Bartender 5

Raising the bar...again

Bartender is an award-winning app for macOS that for more than 10 years has superpowered your menu bar, giving you total control over your menu bar items, what's displayed, and when, with menu bar items only showing when you need them.
Bartender improves your workflow with quick reveal, search, custom hotkeys and triggers, and lots more.

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4 weeks trial then prompts to purchase
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Bartender 5 Features


Lightning-fast access to your menu bar items is now even better. Get instant access to your hidden menu bar items simply by swiping or scrolling in the menu bar, clicking on the menu bar, or if you prefer, simply hovering.

Full access

Access the menu bar items otherwise hidden by the notch on MacBook Air and Pro screens. Bartender will automatically hide your currently shown menu bar items when needed to create room to show the items hidden by the MacBook Air and Pro screens notch, giving you access to all your menu bar items.

Bartender Bar

Access your hidden menu bar items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar. Great if you need more room for all your menu bar apps.
* the macOS screen capture menu bar item can show when using this. more info


Make your menu bar your own, with menu bar styling you can:

  • add a color or gradient tint to your menu bar.
  • Create a rounded/pill shaped menu bar, even with separate sides for the App menu and menu bar items.
  • Add a border and choose its color and thickness.
  • Add a shadow to your menu bar.
  • Add rounded corners to your display, or a black area under the rounded menu bar.
The possibilities are endless.

Styles are applied to an individual menu bar allowing you to create many different styles and quickly recognise your current space.


Combine multiple menu bar items into one customisable menu bar item, and have quick access to all the menu bar items within.

For example group all your cloud drive apps together like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive.
Have a group for connection related items such as Wi-Fi and VPN.
And another for media related items, like volume, media controls, airplay.

This can be a great way to have access to all your menu bar items on a MacBook Pro or Air with limited menu bar space due to the screen notch.


Create as many presets as you want and always have the right menu bar items available for your current workflow.

Show the macOS default menu bar items when recording your screen or screen sharing
Show work specific menu bar items in work hours, then social media items when at home... the possibilities are endless.

Presets can be automatically applied via triggers and also by macOS Focus modes.


With a completely new Trigger system
you can apply a preset automatically, or show a set of menu bar items whenever your trigger conditions are met. Triggers conditions currently include

  • Battery - trigger when on battery power or charging, or at a specific level.
  • WiFi - trigger when connected/not connected to a WiFi network. Or when connected to a specific network
  • Location - trigger when at a specific location.
  • Time/Date - schedule when to trigger.
  • Many more still to come...
Conditions are combined to create a specific set of conditions required to trigger your preset and/or show the selected menu bar items.


Reduce the space between menu bar items using Bartender, allowing you to have more menu items onscreen before reaching the macbook notch. Or just purely for style.


Quick Search will change the way you use your menu bar apps.
Instantly find, show, and activate menu bar items, all from your keyboard.
* the macOS screen capture menu bar item can show when using this. more info

macOS Sonoma and Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 5 is designed for all the great changes in macOS Sonoma.
Bartender 5 runs native and lightning-fast on Apple Silicon and Intel macs.

Coming soon...
Menu Bar Widgets!

Create your own menu bar items
With Bartender widgets you can create your very own custom menu bar items, that trigger pretty much any action you want, no coding required.

Hotkeys for any menu bar item

Add hotkeys for any menu bar item; this can show and activate any menu bar item via any hotkey you assign.

Menu bar Spacers

With Spacers, your menu bar is uniquely your own, with the ability to customize menu item grouping and display labels or emojis to personalize your menu bar.

AppleScript support

Use Apple Script to show and activate menu bar items. Fantastic for some advanced workflows.

More space on small screens

Swap shown items for your hidden ones to take up less menu bar space, allowing you to have more menu bar items on a smaller screen.

New menu bar items

You can choose where new menu items will appear in your menu bar, shown for instant access, or hidden for less distraction.

Much more still to come....

Download Free Trial
4 weeks trial then prompts to purchase
Buy Now
Upgrade discount available


Can I use Bartender 5 on macOS Ventura or earlier?

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.

Is Bartender 5 free?

No Bartender 5 is not free. It has a 4 week trial, if you have a license to any previous version of Bartender you can get a great discount on a upgrade license.

I recently bought Bartender 4 do I need to pay for an upgrade?

If you bought Bartender 4 from July 2022 you are entitled to a free upgrade to Bartender 5, Bartender 5 will accept and use your Bartender 4 license.

Can I purchase Bartender anywhere else?

You can also find the Bartender Mac App on Setapp. Setapp offers hundreds of Mac apps for a very reasonable $9.99/mo. Bartender is one of the most popular apps on Setapp! Here's a Bartender App Review by their editorial team.

How do I update from a previous version?

You need to be on macOS Sonoma, then you can download Bartender 5 from the website, open the disk image and move Bartender 5 to your applications folder. You can then delete any previous versions of Bartender you have and launch Bartender 5.

How do I buy an upgrade from a previous version?

Click Buy Now, then select Upgrade to Bartender 5. You will be prompted to enter your previous license details, once submitted and instantly verified you will be able to purchase a Bartender 5 license with a discount.

Can I use my license on all my macs?

Yes, a license is for use on all the macs you own and are the main user of.

I am having a problem with Bartender 5

Please contact us with as much information as possible by sending feedback in Bartender or by emailing [email protected]. Screen recordings and screen shots always help a lot.

Where can I read more about Bartender 5?

You can read a review of the Bartender Mac App here. Forbes wrote an in-depth review of some of the latest features and why this is must have app for all Mac owners! The Bartender App was also featured on MacStories

What are triggers and how can I use them?

Triggers allow you to show a preset based on certain conditions. You can read more about Bartender 5 Triggers in this article!