected to your Mac right from your menu bar - No need to touch those clunky monitor buttons! It has been tested on a wide range of monitors from manufacturers such as Dell, Acer, LG, Samsung, BenQ & PRISM, and works with most displays manufactured in the last 5 years. DisplayBuddy can also control the volume for monitors with built-in speakers. If DisplayBuddy doesn't work as expected for you, we can refund your purchase within 7 days. Features: - Control your monitor’s brightness & contrast directly from your Mac - Control the volume for monitors with built-in speakers - Switch monitor inputs (HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C etc) directly from the app, and even directly power off displays. - Full support for Apple Silicon (M1 & M2) and Intel Macs. - Effortlessly manage multiple displays with ease & even sync controls across them. - Save settings across displays as Presets, and activate them later with a single click!

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