SIMBL
SIMBL
0.9.9

3.5

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SIMBL

0.9.9
29 January 2011

Enabler for apps like PithHelmet.

Overview

SIMBL is plugin enabler used by many popular modules (most notably PithHelmet) to modify and extend various applications. The source and basic tutorials are available for developers.

What's new in SIMBL

Version 0.9.9:
  • Fix exceedingly rare bug causing the installer to erroneously report failure
  • Fix rare bug causing the agent to fail ungracefully on malformed bundles

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Thmghtd
11 September 2009

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I've been actively using SIMBL for years and consider it completely indispensable. After reading SHK747's one-star drive-by, though, I realize I've been taking it for granted. Big time. So here's my stupid opinion. I love SIMBL. I love it so much I probably love the developer, Mike Solomon, too, in some kind of cool, appreciative way. Honestly. As you wade through the catalog of system hacks out there, each trying to improve your computer life one way or another, it's not long before you realize: The difference between a hack and a solution is staggering. Some hacks out there are worth considering, for sure, even when their side effects create a whole new monster (I'm looking at you, APE -- don't act shocked). But over the years, as the OS overhauls have come and gone and we've seen even minor updates give developers major problems, SIMBL has become more useful. Not less. That's not some small thing. What SIMBL does for developers and end-users alike is simply awesome. So maybe now's a good time for a little rallying behind the (depressingly few) developers like Mike who make our stupid worlds go 'round. Or at the very least, how about a little perspective. To SHK747: You're frustrated or hitting a wall somewhere or something. I get it, guy. But with a whopping 11 posts/reviews/comments prior to yours -- that's 11, total, over 4 years -- and with only 2 of those having ratings (really. two.), it seems like maybe there's a large enough appreciation/acknowledgment deficit without casually driving the stats down. Don't get me wrong: I love the democratic process. And the loyal opposition will always be instrumental in figuring out the kinks. But being a curmudgeon just doesn't seem quite so... productive. I don't know. Maybe you really hate SIMBL now. I'm just thinking... maybe it's Big Picture time. Maybe yours will be the star heard 'round the world, and everyone who makes use of software like SIMBL -- all the people getting by with the help of other people -- will band together and represent, truly, the opinions of the majority. The grateful, satisfied majority. Anyway. I love SIMBL. Thanks Mike. A lot. Note: Even though I mention SHK747's comment, I feel like it's largely a review of SIMBL (and maybe an allegory for freedom, I'm not sure), so I'm posting it as its own thing.
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Version 0.9.4b
Niku1000
27 November 2017
I couldn't open cDock. When I typed "carutil disable" into Terminal in accordance with the instructions, I was told that that code couldn't be found, or something to that effect.
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Version 0.9.9
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Niku1000
Niku1000
27 November 2017
I'd delete this if I could. I WAS able to open it when I used the right code: csrutil disable.
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Leesa
10 May 2016
Something New. Haven't tested it yet. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
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Version 0.9.9
2 answer(s)
MacFangio
MacFangio
06 December 2016
mySIMBL works like a charm in Sierra & El Capitan.
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Leesa
Leesa
20 June 2017
Works great in Sierra!
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Big Johnson
04 July 2015
I hope you read this, Mike. I used the link on the SIMBL page to get your address emailed to me. When I replied it was returned as a delivery failure. Ever wonder why you don't get any SIMBL email? So here's my message: Just a tip: You should include a text file with downloads detailing where to install the plugin. And put that in the description on MacUpdate. Not everyone has a SIMBL folder to start with. I do but couldn't remember where it was (Spotlight's too stupid to find it, but EasyFind could have). Although I'd read something about placing it in the root library for sandboxed apps, I don't have a SIMBL folder there, mine is only in the user library. I was hesitant to install it on my fresh install of Yosemite, but haven't encountered any issues yet from running cDock. I just placed SafariStand in there, so I'll see how it goes.
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Version 0.9.9
2 answer(s)
Leesa
Leesa
10 May 2016
How'd it go?

Something New. Haven't tested it yet.

https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
11 May 2016
It's been working fine - no issues.

