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Bartender
Bartender
4.5
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Organize your menu-bar apps.

4.5
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Bartender overview

Bartender lets you organize your menu-bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu-bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

Features:
  • Lets you tidy your menu-bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu-bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu-bar items as you wish.

What’s new in version 5.0.49

Updated on Dec 20 2023

New Features:
  • Image comparison triggers (formally show for update image comparisons) are back. With macOS 14.1 Apple implemented changes I requested so I could recreate this feature without macOS showing the screen capture purple menu bar item. Any previous image comparison show for updates from Bartender 4 should automatically be converted into triggers for you.
  • Re-added the ability to leave menu bar items to the right of the Bartender menu bar item. This feature will keep any items to the right of the Bartender menu bar item always visible, even when Bartender swaps out your shown items for your hidden ones.
  • Re-added the ability to always or never swap out shown items for hidden items. This was previously done automatically, only when there wasn't enough room to show your items unless swapped, now you can choose to keep it automatically, or never do this, or always do it.
Bug Fixes:
  • macOS music recognition (Shazam) menu bar item cannot be hidden. Apple have made the music recognition (Shazam) menu bar item a special menu bar item, that demands to be visible and cannot be hidden. Bartender now respects this.
  • Image comparison triggers firing for certain color changes. There was a bug in Bartender, that would mean icons that just changed colors a certain amount would not fire the image trigger condition. This has been fixed.
  • Image comparison triggers not getting checked when icon had transparent center. There was a bug in Bartender, that would stop it checking icons with transparent centers sometimes (it thought they were blank icons). This has been fixed.
  • Proton VPN popup showing when it shouldn't. Looking at the opensource code for Proton VPN I saw they already had a specific compatibility fix for Bartender, this did not work with Bartender 5, I have changed Bartender 5 so this compatibility fix can work again. Big thanks to the Proton Devs.
  • Menu bar style not applying correctly on some none english language systems. Due to name changes some none english language systems the wallpaper would not get drawn around rounded menu bar styles, this has been fixed.
  • Compatibility with Bitwarden app. I have found a workaround to prevent Bitwarden showing its UI when its menu bar item is moved.
  • Typos and spellings. Thanks to the users reporting these. They have been fixed.
  • Smaller bug fixes and improvements. As stated, fixed small issues I found as I worked through the other bug fixes.
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Information

License

Shareware

Size

9.9 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.macbartender.com/

Downloads

73680

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 14.0 or later
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What needs improvements

