Xbar: Put anything in your macOS menu bar

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  • bitbar

    Put the output from any script or program into your macOS Menu Bar (the BitBar reboot)

    Just updated from BitBar and ran into a small issue since xbar doesn't support custom plugin folders the same way BitBar did (as in a way to change it via the GUI). Thankfully you can just symlink the plugin folder to your old BitBar folder and everything works as expected. I opened an issue for it here: https://github.com/matryer/xbar/issues/653

  • SwiftBar

    Powerful macOS menu bar customization tool

    I was wondering about why SwiftBar existed when there was already BitBar, and a lot is explained in this thread on Github: https://github.com/swiftbar/SwiftBar/issues/95

    TL;DR: BitBar stopped working well in Big Sur and the old code base was increasingly hard to update and build.

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  • cyberduck

    Cyberduck is a libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive and OpenStack Swift file transfer client for Mac and Windows.

    I've been discovering more and more high quality open source apps for Mac recently. My other favorites so far:


  • barbly

    Display output of scripts in the macOS status bar

    I've been using barbly[0] which I wrote to scratch my own itch. It uses a JSON format for describing the menu bars which I found easier to work with. It's aesthetic is slightly different as well.

    [0] https://github.com/luke-clifton/barbly

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