I'm now running cDock 0.11.2 on El Capitan (10.11.4).
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Albabe
03 July 2015
If your EasySIMBL or SIMBL died after the latest Apple Security Update, check out the EasySIMBL page here at MacUpdate for Instructions on how to get it all back up!
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Version 0.9.9
Albabe
30 June 2015
Doesn't seem to be working with today's Security Update!
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Version 0.9.9
F451
13 July 2012
If you want to use SIMBL in Lion you can use EasySIMBL: https://github.com/norio-nomura/EasySIMBL/downloads
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Version 0.9.9
3 answer(s)
Tipp-Flo
Tipp-Flo
16 July 2012
Great! Looks like this is the solution for some problems I had with SIMBL. No more crash-on-startup log files in console. Simply drag the app into the Applications Folder, move your SIMBL folder from within »/Library/Application Support« to the one in your user account, start the app. You can then delete SIMBL.osax in »/Library/ScriptingAdditions«. It does not work though here, if you log-out and in again. You have to erstarrt. - EasySIMBL 1.1.1 You get the read-me file only if you download the source if you press the button »Download as zip«.
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sjk
sjk
01 August 2012
Removing the original SIMBL with its uninstaller app is more thorough, handling the LaunchAgent that might be overlooked doing a manual uninstall.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
03 May 2013
I was using SIMBL with SL, and continued using it when I upgraded to Lion 1½ years ago, and am unaware of any problems related to SIMBL on my computer. I just upgraded to 0.9.9 from 0.9.7. Don't remember which app I installed it for, and not sure if I still need it, but pretty sure I don't. I may have used it for TotalFinder, which no longer requires SIMBL.
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Gex2501
11 May 2012
It's sad to see such a great program/utility die. Been hoping for Lion support forever. I'd pick it up if I was any good with programming. Someone should re-invigorate it.
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Version 0.9.9
1 answer(s)
Neil-M
Neil-M
15 May 2012
http://www.osx86.net/view/2372-simbl-0.9.9b-lionpatched.zip.html Seems to be patched for Lion.
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GeogProf
26 November 2011
SIMBL is not compatible with Lion, no matter what anyone says. It was installed on 7 of my family's and 11 of my colleagues' Lion Macs plus mine, and all 19 suffered multiple SIMBL crashes every single day until we were forced to trash it in the last couple of weeks. Since he hasn't updated it in nearly a year nor responded to ANY of the panicked queries here or anywhere else, clearly Mike Solomon has abandoned SIMBL — and his implicit promise to all the developers whose apps rely on it. Oh, and millions of us users, too.
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Version 0.9.9
5 answer(s)
WordWeaver
WordWeaver
01 December 2011
I can confirm that SIMBL does not appear to be working with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2. I just updated to the latest version -- 0.9.9 -- and installed the ColorfulSidebar plugin. Even though I logged out, and back in again several times, my sidebar has not changed in appearance. I imagine that it could be the ColorfulSidebar plugin, and not SIMBL itself. Not being a developer, I honestly don't know for certain. However, given the number of other reports regarding incompatibility with Lion, I suspect that it is SIMBL itself. Can anyone else comment regarding this? Thanks!
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sjk
sjk
01 December 2011
SafariStand and Keystone plugins work fine with SIMBL 0.9.9 on my MBA running 10.7.2. Just spits out a nuisance console message like this whenever it's accessed: Performance: Please update this scripting addition to supply a value for ThreadSafe for each event handler: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax"
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
01 December 2011
Just a quick update. I actually got the ColorfulSidebar plugin to work by going to someone's WP blog and downloading a special plist file to place in my LaunchAgents folder. I now have colored icons in my sidebar. Go to the ColorfulSidebar plugin page here on MU to get the link, if interested.
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sjk
sjk
01 December 2011
And I got rid of the console noise using the tip here: http://superuser.com/questions/328719/what-does-this-mean-osascript-please-update-this-scripting-addition-to-supply
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Grouver
Grouver
27 January 2012
Absolutely agree! DO NOT use on Lion. It will not crash straight away and the crashes are actually caused by memory leaks and the fact that SIMBL has no proper threading implemented. What you will see from the user perspective is after a day or so of usage (heavy usage or if light then it might happen later) you get random behaviour of the OS. Things like Finder and Dock start freezing up. Sometimes you get various programs loosing UI responsiveness, the keyboard visual indicators like volume up and down, brightness up and down don't always show up, etc. You get the picture it's all random. I though I was going crazy until I took a look at the logs. SIMBL is actually working as an exploit to the OS (i.e. a rootkit of sorts. The OS can recover most of the time from the problems that SIMBL causes but the problem is that once you terminate a faulty process and reload it SIMBL comes back online and sooner or later you are back where you started. Save yourselves the trouble and wait until a lion compatible version is released. And yes the main problem is with the code not being thread safe!
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PorkPieHat
16 November 2011
I've been using SIMBL on my Lion (10.7.2) iMac and MacBook since June and in Snow Leopard for a long time before that, and it was stable at first. But now SIMBL crashes several times every day, and I can't figure out what the trigger is — sometimes it crashes when a SIMBL-reliant app is running, but more often it happens when I startup a nonSIMBL-reliant app or use one that's been running for a while. I don't think the cause is a conflict with other software because my Macs are set up very differently, are used for different purposes, and have very different apps installed. I hope the dev figures it out and releases a fix soon because I'm on the verge of dumping SIMBL and all the lovely apps that rely on it, which would be a shame.
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Version 0.9.9
Macmuffin
16 August 2011
I'm thinking of sending the developer money for a down load if that is the problem as he earlier stated.
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Version 0.9.9
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3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 64
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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