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Bartender qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
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thebridegrace
thebridegrace
Oct 5 2023
5.0.36
5.0
Oct 5 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.36
Excellent Customer Service. Replied immediately and helped me find solutions for some menubar items that would not play nice.
Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
Sep 29 2023
5.0.27
0.0
Sep 29 2023
0.0
Version: 5.0.27
Not upgrading to Sonoma until 14.1 in December. So half-price break will be long expired.
Just-Fred
Just-Fred
Sep 28 2023
5.0.27
5.0
Sep 28 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.27
I have not yet taken the plunge to Sonoma yet (honestly, it's only been available for two days!), but once I do, Bartender 5 will be one of the first apps I update. I give the developers a lot of credit: They inform us that 5 will only run under Sonoma, and make 4 still available for those who are running Ventura or earlier. The 5 license will also be usable for earlier releases, and if you aren't running Sonoma, you will be informed of this if you try 5. Half-price (or free if you purchased 4 after July 2022) upgrades and a very reasonable price for one of what I consider to be a must-have utility program (I'm a menu bar junkie)! Kudos!
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 22 2023
5.0.10
5.0
Sep 22 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.10
Upgrade price from v4.x to v5.x is $8.00.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 22 2023
5.0.10
5.0
Sep 22 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.10
Where to download the latest VERSION 4.x of Bartender: https://www.macbartender.com/B2/updates/B4Latest/Bartender%204.dmg
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 22 2023
5.0.10
5.0
Sep 22 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.10
Bartender 4.2.25 is now out. Note that v4.x is *NOT* fully optimized for macOS 14 Sonoma. "With this update Bartender 4 will display a message on macOS Sonoma prompting the user to download Bartender 5." - - RELEASE NOTES: "Bug Fixes - • macOS Sonoma compatibility improvements. I have made Bartender 4 as compatible with macOS Sonoma as possible. Including re-introducing Show for Updates, NOTE: the macOS purple "Bartender is capturing your screen" menu bar item will show for any image comparison Show for Updates.
 Also there are some deeper macOS changes Bartender 4 cannot take into account, which could cause odd behaviour sometimes. • Show for update image comparison trigger false positive - When changing between light and dark menu bar some menu bar items icons/emoji would have their opacity changed, this could be enough for the image comparison to trigger a change, this is now taken into account. • Mouse cursor not changing after changing spaces over a text field. - When changing spaces with the mouse cursor sitting over a text field, the cursor would not change from the default pointer to the caret cursor. This has been fixed."
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 21 2023
5.0.9
5.0
Sep 21 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.9
NOTE: Bartender 5.x is ONLY (only) for macOS 14 Sonoma. It is NOT (not) for any earlier versions of macOS. To quote: "Q: Can I use Bartender 5 on macOS Ventura or earlier? A: Bartender 5 is only compatible with macOS Sonoma. Because of internal changes in macOS, Bartender 5 could only be designed to work with the newest version of macOS. A Bartender 5 license will work with Bartender 4 if you need."
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Sep 21 2023
4.2.24
5.0
Sep 21 2023
5.0
Version: 4.2.24
v4.2.21 remains the current version of paid users, according to the developer's Support. v4.2.24 is intended for both new users and for those testing macOS 14 Sonoma. This is why it doesn't show up as an update within v4.2.21.
Panocha
Panocha
Jan 1 2023
4.2.21
5.0
Jan 1 2023
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
One time purchase for $16, and covers all my computers. Never crashes, just works, and works well! Like all software, I'm tired of being screwed, and trials never work out, so I get it somewhere else first to really try it. I had way too much money wasted on crap in the past. It is great, and I registered. Unlike other greedy companies, and all of this new scam-ware with monthly fees, this software works as advertised, and they are not greedy. Please register if you like it to keep honest companies like this one alive!
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 10 2022
4.2.21
5.0
Dec 10 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
v4.2.21 public release is now out! - - [I wish I could take down previous posts! But we can't.]
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 6 2022
4.2.21
5.0
Dec 6 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
v4.2.21 is a TEST BUILD, aka BETA version. Don't install it unless that's what you want. Today the current version of publicly released Bartender is *4.2.16* (Sixteen, not twenty-one). Beta versions of apps seriously should NOT be available via MacUpdate, IMHO. They can lead to serious trouble and frustration, having been a beta-tester for decades.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Nov 10 2022
4.2.14
5.0
Nov 10 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.14
Oddly, v4.2.12 thinks it's the current version when it's not. v4.2.14 is indeed what downloads direct from the developer. Clunky update systems is tending to be the norm these days. :-P
Just-Fred
Just-Fred
Oct 20 2022
4.2.12
5.0
Oct 20 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.12
(In case the new review feature, still in beta, doesn't work): I've been a Bartender customer for a number of years, and it's one of my Mac "essentials." Whenever I buy a new Mac (I have six at present), one of the first things I do is add Bartender to the startup items. I like menu bar utilities for their convenience, but they can consume so much menu real estate that Bartender lets me manage them TO MY LIKING. There are other utilities that can hide menu items, but none matches the features, performance and management like Bartender.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 10 2022
