BitBar Alternatives

    BitBar is described as 'The BitBar app lets you put the output from any script or program right in your Mac OS X menu bar. And it's completely free. An impressive number of plugins have already been contributed by a wide range of developers just like you, and this site makes it easy to find them' and is an app in the System & Hardware category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BitBar for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone and BSD. The best alternative is Rainmeter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BitBar are Conky (Free, Open Source), iStat Menus (Paid), MenuMeters for El Capitan (Free, Open Source) and Stats (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 22, 2021

    1. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
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      Rainmeter vs BitBar opinions
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      It has massive support, a lot of crowd apps, and is easy on the eyes.
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    2. Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop. Originally a fork of Torsmo, Conkys torsmo-based code is BSD licensed. New code in Conky has been licensed under the GPL 3.0.
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    3. iStat is a series of system monitor apps. It's available in different versions: iStat Menus, iStat for iOS and iStat Server as a companion application to the iStat for iOS app that lets you remotely monitor your computers (free for Windows and Mac).
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    4. Stats is a application which allows you to monitor your macOS system. - CPU Usage - Memory Usage - Disk utilization - Sensors information (Temperature/Voltage/Power) - Battery level - Network usage


    5. GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes to match its appearance to your window manager, Gtk, or any other theme.
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    6. GeekTool is an application for Mac OS 10.6+. It lets you display various kinds of information on your desktop via 3 default plug-ins: * File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity * Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands * Image mode.

      Discontinued

      The program is reportedly still working, but latest version, 3.3.1, was released in October 2016. It can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    7. Activity Monitor displays information about all the processes running on your Mac, including CPU, disk, memory, and network usage. You can see exactly how your computer’s resources are being used via a searchable table, helpful graphs, or even directly in the Dock icon.
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      No option to add custom scripts
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    8. This little application displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real time.
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    9. MiniUsage displays various data like CPU usage, amount of network flow, battery status and process names which uses much CPU time in a menubar. It takes little space and can display various data, so it's suitable for notebook.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 3.0.0, released in April 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website, but it doesn’t work on macOS 10.13

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