4.2.0
5.0
Jun 10 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.0
v4.2.0 doesn't show up as an update inside Bartender because it's just: "Initial macOS Ventura Support". Only beta-testers of macOS 13 need update.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 16 2022
4.1.49
5.0
May 16 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.49
v4.1.50 is out. There is a long list of patches, which I won't post here. - - [Sorry about the previous post "4.1.20". Tough day, and we can't delete posts. :-(
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 16 2022
4.1.49
5.0
May 16 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.49
v4.1.20 is out. There is a long list of patches, which I won't post here.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 13 2022
4.1.40
5.0
May 13 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.40
v4.1.49 is out: "Bug Fixes: • Fix for macOS 12.4 beta 4 & clock and date: macOS 12.4 beta 4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock. 
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed. Bartender not hiding items on 6K screen. This has been fixed. • Bartender script editor replacing quotes. This has been fixed. • Bartender script editor not resizing to window size. This has been fixed. • Spacers stated size changing in popup This has been fixed. • Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently. This has been fixed. • Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens. Made this clearer. • Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items. Added more accessibility labels. • UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS. This has been fixed. • Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison. This has been fixed. • Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen. This has been fixed."
bobembry
bobembry
Jan 31 2022
4.1.31
5.0
Jan 31 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.31
★★★★★ Essential for those with lots of menubar apps
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Oct 30 2021
4.1.14
5.0
Oct 30 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1.14
Highly recommended. For me it is indispensible utility, with so many embedded options and remarkable flexibility. My menu bar has just 4 or 5 items in it - the ones I use frequently - all the other, less-frequently used items are placed on secondary list and only appear when I need them. I have spacers between items and can group related items. Sadly, I can't remove Apple's time and notifications menu bar items - they are locked to the menu bar and nothing on earth can shift from where they "have" to be. Highly recommended, definitely a 5-star product.
ShotBlocker
ShotBlocker
Oct 26 2021
4.1.7
0.0
Oct 26 2021
0.0
Version: 4.1.7
P.S. I didn't mean to give Bartender 0.0 stars! I hope that doesn't factor into its overall rating. Did I miss how one gives star ratings when posting a comment? Evidently so, otherwise I would have assigned five stars.
Dolphinboy2u
Dolphinboy2u
Jan 22 2024
5.0.49
5.0
Jan 22 2024
5.0
Version: 5.0.49
thebridegrace
thebridegrace
Oct 5 2023
5.0.36
5.0
Oct 5 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.36
Diarbyrag
Diarbyrag
Sep 24 2023
5.0.10
5.0
Sep 24 2023
5.0
Version: 5.0.10
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Sep 21 2023
4.2.24
5.0
Sep 21 2023
5.0
Version: 4.2.24
Panocha
Panocha
Jan 1 2023
4.2.21
5.0
Jan 1 2023
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 10 2022
4.2.21
5.0
Dec 10 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
LKN G-Man
LKN G-Man
Dec 6 2022
4.2.21
5.0
Dec 6 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.21
ERNEST UNGUREANU
ERNEST UNGUREANU
Nov 11 2022
4.2.14
5.0
Nov 11 2022
5.0
Version: 4.2.14
Vyggo
Vyggo
May 13 2022
4.1.49
5.0
May 13 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.49
mrfrankus
mrfrankus
Jan 2 2022
4.1.21
5.0
Jan 2 2022
5.0
Version: 4.1.21
Diefis
Diefis
Dec 11 2021
4.1.21
5.0
Dec 11 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1.21
jfbloom22
jfbloom22
Nov 7 2021
4.1.14
5.0
Nov 7 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1.14
Rick6
Rick6
Oct 30 2021
4.1.14
5.0
Oct 30 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1.14
Godefroyr
Godefroyr
Sep 6 2021
4.1.3
5.0
Sep 6 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1.3
Nazaire
Nazaire
Jun 1 2021
4.0.48
5.0
Jun 1 2021
5.0
Version: 4.0.48
Eric-Caldwell
Eric-Caldwell
Nov 16 2020
5.0
Nov 16 2020
5.0
Version: null
Sixbillships
Sixbillships
Oct 18 2020
5.0
Oct 18 2020
5.0
Version: null
Robio
Robio
Apr 21 2020
4.0
Apr 21 2020
4.0
Version: null
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Dec 16 2019
1.0
Dec 16 2019
1.0
Version: null
M-K1030
M-K1030
Nov 4 2019
1.0
Nov 4 2019
1.0
Version: null
iksretep
iksretep
Oct 7 2019
1.0
Oct 7 2019
1.0
Version: null
Graphic-Mac
Graphic-Mac
Oct 5 2019
5.0
Oct 5 2019
5.0
Version: null
argentum76
argentum76
Jun 29 2019
5.0
Jun 29 2019
5.0
Version: null
Db2
Db2
Feb 7 2019
5.0
Feb 7 2019
5.0
Version: null
TVieceli
TVieceli
Dec 4 2018
5.0
Dec 4 2018
5.0
Version: null
jim-23
jim-23
Sep 10 2018
3.5
Sep 10 2018
3.5
Version: null
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Aug 16 2018
5.0
Aug 16 2018
5.0
Version: null
cig0
cig0
Aug 10 2018
5.0
Aug 10 2018
5.0
Version: null
Malby
Malby
Apr 19 2018
2.0
Apr 19 2018
2.0
Version: null
Edelheid
Edelheid
Mar 10 2018
4.5
Mar 10 2018
4.5
Version: null
Robertkreijveld
Robertkreijveld
Mar 4 2018
4.0
Mar 4 2018
4.0
Version: null
Rikyman
Rikyman
Mar 3 2018
5.0
Mar 3 2018
5.0
Version: null
usmaak
usmaak
Jan 2 2018
4.0
Jan 2 2018
4.0
Version: null
robfol
robfol
Dec 13 2017
5.0
Dec 13 2017
5.0
Version: null
KatRoss
KatRoss
Dec 12 2017
1.0
Dec 12 2017
1.0
Version: null
bobembry
bobembry
Dec 12 2017
5.0
Dec 12 2017
5.0
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Dec 11 2017
4.5
Dec 11 2017
4.5
Version: null
YHC
YHC
Nov 22 2017
0.5
Nov 22 2017
0.5
Version: null
aadams
aadams
Oct 13 2017
4.5
Oct 13 2017
4.5
Version: null
VRH
VRH
Oct 12 2017
4.5
Oct 12 2017
4.5
Version: null
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